Movie Renter's Guide - April, 2008



"Independence Day" (Blu-ray)


When radar picks up an incoming blip, everyone thinks it is an asteroid, and when the asteroid seemingly breaks up into smaller pieces, they assume the earth will be in ruins when all the pieces land in cities. Well, the earth will be in ruins alright, but not from asteroids.

Then they realize that the blip is actually a large extra-terrestrial mothership, and the smaller ones are fighters that have left the mothership.

At first, the military tries to contact the mothership's occupants in a friendly manner, but are soon made aware that the visitors from beyond are hostile.

So, in the face of a superior military strength, earth must find a flaw in the huge ship, attack, and destroy.



  • Twentieth Century Fox
    1996, Color, Rated PG-13, 2 Hr 25 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC @ 27 Mbps
  • DTS HD MA, DD 5.1
  • Directed by Roland Emerich
  • Starring Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum. Randy Quaid, Judd Hirsch, Robert Loggia
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No


Although an entertaining movie, the plot has been beaten to death since the 1950's, and by much better storytellers. There is a lot of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Star Wars here, but then, that is pretty much the norm for most Space Invaders types of movies.


This disc has a high bit rate (27 Mbps), which shows in all the fine detail. With fast moving objects flying around all over the place, anything lower would have resulted in a lot of artifacts. For the high def sound, only the DTS is available, no Dolby. I am glad to see studios narrowing the sound tracks down to one or the other. No reason to have both.


There is a modicum of extras, including a director's commentary, special effects supervisor commentary, and a few other things.