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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Classic Summer Blockbuster

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    BUZZ
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    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: 2 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie, Misleading features!

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    Stealthbat
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    I bought this movie to add the 4K version of this fantastic classic film to my collection, both physical and digital. I got everything I wanted with one exception, NO 4K Digital Copy! That's right. The Digital copy is in Standard HD. That's 1080p ONLY! Not 4K! I thought to myself that I might have missed something so I quickly checked the box for the 3rd time (1st was at the store, and the 2nd was at home before opening the product), and just as I thought, there was nothing on the front or back of the retail packaging that says the Digital copy only comes in Standard HD. I even checked the Paper Inserts and there is nothing there either. At this point I was very upset because All other companies such as Disney, Sony, Universal Studios and so many others DO offer 4K Digital Copies with their 4K films at this point. So, I called the FOX Customer service hotline number on the back of the box and they told me strait to my ears that they do not offer 4K digital copies for any of their movies, period! According to them (Fox customer service) all HD & 4K movies that come with Digital copies, only come with Standard HD Digital copies regardless of whether the physical movie is in 4K or Standard HD. So, this means that If you buy a 4K version of a FOX film. You will NOT be getting a 4K digital copy. Only a Standard HD version. Because of this, I am heavily disappointed in this purchase since It took opening the product and calling their customer service hotline to find this out. Plus, because I opened the product to realize this, I can't return this purchase. So, I tell you now. I love this movie to the ends of the earth. But I will not be buying any more FOX films until they start offering 4K Digital Copies with their 4K movies. Again, I love this film. But as it stands, this purchase was a blunder from the moment I opened the box.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great 4K issue of a classic 90s blockbuster

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    TTC817
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    It's been over two decades since Independence Day came out, and I looked forward to revisiting the movie following its 4K release. Casting is top-notch, including Will Smith in his first major film role, Randy Quaid (of Vacation fame), Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A Fox., and Bill Pullman. This isn't the deepest sci-fi story ever told. It's a big dumb and loud popcorn movie, but is that such a bad thing? The effects may be slightly dated, but overall the movie still looks pretty good. The 4K disc features an excellent transfer, and while there are obvious limitations given the nature of the source material, I doubt anyone will be disappointed by what they find here. The bonus features from the earlier releases and a Blu-ray copy are also included. Highly recommended for fans!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    New Classic

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    TheSpartan117

    Ok, the cons, no big deal, but in the movie the government knows about aliens, but somehow the US government is the only one that does, and even then the information isn't shared until after devastation has occurred. The head of the CIA knew, but the president didn't, yet his cabinet knew, makes little sense, but hardly affects the movie in a negative light, and i don't really consider that a negative of the film. As for the pros, great movie, fun aciton, amazing special effects for the time period. Something that is subtle, in one scene you see Israeli and Palestinian aircraft on the same runway in a joint effort. As well, the president declares Independence Day relevant to the world. The spirit of patriotism and hope is clearly present by the end, and makes for an awesome hero action archetype film. If you don't have this movie, you don't have a dvd collection. Oh, i did find one thing i objected to, the one random stripper scene by Vivica A. Fox, considering the family tone, and the language throughout the movie, this scene was out of place and thrown in just for shock factor. It didn't mesh well or belong, and the stripper role could have easily been any other situation or job instead with an even better effect on the film. The scene seemed as though it was thrown in later for the sake of having a woman dancing around.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The film is a bit dated - the presentation is not.

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    HudsonHawk
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    If you were around in summer 1996, you know what a big deal ID4 was when it came out - a pop culture phenomenon if there ever was one during the summer's of the 1990's. However, the film IS admittedly a bit dated now, particularly in the humor department, but it's still a fun ride. Anyone with an older release wondering if it's worth it, well YES it is. The 4K remaster looks miles above the old in both regular blu and UHD. Of Note: I've hear some people complain about the compression artifacts on the UHD disc, but your mileage may vary dependent on your system. That audio on the regular blu sounds as good as ever, but the UHD wins this round BIG TIME with a DTS X multidimensional remix. If you're a home theater buff, like me, already equipped for this, you're in for a treat. Truly immersive and absolutely destroys what was already a great 5.1 mix on the older releases. The attacks, explosions, and general ambience of sets and interiors come to life in a whole new way. Worth it for the upgrade on that alone!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I Have Got To Get Me One Of These!

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    MrPool
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    "Good morning. In less than an hour, aircrafts from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. "Mankind." That word should have new meaning for us all today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it's fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom...Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution...but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: "We will not go quietly into the night!" We will not vanish without a fight!" We're going to live on! We're going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!"

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    One of the greatest popcorn movies of the 90s

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    TTC817
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    Movies about aliens invading the Earth and taking over, launching attacks are nothing new, but 1996's Independence Day was the first time this was attempted on a big budget with big-name stars and state-of-the-art special effects. The results hold up two decades later. The cast includes Will Smith as a fighter pilot, Randy Quaid as an eccentric crop duster who claims to have been abducted by aliens, Bill Pullman as the US President, and Jeff Goldblum as a scientist who may have the solution needed to win the war against these alien visitors. This is the second release of the film on Blu-ray; having been remastered in 4K, this transfer easily surpasses the earlier release (which looked good in its own right). Sound is equally impressive, and the inclusion of new and archival bonus material alike sweetens the deal. Independence Day isn't the deepest movie ever made, but when it comes to an exciting, fun popcorn movie, there is no finer film!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Finally the Extended Edition Gets Respect

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    Revconway
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    I'm a total sucker for extended editions of movies. Some are far better than others but typically they're more enjoyable as it's the vision of the movie the director wanted. "Independence Day" is not a movie that left a lot to the imagination or questions unanswered but as a man who grew up watching this movie learning there's an edition with more packed into it automatically piqued my interest. For years the only way to watch this was, of course, DVD. A DVD that looked OK but definitely not the best way to honor a movie that took over America for an entire summer along with ushering in a new generation of special effects. Thankfully this Blu-ray has been released and looks totally stunning. And while the movie is dorky and hasn't exactly aged awesome it's still a great movie to enjoy over and over again. Downside is the digital copy, much like others, is only the theatrical version but that is a very small criticism.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Citizen Kane of Jeff Goldblum/Will Smith films

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    DrSmoov
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    Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. “Mankind.” That word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can’t be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it’s fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom… Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution… but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    TERRIBLE MOVIE THEN AND NOW EVEN ON BLU RAY

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    dbui72

    There are better movies to put on blu ray first then this joke of a movie. I think a few of the folks were involved in Godzilla, 10000 BC, Day After, and another stinkers of a movies. Independence Day made good ticket sales when it first came out due to overhype and cutting edge special effects at the time. The story is bad and Will Smith over acts as usual. Harry Connick Jr is TERRIBLE. I loved how the alien ship they hi jacked had the ergonomic chair and chair for a humans when the aliens had no rear ends and were squids with alien heads. I also loved the fact that it took 2 wks or less to learn to be an f-18 fighter pilot. I also loved the comical ending how the F-18 took a Tron 90 degree turn into the alien mothership. This movie is the worst of Hollywood in every way. Movie studios execs should be beaten up for throwing money at the same people producing terrible movies and charging overpriced tickets. Maybe there was no sequel to this because they fooled the public once already.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    INDEPENDENCE DAY

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    JOHNNYANGEL2010
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    Independence Day still holds up as one of the best guilty pleasures out there. A Summer popcorn muncher that defines the term, the movie is packed with the perfect balance of action, humor, good characters, great visual effects, and memorable moments, essentially everything that makes a "blockbuster" a "blockbuster." It'll be interesting to see if the sequel can match the original's charm, excitement, and lasting appeal, a tall order to be sure but one that team of Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich are capable of filling. As for this new Blu-ray, it's terrific. A strong improvement over an already good transfer is alone worth the price of admission. A few more new extras would have been nice, but the legacy supplements are terrific. The absence of a new audio track is the only real drawback to this release. Still, it comes very highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    The 4K UHD bluray improves upon 1080P bluray.

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    bobinator
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    This silly, but immensely enjoyable, film has never looked so good! It is a notable improvement over my previous, regular, bluray version. It is not as impressive looking a release as some newer films on UHD bluray, but if you want to see this film in it's best light, this disc is the way to see it! One discovery I've made is that 4K UHD blurays (at least all that I've purchased) have upgraded sound. Numerous bluray films I have had with 5.1 soundtracks are in 7.1 or Atmos on the 4K bluray versions. This was a benefit I wasn't expecting before I had a 4K bluray player! Even the few discs in which picture quality improvements are slight at best, have much better audio (which really shines on my system). If you want to see the best looking and sounding version of this movie available, look no farther!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An old favorite in a shiny new package

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    HilltopHermit
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    Most of you reading this have likely already seen the original 'Independence Day'. I had. However, I wanted to see it again ahead of watching the new movie so I went looking for the DVD. I would have settled for a regular DVD; finding it in blu-ray was a bonus. As usual the blu-ray format made for a better experience watching. The package contains two disks. Disk 1 contains both the original and an 'extended' version of the movie. I only watched the extended version. I didn't notice anything that was vastly different from the original, but the cleaned-up, sharper screen images were a treat. Disk 2 contains various extras, including a short feature on the movie, a 'mockumentary' about the first invasion, and a gag reel. I haven't watched any of the extras yet, but they're there. And of course, watching the movie again was fun.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    My Favorite Disaster Movie!

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    solarwnz
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    I'm not going to lie. I love this movie! I love the story, the 2 dimensional characters, Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum's performances, the special effects and David Arnold's rousing musical score! Aliens invade, they attack us and we come together to kick their a**! And I love watching it happen again and again! This movie is FUN! I was happy to finally upgrade to Bluray so I could watch this on my HDTV. The image and sound are great! But where are all the extras from the 2-Disc DVD set? The extended cut and the cool special features (save for 2 commentary tracks, a trivia track and lame game) are missing! Well, for $8.00 it is a fair price for an almost bare-bones release. I just hope this film gets re-released with all the goodies it came with previously. So, if you are as big a fan of this movie as I am then get this High Def release! You won't regret it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great addition to my collection

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    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Staple 90's Fun That Keeps Getting Newer

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    Degas
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    This movie is just an absolute blast with everything you could want from a summer popcorn flick. I already had the previous bluray release which was pretty good but this offered more than enough reasons to double dip with 2 different cuts of the film and a brand new transfer from a 4K scan competing with the look of movies shot today 20+ years later. The only downside is the lack of a DTS X track, which can be found in the 4K release, however most people don't have the setup anyway therefore it isn't that much of a loss especially considering the stunning steelbook case it comes in which alone is worth the $. Also little disappointed with the the disc art. Seems like disc 1's artwork should have been on disc 2 and vice versa.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Didn't seem like a 4k re-master ...

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    Hawke
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    The movie itself has been out a while and I love it. I would give the movie 4 stars, but the 3 star rating is for the 4k content (resolution, HDR effects, etc.). The 4k version of the movie really didn't add anything new, other than some new DTS:X sound. Sure, you have the HDR effects, but they are not effectively taken advantage of in this movie. Also, the movie appeared to be a blu ray transfer onto a 4k disc, with some refinements, and not a total re-master. I could clearly see extra video noise in some scenes (even at a distance) and was very disappointed. The movie itself is great - go for it. If you want to spend $29.99 on a 4k version of this movie, be warned that it is not a re-master and you may spend a lot of money for nothing if you are expecting a re-master.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth the repurchase? YES!

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    Icantwin
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    One of the best films of it's kind, ID4 really delivers in the style of other great films- That being said, to the review, ID4 Tells the story of (gasp) an alien attack on our world ( long before Falling skies) the actions taken for contact are rebuffed, and most of the coastal cities are wiped out. Nuclear weapons are used without success, so the hero's turn to cyber warfare. They succeed and attack the aliens just as the aliens close in . My best pert in the entire film is pilot Case's final lines "I'm Back" just before he destroys the alien craft ( Can't say the rest of the line in the review-see the film -it is that good) So, in closing, I heartily recommend this feel good film. It really does live up to it's billing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not a good quality Blu-Ray

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    redtiger777
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    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    This movie lives on, this movie survives

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    MaximusTroy
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    This was one of the first PG-13 movies I ever saw, a signal that I was growing up. This movie is so riveting, and it hasn't lost its charm. It has stood the test of time, and Hollywood is forever in its debt. So many blockbuster movies were influenced by it. The special effects still look real, not dated at all. It has a wonderful story, good heart, and an uplifting message of the ability of humans to work together congenially in a time when all movies think we can never get along. I mean, will the Marvel heroes ever stand one another? They bicker so much :-( Not here, and I am grateful for it. This world needs some positivity. Join with us, and we will celebrate our Independence Day!

    I would recommend this to a friend