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OSCAR-WINNING SPECIAL EFFECTS IN BLOCKBUSTER ALIEN INVASION MOVIE!
on 10 May 2015
After the surprise hit of 1994, STARGATE, director Roland Emmerich was given a budget that would make possible a film that would eventually be one of the highest grossing movies of all time. The ground-breaking special effects went on to win an Oscar, & many of these, the miniatures, C.G.I. & digital effects are examined & explained in the comprehensive 'special features' which comprises the second of this 2 disc presentation. INDEPENDENCE DAY in this 'definitive edition' contains scenes not in the original cut, of which some make sense & others superfluous, but all most likely edited for time. For a sci-fi adventure film, the script throughout is eceptionally good with only minor cringe-making moments. The military & technical installations are authentic & the many crowd scenes, in particular, the 'panic in the streets' sequences are entirely believable & well-handled. The excellent cast, headed by Will Smith & Jeff Goldblum have well-drawn characters & have a terrific rapport in their scenes together. The 2 female leads are strong & also perfectly cast, as are all the supporting actors, but it is the rôle of President that keeps the whole thing together & here Bill Pullman surely gives the performance of his career. The rousing speech he gives just before the final showdown, is a well written piece of patriotic jargon & gift to any actor, though his character taking part in the aerial battle is open to contention! Look out especially for the humorous reference to 2001: A SPACE ODESSEY, the benchmark on which all future Sci-Fi films would follow & improve in the way of special effects, as does this film & others afterwards No mention is made of the music in the 'special features' , which is a glaring oversight, however, Luton-born David Arnold has delivered a score that matches the scale of the production completely & is without question the best film & tv composer in this country. (For all fans of this film, & soundtrack enthusiasts, I strongly recommend the INDEPENDENCE DAY ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK CD.)
This re-mastered DVD is superb quality & the value-for-money aspect cannot be underestimated. A bargain!
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