Independence Day

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Product Overview

When massive spaceships begin to destroy major cities across the globe, a band of survivors must try to defeat the invaders and save mankind.

Specifications

Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40693990
UPC 024543036708
UPC 14 00024543036708
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Action
Adventure
Aliens
Big Battles
Blockbuster
Disaster
Futuristic
High Flying
Science-Fiction
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note With a $71 million budget and mind-blowing special effects, INDEPENDENCE DAY is a grand, high-tech throwback to such films of the 1950s as THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL and WAR OF THE WORLDS. Here, aliens, in numerous gargantuan spaceships, arrive without warning and hover over the world's most important cities, creating global panic. The nasty visitors use death rays to blow New York, Washington D.C, and Los Angeles to smithereens. A handful of plucky Americans, including the Clinton-esque President (Bill Pullman), a gung-ho fighter pilot (Will Smith) and a computer geek named David (Jeff Goldblum), attempt to devise a strategy against the invaders.^On July 4th, their risky plan is put into effect, as dozens of fighter pilots (including the President) wage an assault on the spaceships. However, their success (and the fate of the world) depends on David, who is attempting to disarm the aliens's mothership.
Plot Summary
Summary INDEPENDENCE DAY is a pyrotechnic, futuristic, disaster, action mondo-adventure about aliens attacking Earth and humans giving them the big boot. When mountain-sized flying saucers open fire on the world's cities, a ragtag band of colorful characters sets out to bring the alien critters to their pseudopodic knees. Borrowing liberally from science fiction classics like WAR OF THE WORLDS and THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL and a host of disaster movies from TOWERING INFERNO to METEOR, ID4 maintains a mindless mission to entertain with dazzling special effects and unabashed feel-good charm. Academy Award Nominations: Best Sound, Best Visual Effects. Academy Awards: Best Visual Effects.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "You know how I'm always trying to save the planet? Well, here's my chance." -- David Levinson (JEFF GOLDBLUM)
Quote "What's the rush? You think we'll get to Washington, it won't be there?" -- Julius Levinson (JUDD HIRSCH), to his son, David Levinson (JEFF GOLDBLUM), while the two frantically drive to the capital city.
Quote "Welcome to Earth." -- Capt. Steven Hiller (Will Smith), after punching the daylights out of an alien who has crash-landed in Arizona.
Reviews
Rolling Stone "...For fun, fright and thrills, there's not a wilder joy ride around..." 08/08/1996 p.68
Sight and Sound "...INDEPENDENCE DAY fulfills the promise of the movies: to deliver the audience out of the everyday and into the sensational..." 08/01/1996 p.53-4
USA Today "...A rousing state-of-the-art cartoon capped by an aerial-combat climax..." 07/02/1996 p.1D
Entertainment Weekly "...Witty, of-the-moment fun." -- Rating: B 08/09/1996 p.44
Variety "...A spectacularly scaled mix of '50s-style alien invader science fiction, '70s disaster epics and all-season gung-ho military actioners..." 07/01/1996
Directors
Roland Emmerich
Actors
Bill Pullman
Jeff Goldblum
Will Smith
Cast & Crew
Bill Pullman - Star
Vivica A. Fox - Star
Judd Hirsch - Star
Randy Quaid - Star
Robert Loggia - Star
Mary McDonnell - Star
Margaret Colin - Star
James Duval - Star
Harvey Fierstein - Star
Harry Connick Jr. - Star
Jeff Goldblum - Star
Will Smith - Star
James Rebhorn - Star
Joseph A. Porro - Costume Designer
Karl Walter Lindenlaub - Director of Photography
David Brenner - Editor
Lincoln D. Hiatt - Producer
David Arnold - Composer
William Fay - Producer
Peter Winther - Producer
Roland Emmerich - Screenwriter
Dean Devlin - Screenwriter
Roland Emmerich - Producer
Patrick Tatopoulos - Production Designer
Ute Emmerich - Producer
Oliver Scholl - Production Designer
Dean Devlin - Producer
Roland Emmerich - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1996
Catalog ID 2003670D
UPC 00024543036708
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 145 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Smith,Will
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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