Independence Day [WS] [DVD] [1996]

Roland Emmerich's science fiction blockbuster Independence Day comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround, while a French soundtrack has also been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a smattering of commentary from Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin, as well as commentary from the special effects crew. This is a solid disc from 20th Century Fox that should be appreciated by fans of the film.
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1797 out of 1859)

Special Features


  • Includes both the special edition, with 9 minutes of restored footage, plus the original theatrical version
  • Anamorphic widescreen (aspect ratio 2.35:1) for both versions
  • Scene-specific commentary by Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin
  • Commentary by oscar®-winning special effects supervisors Volker Engel and Doug Smith
  • Sound: English 5.1 Dolby surround, English Dolby surround, French Dolby surround
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


Independence Day
A group of intrepid humans attempts to save the Earth from vicious extraterrestrials in this extremely popular science-fiction adventure. Borrowing liberally from War of the Worlds, Aliens, and every sci-fi invasion film inbetween, director Roland Emmerich and producer and co-writer Dean Devlin present a visually slick, fast-paced adventure filled with expensive special effects and large-scale action sequences. The story begins with the approach of a series of massive spaceships, which many on Earth greet with open arms, looking forward to the first contact with alien life. Unfortunately, these extraterrestrials have not come in peace, and they unleash powerful weapons that destroy most of the world's major cities. Thrown into chaos, the survivors struggle to band together and put up a last-ditch resistance in order to save the human race. As this is a Hollywood film, this effort is led by a group of scrappy Americans, including a computer genius who had foreseen the alien's evil intent (Jeff Goldblum), a hot-shot jet pilot (Will Smith), and the President of the United States (Bill Pullman). While some critics objected to the film's lack of originality and lapses in logic, the combination of grand visual spectacle and crowd-pleasing storytelling proved irresistible to audiences, resulting in an international smash hit. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Will Smith
    Will Smith - Capt. Steven Hiller
  • Bill Pullman
    Bill Pullman - President Thomas J. Whitmore
  • Jeff Goldblum
    Jeff Goldblum - David Levinson
  • Mary McDonnell
    Mary McDonnell - Marilyn Whitmore
  • Judd Hirsch
    Judd Hirsch - Julius Levinson



Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars with 1858 reviews

97%of customers would recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not a good quality Blu-Ray

    Posted
    redtiger777
    • Top 1000 Contributor

    Not going to review the movie. By now, you've seen it and either liked it or didn't. Personally I have always enjoyed Independence Day. My main concern is the quality of this bluray disc. To me, there is just too much grain and noise in alot of the scenes. With high def, you hope for clarity and pristine colors. I came away from this bluray not really happy that I was getting good bluray quality. Certain scenes really shine...then 2 minutes later, you get something that looks like VHS. If bluray is going to become a dominant high definition format like DVD did (and I hope it does), we're going to have to get better quality than this.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Classic Summer Blockbuster

    Posted
    BUZZ
    • Verified Purchaser
    • My Best Buy® Member

    In 1996, this film made over $817 million to become the 2nd highest grossing film of all-time at the time. It made Will Smith a A-lister and a bankable summer blockbuster star. The premise is pretty simple, aliens attack earth and earthlings fight back with all their might to survive. It is not a deep, thought-provoking film; but a fun blockbuster that a whole family or varied group can watch and enjoy without thinking to hard. It is not overly violent either. It had great visual effects, which helped the film earn an Academy Award for best visual effects. Even in 2015, the visual effects stand the test of time, like the Jurassic Park visual effects have stood the test of time. Price: I paid $4.99, but in 2015 I think the most I would spend on this film is $7.99-$9.99. I got it for a great price point and it is worth it to by this if you see it on sale for cheap. If this set came loaded with special features or in a limited packaging I could justify paying more. Packaging: The version I bought is just the standard blu-ray version. There are not a ton of special features, but there is more than just a trailer. The cool thing was the version I bought came with a special edition slipcover (cardboard cover) that is part of the Fox Icon slipcover wave. Overall, happy with the purchase and happy with my experience buying from Best Buy. Note: I would really give this film and packaging a 4.5 if possible. I reserve 5s for absolute masterpieces with great packaging that have an abundance of special features, like the Lord of the Rings extended edition set.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great addition to my collection

    Posted
    Leftoverchinese

    This is a great film and it shows by its box office numbers and numerous DVD releases that other agree with me. None of the special features from the other DVD releases have been ported over for this Blu-ray release. Instead we some audio commentaries and some high definition exclusives that some may enjoy. As far as the picture and audio quality, this is not a computer generated picture, like Pixars 'Cars.' This was shot with a film camera and therefore, grain is to be expected. I would rather see grain than to have the print marred by DNR and come off as a soft representation of its former self. Grain does not equal bad quality. It is a natural occurrence in film. Get used to this people. The picture quality is great, contrary to what some other reviewers have written.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Ok

    Posted
    Annonymous
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    The hdr looks okay, and the resolution seems about the same as bluray. Not worth buying for $30, especially if you already have the regular bluray...

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    not till the fat lady sings!!!!!

    Posted
    loonylovegood56565665656

    this movie is so cool i cant believe no one has reviewed it i mean come on everyone watches a will smith movie anyway this movie is the best and has awesomeness in every seen especially when they r in the "mother" ship its so funny cool and exciting and adventurous!!! hope u watch it

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fun 4th of July Film

    Posted
    Anonymous
    • Verified Purchaser
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Fun SciFi film to watch around the 4th of July. Never mind all the plot holes - at the end of the day, it's a lot of fun and somehow still tugs at your patriotic spirit.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Still awesome 20 years later!!!

    Posted
    BBFAN
    • Verified Purchaser
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    This movie has awed us with explosions, aliens, and special effects for 20 years! The blu ray/DVD special 20th edition gives us loads of extra features and footage and crystal clear viewing. Go get it and pick up IDR and enjoy a Roland Emmerich double feature!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Looks good

    Posted
    Bryce
    • Verified Purchaser
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    Looks really good. Very happy with picture quality given the age of the movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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