Wizard Mode

Wizard Mode

DVD - 2016
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"In the game of pinball, there is no greater reward than Wizard Mode--a hidden level that is only unlocked when a player completes a series of lightning-speed challenges. Robert Emilio Gagno has dedicated most of his life to mastering Wizard Mode, and is now one of the top pinball players in the world. He also happens to have autism. As a young boy, his parents realized they could give him a quarter and he would play on a pinball machine for hours. Refusing to believe their son was locked into a limited future, his parents supported him as he practiced non-stop, developing an exceptional talent for the game. But now Robert's real challenge lies outside the game on his journey to shed his youth and gain independence. Wizard Mode ... is a candid personal perspective on autism through the life of one of the world's greatest pinball players. The film follows Robert as he seeks to balance his quest to become a world pinball champion and his growing real world responsibilities, culminating at the largest pinball tournament in the world, Pinburgh, in Pittsburgh, PA."--wizardmodefilm.com.
Publisher: [El Segundo, California] : Gravitas Ventures, [2016]
Edition: Widescreen version
Copyright Date: ©2016
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (98 min.) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1
video file,DVD video,Region 1


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Feb 08, 2018

Wizard Mode is a documentary about Robert Gagno, a Canadian pinball player who is ranked among the world's best and also happens to be on the autism spectrum. The film is inspiring and interesting. I recommend it for those who like pinball and/or are looking for insight into the challenges people with autism and their families face, particularly with friendships and the transition to adulthood. The film felt a little long to me, but I think I could have fixed that by splitting it into two viewings instead of watching it all at once; it's only about an hour and a half long. The movie is not rated and has one instance of swearing.


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