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THE STORY SO FAR…
One of the biggest box office hits of all time delivers the ultimate encounter when mysterious and powerful aliens launch an all-out invasion against the human race.
The spectacle begins when massive spaceships appear in Earth’s skies. But wonder turns to terror as the ships blast destructive beams of fire down on cities all over the planet. Now the world’s only hope lies with a determinded band of survivors, uniting for one last strike against the invaders – before it’s the end of all mankind.
- Widescreen Theatrical Feature
- Scene Specific Commentary by Director Roland Emerich and Producer Dean Devlin
- Commentary by Oscar-Winning FX supervisors Volker Engel and Doug Smith
- Trivia Track
- Search Content
- Personal Scene Selections
- Alien Scavenger Hunt (Java Game)
- D-Box Motion Enabled
- Second Session
- Theatrical Teaser
- 3 Theatrical Trailers
- FOX ON BLU-RAY: Alien Vs. Predator, The Fly, I, Robot, Planet of the Apes, Predator, X-Men: The Last Stand
- Video: I’ve now seen this film in the best presentation outside of theatrical exhibition.
- Audio: English: DTS-HD MA 5.1
- Extras: Featurettes, Commentary, Java Game and More!
- Packaging: Standard Blu-Ray keepcase
- Final Tally: 97% – A
This is a sensational, sci-fi, alien invasion, action film with a terrific cast and superlative special effects. Alien invaders suddenly darken the skyline across the world, as city sized flying saucers hover ominously over major cities world wide. A computer geek, David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum), figures out how the alien ships are communicating with each other and realizes the import of what he has discovered. He manages to have an audience with President Whitmore (Bill Pullam), as his ex-wife is one of the president’s top aides, and tells the president of his findings. Wonder at the alien saucer spectacle turns to terror, as the meaning of the ships in the sky becomes clear.
The White House evacuates just in time, as the aliens launch a world wide attack in complete synchronization, an awesome spectacle that enthralls the viewer. A counter attack is launched, led by fighter pilot Captain Steve Hiller (Will Smith), which ends in disaster for the fighter pilots, as only Hiller survives to fight another day. He manages, however, to bring in a captive. Notwithstanding the gravity of the premise of the film, there are moments of comic relief interspersed throughout.
Meanwhile, our computer geek, realizing why the counter attack failed, comes up with a solution, one that requires nerves of steel and a desire to walk on the wild side. A second counter attack is launched world wide, which leads to some terrific action scenes and heroics by a most unlikely candidate. Naturally, mankind is victorious. It is not the victory itself, however, but what leads up to the victory that makes the film so entertaining.
“Independence Day” comes to Blu-Ray with an amazing looking disc. The transfer is impeccable with no digital noise and a level of clarity that is amazing. The soundtrack is a major revelation, as I’m hearing background noise and audio that was dropped in previous digital incarnations. The special features are standard ports from previous releases with the exception of the addictive Java game included in the mix. It’s so much fun that it got me to put down Desktop Tower Defense for a few days. Outside of the gaming opportunity, I have to stand by the reference level material on this disc. It’s one of the better Blu-Ray discs that I’ve seen and I recommend it as a Blind Buy.Â
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