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With a $71 million budget and mind-blowing special effects, INDEPENDENCE DAY is a grand, high-tech throwback to such films of the 1950s as THE DAY THE...

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ProMindless

ConsMindless

Oh I love this film. Admittedly you're going to get sad watching any film that involves a dog falling down a well and having to be saved but The Dog That Fell Down A Well And Had To Be Saved is something else. Firstly...Err Neil, this is supposed to be a review of Independence Day. Is it? Err...

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ProFX

ConsThe lot

It was the day when all the big budget special effects and fantasies made real finally came home to roost ... July 4, and the coming of Independence Day, a larger than life recreation of the whole War of the Worlds phenomenon ... it was all about enormous, vivid eye candy and we were all suitably...

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Super

ProCast, bird, effects, White House decimation

ConsStory could be better

Independence Day. Billed as a rather good film, It is a rather good film. There is one simple reason for this. The White House gets blown up. We English did it back in past days (pity we couldn't now), and aliens do it again. A wave of satisfaction washed over me when that happened. Scary huh...

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Super

ProWhite house blown to hell

ConsThat Bi-plane ending...

The film that took the world by storm, and blew up the white house, what more needs to be said as an introduction? By now you must know i'm talking about ID4, Or independence day, the film made record amounts of money, and made people think that will smith might be able to handle a 'real' film...

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“Is there anybody out there”

published 01/11/2002

Prospecial effects

Conspredictible

Somehow I managed to miss Independence Day the first time round, I recently watched it and haven't been missing much. On the plus side Independence Day is dramatic in places with brilliant special effects. The downsides are it's predicitibility, melodrama and one dimensional characters. It's a...

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Excellent

“Aliens vs Human again”

published 06/02/2008

ProWill Smith

ConsNone

Well you've probably guessed it, this is a review about the action packed, alien saga Independence day, released on July 3rd 1996, and starring Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman. This is to date my favourite Will Smith action will along side Bad Boys 1 and 2. It's probably the movie that...

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Super

“Battle for Earth”

published 19/08/2009

ProGood story, Great Acting, Will Smith!

ConsNone from me

The military have noticed a large object coming towards the Earth and soon Washington is covered by a large Alien ship and smaller ones have cover other cities around the world. Elsewhere an ex-scientist, David Levinson has picked up a signal which is being sent by these ships through our own...

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“Independence Day”

published 03/02/2010

ProLove the special effects

Consnot a lot of extras

Independence Day After I saw the movie ‘The Day The Earth Stood Still’, I really need a good science fiction movie. So I chose Independence Day. General information Running: 147 minutes Language: English Director: Roland Emmerich Year: 1996 Country: United States Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS...

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Excellent

“More FX than ever before”

published 24/03/2001

ProFantastic effects and fun all the way

ConsNot exactly intelligent

If you were ever asked to give an idea of this film, the words Special Effects would crop up many times, usually in the same sentence as 'wow', 'amazing', 'stunning' or 'breathtaking. I must admit that I went to see Independence Day twice at the cinema. It was such an experience, not just because...

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“Aliens and patriotism”

published 29/06/2001

ProGood special effects, fast moving action

ConsTries too hard to be good at everything, soundtrac...

It's probably one of the classic films of the nineties. It was massively advertised and consequently drew one of the hugest audiences ever. The film contains humour, great special effects, fast moving action, unwavering patriotism and a few moments of sadness and happiness. The fist half of the...

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Super

ProHumor, performances, entertaining

ConsCan be too much CGI, simple story

Another alien film. I know what you’re thinking. With sci-films dominating the box office back in the 90’s Roland Emmerich directed and presented one of his own that became an instant alien classic still adored today. Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman starred along one another in...

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Excellent

“Welcome To Earth”

published 25/12/2000

ProExciting, lots of action

ConsMoments of American sentimentality

You have to hand it to the Americans. When it comes to big-budget, all out action blockbuster type things, they really have got it covered. Independence Day is one of my favourite films of the last decade - probably ever. It's not a demanding film, in an intellectual way (he understated) but it's...

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Good

“Now on DVD”

published 15/08/2001

ProWell Filmed

ConsWont appeal to everyone

Adaptable and warlike as we are, there will come a time when big green men appear in the skies above us in spacecraft that are lightyears ahead of anything we could even dream about building. If they're friendly, a la ET, then there's no hassle. If, however, they want to colonise Earth then...

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Excellent

ProID4 : a special-effects block-buster.

ConsJust like Marmite - you'll love it or you'll hate ...

I imported Independence Day from WWW.DEEPDISCOUNTDVD.COM so I had the US version before it was released on DVD in the UK. I had originally watched ID4 at the cinema and bought it on video when it was released. I am one of the people who absolutely love it - but this opinion is about the facts...

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Excellent

ProGood film, brillant special effects.

Consnone

This is about the day aliens come to earth and try to invade and conquer us. They have ships over every major city in the world, also they have a mother ship hovering around earth's orbit. You see a ship over the White house, and the president thinking about a way to commuicate with these beings...

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Product Information : Independence Day (DVD)

Manufacturer's product description

With a $71 million budget and mind-blowing special effects, INDEPENDENCE DAY is a grand, high-tech throwback to such films of the 1950s as THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL and WAR OF THE WORLDS. Here, aliens, in numerous gargantuan spaceships, arrive without warning and hover over the world's most important cities, creating global panic. The nasty visitors use death rays to blow New York, Washington D.C, and Los Angeles to smithereens. A handful of plucky Americans, including the Clinton-esque President, a gung-ho fighter pilot and a computer geek named David, attempt to devise a strategy against the invaders.<BR>On July 4th, their risky plan is put into effect, as dozens of fighter pilots (including the President) wage an assault on the spaceships. However, their success (and the fate of the world) depends on David, who is attempting to disarm the aliens's mothership.

Release Details

DVD Region: DVD

Release date: 03/05/2004, 17/05/2004, 06/03/2006

No of Discs: 2, 1

Catalogue No: 04147 DVD, 04118 VDVD, 0414701034

Production Designer: Patrick Tatopoulos, Oliver Scholl

Editor: David Brenner

Screenwriter: Roland Emmerich, Dean Devlin

Executive Producer: Roland Emmerich, Ute Emmerich

Composer: David Arnold

Director of Photography: Karl Walter Lindenlaub

Producer: Dean Devlin, Peter Winther, Ute Emmerich, Roland Emmerich, Lincoln D. Hiatt, William Fay

Author: Roland Emmerich

Costume Designer: Joseph A. Porro

Barcode: 5039036004114, 5039036017350, 5039036026482

Studio(s): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment; Deluxe Video Service - Fox, 20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Languages

Main Language: English

Technical Information

Special Features: Special Edition, Original Theatrical Trailer, TV Spots, Featurettes CREATING REALITY The Making Of Independence Day, HBO FIRST LOOK, ID4 INVASION Mockumentary, Alternative Ending, Stills Gallery, Storyboards, Production Stills

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1, 4.0, Mono, Stereo

Dubbing Sound: DTS 5.1 English<br>Dolby Digital 5.1 English

Professional Reviews

Review: "...Witty, of-the-moment fun." -- Rating: B+ (Entertainment Weekly, p.44, 09/08/1996)<br><br>"...For fun, fright and thrills, there's not a wilder joy ride around..." (Rolling Stone, p.68, 08/08/1996)<br><br>"...INDEPENDENCE DAY fulfills the promise of the movies: to deliver the audience out of the everyday and into the sensational..." (Sight and Sound, p.53-4, 01/08/1996)<br><br>"...A rousing state-of-the-art cartoon capped by an aerial-combat climax..." (USA Today, p.1D, 02/07/1996)<br><br>"...A spectacularly scaled mix of '50s-style alien invader science fiction, '70s disaster epics and all-season gung-ho military actioners..." (Variety, 01/07/1996)<br><br>

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