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Wargames [DVD] [1983]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 April 2015
Same great film, but now with extra clarity; I'd read in a review that you couldn't see Professor Falken's helicopter pilot in the standard DVD, but you can see him clearly in this blu-ray.

There are lots of extras, but these aren't immediately obvious, as the film starts playing straight away. I pressed the top button menu, on my remote and they were all available from there.
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This tale is a whopper in more ways than one. All you have to do is suspend any type of belief in reality and it is a lot of fun trying to outguess the next move. Even after you have seen it a million times you will find your self kibitzing "look look look it is still running." And what is Joshua doing at the back door?

A teenager, David Lightman (Matthew Broderick) that is too tech savvy for his own good is searching for the new game on the net. He stumbles into the NORAD mainframe evidently it was DARPA/net. For those with a short lifespan DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) was the precursor to the internet. We all know what happens when you do this. Yep, now David with the help if his teenage sweetie, Jennifer (Ally Sheedy) must worm his way into NORAD and stop the game or we are toast.

An added plus is watching the technological changes and realizing that is someone of today's generation watched this they would not recognize 5" floppies or acoustic couplers.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 26 August 2014
Seeing this again, 30 years later, I’m of two minds. There’s still a lot to enjoy in this slightly Disney version of an end-of-the-world thriller. There’s a lot of clever twists in the plot, some lovely performances, some real tension.

But it also all feels a bit light and softened to make it more audience friendly. That was probably the right decision commercially, but maybe not artistically. If original director Martin Brest had been allowed to finish the film, with the somewhat darker original script I read back then, I wonder if this could have been a bit of a minor classic, in the family of great nuclear war films like Dr. Strangelove and Fail Safe, instead of an entertaining, intelligent thrill ride. There are also, on reflection some big logic holes you could fly missiles through.

But at the end of the day, I still enjoyed re-seeing it, smiling a good deal of the time.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
When this movie was released it was very up to date with the technology it featured. In this day of laptop computers and internet access to mobile phones it certainly looks dated but put that aside and you are still left with a really good movie with a plot idea that still works today.
The story revolves around an underachieving, bored teenager (played by a very young Matthew Broderick) whose main interest in life is his computer. From his bedroom he can alter his school grades, reserve flights, download software, all by hacking into other computers. While searching for new games from a software company he comes across a set of titles he assumes are games and decides, with his girlfriend, to play Global Thermonuclear War. Unfortunatly it isn't a software company he has hacked into but a military system and he is playing against NORAD's computer. When the realisation hits that the NORAD computer, when it's turn comes round, will launch atomic missiles for real the race is on the stop the game.
This is still a gripping film that can still raise the tension levels even after several viewings. Great stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 January 2013
This film stands the test of time. Young boy knows computers, well thinks that he does but doesn't realize how deep he is in until too late. Have seen many times, never grows old and now the children love and you could show it to the grandchildren from 8 and up and they would get it.
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on 15 June 2013
As a kid I loved this film and it was fantastic to watch this again after so many years. In some ways it hasn't aged well, but this merely adds to its nostalgic effect. It's very much a product of its time. The fear of nuclear war (I may have to watch Threads again!), the fear of computers and the wacky fashion of the eighties.

As with every film since then it gets hacking completely wrong, but that doesn't matter so much. The film isn't so much about the kid as a hacker. It's about him getting the girl and teaching the computer that sometimes the only way to win is...

I won't spoil it for you :-)

Suffice to say this was a great film thirty odd years ago and it's still a great film now.
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on 27 February 2013
This is a very nice well made film and has always been one of my favourites, admittedly it is a little dated technology wise after all this time.
But in my opinion it is still well made and well acted, it is certainly worth a watch.
I have given it only four stars due to the fact that although the blu-ray rendidtion is considerably superior to the original Dvd version, it is still below par for what perhaps could have been achieved given a little more effort and dare I say it perhaps a little more financial outlay.
Still all in all it is worth the price and I would recomend it if you like this type of film, also the added bonus is it is now region free.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 5 February 2004
This is one of those films that many of us grew up with in our youth - you know what i mean, it falls into the same category as The Goonies, BMX Bandits and the Indiana Jones and Star Wars trilogies. This was the first film that brought Matthew Broderick to the fore in a relatively simple role. A young computer nerd accidently hacks into the mainframe defence computer in charge of the Defending the USA - nearly beginning World War three. The story may be simple but in many ways like all great films that is what makes it effective. I unreservedly love this film and the scene where Matthew Brodericks dad uses bread to spread butter onto his corn on the cob is a priceless moment in cinema - if you would like a nice Sunday afternoon film then this is the film for you! Hope you enjoy.
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WarGames is one of my all time favourite movies, so I was delighted to find this version. For a few pounds you get the movie, the director's commentary, several documentaries including one about the making of the film and interviews with the cast and writers, plus a WarGames screensaver. Only downside is the case is pretty flimsy, and it won't play on some UK DVD players because of the region code - although ripping all the contents into AVI files I could play on my PC worked without a hitch. If you love WarGames you will love this edition.
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on 20 March 2013
Based on a teenager computer whizz and hes girlfriend hack into government computer system and play what they think is a game between the USA and allies against the Warsaw pact former communist nations Sovie union and nearly start a nuclear war between the opposing forces until the government track him down and take him into questioning and with the help of the computer genius invented the computer product avert a nuclear war!!great film!!!!
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