Independence Day (Special Edition)
As the increasingly popular trend of belated sequence continues it is focused on one of the original summer blockbuster films, ‘Independence Day’. Originally released in 1996 it quickly became the high hard watermark for the high octane, special effects showcases that would pull millions of viewers away from their vacations as they lined up to watch the latest must-see movie. This literally became a major contributor to the annual income of studios but in many cases it produced some of the most memorable examples of cinema that remained on the top of many ‘Best of List’ long after the weather turns chilly once again. Technically there is very little that is new is false the plot of this film is concerned. Extraterrestrial hostile intent, course a little blue marble in the blackness of space and decided to stop a while to strip mine the resources of our planet. Humanity is forced to fight an enemy technology far beyond anything we could imagine inevitably the creative minds of scientists, usually led by the exceptionally creative and innovative minds of researchers living in the United States of America. With a cast of actors led by Will Smith and including Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum this movie quickly reached beyond beings just a cult classic to being a cinematic icon. Okay, we all know the story of Independence Day. On July 1st a huge alien mother ship takes up an orbit around the moon. A bunch of smaller ships break off and attack the major cities of the world. A small group of humans led the fight to eventually save the world. This film is without a doubt one of the best known and best loved Sci-Fi films of all time. The all-star cast, inventive special effects and fast paced story have made this movie one of the most greatly anticipated DVDs of all time.
Now marking the 20th anniversary of the film the studios up said to release what many consider the long overdue sequel to the film, ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’. Set in a real time to decades after the initial movie is a perfect time to become reacquainted with the details of the original movie so their references will be fresh in your mind as they pepper the screenplay of the upcoming sequel. Like most fans I was anxious to get my hands on the DVD that followed the end of the theatrical run. Remember that I had already purchased the widescreen VHS tape of the movie with the incredible special effects and all-inclusive soundtrack I realized that nothing short of the new technical specifications of DVD would be able to do this movie justice. Then in a few years later, the DVD had given way to a new and improved format, Blu-ray. With its high definition 1080p video and enhance six channel surround sound was no purchasing yet again. Along the way there was a return back to DVD as a special edition of the film was released. This addition boosts the hundred and 45 minute run time up to 153 minutes. Unlike so many special editions of directors cut that merely adducts and sweepings the editors floor these additions were much appreciated addition to the overall narrative of the story.
When a filmmaker is faced with a movie that is running longer than the usual theatrical offering there was usually pressure from the studios to cut back on the run time. The decision is rarely artistically driven and is usually motivated by demands of the theater owners. From their point of view longer movies translated Celeste showings and therefore less profits. Of course this is before the overwhelming popularity of the multiplex where the theaters can stagger the start of the film. Many directors were just chop scenes out to the required length is reached for those filmmakers who are concerned with the artistic merit of their work, such as demonstrated here by Roland Emmerich, your entire threads to pull from the tapestry of the story. Obviously greatly diminish contribution of certain characters in the screen time of their actors it is usually the best way to maintain the overall integrity of the story. Favoring this method Mr. Emmerich pruned several of the less critical plot lines when example is when Russell Casse (Randy Quaid) as a reunion with his son just being released from jail. His other children most notably, Miguel (James Duval) and Alicia (Lisa Jakub) have most significant parts that serve to add a greater sense of humanity. The younger brother, Troy (Giuseppe Andrews) becomes very sick resulting in Miguel dashing around the convoy to find her some medication that could at least temporarily alleviate her symptoms. There is also a larger seeing concerning her and the boy that she meets on the right as he discussed that she does not want to die a virgin.
Another and has seen is when David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum is inside the alien fighter held in a hangar within area 51. There is a scene where the scientist bordering on insanity from being trapped in the facility for so long, Dr. Brakish Okun (Brent Spiner) is sitting in the alien craft with David excitedly rambling on about all the new technology. The scene does add more to his characters presentation as it does realistically depict the man who was forced to refrain from discussing any of his work with anybody with the technical acumen to understand him. Several of the scene extensions are achieved by adding to some already included conversations with an intention to provide more depth to the characters concerned. An additional example of this is in the strip club where Jasmine (Vivica A. Fox) attempts to tour, fellow exotic dancer, Tiffany (Kiersten Warren), from joining the revelers directly under the Los Angeles based ship. Many of the additional scenes contrasted global effect of the alien invasion tell people on an individual level placed in grievous danger.
All these years the only way to watch the Extended Edition was on DVD. This was thankfully finally changed with this 20th anniversary edition. Both the theatrical and extended cuts are each presented on their own Blu-ray disc. It is usually difficult for me to get excited about re-issues especially when they are counted as additions containing such additives as ‘Directors Cut’, ‘Special Edition’ Or ‘Enhanced Release’. As I mentioned usually just scraps of film splice back into the main movie to pump up the running time. When combined with a substantial amount of extra material this is the set that we should of had all along and allow you to finally relegate the previous editions in your collection to your archives.
Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. "Mankind." That word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it's fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom... Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution... but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: "We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight!" We're going to live on! We're going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!