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Wing Commander (1999)

Freddie Prinze Jr. , Matthew Lillard  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Freddie Prinze Jr., Matthew Lillard, Saffron Burrows, Tcheky Karyo
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: July 6, 1999
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305475822
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,955 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Wing Commander" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Video games are interesting because they're interactive, and movies because they aren't. In a video game, you're the actor; moviegoing depends on your connecting with those people up on the screen;. There's really no easy crossover.

That's the problem with Wing Commander, based on the bestselling computer game series created by Chris Roberts. Roberts helms the film, too, having previously directed "cinematic" sequences for the game, starring Mark Hamill from Star Wars, no less. But a feature-length story is something else again. Maybe gamers will find something to enjoy here, but that sets the rest of us adrift.

There's war between the Terran Confederation and the evil Kilrathi, who are so evil they want to destroy the whole universe. (They probably aren't thinking that through very clearly. But then they're evil.) They've stolen the Pegasus Navicom A.I. device that enables them to "jump" behind enemy lines and destroy the Earth part of the universe. Freddie Prinze Jr. stars as Blair, a Pilgrim, which means he's hated by everybody for having this film's answer to the Force. His pal Matthew Lillard plays Maniac (his usual role). So you've got two guys with a Top Gun complex, bent on preventing the Kilrathi from destroying Earth. You'd expect lots of action from these combat-ready flyboys. But there's scant little of that, and lots of static dialogue scenes, including one cinematic quote of Howard Hawks's classic Only Angels Have Wings to explain how pilots handle the death of one of their own. Presumptuous. All it would have taken to make this film a success is a series of action set pieces and a thin plot to hang them from. What director Roberts needed was a Navicom device to help him "jump" behind Hollywood lines. That and a decent script. --Jim Gay

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"Starship Troopers" meets "Top Gun" in this no-holds-battle for the future of mankind. A vicious alien race, the Kilrathi, has discover the coordinates to Earth and is heading our way with plans of the total destruction. Now it's up to two young hotshot fighter pilots to blast their way through the Kilrathi's defenses and save their planet from this new breed of enemy.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An under rated film June 19, 2013
By Deprima
I'm really surprised that there aren't more reviews of this film. It's actually a decent movie. Do not judge it by one bad review from an individual who left before the story was over. Make your own decision!
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Much Underrated Space Adventure Film March 4, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Unfortunately, "Wing Commander" has gotten blasted quite a bit by Hollywood critics and many viewers for a lot of reasons. The Hollywood people don't like it because its not Shakespeare. Many of the viewers didn't like it because they were players of the Wing Commander game and the movie is different from the game.
However, when judged on its own merits, "Wing Commander" is a decent space adventure film. So what if it is not Shakespeare and so what if its different from the game? This film combines fantastic special effects, great battle sequences, and rather compelling characters and character conflicts. We have Lt. Blair who must deal with his half Pilgrim heritage. We have Lt. Marshall who's recklessness gets him into trouble. We have Lt. Commander Deveraux, a woman who's cold exterior is her defense against loosing friends to the war. Then there is Taggert, a wise space pilot who has a hidden identity.
All of this makes "Wing Commander" a space adventure film worth seeing. If one does not nitpick the film to death, "Wing Commander" is a fun and enjoyable film for science fiction fans. Don't listen to the critics and the disgruntled fans of the Wing Commander game. If your looking for a fun scifi film, get "Wing Commander".
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good movie for SciFi fans December 12, 1999
I played all Wing Commander computer games and i consider myself a fan of the series. And i congratulate Chris Roberts on his long-time dream, to bring Wing Commander to the big screen. Roberts may not be a Hollywood director, but he has something, many others lack: Vision. He created the hole series. And his passion definitly flows through the movie. His various allusions to Homer's Odyssey are also a nice addition. The music score is absolutely fantastic. The themes have been composed by David Arnold, who also composed the epic themes from Stargate and Independence Day. The special effects are really great. Roberts own company Digital Anvil created some effects that are on the same level as ILM effects. But the movie also has its weeknesses. The biggest one are the Kilrathis. The look rather dull compared to the computer game series and they appear only in two scenes. Too bad! The storyline also has its flaws, but it is never boring.
The actors are very good. Matthew Lillard really gets on ones nerves and Jürgen Prochnow gets another chance to play a naval captain. (Greetings from Das Boot!).
All in all, the movie is fun. Every SciFi fan should watch this film.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent sci-fi; non-fans stay away. August 11, 2000
For someone who's not a fan of the sci-fi genre, evaluating Wing Commander is pointless. As a sci-fi it's very good, even for people who aren't familiar with the popular computer game series that spawned the movie.
What's nice about this film is that the story is everything. The acting is all right--not bad, but in general not fabulous either. But what this film delivers is essentially a classic World War II submarine/carrier story set in space. It's got action moments and tense waiting game moments, but the story focuses mostly on the fighter pilots (for obvious reasons) so there's plenty of gunfire and stunt flying to go around.
The effects serve the story here, not vice-versa. Bullet time was thrown into one pulsar-jump sequence, following its brief success in Lost In Space and before it was used so extensively in the Matrix; previews sadly made the movie seem like an excuse for that effect, but the movie stands up just as well without it. Nothing looks especially CGI or goofy. Not too much flash, not too little.
The music is plenty good, the story is plenty decent, and the effects don't smother everything else. It's good sci-fi, which is rare enough to begin with, and worth your time if you appreciate the genre.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Love the movie, looks very bad, no features. January 19, 2011
By Jack
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I love this movie! I watch it at least twice a year!

BUT... It looks like crap on Blu-Ray... The only blu-ray that I own that looks worse than this movie is 28 days later, but that movie was filmed with consumer handi-cams. All of the special effects sequences in this movie were rendered in low-def so they all look pretty bad. But even the live action sequences look pretty bad. It may look slightly better than the dvd copy that I own, but not by much. You will notice from the first second the movie starts playing, the opening credits look awful.

Also, my dvd copy has tons of bonus features, like a making of and everything, but this blu-ray has nothing. It doesn't even have a menu. The movie just loops forever, you cannot even exit to a menu.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wing Commander Review (Score 8 out of 10) January 24, 2009
Please keep in mind the movie was produced in 1999.

Video Quality: The film is crisp and clear. Wide Screen format. Aspect Ratio of 2.35:1. English Subs only.

Sound Quality: Good, clear. Available in 5.1 Surround or Dolby Surround.


Time Duration: 100 Minutes

Summary (WARNING: May contain Spoilers):

This film was made after the game series of the same name. I like how they present the intro, the glowing regions on the space map representing human colonization. The CG are nicely done. Space combat is well presented. The only problem I had, were the actors; hence why I gave it 8/10. I think Freddie Prinze JR could have done a better job. I felt I couldn't take him seriously throughout the movie. Matthew Lillard had some character. Tcheky Karyo did a fine job. I would recommend this film to anyone who's familiar with the game.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun SciFi romp.
I remember watching this for the first time as a child. I rewatched it, and still enjoyed it. I actually went out, looked for it, and purchased it at best buy. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars Anything Chris Roberts makes
I enjoyed watching this again and remembering playing the "Wing Commander" and "Privateer" games. Read more
Published 29 days ago by will whaley
5.0 out of 5 stars One I watch again at least once each year
I love the idea of a race of people (like the Portuguese navigators of old) that have developed an innate ability to travel/navigate in space.
Published 1 month ago by Ron Goudswaard
4.0 out of 5 stars Wing Commander
I know a lot of people probably think this is a cheesy movie but I like it. The space combat is pretty cool. The fighters move in three dimensions and the gatling lasers are cool.
Published 1 month ago by Thomas A. Reed
3.0 out of 5 stars Sci-Fi Entertaining !!
I have it DVD really enjoyed, also lot ton of menu, special feature and caption. Anyway recent i brought new blu-ray and watch it very little improve picture and sound on projector... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steve
4.0 out of 5 stars A Flawed Gem
First of all, no, Wing Commander is not a great film. It has some problems, the most notable being the very underwhelming (to say the least) portrayal of the Kilrathi. Read more
Published 2 months ago by snow47
5.0 out of 5 stars nice
love the games, love the movie ...just had to add this to my collection the dvd too .. but the vhs is full screen ..sweet on a big tv.
Published 3 months ago by ricane
1.0 out of 5 stars Horribly bad. Put down, do not buy, walk away.
Also, sterilize any skin that may have come into contact with package or contents. Brain bleach may also be useful. Read more
Published 3 months ago by K. Deines
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone
While most fans of the games don't want to admit this movie was made. I enjoy it for what it is. Some of the plot points weren't edited well, and may not make complete sense. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jeremy W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good sci fi
Once again it can be seen that you don't need to paint everyone blue and spend a quarter of a billion dollars to make good sci fi. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Elwood
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