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Independence Day (Five Star Collection) (1996)

Will Smith , Bill Pullman , Roland Emmerich  |  PG-13 |  DVD
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  • Actors: Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch
  • Directors: Roland Emmerich
  • Format: Anamorphic, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, THX, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: June 27, 2000
  • Run Time: 153 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,175 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003Q43A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,055 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Independence Day (Five Star Collection)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Multi-story option: Viewer can select original theatrical release or special edition release with 9 minutes of added footage
  • Scene specific commentary by director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin
  • Special effects commentary by Academy Award winners Volker Engle and Doug Smith
  • Interactive Link to Download the Official, Never-Before-Seen ID4 Interactive GameMaking-Of Documentary: Creating Reality (30 min.)
  • Production Stills Gallery, Story Boards Gallery & Concept Art Gallery
  • Full 3-D animated interactive menu screens
  • Original Biplane Ending

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Additional Features

Of the two commentaries, the more 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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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. "Creatin

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102 of 112 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A movie that ENTERTAINS from start to finish! April 25, 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I am not one who usually writes online reviews, but after reading several that have trashed this movie for being something more that what it is, I feel compelled to defend this entertaining and funny work.
I will be the first to admit that although there are several unrealistic, gaping plot holes and the dialogue is corny at times, anyone who looked for REALITY in this film is taking themselves too seriously. The very nature of the story's premise would suggest to anyone who has an IQ above that of an amoeba that this film is FICTION. I saw this film in 1996 in the theater, and have watched it several times at home on my 27 inch screen. Regardless of the setting, it is still fun to watch because (take note you 2004 social activists)...IT IS NOT MEANT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY! Yes, you too can enjoy the comedy, cheesy banter, and bombastic explosions this 2-hour film has to offer if you check your critical ego with the "power" button of your surround-sound home theater system. Anyone who would even TRY to somehow draw a parallel between this film (which, I repeat, was made in 1996!) and events happening in the world in 2004 need to relax. There was a reason why "Independence Day" broke box-office records when it came out, and it was because we were looking to be entertained for a few hours; we were NOT looking for a documentary on realistic intergalactic relations. So although I would normally rate this movie with 3 or 4 stars, I am going to give it 5 because for the first time I now realize how entertaining (and totally unrealistic) this movie really is. Wasn't that the purpose?
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Where are they now?" July 18, 2000
Format:DVD
"They'll be entering our atmosphere within the next 25 minutes." HAD to put this in! This is undoubtedly one of the most fun sci-fi movies in history. The tale starts with a ship roughly 1/4 size of the moon entering orbit of earth, only to send down multiple city sized ships to our cities to wipe out humanity. This is one of those movies where you won't realize you've spent nearly 3 hours in front of your set. In fact, you'll probably want more!
Though this is not one of your "great thinker" movies, it's not really meant to be. From Dean Devlin himself (Producer), it's really a "popcorn movie." Sit down, eat your popcorn, and enjoy the ride. If you want thought, Amazon.com has 2001 for sale, too. Nonetheless, this movie still succeeds. The story is fun and easy to follow, the characters are believable (and equally fun to watch!), and the special effects are still (4 years later) among the best you'll ever see.
This DVD release is great, too, because it gives you the option to play the theatrical or the special edition versions. Personally, I like the theatrical better, simply because the editing is done more smoothly. The special edition edits sometimes seem a bit rough, but the scenes are still worth watching. Also, the movie in DD is a serious treat!
Supplemental material, you ask? You got it, and LOTS of it! You've got ALL the trailers and TV spots, some cool interviews and movie specials, and more. For the price of the disc, you can't beat this deal.
For sheer fun value, Independence Day sure delivers, and the DVD transfer (superb color and shadow details, with a pleasing 5.1 surround mix) is sure to make you thankful for your investment in a player. This disc is recommended in every way.
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68 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding DVD Package! July 3, 2000
Format:DVD
Studios are finally getting the whole DVD thing! This is a truly worth-your-money deal with lots of extras including two versions of the film; the first version is the original theatrical release and the second version is a directors cut featuring about 9 minutes of added footage not released in theatres. What's really great about this is they list what new scenes have been included and some of them are really funny and some of them make the story a lot more heartfelt. Also included is a second disc that includes a really cool mockumentary called "The ID4 Invasion" which is truly a priceless gem in this great collection. Also, there is commentary, lots of interviews with cast and crew, a special effects documentary on the making of the film and the original biplane ending which unfortunately looks really hokey and what I felt after watching it was-THANK GOD THEY DIDN'T GO WITH THAT ENDING-THAT ENDING WOULD'VE MADE THIS MOVIE A "REAL" DISASTER! For a product like this under $30 it is totally worth your money. For those who appreciated this movie as a special effects funfest, this DVD is not one to be passed up. For those of you boring types who felt this movie needed a "serious acting edge" buy Out of Africa and leave science fiction alone! Cheers!
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219 of 274 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good transfer, but still disappointing March 23, 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I have to say that I'm a big fan of this film, and I already own the DVD. Most of those wanting to buy this film on Bluray are those who have already seen it and liked it, so I won't comment on the movie content itself, but rather the technical and supplemental aspects of this release.

I borrowed a friend's copy of the BD version of ID4 just a few weeks ago, as I was contemplating whether to add this to my small but growing blu-ray collection. The picture and audio are superb, and watching this on my new LCD at 1080p with the lossless DTS-MA audio track really transported me back to the July of '96, when I watched this on the big screen. This movie has certainly aged well these thirteen years, and the special effects are still terrific even today. While watching, I was pretty much set on adding this to my collection.

That is, until after I finished watching the movie and wanted to see the extras in HD.

The DVD version I have contains two discs and a lot of extras, including an alternate ending, making-of feature, trailers, and cast/crew interviews. Sadly, in this BD release there are none, not even in standard definition. The only "extra" is a commentary track, which, as an another reviewer already pointed out, is laughably outdated. At $25, I would expect more than just a movie and nothing else.

The Dark Knight BD had two discs plus a digital copy for the same price- that was justifiable, even in this economy. This... isn't.

FOX is notorious for double-dipping their DVD and Blu-ray releases. I would imagine that a two-disc or dual-layered "special edition" version will come out over the next year or so.

Needless to say, this BD release is quite a disappointment.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lack of Inter-departmental communication
The movie is great; so the 2 stars is for the fact that Amazon canceled the order due to lack of product THEN emailed me asking how I liked it
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5.0 out of 5 stars E.T. is angry! A fun rollercoaster ride for the whole family!
If you have never seen this movie, WATCH IT! (Preferably on a big screen with surround sound turned way up high)!
A great movie that you and your family will love! Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars love this
Thank you, love this movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The greatest movie of all time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Independence Day - A Winner!
I've only see it about 20 times . . . somethings never get old for me.
Published 9 days ago by Alicia
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie
I love this movie. It has everything going for it: action, romance, trauma, and joy. Great cast and well done job overall.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great adventure movie
A great adventure movie, with love and laughter, even a moment or two where you may want a box of tissues close at hand, to be enjoyed again and again. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
this movie is for my daughter, who loves it and does not have it in her collection of Blu-ray
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie. I had to have it as one ...
Good movie. I had to have it as one of my Kindle Fire collections.!
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New release date March 11 as per blu-ray.com
Dec 31, 2007 by FBIWatchdog911 |  See all 5 posts
ID-4 Blu-ray release
fox blu rays are crap no effort goes into them id4 does not look anything special stick to the dvd version, close encounters looks excellent done very well, its a shame cos id4 is a great movie but save your money people
Mar 28, 2008 by johnny |  See all 4 posts
Is this theatrical version or director's cut?
For $28, yeah, me too. I can buy new release movies on bly-ray for less than that.

Wish Fox wouldn't charge so much. Wish people would stop saying the price is because it's Blu-Ray. Fox would charge the same if it was on Blu-ray or HD-DVD ... blame the producer.
Mar 27, 2008 by Geomancer |  See all 2 posts
special features: none. really? Be the first to reply
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