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The Wizard Released on DVD 75

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The Wired Game|Life Column points out that something momentous happened yesterday: The Wizard was released on DVD. From the post: "And I do not understand how any sane person couldn't be happy about this. Generally recognized even by the small children who saw it in 1989 as being a ninety-minute ad for Nintendo, The Wizard is quite frankly a masterpiece of our time. It starred Super Mario Bros. 3." From 1up's post on the release: "Appropriate celebrations include sending Wizard cards (depicting Fred Savage in all his pre-teen glory, natch), the decorating of the Wizard tree (ornaments should resemble characters from Super Mario 3), and wearing the Wizard celebratory garments (also known as the Nintendo Power Glove). I'm sure the lack of Blu-Ray release was simply an oversight, and not a monstrous snub by the higher-ups at Sony."
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The Wizard Released on DVD

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  • Rilo Kiley [wikipedia.org] and Jenny Lewis [rilokiley.net]! Fred Savage? Huh? Wasn't that Peter Falk's [imdb.com] grandson? Mod me +WTF, Obscure
  • Awesome!! (Score:3, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 23, 2006 @02:26PM (#15964319)
    Now we can have an upcoming sneak-preview of Mario 3!!!
  • by Rob T Firefly (844560) on Wednesday August 23, 2006 @02:26PM (#15964323) Homepage Journal
    It's so... bad.
  • When I saw the subject line, I thought that maybe, just maybe, "The Wizard of Speed and Time" had been released.

    • by wwphx (225607)
      I so wish! I do have an autographed WoS&T poster: I was a gopher/escort for Jitlov at a Phoenix convention years ago. I do have the 16mm short that was the basis for WoS&T, someone gave it to my film club when it was found on a mixed reel of 16mm shorts in the wreckage of a bar fire in Tucson.
    • by spyrochaete (707033) on Wednesday August 23, 2006 @03:02PM (#15964610) Homepage Journal
      WoSAT is exactly what I was hoping for when I saw this and a previous /. headline. Thankfully I have a pretty high quality laserdisc rip on DVD. You could likely still find one as well on a rainy day (you know, a day that's a Bit Torrential).
    • by IPFreely (47576)
      I thought it was for Wizards [imdb.com]. That was actually a good movie.

      Fortunately, that one is aready out on DVD.

      • by Jesterboy (106813)
        Anyone who thinks Wizards was a good movie should first be smacked, and then made to watch the making of featurette on the DVD.

        For those too lazy, Ralph Bakshi continually blames George Lucas for stealing his budget, and repeatedly states that most of his inspiration came from the desire to draw elf girls with little or no clothes.
        • by dbIII (701233)
          Many portions of the movie were very good. Those were the ones made when the artist and the animators expected to be paid and before they left.
      • by Blakey Rat (99501)
        Wizards was crap. Fire and Ice is his masterpiece. Entirely rotoscoped, without the moronicness of Wizards. And yes, the chick is mostly-naked through the whole movie, so if you watched Wizards for that you'll still be happy.
    • by HiThere (15173) *
      Well, for some insane reason I was hoping it was the Linux release of "Wizardry I: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord".
    • by tabacco (145317)
      You can try asking around alt.fan.mike-jittlov for DVD copies. There are a couple of versions floating around (based on the LD release) that, while unofficial, are approved (or at least okayed) by Mike Jittlov.
    • by elrous0 (869638) *
      Am I the only one here that's gonna show some love for Mr. Wizard [imdb.com]?

      -Eric

    • Damn...you know, for the longest time I thought I was the only one expressing any Jitt-love. It's nice to know the whole thing wasn't some crazy fever dream. Have you ever tried calling him? He used to have his phone number posted online, not sure if he still does.
  • I wore out my VHS copy... P.S. - Caaaaallllifooooorrrrnnniiiaaaaa
  • by Wilson_6500 (896824) on Wednesday August 23, 2006 @02:34PM (#15964387)
    If we ever got to the point where a video game was driven by an artificial intelligence so advanced that it could itself become a citizen of a country, then couldn't we literally have a movie _starring_ the video game itself?

    "Based on the hit video game 'Chessmaster 3035,' Chessmaster 3035 stars in: 'Chessmaster 3035, the Movie.'"

    Love to see Uwe Boll try to tackle that one.
    • by krell (896769) on Wednesday August 23, 2006 @02:36PM (#15964408) Journal
      "artificial intelligence so advanced that it could itself become a citizen of a country"

      Not only can they become citizens, they can run for president and just about damn near win (2000).
    • by schon (31600) on Wednesday August 23, 2006 @02:40PM (#15964437)
      Love to see Uwe Boll try to tackle that one.

      My guess is that it wouldn't have anything to do with chess.
      • by greysky (136732)
        My guess is that it wouldn't have anything to do with chess.

        Of course it will. Chessmaster 3035 will be a first-person shooter. The full title will be "Chessmaster 3035: The Hunt for Bobby Fisher".
        • by Skraut (545247)
          How would that work? You're a motorcycle cop armed with a polaroid and you go around asking everybody "Have you seen this boy?"
      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        by Traiklin (901982)
        My guess is that it wouldn't have anything to do with chess.
        sure it will, all the characters in the movie will have chess piece names (Pawn, Rook, Knight, Queen, King ect) and there will be two female characters (say the Queen and bishop) who get nakied and fuck someone for absolutly no reason what so ever.

        Ofcourse it will end when the "White Side" defeates the evil "Black King" freeing the universe from 10,000 years of horror!
    • by justkarl (775856)
      Love to see Uwe Boll try to tackle that one.

      Personally, I'd like to see him tackle a Super Mario live-action thriller. Pick your version - 3, Super Mario world, I don't care. I just want to see a man apply and use a flying raccoon tail in CGI.
    • by andphi (899406)
      Please, for the love! Don't give him Ideas!
    • by StikyPad (445176)
      Chess: It's not just for breakfast anymore.

      What are you talking about?

      I cannot talk about what.

      What?!?

      Does that question interest you?

      Jesus...

      Please, call me Chessmaster 3035.
  • by dbombarc (208030) on Wednesday August 23, 2006 @02:38PM (#15964426) Homepage
    Its amazing that nintendo was cool enough to release a commericial as a film and kids would flock to see it?
    Best review of this film I've ever seen is here: http://www.x-entertainment.com/articles/0795/ [x-entertainment.com]
    • by Sigma 7 (266129)

      Its amazing that nintendo was cool enough to release a commericial as a film and kids would flock to see it?

      You shouldn't expect anything less from the communist propoganda campaign [aethiamud.org] - it targets children when they are very young as they are the most mallable to ideas. (Okay, bad running joke.)

      On a more serious note, people do watch video games as movies. There's the classic Speed Demos Archive [speeddemosarchive.com] for games as they were meant to be played, and then the Tool Assisted Speedruns [tasvideos.org] for those wanting to drop their j

  • I was in college by then, and drinking heavily.
  • Damnit where is Cloak and Dagger, show Dabney Coleman some love and give us the video game goodness. Im still waiting for the Double Dragon, Mortal Combat and Street Fighter box set too.
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by kirun (658684)
      I have the "Film that actually had something to do with the game" box set.

      Actually, it's just a cardboard box I found.
  • I want a Powerglove again dang it.
    • by krakelohm (830589)
      No, really you don't.
    • The only feasable use I ever found for my Powerglove was for re-enacting the self-destruct scene from Predator. In fact, it made #7 in IGN's 'worst game controllers of all time' [ign.com]

      Oh, and Caaalliiforrniia!

      I want a Powerglove again dang it.
      • by cr0sh (43134)
        I never owned a PowerGlove for my Nintendo, so I never tried "GloveBall" or whatever game came with it. However, I did purchase a few PowerGloves for VR experimentation - I first hooked it up to my Amiga (using info from that old Byte magazine article), and played around with it using AMOS and Blitz Basic. Later on after I got my first PC-compatible (an Acer 486), I got it working under REND386, and later AVRIL.

        Recently (as in, within the last 3 years or so), an individual wrote a "glove driver" module for

  • I think I may still have the mini Nintendo Power they gave you at the theater. Now that I think about it, I know I still have a few issues of Nintendo Fun Club around somewhere.
  • It's so bad. [x-entertainment.com]

    I have this on laserdisc and didn't realize it had never made it to DVD after all these years.

    Now where's my Max Headroom and Reboot season 1+2 DVDs, dammit!

    • Augh, I feel your pain. I need ReBoot on DVD like nobody's business. While we're at it, let's bring back the rest of my childhood with Transformers, Beast Wars, Beast Machines, and the original Power Rangers on DVD too.

      On the plus side, Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, and the Batman/Superman Animated Series are already arriving on DVD. My sister was kind enough to get me the Superman: The Animated Series Season 1 DVD for my birthday. :)
  • That scene with Lucas busting out the powerglove and PWNS Rad Racer is probably the best scene in any move in the last 50 years. really..
  • to complete my 80s movies nostalgia DVD collection.
  • Not a bad movie... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by 7Prime (871679) on Wednesday August 23, 2006 @04:29PM (#15965203) Homepage Journal
    Am I one of the only ones who thinks that it was actually a pretty decent film? Strip it of the Nintendo advertising, and it still is mostly about a few kids trying to help their autistic brother to a championship across the country, for the one thing he's a master at. It's based on "Tommy" by The Who, just replace "pinball wizard" with "video game wizard". Instead of being deaf, dumb, and blind, he's just deaf and dumb. Instead of his state being induced by having seen his mother having sex with some guy, he saw his twin sister die right in front of him. For a large scale drama, aimed at kids, it wasn't half bad at all. Only reason people couldn't take it very seriously is because of all the advertising, which was unfortunate.
    • by elrous0 (869638) *
      he's just deaf and dumb

      The writer's of this movie were pretty dumb too.

      -Eric

      • Re: (Score:1, Funny)

        by Anonymous Coward
        Coincidentally, the writers of the above post were also pretty dumb.
  • Unfortunately, though, it's going to be a pretty much barebones DVD. No special features, from what the article in Nintendo Power says about the DVD.
  • I don't remember much about this movie, although I'm pretty sure that I saw it sometime long ago. However, I do remember the rather cool video-game based cartoons that they used to have, including the Zelda flics on the Mario Bros show (which in itself sucked, but the Zelda cartoons were cool), Captain N, and some other cartoons along the same line.

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