“Would  you like to play a game?”

Wow. Has it really been 25 years since this movie came out? I don’t know about you, but that makes me feel old.

The 1983 classic is back, and digitally restored on DVD. The film stars a very young Matthew Broderick (in a pre-Ferris Bueller role), and Ally Sheedy (before her iconic role in The Breakfast Club). The film also features Dabney Coleman, Barry Corbin, John Wood and a brief cameo from a young Michael Madsen in the opening scenes. The film was Directed by John Badham.

The film follows the exploits of the U.S. Military, who follows the ideas of Dr. John McKittrick (Coleman) to convert the nuclear defense operations over to a super-computer, thus removing the possibility of humans being unable to press the launch button when the time comes. Everything seems to be in order until a bored high school hacker, David Lightman (Broderick), accidently stumbles onto the backdoor into the central Military defense computer when trying to locate, and hack into a new line of video games. Thinking he is playing a game, David unwittingly launches a deadly game with the super computer, which thinks the game is real, and threatens to start World War III with Russia.

This film is a true classic. I know, I know. The term classic is thrown around way too often, and more often than not, it just refirs to a movie that came out a long time ago. I am also aware that, as an ’80s brat (born in 1980, point in fact), that we children of the 1980’s can sometimes be a little biased when it comes to proclaiming the ’80s as one of the greatest decades for films and entertainment ever. The debate could go on forever, and I could waste time listing all the great classic movies that came out in that decade (The Princess Bride, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Breakfast Club, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Indiana Jones Trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, Pretty Woman, Rain Man, Say Anything, The Little Mermaid, Platoon, Uncle Buck, Dirty Dancing, The Outsiders, Stand by Me, Red Dawn, The Lost Boys, The Goonies, The Monster Squad, The Shining, The Terminator, Aliens…just to name a few), but it ultimately comes down to your appreciation for good films. And yes, if you were born in that 1975-1990 time frame, then you probably share my love for many of the films listed above.

In the case of Wargames, like so many films of its time, it was just a well done film. I watched it numerous times growing up, but I also hadn’t seen it in a great many years until I picked up the 25th anniversary DVD recently. I was pleased with how well the movie played out for me as an adult, and in the current global world, and with the great advances in visual effects since the film was made. Are the effects out-dated? Well, yeah, but it grounds the film in the past very well, but it also never seems too out-dated at the same time. While the cold war may have ended a long time ago, the threat of nuclear war is still very real today. Infact, its arguably more real and more scary today, as we not only worry about Russia in the current world climate, but also China, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Pakistan, and India. In that sense, the drama of the film still plays out very well, and well…a good film is still a good film, even if the ideas within it aren’t as prevalent. The acting is well done, and the chemistry of young Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy is very enduring to watch. And who doesn’t love the Stephen Hawking-like computer voice? Classic indeed.

The film was touched up, and is presented beautifully in an almost prestine digital transfir on the disc, and like so many of the older films, actually looks like a newer movie on DVD while watching it, its that well presented. Complete with a great audio, and an insightful documentary, as well as a few fun featuretes, the disc is well worth the almost criminal $12 price tag in most stores right now. It also features a sneak peek at the recent (straight to video) sequel, Wargames: The Dead Code, which doesn’t look like anything worth anyones time to watch, to be quite honest here. If you loved the film as a child or teenager, then you will still love it, and if you’ve never seen the film, its well worth a try, at the very least add it to your netflix queue.