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The Day After Tomorrow - Single Disc Edition [2004] [DVD]

Dennis Quaid , Jake Gyllenhaal , Roland Emmerich    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emmy Rossum, Dash Mihok, Jay O. Sanders
  • Directors: Roland Emmerich
  • Writers: Roland Emmerich, Jeffrey Nachmanoff
  • Producers: Roland Emmerich, Kelly Van Horn, Kim H. Winther, Lawrence Inglee, Mark Gordon
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French, Italian, Japanese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Oct 2004
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002GX9IM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,686 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Mega-budget, special-effects packed action adventure sci-fi epic directed by Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, Stargate), in which global warming and the greenhouse effect have given rise to abrupt climate change - with cataclysmic consequences for the entire planet. Dennis Quaid stars as Professor Adrian Hall, a paleoclimatologist who is fighting to save the world from a second ice age and all the natural disasters that herald it: floods, hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes to name but a few. But first, Hall must complete a more personal mission: his son Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal) is stranded in New York City where he was taking part in a school competition when the catastrophe began. As well as facing a perpetual onslaught of natural catastrophes, Hall must fight his way through the mass of humanity fleeing south into warmer climes... but can he reach his son in time to save him?


Supreme silliness doesn't stop The Day After Tomorrow from being lots of fun for connoisseurs of epic-scale disaster flicks. After the blockbuster profits of Independence Day and Godzilla, you can't blame director Roland Emmerich for using global warming as a politically correct excuse for destroying most of the northern hemisphere. Like most of Emmerich's films, this one emphasises special effects over such lesser priorities as well-drawn characters and plausible plotting, and his dialogue (cowritten by Jeffrey Nachmanoff) is so laughably trite that it could be entirely eliminated without harming the movie. It's the spectacle that's important here, not the lame, recycled plot about father and son (Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal) who endure an end-of-the-world scenario caused by the effects of global warming. So sit back, relax and enjoy the awesome visions of tornado-ravaged Los Angeles, blizzards in New Delhi, Japan pummelled by grapefruit-sized hailstones, and Manhattan flooded by swelling oceans and then frozen by the onset of a modern ice age. It's all wildly impressive, and Emmerich obviously doesn't care if the science is flimsy, so why should you? --Jeff Shannon

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear picture and sound, a bit low on extras 27 Jun 2009
By A. Rehm
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The audio and video quality of this Blu-ray disc is excellent, DTS-HD sound, very crisp picture under 1080p.

The only downside of this disc are the extras - The DVD version has a nice set of extras and interviews, whereas the Blu-ray version has only an absolute minimum of extras. Regardless, this is a brilliant Blu-ray for this price.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Blu Ray 22 April 2009
`The Day After Tomorrow' starring Dennis Quaid as and Jake Gyllenhaal is a fantastic movie that really is the kind of film that made me want a Blu Ray player in the first place - the amazing specials effects like the tornados, the floods and natural destruction of New York and Los Angeles has never looked so good!

The storyline is fairly basic with an unexpected and rapid ice age hitting the Earth and although it is very unbelievable with a lot of flaws and plot-holes it is still an extremely enjoyable and visually stunning film that I highly recommend seeing on Blu Ray. The acting is what you'd expect from a Hollywood summer blockbuster - good but would never win any awards, the action is very fast paced for the first half but does slow down considerably in the last half an hour or so, the special effects are stunning - some of the best I've ever seen in a film, and the whole film is just a good fun and well worth checking out. Highly recommended!
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54 of 61 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Product details 30 April 2009
5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio English
5.1 DTS Italian, Spanish
2.0 commentary

Italian, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Spanish, Norwegian, English
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Day After Tomorrow, Blu-Ray 28 April 2009
`The Day After Tomorrow' is one of those films that is hugely flawed, has dubious science and yet is extremely entertaining. Following what would happen in the face of rapid ice age this film follows one mans attempt to get his scientific research listened to by those in charge, as well as his sons fight for survival in storm stricken New York. The acting is pretty good, the direction is great, the special effects are very impressive and overall this makes for a top apocalyptic film with a modern theme. Whilst the themes of climate change are not to be ignored, the catastrophic nature of the scenario depicted wouldn't be as extreme or rapid and yet if you put this aside this makes for engrossing and entertaining viewing and is worth a watch.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Me Rambling as Usual 18 Oct 2009
By Cactus
Have you noticed that it's that time of year when you can almost notice it getting colder by the day, as the nights get longer and longer; (in England anyway)? Long gone are the evenings when I could leave the window in the bedroom open, so that Penny (my cat animal companion) can sit on the window sill amongst the pot plants and watch over her vast kingdom and smell the night air. However, I`ve so far managed without putting the heating on, which for me is the moment when the winter really does officially start. Consequently, watching The Day After Tomorrow probably isn't the best thing I could have done, as much of the film takes place in cold places; I did find myself glancing across the room at the heater from time to time. I blame it on the blue-ray though, as this film looks and sounds gorgeous. I did get the feeling I was watching Independence Day a lot of time though, except with climate change rather than alien scum being the baddie. It was only after the film ended that I actually made the connection between the two, same director, duh! As to the actual content of the film, well it's hard not to be cynical and say the plot is nonsense, the scientific technobabble silly (and this comment coming from a Star Trek fan), the acting okay (but nothing special) and that, most seriously, it has almost every film cliché in the book in it. Then again, I loved watching it and was quite happy to give it the artistic licence it needs to stop all its shortfalls from becoming annoying and distracting from the fun of being immersed in it for a couple of hours. And anything that helps remind people about climate change is probably a good thing too, (even if it's done in a very tabloid press way). But not a five star film as it didn't persuade me to put the heating on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A little bit more boring than I remembered 13 May 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
It's not the greatest plot ever conceived but it might be one of the best premises to justify so many gratuitous special effects and set-ups in a single film.
I could have done without the high school love story b-plot but then maybe the film is attempting to reach out to that demographic.
Once the (spectacular) disaster has occurred the kids are left simply blowing on their hands waiting in the New York library for Daddy to come and rescue them. The film felt a little divided at this point and you're left not caring about the kids really at all. There are some forgettable performances throughout the movie and clichés galore (not least the "I told you people not to go outside - but you wouldn't listen and you all died - ha ha" classic).
But hey, it's a popcorn movie. You'll love the special effects and they are nicely presented on the blu-ray transfer.
You might not want to revisit this film after you've seen it once. I certainly haven't.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars blu-ray at its best 3 Jun 2009
Watching this film on blu-ray shows you why it is worthwhile investing in a blu-ray system. The sound and the picture are absolutely stunning in every respect.
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