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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.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    One of the greatest popcorn movies of the 90s

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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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice steel book Blu Ray

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    I bought Independence Day steelbook just because it's a collector's item. Independence Day is Like a revolving video game the action the drama is all well worth it. Starring Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, and a host of others. The big question with this is watching to see if man would survive. Also seeing cities like Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington DC all getting blown to bits. Which makes the CGI effects in this movie Outrageous. The artwork on the steelbook as fantastic it's well worth anybody's collection especially if you're familiar with steelbook collections.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pure 90's Cheese (Or is It?)

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    JD712
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    I hadn't watched Independence Day in over 15 years when I revisited it with this disc earlier this year. Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised. It's not the shlockfest I expected, as it still has enough solid movie making a story building to counteract some of the ham-fisted writing and unearned sentimentality. The movie looks and sounds the best it ever has (other than in the UHD format, obviously), and there is a solid amount of special features to top the whole presentation off. Recommended especially for those who grew up through the 90's.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Remastering for Bluray

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    Jess
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    Bought this item because of the attached movie cash & extended version included of ID4 [yes, this includes both the original feature & the extended]. The digital remastering of the original is really well done, looking & sounding crisper & cleaner on bluray. However, the extra 11 mins was hardly noticeable & added nothing to the storyline/plot or interest ...a bit disappointing. [But there was no confusion identifying the extended cuts when played in Spanish audio because those cuts were not audio translated] But for the Best Buy reward points on this purchase, quality upgrade, price & promo cash return ...this deal was worth it.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not as Good as I Expected

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    Willybird
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    I have the two-DVD 'Special Edition', and I used that disc for comparison with the new ultra-HD version. As I watch the new version, I get the feeling that rather than make the best-possible reproduction of the original, the producers have, to borrow a phrase from the music industry, 'ridden the gain' and manipulated the film to make some scenes darker, and some lighter. This does not make the scenes better, just murky or over-bright. If the producers have also changed the story line I didn't notice it, and it's the same improbable-but-fun movie to watch.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Kinda corny at times but a classic

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    Independence Day certainly isn't the type of movie to be nominated for best picture, best actor, best script, etc. It's highly unrealistic and the plot definitely isn't very sophisticated, but it's just one of those low substance, high action movies we all love. Will Smith punches an alien in the face. How can you not love that lol? Given ID is 20 years old, I don't know who hasn't seen it at this point that wanted to see it, but if you somehow haven't seen it yet, give it a watch. It will definitely entertain you.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Epic Scenes. Characters

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    Enhance
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    Nothing serious here. Just a larger than life epic series of big screen, chase scenes battles....heroes... Father son, boy, friend girl friend, lots of relationships in search of the truth.... and crazy scientists.. Main and minor actors are very good... Compelling.... And lots of inside jokes and humor with reference to earlier Sci fi classics... Many memorable lines. Has a cult film feel to it. Great epic final battle. Will man survive?

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    ID4 Has Never Looked This Good B4!

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    Truth be told, this is the finest Independence Day has ever looked! However, keep this in mind, it's a 20 year old film. It's not going to be night and day, even on the 4K Blu-ray format. I did a complete write up over at whysoblu.com where I graded the qualities of the video and audio presentation (there is a DTS:X track) and all the extras on the Blu-ray. It can be found here: http://whysoblu.com/independence-day-20th-anniversary-edition-4k-uhd-blu-ray-review/

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Picture and Audio Quality

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    You know whether you like the movie itself- so I'll just comment on the PQ and AQ- PQ is fantastic! I've (embarrassingly) owned just about every version of this video on home video and I can say it looks great. AQ- the disc is actually 5.1 and not 7.1 as the cover indicates. So that's disappointing, but the sound is still really good. Bonus extended version- I don't recommend the extended version of the film, but it's here if you want to see it.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    ID4

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    There are so many plot holes, it is impossible to plug them all. But as a rock 'em sock 'em popcorn film, this is hard to beat. So many copies have tried to emulate this film, and so few have even come close. The steelbook is cool and the film is cool if you let it. If you don't dig this film, then you aren't buying the steelbook. Despite it's flaws, you will have a good time. What else can you expect from a movie?

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Classic aliens movie

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    20 Years ago the previews for this summer blockbuster appeared as a Super Bowl commercial showing the White House getting blown up. And that lit the fuse for huge anticipation of and interest for the release of this film and it did not disappoint! Great story and cast with what was at the time some of the most stunning visual effects ever seen in a movie. Watch this one before you see the new ID:Resurgence movie!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    great classic movie

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    it was nice to upgrade from dvd to blu ray. for that money we get lots of extra features, with some of dubious image quality but they are after all freebie extras. I liked the discussion of the making of the film, how various things were done. I was also pleased to get to see the trailer for the sequel. I don't like the way the movie keeps trying to phone home before I can watch it.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome to see "new" release of an "old" movie!

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    Glad to see the "old" move re-released, beefed up a little in the packaging and some of the extras on the disc. Had old banged up version got rid of it to get this one. If a sci fi fan, one of those movies to have in collection, a classic, just a bit dated in some special effects, a little corny and cliche' at times, but what do you expect?

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Still good

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    This feature stands the test of time and was just as enjoyable on my second viewing. The CGI effects weren't horribly outdated by current standards [but then I still find the original "Day the Earth Stood Still" special effects just fine] and still worked. The likable cast served up a rousing tale of a repelled space invasion with an uplifting ending!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    solid sci fi for its time

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    I remember seeing this in the theaters and how much I felt it borrowed from the V miniseries of the early '80s. Beyond that, it did cover new ground after that and was probably the project that elevated Smith to that next echelon in the movie business. Has a great cast that was probably underused. Not a perfect film, but satisfying.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Classic, now enhanced for viewing pleasure

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    Will smith and Jeff Golbum pair up in one of the more memorable movies from the late 90’s. This action packed space film will have you on the edge of your seat until the credits roll. The limited edition artwork on the sleeve makes this a gorgeous addition to any collection!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Remastered to Please

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    palomine6
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    This is the movie that made Will Smith a major star, for reasons which are readily apparent on viewing. The really good news is that this is a newly-remastered edition of the classic sci-fi movie. And it looks way better than any prior edition. If you like this movie, this is the must-have edition you'll want to own.

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