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Wing Commander (Widescreen)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Wing Commander Nov. 14 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Freddie Prinze Jr and Matthew Lillard work well together, as was evident in the live action Scooby Doo movies. This movie is like the classic 70's Battlestar Galactica meets The Hunt For Red October... Really enjoyable.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Like a SyFy movie with a better budget Sept. 15 2013
Wing Commander is like a SyFy/Asylum movie with a better budget. Same crappy acting, story, production and directing, just better F/X, which still aren't all that good. The main actors are actually the worst. Freddie Prinze Jr. and Matthew Lillard (who later did a slightly better job on Scooby Doo) are absolutely abysmal in this. Lets just say it looks like they took all weekend to film this movie.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Painfully Wrong Nov. 19 2002
By Kevin
I am a rabid fan of the computer game series, and eagerly went to see this movie when it came out. Boy was I disappointed. If you don't know the games at all, you might find the movie worthwhile, but those familiar with the games will find that the movie radically departs from the game storyline. The only similarities are the character names. Pilgrims? There are no pilgrims in the real (game) WC universe. I'm amazed that the movie was made like this since it was written by the creator of the games.
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Format:VHS Tape
Oh Freddy. What's next for your painfully suffering career? You're a painfully awful actor with somewhat good looks but no talent, and you have a horrible knack for making Matthew Lillard look bad. This time, you've gone too far. Not only does Lillard look bad, but legends Tcheky Karyo, Jurgen Prochnow, and David Warner simply flutter useless on the screen in what is supposed to be a submarine flick but was accidentally written in space. Chris Roberts, director of this shlock and creator of the video game, puts little enthusiasm into the movie and it's very plain the actors were doing this film for a paycheck. The action doesn't go over too well and the dialogue is worse than "Armageddon." The tagline for "Alien" says that in space, no one can hear you scream. By the end of this film, I wanted to scream.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very, very disappointing Sept. 17 2000
Format:VHS Tape
With the original Wing Commander computer game series, Chris Roberts had a great thing going...a great plot, good character development, and, for the last two, great actors, including the animatronics used for the Kilrathi. The thing that really got the computer gamer was that there was great gameplay with an equally good story...you really understood all the characters, good and bad. By converting this great thing into this dreadful movie, Roberts has in one fell swoop destroyed everything he created in those games...the movie lacked all credibility. Once you've played as Blair and seen how his character developed, including his interactions with his friends and the Kilrathi, you could never believe this was the same "person" on screen. Maniac, a classic from the games, was portrayed very poorly and did not resemble the "real" Maniac at all, and the Kilrathi were given no substance at all...if you've played the games and loved them like I did, then stay away from the movie at all costs, because it leaves a very bad taste in your mouth.
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3.0 out of 5 stars What happened to the Kilrathi? Feb. 19 2001
As a diehard Wing Commander fan, I had been anticipating this movie long before it had come out. Constantly going to websites almost daily to see how it was coming along. Unfortunately once it was finally released and I heard the terrible reviews, I decided not to go see it. This might seem strange to many of you, but as a hardcore fan I did not want to be disappointed as many other Wing Commander fans were.
Recently I saw the movie when a close friend of mine bought it on video. Although I was prepared for the worst, I was pleasantly surprised. I now definitely think that the critics were too hard on this film.
Not as good as the Star Wars series, upon which the games were totally inspired and loosely modeled, to me this film still stood on its own. What made the movie worthy of this position? Well it was the space battles. Watching large cap ships fighting with each other and small fighter craft zinging between them was very cool. All the battles were done in the unique way that only the wing commander universe could do them. Also the fine cast of actors (minus Freddie) made the non-battle scenes at least watchable. My favorites were Maniac and the captain guy who died.
One of my mixed feelings regarding this movie was that it did not follow the games closer. While I understand why Chris Roberts did it, the whole "Space Pilgrims" thing, came off awkward and rather cheesy. It was as if he wanted to put in something like Luke Skywalker's "Force" powers. Unfortunely the Pilgrim power took out any sort reason to worry about any of the characters, especially Blair. Even with the different storyline, I had no doubt that everything would be fine at the end because our hero had supernatural space powers to help him.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Too bad I can't give it a 0 Nov. 3 2000
By Spooty
Format:VHS Tape
I had great expectations of this movie. I had heard such wonderful things about the series of games of the same title, I expected a truly good movie. An engaging space opera about combat and the pilots engaged in it. Instead I lost $3.00 renting this. There is a 5-step method to watching this movie.
1.) Rent it.
2.) Place it in VCR
3.) Watch it.
4.) Stop convulsing from massive seizure caused by movie's moronic content.
5.) Return movie and demand refund.
Nuff said.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SciFi at its best
This is an outstanding movie. It worth watching over and over.
I would recommend for all to view including Children.
Published 10 months ago by John Battye
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Funny that some people are not smart enough to understand this movie. I watch this movie over and over again, and I never get tired of it. Read more
Published on June 7 2004 by RONNIE P LESTER
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worse sci-fi movies ever.
This movie was one of the worse sci-fi films I had ever seen.The acting was boring and so was the storyline.Where were and who are the bad guys during most of the movie? Read more
Published on May 12 2004 by Willie Montgomery
4.0 out of 5 stars Tchéky Karyo
Worth watching to see Tchéky Karyo as "Paladin". It's a shame he doesn't get to play an even stronger part in the movie.
Published on March 22 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Movie
I got this movie ...on VHS. Yeah its a good watch,...
Published on June 3 2003 by -barcode-
2.0 out of 5 stars You can lead a director to water...
Some of the space battle scenes are pretty good but the film as a whole is blech!!
How could they screw this one up?? Read more
Published on May 25 2003 by H. A Huffman
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent movie - extremely under-rated!
Wing Commander has been generally hated by the mainstream media reviewers, and their sometimes vehement hatred of the film usually springs from simple misunderstandings that they... Read more
Published on May 2 2003 by Eric Bowling
3.0 out of 5 stars nice outer space romp
nice brainless outer space fight with preety boy
freddie prinze jr, and a number of british speaking actors
and some french canadians... Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2003 by schackdaddy
3.0 out of 5 stars The movie was too far over the edge of the universe
Perhaps as a computer game, this whole story would work well. As a film, it gets a little lost in space. Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2003 by AMP
2.0 out of 5 stars stick to the games
I can't imagine why anybody thought this flick had even a ghost of a chance. Based on the series of "space-flight sims" that ruled PC gamers' attentions until about the... Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2003 by Rottenberg's rotten book review
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