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WarGames (Widescreen)

4.4 out of 5 stars 81 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, John Wood, Dabney Coleman, Barry Corbin
  • Directors: John Badham
  • Writers: Lawrence Lasker, Walon Green, Walter F. Parkes
  • Producers: Bruce McNall, Harold Schneider, Leonard Goldberg, Richard Hashimoto
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Fox Video (Canada) Limited
  • Release Date: April 1 2003
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 81 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 0792838467
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,575 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Broderick/Coleman/Wood/Sheedy ~ Wargames

Cute but silly, this 1983 cautionary fantasy stars Matthew Broderick as a teenage computer genius who hacks into the Pentagon's defense system and sets World War III into motion. All the fun is in the film's set-up, as Broderick befriends Ally Sheedy and starts the international crisis by pretending while online to be the Soviet Union. After that, it's not hard to predict what's going to happen: government agents swoop in, but the story ends up in the "hands" of machines talking to one another. Thus we're stuck with flashing lights, etc. John Badham (Saturday Night Fever) directs in strict potboiler mode. Kids still like this movie, though. The DVD release has a widescreen presentation, theatrical trailer, Dolby sound, director commentary, optional English, French and Spanish subtitles. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Blu-ray
War Games was a classic of sorts in its day, but probably only good for nostalgic fun now. Yes, the featured computer technology is hopelessly outdated but the real culprit is the abundance of Hollywood hokum. Even back then (I was 16), I knew it didn't make sense for computers to explode when experiencing data overload. And NORAD giving some kid reign over their computer system while it calculates the legitimacy of launching a nuclear war? I mean, really. Still, it was good fun in the day.
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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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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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This 1983 film starts with a scene inside the NORAD missile launch center. The message received is to launch the missiles! But a captain requests human confirmation of the computer order. This test is followed by an investigation of the results. The question is still: how far can we trust any mechanical device? Or any human?
A student is interested in computers; he has an IMSAI to access the school computer and can change grades. By accident he accesses a secret site, and begins to play a game. The students visit a computer room to gain advice. They are told of a "back door" installed in systems to allow access. "People sometimes make mistakes." They also make computer programs, and politics. David's game playing sets off a missile alert - eight incoming MIRVs! But their game is interrupted just in time. They assume they are safe.
But David is arrested by the FBI, and taken in for questioning. "He fits the profile for a Soviet agent" we are told. The computer game is still in play. David discovers Professor Falken is alive, and finds him. Falken claims it is all a game, nuclear war is unwinnable because of all the casualties. (No mention of nuclear winter.)
Back at NORAD the alarms go off - DEFCON 1! A full scale Soviet strike is on! David, Jennifer, and Falken enter the NORAD base just in time. (What's a movie without a car chase?) Falken advises the general to ignore the alarms - "its all a game". "Don't act like a machine" he says. The simulated attack is defeated by doing nothing. But now the computer runs berserk in generating launch codes to create an attack. All entry codes were destroyed to prevent changes.
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