WarGames

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Overview

Wargames was a hit film in 1983 that has become a harbinger of the future, and the MGM DVD, like the movie, contains several features that make it hard to resist. Wargames is the tale of a computer run amok; the movie stars a prepubescent Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, and Ally Sheedy. Today, with modems prevalent and computers running everything from coffee makers to automobiles, the idea of an intelligent computer using the telephone to create havoc doesn't seem so far-fetched. The DVD features an audio ...
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Overview

Wargames was a hit film in 1983 that has become a harbinger of the future, and the MGM DVD, like the movie, contains several features that make it hard to resist. Wargames is the tale of a computer run amok; the movie stars a prepubescent Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, and Ally Sheedy. Today, with modems prevalent and computers running everything from coffee makers to automobiles, the idea of an intelligent computer using the telephone to create havoc doesn't seem so far-fetched. The DVD features an audio commentary by director John Badham and writers Lawrence Lasker and Walter F. Parkes that frequently makes the same point: what was science fiction then has become commonplace today. The DVD has a new Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack that amplifies the creepy booming undertones that the filmmakers use to indicate the computer is working independently. Trivia, production notes, and the original theatrical trailer complete the special features.
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Special Features

Feature-length audio commentary by director John Bodham and writers Lawrence Lasker and Walter F. Parkes; New Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack; Trivia and production notes; Original theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

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Made at a time when public perception of computers' abilities far exceeded their actual potential, WarGames benefited greatly from the mass confusion inherent in the onset of the home-computing movement. But it's also a relic of its era in other ways as well, tapping into a fresh vein of Cold War anxiety that arrived with the Reagan administration's new concentration on the arms race. As much as the first factor dates it and the second factor may alienate viewers who came of age after the fall of the Iron Curtain, neither element prevents director John Badham's film from still playing like a skillfully put together thriller. Though preachy (especially in its peacenik finale), from its first scene WarGames establishes a tense mood undercut only by some jokey teen banter. It's not hard to see why the film has become a cult piece among hackers -- short of time travel, there's probably no better place to find as much antiquated hardware and outdated technical jargon -- but its virtues extend beyond techno-kitsch.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/1998
  • UPC: 027616705624
  • Original Release: 1983
  • Rating:

  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 1:53:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 15,152

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matthew Broderick David
Dabney Coleman McKittrick
John Wood Falken
Ally Sheedy Jennifer
Barry Corbin Gen. Beringer
Juanin Clay Pat Healy
Kent Williams Cabot
Dennis Lipscomb Watson
Joe Dorsey Conley
Irving Metzman Richter
James Ackerman Voice Only
Mike Adams Travis
Charles Akins Major Ford
Howard Allen Boy in Arcade
Jason Bernard Captain Knewt
Brad David Berwick Flight Pilot Leader
Gary Bisig Deputy
Alan Blumenfeld Mr. Liggett
William Bogart Mr. Lightman
Maury Chaykin Jim Sting
David Clover Stockman
Lucinda Crosby Nurse in Infirmary
Brad David
Susan Davis Mrs. Lightman
Eddie Deezen Malvin
John Garber Corporal in Infirmary
Jesse D. Goins Sergeant
Jim Harriott Newscaster
Frankie Hill Airman Fields
Art La Fleur Guard
Tom Lawrence Sgt. Sims
Len Lawson Boy's Vice Principal
Stephen Lee Sgt. Schneider
Michael Madsen Steve
Michael Ensign Beringer's Aide
Frances E. Nealy Visitor
Wallis Nicita
Pat Orseth
Stack Pierce Airman
Ray Sharkey Radar Analyst
Martha Shaw Vice Principal Secretary
Drew Snyder Ayers
John Spencer Jerry
Erik Stern Commander
James Tolkan Nigan
Duncan Wilmore Maj. Lem
Technical Credits
John Badham Director
Willie D. Burton Sound/Sound Designer
Barry Delaney Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Elliott Stunts
William A. Fraker Cinematographer, Screenwriter
Joe di Gaetano III Special Effects
Leonard J. Goldberg Executive Producer, Producer
Angelo P. Graham Production Designer
Walon Green Screenwriter
Richard Hashimoto Associate Producer, Production Designer
R.J. Hohman Special Effects
Al Jones Stunts
Lawrence Lasker Screenwriter
Linda Matthews Costumes/Costume Designer
James Murakami Art Director
Wallis Nicita Casting
Walter Parkes Screenwriter
Michael Ripps Editor
Tom Rolf Editor
Artur Rubinstein Score Composer
Harold Schneider Producer
Jerry Wunderlich Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Om Mani Padme Boom! [6:36]
2. Main Title/NORAD [3:05]
3. The Deployment Debate [2:39]
4. Meet WOPR/War Games [1:53]
5. David/"Your Wife?" [3:27]
6. Penciling In New Grades [5:00]
7. Replacing The Key Men [:47]
8. Perusing Protovision [2:40]
9. Tickets To Paris/Games [4:55]
10. "Definitely Military" [4:43]
11. Thermonuclear War [5:47]
12. Missile Warning [3:02]
13. Parental Interruptus [1:59]
14. In The News/"Screwed!" [3:11]
15. Computer Callbacks [1:18]
16. Nabbed By Feds [2:21]
17. DefCon 4/Seattle Spy [2:39]
18. Meeting McKittrick [3:28]
19. DefCon 3/Robert Hume [3:40]
20. Playback Is Swell [5:12]
21. Escape/Phoney Change [7:04]
22. Goose Island, Oregon [3:49]
23. DefCon 2/Ghost Planes [1:57]
24. A Game Of Futility [5:06]
25. "I Can't Swim!"/Copter [3:40]
26. DefCon 1/Almost Doorjam [3:23]
27. Incoming Warheads [5:26]
28. Lock Out Change [3:03]
29. "He Got One" [2:05]
30. Tic Tac Toe [2:19]
31. Strobing Strategies [3:13]
32. End Credits [2:57]
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Menu

Main
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   Menu Group #1 with 32 chapter(s) covering 01:52:39
Special Features
   Commentary by John Broham, Lawrence Lasky, Walter Parkes
   Theatrical Trailer
Languages
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