Independence Day DVD - what version to get?

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  1. Nevin

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    What version is best in terms of A/V quality and bonus features, the Five Star Collection or the Double Digipack? Thanks!
     
  2. Devin U

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    I think they are the same, just diffrent packaging.
     
  3. Matt Czyz

    Matt Czyz Supporting Actor

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    Devin is correct, they are the exact same animal.
     
  4. Nevin

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    Ok, thanks guys. I guess I'll buy the one I run into first.
     
  5. Jeremy Allin

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    IIRC, the 5-star collection version was discontinued a while back and has been replaced with the current digipack release.
     
  6. Dave H

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    Yes, it's really a question of which case you want.

    Also, they do offer a movie-only, single disc.
     
  7. WillG

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    Well the "Movie Only" disc does have both versions of the film and the commentaries and everything else that was on the 1st disc of the set. The "Full Screen Version" is the version that is bare bones. Of course, that is a moot point as I'm sure you are interested in Widescreen
     
  8. Dave H

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    No, there is a widescreen version that is bare bones too.
     
  9. david*mt

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    You might want to wait for the upcoming LE. DVDempire has it up for preorder. I don't know if it is any better than the current version though.

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  10. Dave H

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    Very interesting about the LE. I wonder if this will be a new transfer.
     
  11. Shane Roach

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    That LE looks like the 1-disc version with a new promo piece for "The Day After Tomorrow." Considering you can get the 2-discer at Best Buy for $20 any day (or $15 last week if you got another Fox SE at the same time), I'd say the extras on the second disc make that the one to go for.
     
  12. Nevin

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    I haven't heard anything about a Limited Edition release. Any more info. on this, Shane? Unless it's a new transfer, I'll just get the 2-disc Digipack. Of course I want Widescreen! [​IMG]
     
  13. Nevin

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    Oops...Sorry, David. I must've skipped over your post. Thanks for the link!
     
  14. Eric Huffstutler

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    I have preordered the LE version and it's a 1-disc package (flipper?) that includes both the theatrical and a new version with 9-minutes of extra footage (director's cut?). Also have some extra features, some new, some old. It's coming out to tie into The Day After Tomorrow which I'm looking forward to[​IMG] Love disaster movies! Supposed to be a real FX extravaganza.
     
  15. Sten F

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    Forget all about the new LE. It´s a single disc only.

    Get either the 5 Star or the double digi-pack. They are the same, and are the best versions out there.
     
  16. Bill J

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    I'm confused. Does the Five-Star (or Digipak) have this longer cut of the film that is going to be released in this new Limited Edition?
     
  17. Ray_R

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    It's with seamless branching. Personally, I prefer the packaging of the double digi-pack myself.
    Watch the longer, personally preferred director's cut of the movie. It has much more story, plot and sub-plot and a better character development for the actors involved. Hope this helps!
     
  18. Jake Johnson

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    I thought the point of limited editions was to give a small market what they wanted, or to produce an expensive version of a dvd. Like the limited editions of Bad Taste(for the former) and Evil Dead(the latter). Not to put out a cheap 1 disc set of a movie that already has a full-blown special edition. I hope that this has some kind of cool packaging scheme.
     
  19. Mark Basile

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    Now if they re-released a 1-disc version of ID4 with a DTS track, I think many of us might pick it up. I know I would love to have it. But just a repackaging of Disc 1 with a new featurette really won't give us any reason to buy it again.
     
  20. Dave H

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    I would have picked it up even if the transfer was better. The current version still looks good, though it's a little soft and a few compression artifacts are present. But, these things are pretty minor and probably not even worth Fox's time and money to fix.
     

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