Hackers

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1 h 45 min1995X-RayPG-13
A neophyte "hacker" becomes the target of the FBI after he unknowingly taps into a high-tech embezzling scheme which could cause a horrific environmental disaster in this suspenseful drama. Starring Angelina Jolie & Johnny Lee Miller.
Directors
Iain Softley
Starring
Angelina JolieJonny Lee MillerMatthew Lillard
Genres
SuspenseDrama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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Supporting actors
Laurence MasonPenn JilletteDarren LeeFisher StevensAlberta WatsonRenoly SantiagoJesse BradfordLorraine BraccoMathew LillardWendell Pierce
Producers
Michael PeyserRalph WinterIain Softley
Studio
MGM - Film
Rating
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Content advisory
Alcohol usefoul languagenuditysexual contentsmokingsubstance useviolence
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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Benjamin JohnsReviewed in the United States on August 19, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Special Features and decent Video with 2.0 audio
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To all those complaining about the audio. Get over it. If you think there will ever be another HD release of this movie in our lifetime you are kidding yourselves. This is an excellent cult classic cyberpunk movie from 1995 with a small but enthusiastic fanbase who are mostly in their 30's and 40's now. We are not a target demographic except for nostalgia repping and Shout! factory is one of the few companies who cater to that audience with decent transfers. This is probably your last, best shot at a hard copy in HD.

1. Video

Those points aside, the 'transfer' to HD is about what I would expect from the mid 90's era. There is a good amount of grain on the film but it may have been on the original master. It adds a little bit of flair in my opinion to the grittiness of the film and it is noticeable and makes the film feel more like a bootleg than an HD copy. That does not detract from the film in my opinion as it reminds me of the Troma Films blu ray transfers. The film is letterboxed to its original aspect ratio on a 16:9 TV.

2. Audio

It is 2 speakers and that's it. I switched the playback to do a faux 5.1 on the receiver and it sounded similar to the DVD if not identical. It is possible that Shout! Factory's claim that the original master was DTS 2.0 and that the DVD was just using a fake 5.1 track is legit. The audio was clear enough and there was not any noticeable bleed through in either 2.0 or fake 5.1. Those who were expecting a remix of the audio are going to be upset and probably should steer clear.

3. Special Features

This is where the blu-ray really shines. Shout! Factory did an excellent job with the special features with a full length series of interviews that treat the film like the cult classic it is. They have wardrobe, visual effects, the Director and a few cast members. I thought this was going to be some 20 minute throwaway to push blu rays but it was an adult, serious take on the process of creating Hackers, the soundtrack, how the movie has influenced culture and the culture has influenced the movie, what real hacking was like during that era (2600 mag interviews), discussions about each of the other cast members, etc. I was really impressed with the production quality, depth and length of this feature. It was interesting and refreshing to hear a serious talk about one of my favorite films from those who participated in it.

Bonus:

The cover art can be flipped to have the original theatrical movie poster instead of the one shown in the screenshot. Much better IMHO and a nice surprise for those of us who didn't care for the change.

Overall, normally I wait for blu-ray releases to drop in price to around $10 and this movie probably would not have been an exception but it's one of my favorite movies and I would not be surprised if this is a more limited release. If you are looking for a HD remaster or Criterion Collection style treatment like this was some sort of American classic you will need to wait (probably forever) but if you want an HD version of your favorite film with an excellent feature length special feature this is your ticket. Let's be honest, you are only reading this review because you already love the movie. Me too.
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PolyollyReviewed in the United States on April 17, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Embrace it for what it is, and you'll have blast
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Embrace the out-of-date computers, embrace the misrepresentation of hacking, embrace the trying to hardcore, don't worry about plot or motivation -- just embrace the pure 90's goodness and you'll enjoy it. I never saw this back in the day, but in terms of nostalgia it's a solid 10/10. If you apprecaite things for what they are and not accuracy, you'll love this. It's pure 90's magic. Enjoy!
28 people found this helpful
PatrickReviewed in the United States on August 18, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Blu-ray only 2.0 Audio, Not the DVD's 5.1 Soundtrack
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I just received Hackers on Blu-ray only to find it lacks the 5.1 audio track that the DVD has. To make it more confusing the outside of the blu-ray states DTS-HD MA 2.0 while the inside of the cover states DTS-HD MA 5.1. I quickly checked the disc and there is only 1 audio track, DTS-HD MA 2.0. This feels like a downgrade! I also feel like I got ripped off! I will update this review after watching the BD and hopefully the video quality makes up for the lost channels in audio.

Update(8/20/15): Changed 1 to 5 stars. Just watched the entire movie and special features to include the trailer. As it turns out, the film was never released in theaters with more than stereo sound (DTS stereo is in the trailer). Now onto the Blu-ray quality.

Audio: My initial concerns about the 2.0 soundtrack were rightly placed. I must say that some of the surround effects that I remembered from the DVD release are gone, such as the plane flying from rear to front channels in the opening scenes when Dade flies to NY. However, the audio is crystal clear and depending on the receiver and sound field selected, can result in nice surround sound. On my Denon with Polk speaker 7.1, it sounded great lots of audio from all speakers. On my larger Onkyo and Klipsch 5.1 system, the surround effects were mostly gone, but even lacking DTSHD support, the sound was superb. All the oddities from the DVD audio were there, such as when Kate switches to a british based accent while Dade is checking out her laptop. There did lack the sub track, which would have been nice given the soundtrack, but with larger speakers it wasn't as bad. Overall, now that I know the original film lacked a 5.1 soundtrack, I am pleased with the audio.

Video: This is a 1080p transfer. The quality is up there with many other older movies transferred to Blu-ray. That is to say, it looked great. There are many scenes that I remember the DVD version looking flat or washed out and they are still there in the BD release. At least the resolution and clarity are greatly improved over the DVD.

Overall: If you are a fan of the movie, buy the Blu-ray!

Comments about the movie itself: Many say it is cheesy. I guess they are referring to the skateboarding computer security officer and his plot line or the graphics of what the movie computers look like. If that is the case, then yes the movie is cheesy... but... So many of the scenes are truer to life in the 90s than some might realize. Many aspects of this movie were spot on in the 90s and still still accurate today. In some cases, this movie predicted the future. Just buy, you'll love it.
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DiabolikReviewed in the United States on August 29, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hackers is essential 90's cinema
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So glad to finally have Hackers on a high-def format. Great characters, tons of hilarious scenes and lines, and the entire presentation just screams live-action comic book in the best way. Hacking is effectively the same as casting magic spells in this movie and has little in common with real hacking, but that's part of the fun.

Also Fisher Stevens is a stand-out as The Plague. This veggie-munching, ass-slapping, skate-boarding hacker supreme has a diabolical plan and he won't let these meddlesome kids get in his way! He also gets the best monologue in the film: "You wanted to know who I am, Zero Cool? Well let me explain the New World Order. Governments and corporations need people like you and me. We are Samurai. The Keyboard Cowboys. And all those other people out there who have no idea what's going on are the cattle. MOOOO!"

My only issue with this release is the lack of more bonus features. I love the restrospective documentary, it's great, but I was hoping for an audio commentary or two. Oh well
14 people found this helpful
Edward BReviewed in the United States on March 23, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Dislikable characters and completely unbelievable 'hacking'
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I was only able to sit through 43 minutes of this movie. It frankly had little to no redeeming qualities. First off, the characters were all extremely unlikable. The 'protagonist' sets off a fire alarm in a school just to get back at a girl who got him locked outside (I guess federal offenses are funny and cool now?). The ridiculous code names all the 'hackers' gave themselves seemed to glorify hacking and making it into a social event that it is not. Every character seemed to have such a high opinion of themselves, I was rooting against everyone before I tuned out. All the scenes of hacking had ridiculous user interfaces (like the UI in Jurassic Park). It felt like the writers read one Times article about hacking and called it a day as far as the research went. If the movie were supposed to be sci-fi, then I guess it would be fine, but it was not and the amount of suspicion of disbelief you would need is not something I was feeling.
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LynReviewed in the United States on September 19, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of my all time favorite films: Hackers!!!!
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Has been one of my all time favorite movies since I saw it the first time in 1995 on a Blockbuster rental. Loved it then, loved the dub I made of it, loved it everything i rented it, and loved it when I bought it and will love the blu-ray and the special features that come with it.

Saw it the first time just after I did film analysis class in film school and recognized it as a well made film; everything about it was good. Acting, script, casting of each character and even though it is not up to today's standards of what hacking is, it's a funny, well made film with good to excellent actors and all of them make up an ensemble that shines even today.

I can't address the music or the other things but the characters are delightful. Cereal Killer was my instant favorite. I couldn't believe Angelina Jolie's lips (Acid Burn's). Each one of the hacker's had a different character so could play off the others without interferring with their acting or persona's. They were obviously having a good time.

I wasn't a kid when I saw the film; I was probably 50+ and had had classes in film school. Since I'd been seeing films since my mom carried me to them in the womb, I am a film buff. I'm particular about what I see. This one made me laugh, caught and kept my attention all the way through.The characters were an ensemble, i've come to learn, and each was well cast, played off each other and were funny had good comic timing, and took direction well.

The Plague was great as was God who would become Tony Soprano's therapist. One of those amazing films with breakthrough parts for actors like Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary) and Jolie.
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victorvilliansReviewed in the United States on September 15, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
The most 90's movie ever!
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If you want to see the 1990s culture at it's core, then this is the movie! The movie starts out with main character at age 11 was arrested and charged for crashing over 1,500 computer systems in a single day and causing a 7 point drop in the New York Stock Exchange. He was banned from using a computer until the age of 18. This film is based in New York City, and man how New York has changed over the years! The city is definitely a lot more safer and way less violent now than in 1995, but NYC was much more "alive" back then. The main character (nickname "zero cool") is transferred to a high school, being New to the city and being an awkward geek that he is, he must adjust to his new environment. This movie also stars a young and of course HOT Angelina Jolie... This movie has aged in certain areas, but it is still a rewatchable fun teen movie. Ever time I rewatch Hackers, I get all pumped up to do coding "which is my current studying goal."
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dcitrowReviewed in the United States on March 10, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Classic that Still Holds Up Today!
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I've always loved this movie. Youth fighting corporate America and winning. To this day I don't cringe about the dialogue or costume design. (There are a few scenes that made me cringe, even back then, but they're quick and forgettable.)

It's interesting to see Angelina Jolie as a teenager, but it's the rest of the cast that "makes" the movie. You'll recognize many of them. This is a great Saturday Night, popcorn eating film.
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