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Wing Commander: The Movie 1999

The future of mankind is threatened by an alien race called the Kilrathi who have discovered the way to Earth. Only two fighter pilots stand in their way.

Starring:
Matthew Lillard, Saffron Burrows
Runtime:
1 hour, 40 minutes

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Genres Science Fiction
Director Chris Roberts
Starring Matthew Lillard, Saffron Burrows
Supporting actors Freddie Prinze Jr.
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
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Format: DVD
At the time of writing, this DVD is doing the rounds in the supermarkets, and never having seen it before took a gamble on buying it. It's really a cross between modern Battlestar Gallactica and Starship Troopers (but much less gung ho)

Why do I like this film? Well it has a good strong story line. Plot centres about three fighter pilots as part of a fleet having to defend the Earth against a hostile alien race. Lead actors are backed up by an interesting and established array of actors as supporting cast, notably David Suchet of Poirot fame and David Warner of "The Omen" and Star Trek (TNG) who lend enormous credibility.

Another interesting feature of this film is how command shifts from person to person as those who know what needs to be done step forward to take charge. This film is definitely worth a sequel or even a mini series to develop cast and story in greater detail.

The bad things about this film (and these are very minor ones) 1) Should have made it slightly longer even a full two hours to allow greater depth and detail. 2) Should have had much better publicity at the time of making because I am quite up on SciFi and this film completely escaped my attention until now! 3) Sadly no Extra features were available even biographies of the actors would have been good or some short interviews with cast and crew. But putting those points aside add it to your sci-fi genre category if you havent already done so!
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First I must point out that I have not actually played the game, so I cannot compare it to the game.
However I still think this is a brilliant movie. It places you right in the middle of the Kilrathi - terran war, onboard the Tiger's Claw carrier. Compared to the book "Wing Commander: Fredom Flight" (which I also recomend) it has differences, e.g. "If you die, you never existed", from the film. However it still captures the urgency of the war and how it is going.
I recomend you watch this, wheter you've played the game or not. A must for all Sci-fi fans.
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Format: DVD
Everyone who has seriously rated this movie [references to the bible and life changing nobel prize winning appart ;-) ] agrees it is an excellent movie. The only thing I can add is that I wish this movie would be re-released as an anamorphic widescreen DVD or in HD. As was usual many years ago, DVD encoding companies had no idea how to properly encode video to work well on 4:3 (old style) TVs and 16:9 (widescreen) TVs as really there were few to no widescreen TVs available and reading an obscure bit of the encoding manual was really optional at that time. This release has huge black bars top and bottom as the 2.35:1 ratio is fitted into a 4:3 screen space. If the choice was between this format and cropping then I would take this format any day, but a budget re-release as 2.35:1 on 16:9 (anamorphic widescreen) would be much better.
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I was a big fan of the computer games - Wing Commander was the first game I bought for my 386 PC back in the day - so when I randomly ran into this film I immediately bought it.

The acting and storyline were both good; although it was let down by trying to rush through too much near the end. It was fairly true to its computer game roots so won't disappoint avid players, but there were a few scenes where I was left thinking "that character wouldn't do that in the game!".

As a DVD, it would benefit from re-mastering the sound a bit, and definitely expanding into some wide screen encodings. While I'm not going to give any spoilers in this review, I will say that you will miss a few important things if you "zoom" so that the screen is filled but the top and bottom are chopped off, and stretching horizontally just looks wrong. But if you're content to have black borders at the sides, the film is well worth watching for sci-fi fans and fans of the computer game series.
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This is a late 90s (and how), low-to-medium budget science fiction action flick that takes everything decent about the Wing Commander games... and flushes it out of the airlock. Most of the cast seem bland, bored and boring, especially the lead actor, Freddie Prinze Jr and there are a lot of questionable story and script decisions.

To be fair the effects aren't too bad considering they're predominantly model based, augmented with CGI (though the design of the human fighters is in my opinion terrible) and there are one or two interesting ideas and better-than-expected scenes.

Basically, if you want a cheesy, dirt cheap sci-fi fix that won't tax your brain, there are worse options.
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Its a ok not bad film could have bean a lot better to much talking in it gets boring fast I still got the old ps1 games that are better than this wasted franchise do I have to spell it out you can't make wing commander on the cheap whot space action stuff there is its not bad but no way saves the film if ya can get it out the bargain bin for a Pound get it apart from that dont
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Many years ago I played the computer game 'Wing Commander' and it was interesting to hear of this movie! Yes it is based on the game but no that doesn't make it rubbish! I found it very entertaining and well made. Lots of British actors and a good script. The special effects sometimes were impressive, but other times were too obviously computer generated.

Essentially this is a story told from one side's point of view. It follows the exploits of two pilots and the others on the Tiger Claw starship. There are many similarities with war films. There's a scene where a destroyer is hunting them, they mustn't make a sound and everyone on the bridge looks at one another just like in one of those submarine war films. There's even a noise like a sonar beep!

There are a few tense scenes and lots of action. On the negative side, sometimes you go from a tense moment to an action one so quickly you forget what the plot is and why exactly they're there. But that's minor, overall any sci-fi fan will enjoy this movie. It's not the best, but it's certainly worth seeing.
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