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HTF REVIEW: "The 6th Day" Special Edition

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Ronald Epstein, Jan 9, 2002.

  1. Ronald Epstein

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    The Sixth Day Special Edition

    Sometimes I don't understand some of these
    studios. There seems to be the need to rerelease
    exceptional product already out on DVD in a new
    and improved Special Edition or in an enhanced
    video bitrate mode. Some of the time the cost of
    repurchasing these titles isn't worth the extra
    content.
    Last year, Columbia put out an exceptional
    DVD of The 6th Day. Its transfer was
    top-notch and the disc sported a nominal amount
    of extra material.
    Less than a year later, Columbia issues a new
    and improved Special Edition that boasts a 2nd
    disc filled with a semi-abundant amount of
    bonus material.
    I am a bit at odds as to whether it is worth
    purchasing this new improved edition, when there
    doesn't seem to be much improved in the movie
    presentation itself.
    For those not familiar with the film, It's the
    not so distant future, and mankind has begun
    cloning humans. The experiments go very wrong,
    and Human cloning is now outlawed.
    In what could have easily been another mediocre
    Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle, The 6th Day is a
    real surprise. Adam Gibson (Arnold Schwarzenegger)
    is a family man with a wife and daughter. It's the
    near future, and in a world of hi-tech gadgetry, Adam
    is a pilot, flying a high-tech plane for a dispatch company.
    He is a confident individual who seems happy
    with the lot he has in life -- until one day he
    comes home to find that he is sharing his lot with
    someone else -- himself. Someone has replaced him
    with a CLONE.
    Adam is thrusted into an underworld of sinister
    corporate assassins who wish to eliminate him in
    order to keep their cloning experiments secret.
    Alone, Adam Gibson must find out who is responsible
    for his clone.
    Micheal Rooker (Cliffhanger) and Robert Duvall
    co-star.
    Watching this new souped up version on DVD, I
    was very impressed with the disc's beautiful, crisp
    anamorphic transfer that is demo quality. I mean,
    I have yet to see Columbia Pictures do a less than
    stellar transfer.
    The 5.1 audio absolutely rocks in all channels
    with one of the most active mixes I have recently
    heard. My SV Subwoofer was pounding away, giving
    a realistic thrust to the on-screen action.
    After I completed watching the film, I decided
    to pop the original 2001 DVD release in and see
    if I could spot any difference in the audio or
    video quality. To my surprise, I found this to
    be the exact same transfer as the original, taken
    from the exact same source (I recognized a few
    print blemishes). Even the main menus were the
    exact same (san a brief animated addition).
    I flip both boxes over and compare the features
    on DISC 1. Both discs have the exact same features --
    including a audio commentary by Composer Trevor
    Rabin. The only extra *seems* to be additional
    audio and subtitle languages.
    So, basically, the consideration for anyone in
    wanting to repurchase this set should solely be
    based upon the added content that can be found on
    disc 2.
    Special Features: Disc 2
    Disc 2 begins with the same animated menu
    sequence as Disc 1. Soon after, the page is
    broken down into 7 sets of features.
    The Future Is Coming is an original
    SHOWTIME featurette that gives a background
    on the film with narration from cast members
    that include: Schwarzenegger, Duvall and Goldwyn
    as well as Director Roger Spottiswoode. We
    get a brief look at the animation process of
    the virtual girl as well as the production design
    that went into this film. Go behind-the-camera
    and take a look at one of the key tank scenes
    being filmed in the water, or, one of the film's
    most memorable car chase scenes.
    Click on On the 6th Day and you are taken
    to a menu consisting of (count 'em) 9 individual
    featurettes that you can look at. All these
    featurettes are rather short in length, but
    nonetheless, are very thorough in giving you insight
    into how the whisper-craft effects were done
    using animatics, or, how Sim Pal Cindy was brought
    to life using animatronics, or, how the Unit Directors
    mapped out the film's most memorable car chase
    sequence. One of my favorite featurettes is one
    that shows how Schwarzenegger's car going off the
    cliff was filmed. For those that want to know more
    about the Virtual Girlfriend, we meet the actress
    as she works in front a blue screen before her image
    ultimately gets superimposed into the film. And
    if you want to know how 5,000 gallons of water was
    used, you'll enjoy the featurette that deals with
    the filming inside the clone tanks. The final
    featurette deals with visual effects. It is here
    that Schwarzenegger talks about acting against an
    effect not yet inserted in the film. It is also
    here that we learn how the dual Schwarzenneger
    footage was put together by split screen and
    percise camera movements.
    Storyboard Comparison uses a top/bottom
    split screen to show the original storyboard
    drawings against the final take in the film.
    Three sequences from the film used in demonstration
    are the CAR CHASE, WHISPER-CRAFT CRASH, and
    CLONING TANKS.
    REPET Infomercial and TV Spot is simply
    the full-length infomercial that was briefly shown
    in the RePet store sequences. A 30-second TV spot
    that was not shown in the film is presented as well.
    Animatics is a moving storyboard that
    allows the Director to pre-visualize scenes to get
    a better understanding of how a sequence should
    be filmed. Two of the original short animated
    storyboards are presented here. The first is of
    the film's Whisper-Craft Snowy Mountain ride
    that takes place at the start of the film. Not only
    does the computer animation show exactly how the
    film is being visualized, but adds text to show
    how dialogue is going to be placed. Rooftop
    again uses computer animation along with still
    storyboards to conceptualize to the Director how
    the final sequence is to be filmed.
    Filmographies is your basic text resume of
    all the films that the principle actors and
    Director have done.
    Now the good news and the bad news about the
    Trailers included.
    The GOOD news is that in addition to the film's
    original trailer and trailers for [/b]FINAL FANTASY[/b]
    and Jet Li's THE ONE (which looks way cool),
    there is a trailer for the upcoming SPIDERMAN
    movie.
    The BAD news is that this is the extremely
    short TEASER trailer. If only Columbia could have
    included the hot new trailer that can now be seen
    on Quicktime's Trailer site.
    Final Thoughts
    I had to go to a leading on-line DVD retailer
    to find out what this 2-disc Special Edition is
    going to set one back.
    My problem with this set is that it's basically
    the same old hash made to look new. As far as
    I can tell, there is no improvement in the already
    outstanding audio and video transfer. The extras
    on the 2nd disc are all very brief, and can literally
    all be watched within the time span of just over
    2 hours. I mean, most of the Special Editions I
    have seen lately have up to 10 hours of bonus material.
    I find out that the price of this set can be had
    for under $20. Well, I suppose right there is a
    reason why fans of this film won't feel too "had"
    by purchasing this a second time. Of course, those
    who never bought the disc will be getting more bang
    for their buck than we did less than a year ago.
    Release Date: January 22, 2002
     
  2. Ron G

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    I like the new cover. The original cover was hideous.

    Ron
     
  3. Dave H

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    I don't understand why they didn't at least include a DTS track.
     
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    The DTS track will be on the Super-Bit editon [​IMG]
     
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    Hey Ron,
    I'll take the old copy off your hands!! [​IMG]
     
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    There were two Spider-Man teasers and one trailer. The first teaser was rather lame and featured a computer-generated web. The second teaser was the one that had the WTC toweers that was subsequently removed. Finally, there is the trailer that uh...features a "beaming" Kirsten Dunst. [​IMG]
     
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    Still trying to make their money back. I guess the first DVD release diddn't quite put them over the top, [​IMG]
     
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    Actually there is another trailer. It came after the WTC one and before the new one with Kirsten :b

    It's actually the trailer that had the heist and WTC but with all that part edited out. All it is is (too many "is"s) the shots of spidey swinging from building to building that was at the end of the WTC trailer.

    Too bad, would be nice to have both WTC and new one on the DVD.
     
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    Since we're already off track, here is the "beaming" Kirsten Dunst:
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    That still isn't enough to get me to see the movie, let alone buy The Sixth Day: SE. [​IMG]
     
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    Great picture David, but I'll stick with the original 6th Day DVD!
     
  16. Patrick Larkin

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    I'll be keeping the original *because* of the cover art. New artwork is lame. I also don't care about extras on this disc.
     
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    It was released in Japan with dts track. Strange that dts track was not added to this SE.
     
  18. Dave Scarpa

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    I'm sure Columbia Has older titles they could spend money oninstead of one Barely a year Old. hey how about an Anamorphic version of "The Quick and the Dead" there's a thought.
     
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    MAN SHE IS HOT!!! :b
    Oh sorry what was the subject of this thread again???
     

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