Manage your own movie collection and always keep it with you with our Apps. Price track movies and get price drop notifications instantly. Become a member to take full advantage of all site features.

Best Blu-ray Deals

Best Blu-ray Deals, See All the Deals »
Top deals | Price drops  
 All countries United States United Kingdom Canada Germany France Spain Italy Japan
Pacific Rim 3D (Blu-ray)
Battle Royale (Blu-ray)
Leviathan (Blu-ray)
Source Code (Blu-ray)
Gangs of New York (Blu-ray)
Freezing: Anime Classics Season 1 (Blu-ray)
Last Vegas (Blu-ray)
Last Action Hero (Blu-ray)
Ong Bak Trilogy (Blu-ray)
Pacific Rim (Blu-ray)
Batman: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
Ghostbusters 1 & 2 Double Pack (Blu-ray)
World War Z 3D (Blu-ray)
Nymphomaniac: Volumes I and II (Blu-ray)
Mr. Peabody & Sherman (Blu-ray)
Jaws (Blu-ray)
The Big Chill (Blu-ray)
Hell On Wheels: The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Blu-ray)

Computer Chess

2013 | 92 min | Not rated | 1.33:1

Computer Chess


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

User reviews

No user reviews yet, post one

Movie appeal



Theatrical release date

 17 July, 2013
 22 November, 2013

Country of origin

 United States



Overview Preview Cast & crew Screenshots User reviews News Forum

Computer Chess


Screenshots from Computer Chess Blu-ray

Computer Chess Preview  

 / 10
Preview by Brian Orndorf, August 8, 2013

“Computer Chess” has a gimmick, and it’s a pretty fantastic one. Set in the early 1980s, the picture is shot with antique Portapak equipment, the kind of camera one wouldn’t dare point directly toward the sun. It lends the feature an endearingly low-fi look that’s played almost entirely straight, setting the retro mood with an authentic visual presence that’s amusing to simply study, unearthing vivid memories concerning the early stages of the video moviemaking revolution. Unfortunately, the effort’s imagination is limited to its look, as “Computer Chess” appears to mistake stasis for subversion, leaving the material’s quest to depict programming authenticity admirable, but hardly enough to fill out an entire film.

Gathering at a suburban hotel for a long weekend of challenges, teams of computer programmers have arrived to prove themselves at a chess tournament. Tasked with building the best program that could face the finest human response, the squads are left with their equipment and considerable ego, finding the days pressurized by mishaps and program “suicides.” In the mix is Martin (Wiley Wiggins), who’s fascinated by the test ahead of him; Peter (Patrick Riester), a young, impressionable man overwhelmed by the chaos of the weekend; and Michael (Myles Paige), who’s hunger for chemical distractions take him on a journey around the hotel, with a field of vision teeming with feline imagery. Overseeing the conference is Pat (Gerald Peary, delivering the film’s best performance), an arrogant blowhard who can’t wait to topple the computer revolution with his refined chess skills. Despite early intentions to keep the event contained, the teams eventually splinter into hotel escapades and deep conversations about programming, lessening the importance of victory.

“Computer Chess” certainly has a visual personality, but it’s difficult to tell if there’s a dramatic one as well. Surprisingly, this is not a found footage enterprise, with the collected tapes providing a fly-on-the-wall summation of the geeky weekend, cementing the illusion of the early ‘80s. The cast looks the part with dated fashions and rough facial hair, while the computer equipment is appropriately bulky, causing visible strain on those forced to lug these systems around. The ingredients are there for a convincing comedy, immersed in the details of the era. However, director Andrew Bujalski elects a proudly fictional route, weirdly reminding the audience that these are actors at work, keeping their interactions stagy and the performances knowing. Bujalski just isn’t interested in pulling off an incredible trick.

This is a dull feature, a crushing realization brought on by Bujalski’s disinterest in dramatic escalation, preferring to play the entirety of the effort as one long conversation the filmmaker himself barely shows interest in. There’s no sense of characterization, only expertise, observing the players debate the intricacies of computer programming and game theory while growing frustrated with setbacks, while a few partake in chemical distractions, treating the hotel getaway as a rare shot of freedom. You might be asking, “Brian, how could a screenplay devoted to an extended and detailed discussion of algorithms be uninteresting?” Amazingly, the technical side of the story is completely deflated by deadpan delivery, and while the picture plays directly to a specialized knowledge (a proud achievement), it doesn’t invite outsiders into the hunt for chessboard supremacy. In fact, because the look of “Computer Chess” is inherently distancing, it feels like watching rehearsal footage for a better movie that was never made.

To combat the stagnancy of the work, Bujalski allows a few surreal touches to seep into what passes here for a narrative, including Michael’s drug-fueled adventure around the hotel premises, while hints of a growing presence of computer A.I. also derail matters, making the movie less about the chess challenge and more about whatever Bujalski dreams up on the day. “Computer Chess” hints at some interesting funny business, watching Peter squirm around a swinging couple (the hotel is also hosting a couples therapy gathering) and Pat badger anyone who dares interfere with his authority, but the laughs rarely connect. In fact, there isn’t much here that demands attention, with most of “Computer Chess” content to exist without the participation of the audience. It’s an attractive technical exercise, but little else about the picture engages.

Starring: Kriss Schludermann, Tom Fletcher, Wiley Wiggins, Tishuan Scott, Jonny Mars, Gene Williams (XIII)
Director: Andrew Bujalski

» See full cast & crew

Have you seen this movie?

Rate and write your own review
Pacific Rim 3D (Blu-ray)
Gold Box Deal of the Day
Today only: $28.99

Buy Now


Get Daily Blu-ray Deals

* We do not share your email and you may opt out at any time.

Top Blu-ray Deals


The best Blu-ray deals online. Don't miss out on these great deals.

See Today's Deals »

 Top movies

Latest Deals United States

The latest deals on Blu-ray movies
at Amazon.

Show new deals »

Trending Blu-ray Movies
1. Noah
2. Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery
3. Noah
4. Noah
5. Jaws
6. The Lord of the Rings: The Motion P...
7. Scanners
8. The Other Woman
9. The Legend of Billie Jean
10. Insomnia
11. The Great Race
12. A Hard Day's Night
13. Inside Llewyn Davis
14. The LEGO Movie
15. Stanley Kubrick: The Masterpiece Co...

Trending in Theaters
1. Lucy
2. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
3. Noah
4. Hercules
5. The LEGO Movie
6. Maleficent
7. X-Men: Days of Future Past
8. Under the Skin
9. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
10. God's Not Dead
11. Transformers: Age of Extinction
12. The Purge: Anarchy
13. Guardians of the Galaxy
14. 300: Rise of an Empire
15. 22 Jump Street

Top 10 Sellers United States
1.  The Lord of the Rings: The Motion P...
2.  Noah
3.  Divergent
4.  The LEGO Movie
5.  Game of Thrones: The Complete Fourt...
6.  Batman: The Complete Series
7.  Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery
8.  X-Men: Days of Future Past
9.  Transformers: Age of Extinction
10.  Heaven Is for Real
  » See more top sellers

Top 10 Pre-orders United States
1.  Divergent
2.  Game of Thrones: The Complete Fourt...
3.  Batman: The Complete Series
4.  X-Men: Days of Future Past
5.  Transformers: Age of Extinction
6.  Godzilla 3D
7.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 3D
8.  Ghostbusters 1 & 2 Double Pack
9.  How to Train Your Dragon 2
10.  Lucy
  » See more pre-orders

Top 10 Bargains United States
1.  Noah
$17.99, Save 55%
2.  Divergent
$19.96, Save 50%
3.  The LEGO Movie
$17.96, Save 50%
4.  Transformers: Age of Extinction
$19.99, Save 50%
5.  The Other Woman
$19.99, Save 50%
6.  Rio 2 3D
$22.99, Save 54%
7.  Pacific Rim
$9.99, Save 60%
8.  Inside Llewyn Davis
$12.98, Save 64%
9.  The Wolf of Wall Street
$11.99, Save 56%
10.  Jaws
$7.99, Save 60%
  » See more deals

Most Popular Blu-ray Movie Deals

Pacific Rim 3D

 United States

$64.99 $28.99

Battle Royale

 United States

$39.99 $12.99


 United States

$24.97 $15.89

Best Blu-ray Movie Deals »

This web site is not affiliated with the Blu-ray Disc Association.
All trademarks are the property of the respective trademark owners.
© 2002-2014 All rights reserved.
Registration problems | Business/Advertising Inquiries | Privacy Policy | Legal Notices