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  • Manufacturer: 20th Century Fox
  • UPC #024543444237
  • Model #2244423

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    Detailed Description
    (Manufacturer # 2244423 )

    Plot
      A group of intrepid humans attempts to save the Earth from vicious extraterrestrials in this extremely popular science-fiction adventure. Borrowing liberally from War of the Worlds, Aliens, and every sci-fi invasion film inbetween, director Roland Emmerich and producer and co-writer Dean Devlin present a visually slick, fast-paced adventure filled with expensive special effects and large-scale action sequences. The story begins with the approach of a series of massive spaceships, which many on Earth greet with open arms, looking forward to the first contact with alien life. Unfortunately, these extraterrestrials have not come in peace, and they unleash powerful weapons that destroy most of the world's major cities. Thrown into chaos, the survivors struggle to band together and put up a last-ditch resistance in order to save the human race. As this is a Hollywood film, this effort is led by a group of scrappy Americans, including a computer genius who had foreseen the alien's evil intent (Jeff Goldblum), a hot-shot jet pilot (Will Smith), and the President of the United States (Bill Pullman). While some critics objected to the film's lack of originality and lapses in logic, the combination of grand visual spectacle and crowd-pleasing storytelling proved irresistible to audiences, resulting in an international smash hit. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi
    Movie Type
      Science Fiction
    Movie Level Themes
      Evil Aliens, Heroic Mission, Heads of State, End of the World
    Movie Level Tones
      Tense, Humorous, Ominous, Rousing, Flashy, Frantic

    DVD Features

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    • Scene-specific commentary by Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin
    • Commentary by special effects supervisors Volker Engel and Doug Smith
    • Trivia track
    • Search content
    • Personal scene selections
    • Alien Scavenger Hunt game
    • Enhanced for D-Box motion control systems
    • Theatrical teaser and trailers
    Awards
    • 1996--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Chris Carpenter-Nominee
    • 1996--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Jeff Wexler-Nominee
    • 1996--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Douglas Hans Smith-Winner
    • 1996--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Bill W. Benton-Nominee
    • 1996--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Volker Engel-Winner
    • 1996--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Clay Pinney-Winner
    • 1996--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Joseph Viscocil-Winner
    • 1996--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Bob Beemer-Nominee
    AMG Rating

    Review

      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 clichs, 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. ~ Jason Clark, Rovi


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    Blu-Ray Drive or Blu-Ray Player





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