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Independence Day (2-disc Special Edition)

Will Smith , Bill Pullman , Roland Emmerich    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (530 customer reviews)

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In Independence Day, a scientist played by Jeff Goldblum once actually had a fistfight with a man (Bill Pullman) who is now president of the United States. That same president, late in the film, personally flies a jet fighter to deliver a payload of missiles against an attack by extraterrestrials. Independence Day is the kind of movie so giddy with its own outrageousness that one doesn't even blink at such howlers in the plot. Directed by Roland Emmerich, Independence Day is a pastiche of conventions from flying-saucer movies from the 1940s and 1950s, replete with icky monsters and bizarre coincidences that create convenient shortcuts in the story. (Such as the way the girlfriend of one of the film's heroes--played by Will Smith--just happens to run across the president's injured wife, who are then both rescued by Smith's character who somehow runs across them in alien-ravaged Los Angeles County.) The movie is just sheer fun, aided by a cast that knows how to balance the retro requirements of the genre with a more contemporary feel. --Tom Keogh

Special Features

Of the two commentaries, the most interesting is the one with the special effects supervisors, who engagingly demonstrate how the film's illusions ran the gamut from traditional "model & string" effects to the most sophisticated CGI applications. "Creating Reality" is the best of the three behind-the-scenes documentaries; "ID4 Invasion" is an interesting compilation of fictional news reports (some of them quite convincing) that were created for the TV reports within the movie, while the "HBO First Look" featurette hosted by Jeff Goldblum is rather glib and redundant. Of greater interest is the "special edition" cut of Independence Day and the original unused ending with Randy Quaid heroically piloting a vintage biplane instead of an advanced fighter jet. As producer Dean Devlin explains, the sight of a rickety airplane keeping pace with F-18 jets was "just not believable." --Jeff Shannon

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Published 2 months ago by jonathan
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The special effects, great acting, & superb story line. I'd recommend it to everyone. I purchased this movie a few years, & this is a replacement.
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Published 22 months ago by Eddy B
3.0 out of 5 stars broken Blu-ray movie case
To whom it may concern,

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Published on Jan. 14 2011 by Richard
3.0 out of 5 stars fun special effects on blu-ray
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Published on Feb. 26 2010 by Cheryl
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Entertainment, but leave your thinking cap at home
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Published on July 23 2008 by Moodywoody
2.0 out of 5 stars great potential,but suffers from too many flaws
independence day looked like it could be a good,even great movie.it has
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Published on Feb. 19 2008 by falcon
2.0 out of 5 stars i saw great potential in this movie,...
for me,it just failed to deliver.independence day looked like it could
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Published on Nov. 14 2007 by falcon
4.0 out of 5 stars This movie has Hollywood written all over it but it's all good.
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Published on July 1 2007 by Jenny J.J.I.
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