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Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom (1995)

It is several years after the end of mankind's war against the Kilrathi. Col. Christopher Blair is called back into active duty by the Terran Confederation to help stop acts of terrorism ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Hamill ... Col. Christopher Blair
Malcolm McDowell ... Admiral Geoffrey Tolwyn
John Rhys-Davies ... Senator James 'Paladin' Taggart
Jason Bernard ... Capt. William Eisen
Thomas F. Wilson ... Maj. Todd 'Maniac' Marshall (as Tom Wilson)
Robert Rusler ... Seether
Mark Dacascos ... 2nd Lt. Troy 'Catscratch' Carter
Holly Gagnier ... 1st Lt. Velina Sosa
François Chau ... Lt. Winston 'Vagabond' Chang
Chris Mulkey ... Col. Jacob 'Hawk' Manley
Elizabeth Barondes ... Col. Tamara 'Panther' Farnsworth (as Elizabeth Barones)
Jeremy Roberts ... Lt. Col. Gash Dekker
Richard Riehle ... Chief Technician Robert 'Pliers' Sykes
Peter Jason ... Vice Admiral Daniel Wilford
John Spencer ... Capt. Hugh Paulsen
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Storyline

It is several years after the end of mankind's war against the Kilrathi. Col. Christopher Blair is called back into active duty by the Terran Confederation to help stop acts of terrorism that appear to be taking place against Confed by Border Worlds forces. But it soon becomes clear that the enemy may not be them at all when Blair and several of his friends defect to Border Worlds forces to try to find out who the real culprits are and to prevent the Confederation and the Border Worlds from entering into the chaos of an intergalactic war.... Written by Michael Ducharme <ducharme@escape.ca>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Origin Systems Inc. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Whereas the live action cutscenes for the previous game were shot on video in front of a green screen (all the scenery was computer generated), this game had a higher budget and its cutscenes were shot on film using real sets (although CGI backgrounds are used for some scenes, such as the flight deck scenes). So this time camera actually moves during shots and there's focus pulls and zoom ins/zoom outs. The video resolution is higher and there are more cutscenes, this game came with six CD-ROM discs, the previous game came with four. See more »

Goofs

In Catscratch's funeral scene, Maniac's triangular badge under his name tag is askew at first, then in the next shot (where part of him is visible in a close-up of Sosa) it's back in its correct position. See more »

Quotes

Catscratch: Attacking that convoy... is this the way wars start?
Blair: Let me tell you something, Catscratch. Wars are like bombs. The fuse gets lit before you actually hear the bang and sometimes the fuse can be pretty long.
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Alternate Versions

After destroying or disabling the Lexington, we see a cut scene of Seether and Captain Paulson escaping in a shuttle. On the original PC six disc release we get a close up of Seether cutting Paulson's throat. However, on the Playstation and DVD version we get an alternate take where Paulson's 'execution' takes place just out of view. Also, Seether tells Paulson to "Stop whining" in this alternate take. The original close up take is viewable on the DVD version by accessing the video file directly on the DVD disc. See more »

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Greatness only gets better!!
1 September 2002 | by starwarstrek-1See all my reviews

Wing Commander III: Heart Of The Tiger was quite a new and unique video gaming experience. It combined the graphics and playability of a video game with the sensibilities, style, drama, and live-action performers of any Hollywood movie. And, guess what? It worked, to great effect! So, how do you improve upon perfection itself? Simple. You make everything bigger, better, and, in the case of the live-action elements, more realistic and film-like! First off, let's talk about the live-action. WC3's live-action scenes simply had the actors and actresses filmed against green-screen. The CGI-created sets were added later on in post-production. Because of this process, the film camera had to be locked down to the studio floor all of the time. In other words, the live-action scenes had no camera-movements whatsoever. In Wing Commander IV: The Price Of Freedom, director Chris Roberts has taken care of both of these minor problems by fully utilizing real, and in some cases impressive, sets this time. He sure uses his newfound camera-movements to great effect, too. He zooms in and out on his actors, he pans all around his sets in some shots, he follows his actors around the sets using hand-held cameras. He even threw in a few dolly and crane shots just for fun. He also knows a good thing when he sees it, too, because he managed to bring back almost all of the actors who were in WC3, including Mark Hamill, Thomas F. Wilson, Malcolm McDowell, and the great John Rhys-Davies. If you enjoyed Wing Commander III, then chances are you'll enjoy Wing Commander IV just as well, or maybe even more! It is currently available for both PC and PlayStation. I personally would recommend the PlayStation version, since the graphics and live-action video are much more cleaner and clearer than the PC version. Buy this game, and have fun! That's an order, Colonel!


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