WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Independence Day
Genre:Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 23 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, Margaret Colin, Randy Quaid, Robert Loggia, James Rebhorn, & Harvey Fierstein

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 411885
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 145
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1996
(LD Release Date): 1/9/97
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Roland Emmerich
(Screenplay/Written By): Dean Devlin & Roland Emmerich
(Story): NA
(Music): David Arnold
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Patrick Tatopoulos & Oliver Scholl
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(Editor): David Brenner
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(Executive Producers): Roland Emmerich, Ute Emmerich & William Fay
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Dean Devlin

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Super 35
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.39:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.32:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Digital Surround
(Theatrical Sound): DTS, SDDS & Dolby Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Independence Day is a thrilling rush of excitement for all audiences. The obliteration of the human race by 36 alien space ships hovering over the Earth’s major cities, is just a matter of time… unless a successful combat can be mounted.

LaserDisc Picture:
The THX®-quality assured picture is framed at 2.32:1 and exhibits excellent color fidelity with rich and warm colors, natural fleshtones and deep, solid blacks. Contrast is superb as is shadow detail. Images are consistently sharp and detailed, and while the slightest noise is apparent in some scenes, there are no distracting artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is stunning in its spatial dimension, particularly the Dolby® Digital 5.1 discrete version, and dynamic contrasts. Bass energy is extremely deep and powerful at sustained durations proving to be a torture exercise for even the most capable below 25Hz systems. While dialogue often sounds ADR-manufactured, all the other elements work extremely well, especially the aggressive localization and panning of discrete sound effects in which the filmmakers achieve remarkable soundfield realism, topping their impressive Stargate sonic vision.
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(Aggressive System Surround):
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(Aggressive Split Surround):
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(Directionalized Dialogue):
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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