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80 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding DVD Package!, July 3, 2000
This review is from: Independence Day (Five Star Collection) (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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Initial post: Mar 2, 2010 4:20:11 PM PST
Confederate says:
This doesn't pertain to the Blu-Ray release and should be deleted. Amazon, you need to get your act together and put these reviews where they belong. Reviews of the DVD release don't belong in the Blu-Ray section. This release does not contain a second disk, so beware!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2011 10:19:07 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 30, 2011 10:19:25 AM PST
All of the comments are grouped together about a single item, whatever the format.

I thought this was a very nice review. I now know what to expect when I buy the DVD + Digital Copy version of this movie (and I DO love this movie).

Posted on Jul 21, 2011 12:10:36 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 22, 2011 11:49:28 AM PDT
Star Bux says:
I hated this movie the first time I saw it.
But after seeing it for the umpteenth
time, you get used to it, even like it.
Maybe it is the Presidential family, or the
uniforms, I don't know... I like that scene
with the 3 aliens in the bottles, and then
the 4th alien appears. They looked identical.
If 3, then why not 4, or 4 million more? To
wit, a does not equal b which does not equal
c. Neither should X be confused with K, with
respect to the values aX, bX, and cX.

Does anybody else speak kryptonian?
7 + 7 + 7 = 21.

I liked that line, "I'm a combat pilot Will,
I belong in the sky"... That was soo Hal Jordan.
Hal Jordan, aka, 'The Green Lantern' of
sector 2814.

I hated this movie the first time I saw it.
But after seeing it for the umpteenth
time, you get used to it, even like it.
But, I still hate it. I think it is the bad
language, the locker-room antics, and
the constant reference to sodomites.
Why do they market this trash to children?

Posted on Aug 2, 2011 12:56:12 PM PDT
Star Bux says:
In this movie, the aliens attack a tall building,
and the white house, successfully blowing up
both.... The movie came out into the theatres
in 1996.... September, 11, 2001 (event "9-11")
was yet a few years away... When he is on
Air Force One, and he opens his laptop, the
time-stamp countdown clock thing reads, 9:11...
It is an interesting coincidence... Reminds of
the Clinton-Lewinsky-attack on Afghanistan
scandal, and how the movie 'Wag the Dog'
predated that scandal. Another interesting
coincidence.

A positive correlation between two variables
does not imply causality.... But do you ever
get the feeling that you can read the "intent"
of another? That might be paranoia, and not
psychic intuition. Or is it?

Posted on Aug 2, 2011 12:59:22 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 2, 2011 1:01:38 PM PDT
Star Bux says:
It was easy to see why the Bill Pullman
character was President, after he makes
that 'Independence Day' speech... He was
good with words. Whereas the Will Smith
character, and the Randy Quaid character,
were not.

Did the President's wife really fall asleep,
or was that a lie to keep him from being
distracted from the alien threat problem?
Maybe she and the general managed to
get the doctor to see things their way,
and lie to the President?

Or perhaps "internal bleeding" though not
a visible injury can be very life-threatening?

That said, I thought the Will Smith
character was annoying, and not
very realistic. I don't know anybody
who talks like that, whereas the
Randy Quaid character sounded like
most guys I went to school with.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 4, 2013 8:40:19 PM PDT
B. Savage says:
I know this was from some years ago, but I just have to say how completely ridiculous your replies are.

I have watched this film at least once per year since 1996 (it's a family tradition), and I pretty much know it in and out.

The language was more realistic than most language in films. In fact, if it were even more real, it would have the f-bomb everywhere, too. "Locker room antics"? lol! The one scene with Will Smith and Harry Connick, Jr.'s characters being silly men? That's realistic. And 1996 was pretty far from 2001, although there was a lot of weirdness when it came to the 9/11 events -- that was totally unrelated to this film.

The president's wife died. When his daughter asked if she was asleep, he agreed with her because that's less painful to hear than, "No, your mother died. You are a stupid child." And how do you not know that internal bleeding is life threatening? If your parts on the inside don't stop bleeding everywhere, you die. Don't you watch any medical shows? House? Grey's Anatomy?

I'm thinking you're just being facetious because no one can really think this way...
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