INDEPENDENCE DAY REVIEWED
“Independence Day” is the 1996 blockbuster that elevated Devlin and Emmerich out of “Stargate” territory put them firmly into disaster movie big bucks. Striking somewhere between George Pal and Irwin Allen, the duo created the biggest non Star Wars Sci-Fi event of the 1990s. 20 years later with an unnecessary sequel winging its way to the big screen in June, FOX double dipped. It’s not the worst time to double dip as the original Independence Day Blu-Ray arrived at the start of the generation.
That being said, while we ditch some of the early disc’s fascination with BD-Java games…we pick up other sore spots. The main being the DNR and other issues that evokes FOX’s tinkering with their Predator re-releases. Even a film from the mid 1990s needs a little grain and realistic color scheme. Comparing this release to my old school Blu showed that while Disc 1 had a lot of flushed colors, nothing in the transfer popped with the heavy glow that I see on this transfer. The DTS-HD 7.1 master audio track is a notable improvement and the special features are a mixed bag. Judge for what you will, as you decide whether it’s time to buy a second copy or make the Blu dip on this beloved staple of FOX in the 90s.
- Trivia Track on Theatrical Version
- Gag Reel
- All-New 30 minute documentary
A/V QUALITY STATS
- 2.39:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 7.1 master audio track
RELEASE DATE: 5/3/16
The Plot Thus Far
The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind’s best weapon is the will to survive.