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  • Still engaging thriller & Excellent transfer to DVD (25th Anniversary Edition)
    I first saw "War Games" in 1983 and thought it was an engaging thriller/doomsday/computers gone berserk/cold war type of film. Twenty-five years later, even though there have been many changes in all forms of technology (computers, cell phones, etc.) and in the poltical landscape (no more Soviet Union, but a still-powerful Russia), this well-crafted movie still has lots of charm, plot twists, and relevance. It's fun to watch all of those big, clunky, room-sized computers, the pre-Windows software, and the large, Dr. Strangelove-type monitors that diplayed the impending disaster of a massive nuclear attack. With a great cast (especially the young Matthew Broderick and Dabney Coleman) and an interesting plot, this film is still very entertaining. With its PG rating, the kids can watch it too.

    The picture and sound quality of the 25th Anniversary Edition are excellent. The format is anamorphic widescreen which is enhanced for 16 x 9 aspect-ratio TVs--the image fills the entire screen, no black bars. The picture is fairly sharp and the colors are perfect--it almost looks like a new film. The movie looked great on my large-screen, high-definition LCD TV (played on a Toshiba 1080p HD DVD player, the "upconversion" helps). Highly recommended! ...more info
  • EXCELLENT 80's movie!:)
    This movie was (and still is) one of my favorite 80's movies, and NOW it's my daughter's favorite movie:) Wasn't the 80's awesome in terms of movies and music?:)...more info
  • Scientific Phenominon
    If this were a true story, it makes you think just what happens in reality....more info
  • amazing movie about being careful, trusting computers, security
    This is an amazing movie starring Matthew Broderick. Shows what happens when you leave computers unsecured, and give them too much power and control over your life. ...more info
  • Am 80's classic.
    In the 80's when computers were becoming popular alternative to human personnel the govt choices to swap personnel for an artificial intelligence that controls of all things the defense nuclear missiles. A crafty high school teen, savvy in the ways of hacking finds a "backdoor" into the database and initiates what he believes is a game. Without knowing, he inadvertently started a simulation of nuclear war which the computer thinks is real. The teen with the help of his friends must prove his innocence while trying to prevent a real nuclear missile strike from occurring.
    This is a fun and exciting film. It brings you into a world of possibility. A favorite piece of the fun is the old PC he has at home, complete with talking speaker and on the hook modem. You remember those? You had to take the phone off the hook then place the ear piece and receiver on a caddy so it could speak through the modem. Its wild. This title is hard to find so if you're an 80's lover add this movie to your collection....more info
  • another escape piece
    This movie is cute and intelligently presented. It is an old film, yet an escape for some young people who are overwhelmed with so much talk about war in the world. Broderick does an excellent job of portraying a typical teenager, wanting to play and try different computer games, coming across something larger than life. ...more info
  • amazing dvd
    very good product.amazing film.very good scenario and very good direction.you must see it,and very educating also.
    very good delivery at time and perfect packaging and condition.
    bravo amazon ...more info
  • Instant Teen Classic
    In the era when nuclear threat was real and era of the Personal Computer birth, this film with an excellent story played by the wisecracking young Mathew Broderick and the really young Ally Sheedy (What happen to her she was really good and pretty) introduce us to the world of computers and hacking in the era of Cold War Tech with two countries fighting for supremacy and they stuck in the middle.



    This film makes me go to college and study Computer Science, John Badham excellent direction and the Art Background is superb.



    This Classic has to be in your collection if you where young in that time and if you haven't see it, would be educational to see what computers look like in the early eighties and what they could do.

    ...more info
  • Outstanding film and excellent new transfer
    WarGames is a classic film of the early 80's, being both a cold war thriller and a cautionary tale about technology. Yet in all that, it's still a fun film to watch - hooking in both adults and kids, and having one of the best climactic scenes in cinema with hundreds of virtual World War III's being played out on the computer screens at NORAD. It's still mesmerizing to this day. The script, directing and acting are all excellent, with wonderful onscreen chemistry between Ally Sheedy and Matthew Broderick.

    The 25th Anniversary Edition has a far superior transfer than the previous DVD, being from a much cleaner print of the film, and presented in true widescreen (not merely letterboxed). There are also a few new bonuses added to the release, the best of which is a new documentary with interviews of the cast and creators delving into how the film evolved from its original concepts, survived a directorial change, and came out as the film we know today. There are a few other new features as well, including an interesting look into NORAD and a brief documentary on the history of hacking. The commentary track is the same as the previous edition of the DVD, but that one was already excellent, so there was no need to replace it (although their introduction is cut-off for some reason, so you can't readily figure out who is who).

    It's nice to see WarGames finally given a quality DVD release, although there's still room for improvement. It would have been great to have an additional commentary track with some of the actors, a gallery of deleted footage from the first director (if it still exists), and there has yet to be a proper CD release of Arthur B. Rubinstein's excellent soundtrack (something that could easily be done using a Dual-Disc, or even as an alternate audio track). Also - why can't DVD producers add a subtitle track for commentaries so you know who is talking? Even just the name of the person talking at any given time would help. Maybe some of these will be addressed if there's ever a Blu-Ray version. Still, the 25th Anniversary Edition of WarGames is absolutely well-worth having....more info
  • War Games
    Good movie.
    My wife and I have enjoyed this movie very much.

    Jim...more info
  • It launched my career
    I saw the movie in the theater back in 83. I was 16 and an Atari nut but not interested in computers. After watching that movie I got the bug and thus launched a 20+ very successful career in technology. It was a lot of fun watching it and opened up a world of possibilites to a curious 16 year old video game addict.

    A great movie for nerds, techies, and 80s buffs in general.

    I also got a boost several years later with the movie Sneakers, which is still relevent today....more info
  • The only prevention to war is peace
    Remember Ronald Reagan, the actor-president, the acting president, the president-actor, we will never know. Was he serious about his empire of evil or was he joking one of these good words produced by black humor, or at least very dark grey humor? No one will even know, because Reagan himself did probably not know. The film is a direct reflection on that period from that period. If we entrust our own security to machines what would happen? Machines have no sense of life and death and for them everything is nothing but an exercise, a game, a playground dare or challenge or discussion because they have no ethical sense at all. The film, or rather this question is at the basis of the Terminator series too. Machines, if we let them develop too much, will take over and destroy or try to destroy the human species that would stand in their way. We also remember it is the fundamental element of the Dune series and that the survival of the human species was due to the Butlerian revolution that banned all intelligent machines and made it a crime to develop such machines. What is the originality of this film then that goes back to the command-line computers that no one knows how to use any more. That was the good old time before the invention of the GUI (Graphical User's Interface). That was a beautiful time when computers were an elite tool and when the Internet was still nothing but an intranet of the military establishment. That was then a field of mystery that we were just discovering and it took little imagination to understand that it could only be child play to penetrate such a system because it was only based on declarative identities and passwords and human beings are very simple-minded as for passwords since they want THE password they will never forget, as if it were possible. So it is simple to think of birth dates, death dates of close relatives, names of one's children, etc. That's exactly what a 17 year old teenager does: he penetrates the computer that governs the whole defense of the USA in case of a thermo-nuclear war and finds out that the computer considers it is a game, a game he is willing to play but he plays it for real and he can absolutely fool all commanding levels of the security system because they trust the machines and do not even ask their own eyes to check what is happening. The worst point about this film is that security rules make the commanding chain decide at one point to lock the system so that no change can be introduced that could change the management of the situation, or the orders given to the military by anyone in the chain of command. But the film remains entertaining and yet very moralistic indeed. So the game cannot be stopped but the military commander can be persuaded that it is a game played by the machine, but, and then it becomes rather sickening, the machine can by-pass that human chain of command and give the orders itself. At this moment there is no way to escape the apocalypse, except by playing another game the machine accepts as the key to make it think, if it can think, in the right direction. So why not try tic-tac-toe, a game that cannot be won at all. And that leads the dear machine of ours to the conclusion that, after examining all scenarios, a thermo nuclear war cannot be won except by not engaging in one. And we can only wonder why human beings are dumb enough to start wars all the time if there is no winner in present day war. McCain who knew how to win a war lost the election that should have been his major battle. Bush who was not prepared for a war, got into one desperately and stubbornly, and even into two for good measure. If he had been prepared he definitely would not even have hesitated with Iran or North Korea and maybe two or three more. Is a machine more intelligent than the human species? Probably. At least this film is trying to tell us so.

    Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University Paris Dauphine, University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne & University Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines
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  • One of the Classics
    This Movie came out as Computers were starting to emerge and come into peoples homes. It became a classic at the time because many people did not understand computers and a fear of Nuclear war was very real.
    Although the idea of a computer Calling you and thinking on its own is silly, All of the technology in the movie was the way it really was back in the old days. The Idea of Vulnerable sysytems still stands true, but with faster modems, connections and computers. ...more info
  • DATED TIME CAPSULE OF A UNIVERSAL "Still Relevant" THEME
    WHAT IS "WARGAMES" ABOUT?

    If this film is dated and obsolete, then so is the desire for peace. Most teenagers connected with this film 22 years ago when it did nearly $40 million at the box office and today's kids will consider this a novel antiquity with a universal theme still just as relevant today. Sure, the Soviet Union is no longer in existence and dial-up modems are mostly passe, but the idea of universal armageddon has returned again in the wake of 9/11 and seems likely to be a bane to humanity for the forseeable future. "Wargames" goes beyond the obvious and looks hopefully at the future, for if we can get past what happens in this very suspenseful thriller, then perhaps there is hope for us after all.

    The film opens and closes in exactly the same way but with different players. There is an order to launch missles and we see a crew [one man in particular] who won't launch. It is a simulation, but it reveals that 22% of the crews would behave the same way. The Strategic Command reluctantly gives control of the nuclear response to their master computer, "W.O.P.R." [War Operations Planned Response], in an effort to take humans out of the loop. The rest of the movie is a desperate struggle to put human control back into the loop with Matthew Broderick forcing the issue as a teenage hacker. And so the film ends exactly where it begins, except this time it is the General who reluctantly takes control of the response and chooses not to launch just as in the simulation where the film began. This is an anti-war theme which is always popular with the young, and peace is a topic that certainly never goes out of vogue with people of any age or background.

    -- * MAJOR PLAYERS -- *

    Matthew Broderick - David
    Dabney Coleman - McKittrick
    John Wood - Falken
    Ally Sheedy - Jennifer
    Barry Corbin - Gen. Beringer

    -- * PRODUCTION CREW -- *

    John Badham - Director
    Leonard J. Goldberg - Producer / Executive Producer
    Harold Schneider - Producer
    William A. Fraker - Screenwriter / Cinematographer
    Walon Green - Screenwriter
    Lawrence Lasker - Screenwriter
    Walter Parkes - Screenwriter
    Arthur B. Rubinstein - Composer (Music Score)
    Michael Ripps - Editor
    Tom Rolf - Editor
    Angelo P. Graham - Production Designer
    Richard Hashimoto - Production Designer / Associate Producer
    James Murakami - Art Director
    Jerry Wunderlich - Set Designer
    Barry Delaney - Costume Designer
    Linda Matthews - Costume Designer
    Willie D. Burton - Sound/Sound Designer


    -- * MAJOR AWARDS --*

    Best Cinematography (nom) William A. Fraker 1983 Academy
    Best Original Screenplay (nom) Walter Parkes 1983 Academy
    Best Original Screenplay (nom) Lawrence Lasker 1983 Academy
    Best Sound (nom) Carlos DeLarios 1983 Academy
    Best Sound (nom) Michael J. Kohut 1983 Academy
    Best Sound (nom) Aaron Rochin 1983 Academy
    Best Sound (nom) Willie D. Burton 1983 Academy

    IN THE END - -

    A very interesting film ,that although apparently dated in its look and thematic focus, still resonates, especially among teen viewers.

    ...more info
  • It could have happened
    War Games with Matthew Broderick. Interesting to see what computers & floppys looked like when this picture was filmed. The real Brainiac, if properly programmed, might just as easily started the countdown....more info
  • "Global Thermal Nuclear War", 1980s Classic - Recommended
    Our local movie theater had a one day showing of "War Games" to coincide with the release of WarGames: The Dead Code. We jumped at the chance to show this to our kids (12 & 16) on the "big screen". It was a real treat to see it again but it also brought back the realization that to us, growing up in the `70s and `80s, that nuclear war was a very real possibility and the movie did manage to capture some of that fear.

    The most memorable elements for me were the early "hacker" aspects (both technical and social engineering). Both of my kids are computer savvy and quickly poked holes in the many technical flaws, but the underlying story and message still did get through.

    All in all, this is a well made movie, with good acting, and solid plot. While the technology is dated, it is still very good and is worth watching.

    Recommended! ...more info
  • The Only Way To Win Is Not To Play
    Okay, so it's dorky little '80s movie, lacking all the special effects and CG of the 00's. It is also an almost prophectic piece of work, made in a time when world relations between the two biggest powers were at best strained. The message in this movie is worth every attempt one can make to watch it. I only wish humanity could learn the lesson for good....more info
  • OR, get it cheaper EVERYWHERE else!
    You can play the Amazon pricing games here, and get it for $13, OR, you can get it for $10 at Best Buy, or even LESS at Deepdiscount. AND, FREE SHIPPING. When will Amazon learn. I know, I know, you HAVE to milk as much revenue out of people who don't know how to shop as possible. It's the Retail Motto, take advantage of those who don't know. Why get ripped off??? STOP PLAYING THE GAMES! As for the movie, it's a classic. Lots of fun and nostalgia, get it, just get it where it's being offered for a reasonable price. Oh, don't worry, the price here will go up and down up and down over the next few weeks. It's the retail way. Funny though, the cost of it to the sellers doesn't change. GO FIGURE!...more info
  • C'mon, all you 80s Fans!! You know you LOVE this Film!!
    You know it, you love it. WarGames is a film that's even more poignant now that we're celebrating its Silver Anniversary (that's 25 years, Dubya) - with one of the biggest threats we face as a planet being the spectre of loose nukes.

    For those WarGamers who simply can't wait until Amazon posts the specs of this oh-so-muy-especial edition:

    Disc One:
    * 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer
    * Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 Audio
    * Commentary by Director John Badham and Writers Lawrence Lasker and Walter F. Parkes

    Disc Two:
    * Loading WarGames
    * Attack of the Hackers
    * Inside NORAD: Cold War Fortress
    * Tic Tac Toe: A True Story
    * Interactive Superpower Weapons Briefing Gallery
    * Sneak Peek at WarGames 2: The Dead Code
    * WarGames Theatrical Trailer

    Now, don't nuke me: These specs are **UNCONFIRMED**. And yes, it appears there is no new commentary *and* there is that trailer for the upcoming direct-to-DVD release of WarGames 2 with a completely unknown cast. Oh well, c'est la vie, and la vie goes on...
    ...more info
  • A Classic
    I really loved this movie when it came out and still do. The computers are really dated, but you have to consider it was made in 1983 and this was cutting edge technology then. I thought it was very inventive with a good plot... even my 12 year old that is light years ahead of the equipment used here loved it... he watched it completely twice.
    I do have a problem with this particular release though. If you put it in your DVD player and select play, you automatically get the director's commentaries which I find a real pain, because I never really cared about them analyzing a film which they did... very useless and boring to me. I had to go into languages, select English, no subtitles and then play to get to the film without the three guys talking over a very cool flick which literally gives me that feeling of fingernails scratching a chalk board.
    The film is great... I loved it when I first saw it and still live it. I recommend it to everyone. A classic that can be enjoyed by the entire family if you don't mind some occasional foul language....more info
  • It Takes Two Hands To Handle A WOPR
    All storytelling revolves around three themes: Man against Man, Man against Nature, and Man against Himself. In the latter half of the Twentieth Century, a fourth paradigm was added, that being Man Against Machine. Largely told in the cinematic mode, Man against Machine has given us any number of low-budget American International Pictures releases, as well as such classic films as Fail-safe, Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Colossus - The Forbin Project, 2001 - A Space Odyssey, the The Terminator films, The Matrix and its sequels, and WAR GAMES.

    WAR GAMES is a late Cold War Era entry (1983), and probably the only Teen Angst movie of this kind. Despite the inherent weaknesses of the Teen Angst genre, WAR GAMES manages to have been (and remain) satisfyingly entertaining, even after a quarter century. WAR GAMES remains timeless.

    David Lightman (played by a pimple-faced, squeaky Matthew Broderick) is an underacheiving teenage computer genius who spends his time entertaining himself by hacking into the school computer and changing people's Grade Point Averages. Somehow, David manages to hook up with the pretty and popular Jennifer (played by a presumptively virginal Ally Sheedy). While trying to impress Jennifer with his pocket-protector machismo, David hacks into what he believes to be an online War Gaming site. Presented with a whole plethora of possible games, David, of course, skips over such boring choices as tic-tac-toe, poker, chess, and even the intriguingly named Falken's Maze to play Global Thermonuclear War.

    David HAS hacked into an online War Gaming site. Unfortunately for David, and for us, it's NORAD. Having just completed a study showing that human button-pushers won't push their buttons in the event of an attack, NORAD has given the ultimate responsibility for button-pushing to a new computer, WOPR (the acronym is a little vague). WOPR doesn't realize that David is a hacker. WOPR also doesn't know that it's all a simulation. So WOPR starts World War III. David and Jennifer, realizing that it is all a terrible misunderstanding, spend the rest of the film trying to turn off the rambunctious little toaster oven. The ending is a Cold War parable.

    After two and a half decades part of the fun of watching WAR GAMES is looking at all the quaint high-tech antiques. The computer geeks are an army of screaming, whining, barely toilet-trained four-eyed migraine makers. David's modem is a hard dock model that basically swallows telephone receivers. Reel-to-reel tape drives still look impressive. 5.25 disk drives are on the cutting edge. PCs as such don't exist, but 8088 integrated monitor-dual floppy drive-keyboard models are everywhere. No one's heard of the Graphical User Interface yet, and everything is reduced to green typing on black screens, the equivalent of computer cuneiform. DOS doesn't and Windows wasn't. Amazingly, David's home dinosaur can turn the typed word into an audio feed, allowing WOPR to talk. Tres cool, man!

    As for the WOPR itself, it is appropriately named, being about a third of the size of a typical Burger King restaurant. Very well endowed with more beeping and flashing things than a Vegas Casino, WOPR has about as much computing power as an abacus, and works just about as well, but it is pretty to look at.

    Even though the WOPR couldn't play a DVD, your computer can, and WAR GAMES is a fun popcorn-and-soda flick that's worth having in your collection....more info
  • What's a modem?
    Fun watching this 20 years later and explaining to my young teens why Matthew Broderick's character takes this huge, corded phone receiver and docks it to get "online"...also the old DOS language and computer-generated voice (DO-YOU-WANT-TO-PLAY-A-GAME?) were fun. Surprisingly, the storyline riveted my 13 & 14 year-olds despite the antiquated technology. The whole teenager who is doing something silly and funny (tickets to Paris? OK!) and getting in over his head (and it was Ferris Bueller, after all, every kid's hero) resonated with them. ...more info
  • WarGames (25th Anniversary Edition) A Worthy Upgrade!
    As many of us remember seeing this fun movie first run in a theatre, we all chuckle a bit at the 8" floppy discs, monochrome monitor, BASIC programming, the top load VCR, cradle modem and so on.

    But aside from the fantasies needed to tell a story, WarGames hits the mark on all points. As the movie was filmed during the Reagan years, the Soviets really were nervous about SAC and the entire American nuclear TRIAD. The scene in the missile silo at the beginning is so real life that the Titan II Missile Museum folks in Green Vally, AZ use a tape recording of the movie launch sequence to explain a launch episode. (If ever near Tucson on vacation, try to visit the museum. All the missile silos but this one were destroyed due to S.A.L.T. The concrete cover is set permanently half open for Russian satellite observation.)

    Being said, this 25th Anniversary Edition is worthy of an upgrade to your collection. Most importantly is anamorphicly enhanced for 16x9 viewing. The extras are great, getting to hear from several principle actors and film crew.

    Shop around a bit and you can find this DVD for <$10. I'm sure Amazon will follow suit as they usually are fairly competitive in price. ENJOY!

    UPDATE: 09.09.08

    The above reviewer is correct. The DVD is NOT enhanced for 16x9 viewing. Unbelievable! They fooled me! That being said a little jockying around and the movie still looks okay. But the studio was deceiving as the DVD lacks enhancement for 16x9. ...more info
  • Dated but still works
    Coming out at the peak of the revitalized Reagan-era Cold War, this flick stands as somewhat dated with its globalthermonuclear war scenario and its early look at how computers were changing lives.

    Still it holds up well as more than a museum piece for a few reasons. First, its tautly directed and well paced. Secondly from Matthew Broderick in the lead to nice supporting turns by the likes of Dabney Coleman and Barry Corbin its well-acted. Third, even though its message is a little simplistic, its ultimately heartfelt and makes a lot of sense. Altogether, it holds up as one of the best mainstream thrillers of the 80s....more info
  • Excellent, excellent movie
    This movie is WONDERFUL.

    Besides the fact it captures the 80s incredibly well, its fashion, it's atmosphere, it also manages to depict what was back then state-of-the-art technology in a very coherent way within the plot (a real treat for those who happened to know it and work with it), and shows some tricks of the old hacker ways long gone (war dialing, phone phreaking, manual hacking, etc.)

    The plot is very good. So is the acting. And it's a great trip down memory lane, right back into the heart of the 80s.

    You really have to get this movie!!!...more info
  • A Film to Help Students to Think
    The Cold War ... what the heck is that? This film helps to reveal to high school students the magnitude of this worldwide crisis. (You know that there are tens of thousands of ICBMs still out there?) Of course, most high school students relate mostly to the characters, but soon some begin to understand that this is about the survival of us all. Questions follow, and we can slip in a few concepts that may hang around after adoloscence. ...more info
  • How much things change and how much they stay the same
    Someone else has beat me to the punch on the special features, so I shall stick to the film's contents. In 1983, a very intelligent but socially isolated teenager programs his computer to dial up a large series of telephone numbers in search of game programs. He finally gets a hit - unfortunately it happens to be a military computer that is programmed to constantly play war games. The teenager decides to play the most interesting looking game on the roster - global thermonuclear war. He thinks it is a game, but the computer is actually looking to "win the game" and launch an attack on Russia. After 25 years this film shows how much things change and how much things stay the same.

    What is the same? There will always be some country or some group from which the U.S. fears an imminent attack. Teenagers will always feel a disconnect between their own generation and that of their parents. Younger people will always be quicker with new technology than older generations. However, they'll continue to fail to see the far-reaching implications of their more creative uses of that new technology until often it is too late.

    What is different? The Russian empire as it existed in 1983 is no longer the threat it once was. At this time in history, people were genuinely scared of a nuclear war breaking out between the U.S. and Russia since Reagan had upped the ante via defense spending and rhetoric during his first term.

    What is really different? In retrospect, it is obvious that neither the U.S. nor Russia actually intended to use their stockpile. Both sides were just using their arms as part of a joint bluff. Although the Russians have a history very different from the U.S., we were basically dealing with a group of people (the Russian leaders) who had a good thing going and, in the end, did value their own skins above all else, just as most Americans do. Thus the real concern was that some mistake would set off some perfect storm of events in which both sides would end up launching all of these weapons that were never intended to be used. That is the subject of this movie.

    Today our enemy wears no uniform, has nothing to lose, is not centrally organized so that we can negotiate, and doesn't mind losing their own lives in the quest to end those of many others. That is really really different from 25 years ago.

    Don't let my serious review make you think that this film is all dark and fatalistic. It has lots of fun parts to it to contrast with the serious parts. Highly recommended....more info
  • A classic!
    Oh the nostalgia! This is an enjoyable and engaging 80's movie that harkens back to the days of clear-cut geopolitics and our mistrust of computers. If you were alive during the 80's and haven't seen this movie you're missing out on a load of fun.
    If you're a fan of Matthew Broderick in Ferris Bueller (1986), then you'll notice the birth of some of those character qualities here in WarGames (1983). The picture quality seems to have been restored very well. The only drawback I know of is that I wish I had gotten the widescreen edition. ...more info
  • Great Movie
    I bought this movie because it has a very nostalgic feeling for me, but the movie is quite well, is not that well made, and the acting is not that really good.

    With all his flaws this is a great movie because of the Plot which is great, and creates the feeling of not knowing what is going to happen....more info
  • The original W.O.P.P.E.R.
    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.

    Short Circuit DVD ~ Ally Sheedy...more info
  • Great release but it's NOT 2 discs!
    In spite of what it says on both Amazon & DeepDiscount this is a ONE disc release. It's chock full of some great features, and has very nice audio/visual quality (anamorphic ws). It's only $9.99 at Best Buy & $9.72 at DD which should've tipped me off that they'd cut out one disc. Overall I would still highly recommend it though....more info
  • Classic Cold War Film
    The setting of this film is the early 1980s. A high school computer geek named David Lightman(Matthew Broderick) thinks he is hacking into the Protovision Toy company to get the program information for some new games. Little does he realize that he has hacked into the NORAD Defense computer. He starts playing a simulation of Global Thermonuclear War, which triggers mayhem and confusion at NORAD in Colorado.

    Lightman and the computer's creator must find a way to thwart off the threat of real life nuclear conflict before the game time expires. This is a pulse pounding, mellow dramatic USA-USSR Cold War era film. It is not only a good period piece, it is a great piece of film making....more info