I know, I know, I know. 'Shut up, old man,' you're saying, and I'm responding with 'Get off my lawn, you punk!' But I stand by what I opened this little announcement with: the 1980's produced a lot of films that may not have aged quite as well as other decades -- especially when we're talking about the technological advances -- but their stories continue to resonate with folks who find them decades later. So why shouldn't these motion pictures get the necessary upgrade in order to keep them in pristine condition for today's discriminating viewers?
Well, it looks like the good people at Shout Factory would agree, as they're ponying up a restoration of 1984's somewhat visionary WarGames from genre director John Badham just in time for the holiday season. According to the information that I'll be copying and pasting below, this 4K Blu-ray will hit the streets on December 20th. If you haven't seen it -- or if your old copy has started to fade and you're inclined to pick up something fresher -- then mark your calendars as this one is as good today as it was back then.
Matthew Broderick. Ally Sheedy. And Barry Corbin offering to piss on a spark plug if it'll help things out.
Mark my words.
Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller's Day Off) and Ally Sheedy (The Breakfast Club) star in this compelling drama filled with action, suspense and high-tech adventures! Featuring superb performances by Dabney Coleman and Barry Corbin, WarGames is "brilliant ... funny ... and provocative" (New York) – a fast-paced cyber-thriller.
Computer hacker David Lightman (Broderick) can bypass the most advanced security systems, break the most intricate secret codes and master even the most difficult computer games. But when he unwittingly taps into the Defense Department's war computer, he initiates a confrontation of global proportions — World War III! Together with his girlfriend (Sheedy) and a wizardly computer genius (Tony Award winner John Wood), David must race against time to outwit his opponent ... and prevent a nuclear Armageddon.
Special Features and Technical Specs:
- BRAND NEW 4K RESTORATION OF THE FILM FROM THE ORIGINAL CAMERA NEGATIVE
- DOLBY VISION/HDR PRESENTATION OF THE FILM
- Audio Commentary By Director John Badham And Writers Lawrence Lasker And Walter F. Parkes
- "Loading WarGames"
- "Inside NORAD: Cold War Fortress"
- "Attack Of The Hackers"
- "Tic Tac Toe: A True Story"
- Theatrical Trailer
- Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature