An essential movie in someone's Sci-Fi DVD collection
This film is excellent in terms of Sci-Fi lovers' rate, so its 2 DVD Special Edition doesn't let them down, regarding movie extras. I suppose i am not going to review the movie itself, i personally've seen it over 25 times and i keep watching it occasionally, so i am going through some technical features of the movie itself + its extra's.
This version includes an extra of 8 minute restored footage, which was not included in the original theatrical release and also includes a DTS Audio Stream. Although it claims to have "restored picture quality" in the back of the box, i must say that for a 1996 Special Effects Academy Award Winner, i was expecting a little bit of a better visual DVD Presentation (not that it is bad, but not top-of-the-notch DVD Quality). The sound, as well as the music that follows the plot is more than great, and if you own even a simple Home Theater Audio system, you won't be dissapointed.
The Main Feature of the movie also includes an audio commentary by the director & the producer, + a preview of "The Day After Tommorow" film.
One small drawback, however is that this particular version includes subtitles for the Hearing Impared only, but that is a small defect and wont bother the viewer negatively, to be honest.
From this point, i pass on to the 2nd DVD and write some things about what it is included in the film's extra's.
I must say that they have included quite a bit of extra features, almost two hours in duration. Briefly, you can find inside a 30-minute Making-Of, a 22-minute documentary, which is like a real news-report about the film, with real newscasters, a 28-minute First-Look, hosted by Jeff Goldblum + a different/original Ending Sequence and many other Storyboards - Original Artwork - Production Stills and so on. All these are quite enough to satisfy the movie fans.
One major Easter-Egg involves unlocking the Alien Attacker on the Main Deck Screen and "Teleporting" inside, where you can discover an extra set of mock-up news' documentaries about the movie, hypothetically made around the world, when the ID4 Invasion took place. They are of some interest, but after a while they get repetitive, to say at least.
One thing to mention is that the DVD Meny Stucture is quite nice, with the menu transitions resemble the movie itself.
Another thing that i like particularly is that you see many people speak about their work in the movie, which is a good thing in my opinion, because i do not like to see just the director or the main actors speaking about a movie in its extras', it's way too repetitive and boring to say at least.
A few things that are missing is that you won't see the score composer or anyone else talk about the movie's music, which i thing should be included in a degree and also the Extra's DVD doesn't include any subtitles at all.
Inspite of some flaws, and regarding also this particular edition's price you can find it on eBay, i believe it is a great purchace for an ID4 Fan (and not only) and well- worthy to be in someones DVD Movie Collection.
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Independence Day in Full HD 1080p
Presented in 1080p high definition and in its original aspect ratio of 2.35:1, Independence Day on Blu-ray sports a very good transfer, but one that also shows the film's age. While detailed and clean, the image isn't as sharp and distinct as I would have hoped, but that is not to say it's bad. Far from it, in fact, when you consider the film is now twelve years old, this is one heck of a good-looking catalogue title. Colors are vivid and natural, looking mostly realistic, regardless of the tint of the image on display. There are several very distinct lighting schemes seen throughout, and each holds up very well in high-definition. Be it the blue glow of the lights of the alien spacecraft, the harsh, bright sunlight of the Nevada desert, the dank interiors of the alien craft, the well-lit White House, or the fluorescent lighting of underground bunkers, the lighting scheme in each of these scenes brings a distinct visual flair to the picture and each appears graceful and true to their source. The level of detail is very good in this one.
Replete with exciting but dated visual effects, witty banter amongst apocalypse survivors, finely choreographed aerial battles, cool looking aliens, and plenty of stand-up-and-cheer moments, ID4 is a film that'll get the heart racing, the blood pumping, and bring a smile to an awful lot of faces. Independence Day, as it was on LaserDisc and DVD, may very well be one of a select handful of discs worthy of being the quintessential, go-to, "show off your system" disc. No, it doesn't offer the very best in high definition, but it comes close. The advantage to using a movie such as this is the widespread appeal and knowledge of the film. I'm pretty sure everyone and their dog has seen this movie, and probably more than once for many. I've personally seen it theatrically, on VHS, LaserDisc, DVD, television, and now Blu-ray. The movie is loads of fun, even if it's jaw-droppingly ridiculous at times, but that's OK. It's the epitome of the feel good popcorn movie, and it remains one of my favorites. For this Blu-ray edition, the movie isn't the only thing that will send shivers up and down your spine. The video quality looks great for a film of this age, even though the super high quality shows all the warts and outdated visual effects. The sound is ridiculously loud and powerful, a perfect way to rattle the foundation of the house, wake the neighbors, and bring a huge smile to the face of any home theater owner. A decent amount of supplements round out a strong package, and Independence Day is, in my opinion, a must-own disc for any serious Blu-ray or home theater enthusiast. Very highly recommended!
one of the best alien invasion movies
Okay, we all know the story of Independence Day. On July 1st a huge alien mother ship takes up an orbit around the moon. A bunch of smaller ships break off and attack the major cities of the world. A small group of humans lead the fight to eventually save the world. This film is without a doubt one of the best known and best loved Sci-Fi films of all time. The all star cast, inventive special effects and fast paced story have made this movie one of the most greatly anticipated DVDs of all time
9/10 great effects
Independence Day........Great Film
Had this film on video when it was first released, loved it then and still do......... picked up the dvd on ebay last week for a couple of quid, so another old tape ready to go to the charity shop. Its a great film if you are a science fiction fan, great special affects, loads of action and has a happy ending..............Go on and buy yourself a copy, probably cost you less than a pint of beer!
Independence Day (DVD 2004)
War Of The Worlds gets a late 20th century make-over in this enjoyable Americans-save-the-world slice of action/sci-fi from Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich
Aliens land on the Fourth of July, and it's down to US President Whitmore (Pullman) and feisty USAF pilot Captain Steven 'Eagle' Hiller (Smith) to do something about it.
The writing-producing-directing team behind 1994's Stargate up the ante with this large-scale, mulit-strand sci-fi adventure. This 1996 summer giant-killer is full of ridiculous posturing and sincerity (gung-ho presidential speeches, Smith's pre-mission wedding), but Independence Day (aka ID4) works so well, building up a sense of menace for the first hour before going for an all-out alien attack, that you go along with it regardless.
By the time Randy Quaid, as vengeful abductee Russell Casse, gets in on the action, you're willing extra-terrestrial butt to be kicked left, right and centre. And to cap it all there's the White House getting blown up. Though the denouement ploy of having Jeff Golbblum's MIT-trained TV company techie David Levinson mess up the aliens' plans by downloading a virus from his Apple Mac laptop strains credulity that little bit too far...
Insanely pompous and brilliantly exhilarating in equal measures
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