Saturday, September 13, 2008

WarGames 25th-anniversary DVD

The 25th-anniversary DVD of WarGames is well worth picking up. It's only about $12, and it's a beautiful new transfer of the film -- much, much nicer than the previous DVD edition. Also, the new making-of documentary is really quite good, and, to my delight, spends a lot of time interviewing the writers (often given short shrift in such things).

As I've mentioned before, it's one of my favourite films, and it holds up to repeated viewings.

It's fascinating to think about John Lennon in the Stephen Falken role, as the writers originally hoped, but the actor who actually did play Falken, Tony Award-winner John Wood, totally owns the part, and the rest of the cast is spectacular, too. And, now that I've been to NORAD, the film is even more special for me (although the complete lack of Canadians or Canadian flags in the WarGames NORAD scenes is unrealistic, of course -- it is a joint Canada-US venture).

The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site


At September 13, 2008 10:13 PM , Blogger Christopher Davis said...

The scenes where they go to meet Falken on the island were filmed in my hometown. When the ferry dock came on the screen, it got a rousing round of applause from the folks who recognized it (plus some amusement, since they're running down the boat launching ramp and not the ferry dock).

Incidentally, that bit where Falken tells David "you missed the last ferry, so you're stuck here until morning"? Very true; one of my best friends lived on the island, and would have to arrange a place to stay if he was going to be on the mainland after 6pm on a weeknight.


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