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8 Bit Generation: The Commodore Wars (2016)

When Jack Tramiel invented Commodore in the 1970's, he envisioned computing for the masses and not just the upper classes. Spearheading the personal technology revolution and combatting ... See full summary »

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Tomaso Walliser
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Chuck Peddle ... Self
Jack Tramiel Jack Tramiel ... Self
Steve Wozniak ... Self
Bil Herd Bil Herd ... Self - Narrator
Al Charpentier Al Charpentier ... Self
Leonard Tramiel Leonard Tramiel ... Self
Michael Tomczyk Michael Tomczyk ... Self
Andy Finkel Andy Finkel ... Self
Nigel Searle Nigel Searle ... Self
John Grant John Grant ... Self
Nolan Bushnell ... Self
Al Alcorn ... Self
Joe Decuir Joe Decuir ... Self
Jeff Minter Jeff Minter ... Self
Richard Garriott Richard Garriott ... Self
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When Jack Tramiel invented Commodore in the 1970's, he envisioned computing for the masses and not just the upper classes. Spearheading the personal technology revolution and combatting giants like Apple and IBM, Commodore became a household name by changing the way in which we interact, create and play with computers. From the advent of the groundbreaking Atari and Tetris games to the evolution of contemporary technological design, 8 Bit Generation dives into the home computer explosion and explores Commodore's key role in shaping the future in which we now live. Written by BOND/360

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Great subject but extremely rushed delivery makes it hard to digest
18 September 2017 | by rikki-10See all my reviews

I've seen a ton of retro gaming and computing films in the past and grew up in the 8 bit era but this one was the hardest to watch.

The content is great, as are the cast of people involved. The trouble is the way it's been edited and crunched down to a train moving at full pelt and never slowing down.

The viewer doesn't get a chance to think or reflect and all of the interviews with industry legends have been edited so much as to remove even the slightest hint of a pause or draw of breath, leaving the viewer amp-ed up from start to finish and feeling exhausted by the end.

Bil Herd does a fantastic job of narration and his own videos on Youtube are a wealth of information so that is something.

The producers are working on a second film on Atari so I really hope they don't use the same jump cut style of editing to cram more words into less time as it really does make for a difficult watching experience.


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Official Sites:

www.commodorewars.com

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Italy

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English

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9 May 2016 (Italy) See more »

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