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Wargames [Blu-ray] (Bilingual) [Import]


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  • Format: AC-3, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • Release Date: Aug. 21 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0089J2818


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By fiona Bryden on Feb. 4 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Stands up well despite the age. Good family movie. This is one of our son's favourites - he is 21.
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I remember being kinda disappointed when I saw this as a kid. The TV commercial was so good...and lucky you, the trailer is included on the DVD, so you can see for yourself how well marketed WarGames was in its day.
So here we are almost 20 years later, and I have to say I found the movie much more satisfying. I must be softening. You have to like a movie where the kid's playing Galaga in the opening scene. The bloopbleepbleep "Shall we play a game?" computer voice gives me chills. The good kind.
If you look closely, you will see a nerdy Bill Gates. (As opposed to the suave, lady-killer Bill Gates, of course.) I find it eerie that he whines about a "back door."
And...Ally Sheedy is at her cutest here.
By the way, does anyone remember that late 80s dance song DefCon (by CCCP, I think) that sampled from WarGames?
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Looking back on my formative years, several theatrical releases stand out above all others, films such as the Star Wars trilogy (of course), E.T., Grease, and - yes - Wargames. Back in 1983, this film was incredible. Home computers were still mysterious contraptions I knew little about (I doubt I even had my Commodore 64 yet), and here was a guy hacking into other computers to change his grades, play cool new games, and who knew what else. And if that weren't enough, his computer actually talked. Looking back now, I have to wonder how many hackers became hackers because of Wargames. I know the film produced plenty of kids just like me who suddenly wanted a computer more than anything else in the world. Younger generations might not appreciate Wargames as much as I do - many will never have seen an old school computer room, computer tapes, an external modem that actually holds the phone receiver, gigantic floppy disks, or even an old-timey command prompt, nor will they know what it was like to grow up in the shadow of a possible full-scale nuclear was between America and the Evil Empire - but I have to believe they will enjoy this film nonetheless. It had been many years since I last watched Wargames, and I'm actually a little surprised at how well the film holds up all these years later.

In the event of a first strike nuclear attack by the Soviet Union, response time is of the essence if you want to live up to your end of the mutually assured destruction bargain, so it makes sense to let a computer handle as much of the response action as possible - especially when that computer is the W.O.P.R. (War Operation Plan Response). After all, the W.O.P.R.
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Format: DVD
This is an interesting drama, filmed in the mid-80's. It works, because it is suspenseful, and full of wonderful plausabilities, when one considers the intrigue introduced by computer hackers.
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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, and 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. Unfortunately 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 well pump up the tension even after several viewings. Recommended
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By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 11 2004
Format: DVD
This animal 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.
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It's obvious to even a four year old that the point of this movie is simply, nuclear war is pointless. Back in the Cold War 80's, the Evil Empire of the Soviet Union and nuclear holocaust was a very real thing. But the best part of this movie is the technology. Computers with barely enough RAM to play Pong, 5.25 inch floppy disks, and the modems that you actually had to put your phone on like a cradle. For computer nostalgia this is the holy grail movie for today's IT geeks.
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