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Independence Day

Independence Day

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Director: Roland Emmerich

Cast: Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum


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Roland Emmerich's explosive alien-invasion flick receives a stellar DVD treatment courtesy of 20th Century Fox. The two-disc set, part of their Five Star Collection, offers an incredible transfer, phenomenal sound, and more extras than one can get through in an afternoon. For starters, the film itself looks great. It's presented in a 2.35:1 widescreen anamorphic


Roland Emmerich's explosive alien-invasion flick receives a stellar DVD treatment courtesy of 20th Century Fox. The two-disc set, part of their Five Star Collection, offers an incredible transfer, phenomenal sound, and more extras than one can get through in an afternoon. For starters, the film itself looks great. It's presented in a 2.35:1 widescreen anamorphic format that is simply stunning. As a bonus, there are two versions of the film -- the theatrical cut and a "special edition" with nine extra minutes of footage. The theatrical cut offers a commentary from Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin, while the special edition offers the same commentary as well as one from visual effects supervisors Volker Engel and Doug Smith. As for sound, those who saw Independence Day know what an earth-shaking soundtrack it had. The DVD has brought that roaring to life with Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. Certain sequences are so well-defined sound-wise, that viewers may feel their good china starting to shake. Disc two offers extras galore. There are a ton of trailers and television spots, two "making of" featurettes, a deleted alternate version of the film's ending (with a commentary from Devlin), and a gallery of stills. Additionally, both discs feature excellent animated menus that inventively incorporate scenes from the films. This disc is great for entertainment purposes, and an excellent "showcase" disc to demonstrate the amazing capabilities of DVD.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Pete Segall
Independence Day's grand-scale invasion of theaters marked it one of the biggest summer blockbusters of the 1990s. The story is simple enough: Aliens show up over the Fourth of July weekend and without reason blow up most of the world. It's up to the heroic survivors -- stern-faced president Bill Pullman, amiable Army pilot Will Smith, and plucky software programmer Jeff Goldblum among them -- to save the planet. Independence Day is a lot of things: patriotic battle cry; special effects extravaganza; really, really scary and loud. Though the film is not particularly dramatic or thought provoking, director Roland Emmerich (The Patriot) makes an entertaining ride out of fabulous effects, particularly the horrifyingly fiery obliteration of cities worldwide. Smith is fresh once again with a terrific alien-whuppin' swagger, and though Pullman's rousing Fourth of July speech before the climactic battle is not on the literary level of Henry V's St. Crispin's Day speech, it is equally motivational. A loud throwback to alien paranoia of the H. G. Wells classic War of the Worlds, ID4 more than found itself a place in sci-fi/action history, it attacked and took over.
All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
A movie you either go with or completely resist, this cheerfully disreputable science fiction blockbuster actually has more in common with its '50s film brethren than many other modern films. Unlike the director's heavily dismissed follow-up effort Godzilla, Independence Day revels in its genre conventions and aliens-from-Mars clichés, not to mention its steadfast rah-rah patriotism that pervades throughout. Borrowing heavily from such films as Alien and especially Star Wars, the film has enough broad performance style and overheated exchanges to fit in nicely with the films it semi-parodies. In fact, at times, it almost feels like a product of Cold War paranoia, especially in designing its alien invaders as predators before we even get to know who they are. Director Roland Emmerich pulls out all the stops, and even if it's not to everyone's liking, you can't blame the guy for trying. An Oscar winner for Best Visual Effects, and part of the $300 million-plus box office club, though it's one of those blockbusters that has as many detractors as admirers.

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20th Century Fox
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital]

Special Features

Special edition with nine 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 Digital Surround; English Dolby Surround; French Dolby Surround; Subtitles: English, Spanish; "Creating Reality" 30-minute documentary on the making of "ID4"; "ID4 Invasion" 22-minute alien invasion mockumentary; "HBO First Look: Independence Day" 33-minute featurette hosted by Jeff Goldblum; Original biplane ending sequence; Storyboards, original artwork, production stills; DVD-ROM game "Get Off My Planet"; DVD-ROM link to "ID4" online game: includes one free month of interactive access; Live online event; Theatrical trailers and TV spots

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Will Smith Capt. Steven Hiller
Bill Pullman President Thomas J. Whitmore
Jeff Goldblum David Levinson
Mary McDonnell Marilyn Whitmore
Judd Hirsch Julius Levinson
Margaret Colin Constance Spano
Ross Elliot Bagley Dylan
Robert Loggia Gen. William Grey
Randy Quaid Russell Casse
James Rebhorn Albert Nimziki
Harvey Fierstein Marty Gilbert
Adam Baldwin Major Mitchell
Brent Spiner Dr. Brakish Okun
James Duval Miguel Casse
Vivica A. Fox Jasmine Dubrow
Lisa Jakub Alicia Casse
Mae Whitman Patricia Whitmore
Bill Smitrovich Capt. Watson
Kiersten Warren Tiffany
Harry Connick Capt. Jimmy Wilder
John Storey Dr. Isaacs
Frank Novak Teddy
Devon Gummersall Philip
Leland Orser Techy/Med Asst #1
Mirron E. Willis Aide
David Pressman Whitmore's Aide
Raphael Sbarge Commander/Tech
Bobby Hosea Commanding Officer
Dan Lauria Commanding Officer
Carlos Lacamara Radar Operator
John Bennett Perry Secret Serviceman
Tim Kelleher Technician
Jay Acovone Area 51 Guard
James Wong SETI Tech One
Jana Marie Hupp SETI Tech Three
Robert Pine Chief of Staff
Michael Winther Co-Worker #3
Greg Collins Military Aide
Kevin Sifuentes Tank Commander
Elston Ridgle Soldier
Jack Moore Mechanic
Lyman Ward Secret Service Guy
Anthony Crivello Lincoln
Richard Speight Ed
Mark Thompson Video Newscaster
Rance Howard Chaplain
Nelson Mashita Japanese Tech
Jeffrey Daniel Phillips B-2 Pilot
Kimberly Beck Housewife
Thomas F. Duffy Lieutenant
Andrew Keegan Older Boy
Jim Piddock Reginald
Jerry Dunphy Himself
Barry Nolan Himself
George Putnam Himself
Pat Skipper Redneck
Lisa Star Woman on Roof
Malcom Danare Intellectual on Roof
Robin Groth Flagstaff News Anchor
Richard Pachorek LAPD Helicopter Pilot
Frank Welker Special Vocal Effects
Giuseppe Andrews Troy Casse
Thom Barry SETI Tech Two
John Capodice Mario
Randy Oglesby Mechanic
Joe Fowler Reporter
John McLaughlin Himself
Sayed Badreya Arab Pilot
Fred Barnes Himself
John Bradley Lucas
Arthur Brooks Trucker on Roof
Eleanor Clift Herself
Joyce Cohen Kim Peters
Deenie Dakota Boomer
Jack Germond Himself
Steve Giannelli Radar Technician
James J. Joyce Master C.P.O.
Morton Kondracke Himself
Ross Lacy Aide
Carlos Lara Farmer Kid
Jon Mathews Thomson
Michael G. Moertl Thief
Mike Monteleone Butler
Julie Moran Entertainment Tonight Reporter
Marisa Morell Co-Worker 2
Vivian Palermo Technician/Medical Assistant
Matt Pashkow 2nd Officer
Eric Paskel Radar Technician
Lee Strauss Elvis Fanatic
Adam Tomei Sailor
Wayne Wilderson Area 51 Technician
Troy Willis Secret Serviceman
Eric Michael Zee Northridge Field Reporter

Technical Credits
Roland Emmerich Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
David Arnold Score Composer
Rick Barker Stunts
Michael F. Blake Makeup
David Brenner Editor
Peter Bucossi Stunts
Chris Carpenter Sound/Sound Designer
Doug Coleman Stunts
Gilbert Combs Stunts
Craig Smith Makeup
Mick Curkurs Set Decoration/Design
Gary Charles Davis Stunts
Dean Devlin Producer,Screenwriter
Norman Douglass Stunts
Katalin Elek Makeup
Ute Emmerich Executive Producer
Jim Erickson Set Decoration/Design
William Fay Executive Producer
Frank Ferera Stunts
Allan Graf Stunts
Sean Haworth Set Decoration/Design
Dana Hee Stunts
Jery Hewitt Stunts
Chris Howell Stunts
Pamela Klamer Set Decoration/Design
Peter Jochen Krause Camera Operator
Wendy Kurtzman Casting
Julia Levine Set Decoration/Design
Karl Walter Lindenlaub Cinematographer
Ray Lykins Stunts
Eddie Matthews Stunts
Sergio Mimica-Gezzan Asst. Director
Tom Morga Stunts
Joseph Porro Costumes/Costume Designer
Oliver Scholl Production Designer
Douglas Hans Smith Special Effects Supervisor
Patrick Tatopoulos Production Designer
Jeff Wexler Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Winther Associate Producer

Scene Index

Scene Index
0. Scene Index
1. Opening Titles/JULY 2 [2:43]
2. Contact [2:17]
3. At the White House [1:04]
4. Approaching Earth [:59]
5. Chess Game [:24]
6. Compact Cable Chaos [:04]
7. Imperial Valley, California [1:19]
8. Deployment/Def Con 3 [1:08]
9. Visual Range [1:36]
10. The Code for Panic [1:37]
11. Wake Up Call [:06]
12. Countdown to Extinction [:08]
13. Duty Calls [:00]
14. Get out of Town [4:00]
15. Trailer Camp Confrontation [1:05]
16. Fighter Pilots Report [5:30]
17. Strip Club [1:50]
18. Nice Driving [2:47]
19. Look up the Number [:07]
20. Attempts to Communicate [1:59]
21. The Clock is Ticking [1:54]
22. Communication Breakdown [:51]
23. Panic or Party [:38]
24. Time's Up [:25]
25. July 3 [1:11]
26. Battle Plans [:51]
27. First Attack [:17]
28. Two on Two [:11]
29. Canyon Chase [:07]
30. Welcome to Earth [:04]
31. Desert RV Caravan [:05]
32. The Truth is out There [:23]
33. Urban Survivors [1:54]
34. Do You Know the Way to Area 51 [:04]
35. Area 51 [:19]
36. The Freak Show [1:24]
37. Arriving with the Alien [2:45]
38. In the Ruins of El Toro [1:53]
39. Alien Surgery [3:41]
40. Nuclear Attack [2:11]
41. Rescue at El Toro [:47]
42. The First Lady's Death [:42]
43. JULY 4- Solutions [4:46]
44. Worldwide Plans [:19]
45. A Wedding [1:19]
46. Independence Day [1:27]
47. Using the Alien Attacker [:55]
48. Into the Mothership [:25]
49. Engage the Enemy [:19]
50. Adversity Makes Strange Bedfellows [:03]
51. Time for a Hero [2:58]
52. Execute "Jolly Roger" [:05]
53. Victory [:22]
54. Credits [:33]


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Independence Day 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this Blu-Ray disc the other day, brought it home, threw it in the ol' BD player, and was quickly disappointed. Why would 20th Century Fox go to the trouble of putting this movie on Blu-Ray and only include the theatrical version? My standard-definition disc set includes the theatrical version PLUS the special edition with the deleted scenes left in. I am accustomed to seeing the movie with those scenes included, so when I watched my Blu-Ray version for the first time, it felt like I was watching an "edited for television" version. I want my money back for this Blu-Ray disc, and 20th Century Fox should re-issue with both versions on the disc. After all, there's PLENTY of room on a Blu-Ray for multiple versions!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
what a good movie I enjoying it
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to agree with the other reviews the special effects were awesome, but the storyline could have been enhanced. There was not enough focus on the aliens as what planet they were from and why they hated our planet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I agree with those who gave it a more realistic review. The story takes a back seat to the visuals. It is impressive to watch the alien ships blow up the White House and it is very realistic. Seeing the massive ships come out of the clouds is downright freaky so I admit that the effects are worth the experience itself. Having said that, they had almost no interaction with the creatures and we are to just go on the idea that they must be evil and we need to destroy them. Needed more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie starts out with a beuatful summer day! Everything is well. But all of a sudden, Giant city sized space ships cover all the major cities of the world! The president dosen't know what to do? All evewryone can hope is that the aliens aren't hostile!!!!!!
GrouchoMarxist More than 1 year ago
Whether it's Judd Hirsch's unfunny roll as a Jewish stereotype or the nonsensical plot, this movie is the epitome of a classic Hollywood blockbuster; all brawn and no brains. How can Jeff Goldblum program a computer virus on his Apple Powerbook to infect a species with technology and software completely unknown to humanity? The visuals are mildly entertaining, but like so many modern movies, this one uses special effects as a crutch rather than an aid. On the bright side, this movie never spawned a sequel, so at least there's that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie was thought provoking to those in this world who remain narrow minded. It was a great movie that erased the stereotype that a sci-fi must be wierd and twisted. The movie displayed a great combination of action, adventure, and also provided enough storyline backbone to support it. The characters were likable except for David's boss. The movie was believable. One of the best movies of all time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was cool i liked it and very good graphic
Guest More than 1 year ago
The special effects are groundbreaking for the time the movie was made. The aliens are scary and believeable. The really spectacular part of the movie was Vivica Fox. She is magnificent. Her hind quarters were in full view, splendid junk in the trunk. Will smith is as always terrible, still re-hashing his Fresh prince garbage, still making the same jokes and inane faces from that TV show. He needs to totally deconstruct himself and rid his psyche of all that has come before. It is very lame to keep recycling the fresh prince in every movie he makes. All I need to do is delve back down into the great ending one more time and I am spent. Thanks Vivica.
Jay_Godzilla_fan More than 1 year ago
cool movie at the time. still good for now too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you consider how much money was spent on this movie, it has to be regarded as just about the worst ever. Just like in most, if not all of Roland Emmerich's movies, too much money was spent on special effects and not enough money was spent on hiring a writer that can deliever a decent, believable, non-cliche-ridden script. I would have been happy with less impressive special effects if there wasn't a script with plot holes so big you could pilot a fifteen-mile wide spacecraft through them. The acting and overall plot were decent, but the characters and the dialogue was downright laughable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great movie! I own it in both VHS and DVD format because I love to watch it over and over. Only one problem... Reading the B&N Review they refer to Will Smith's Character as an Army Pilot. He was not. He was a United States Marine Corps Jet Pilot stationed at El Toro Air Station (now retired and being made into a shopping mall) Sorry guys... Get your facts right, it matters because the Army DOESN'T have fighter jet pilots like that. Their jets are TOTALLY different
Guest More than 1 year ago
Special effects. Those two words alone were enough to attract the crowds to this very movie, full of high-powered action and thirlling suspense. This move alone made over $300 million in the box office, which puts it up there with some of the very best movies, and it won an Oscar to boot. Whether or not the acting and script was questionable is certainly debatable, considering I do agree the script could have used some work in all but one part (the speech President Whitmore gives before the climactic final stanza is the most perfect piece of dialogue I've ever heard in a movie, and I've heard George C. Scott's speech in "Patton.") Whether or not this movie tickled your fancy, you must give this movie its due. It is still one of the greatest movies in the past twenty years, and will always be one of the very best sci-fi flicks ever to hit the silver screen. I sincerely hope all you disbelievers and nay-sayers will hopefully learn to enjoy this movie, or kindly keep their scornful opinions down to constructive criticism.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great entertainment
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was good in many ways but what kept it from being great was having Will Smith's character trying to be funny in a movie that should be serious.
DEMONTHE7TH More than 1 year ago
Oh whatever, pull your head out of your butt. This movie was a un experience. It may not have been the brightest, but atleast it was fun. That's all I ask for when I go to the movies.
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