On Bluray today from writer/director Roland Emmerich and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment comes the newly restored theatrical and extended cut of “Independence Day.”

It is July 2, 1996 and all is right with the world as President Thomas J. Whitmore (Bill Pullman) starts his day in the White House up for re-election and First Lady Marilyn (Mary McDonnell) is in California campaigning for her husband. With the help of Constance Spano (Margaret Colin), the President stays on task.

Bicycling into work is David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum), a computer savvy man who often can be found playing chess with his father Julius Levinson (Judd Hirsch) in the local park. In California, Captain Steven Hiller (Will Smith) and his lady Jasmine Dubrow (Vivica A. Fox) are trying to sleep in when they feel a tremor.

Miguel (James Duval) and Alicia (Lisa Jakub) are in the local trailer park while there father Russell Casse (Randy Quaid) is flying drunk over a field of crops. As everyone goes on with their life it is all about to change.

Enormous objects begin taking over the skies across the world and interrupting all communication systems. It becomes clear that these are alien spacecraft and the President’s staff kicks into high gear with General Grey (Robert Loggia) and Albert Nimziki (James Rebhorn) advising him.

Trying to determine what it is the alien’s want turns brutal quickly. When David figures out what is going to happen he, along with his father, drive to the White House to inform the President and estranged wife Constance what is going to happen.

They only have minutes before his prediction comes to pass and now, those who survive the first wave of attack must come together to show the aliens “we will not go quietly into that goodnight.”

Never underestimate the power of Earthlings!

Pullman as President Whitmore became the world’s President for the entire run of the original film in theatres. He is a strong and confident leader who isn’t afraid to show his emotions or jump in to the middle of it all. Oh yea, it didn’t hurt that he is amazingly handsome in the film.

Smith as Hiller became the pilot who isn’t afraid to jump in as well. Seeing his family torn apart gives him motivation to do what needs to be done. Smith also ends up staying some of the most iconic lines of the film including “now that’s what I call a close encounter!”

Goldblum as David is the brains of the operation with his laptop at the ready. One of the funniest things is when his character discovers that someone has put an aluminum can in the trash. I remember after seeing the film in the theatre, someone with a can drink asked the theatre owner where the recycling bin was because he didn’t want to upset Jeff Goldblum. Pretty hilarious and awesome at the same time. In our family we are fans of this actor and this is just another film that shows why.

Hirsch as Julius is the comic relief but does so in a fatherly way. I mean technically he’s right about the hammer and toilet seat when it comes to paying for Area 51 but he does it in such a hilarious way. Quaid as Russell is an inebriated man who sobers up long enough to be a hero because heeeeeeee’s back!

Colin as Constance works for the President and is doing her best to not remember why she still cares for David. Fox as Jasmine is a stripper with a heart of gold but is also in a relationship with Hiller. Trying to get to him with her son, Fox gets a chance to be a gal-hero to more than just her son. McDonnell as the First Lady has a short role but very touching. Yep, it brings a tear or two.

Other cast include: Brent Spiner as Dr. Brakish Okun, Bill Smitrovich as Captain Watson, Mae Whitman as Patricia Whitmore, John Storey as Dr. Isaacs, Frank Novak as Teddy, Adam Baldwin as Major Mitchell, Harvey Fierstein as Marty Gilbert and Harry Connick, Jr., as Captain Jimmy Wilder.

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TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Independence Day” five tubs of popcorn out of five. I remember the first time I saw this film in the theatre with my kids (who were in their early and mid-teens) and how much fun we had as a family. We freaked out, our jaws dropped; we yelled, screamed and cheered like no other film we had ever seen together before.

Tonight, we did it again! In this amazing crisp and clear Bluray, we stepped into a time machine and did it all over again with equal fun, excitement and cheers. Thanks to big screen televisions with amazing sound systems, “Independence Day” on Bluray is a treat that can be seen again and again – and deserves to be. Plus, it prepares us all for the return of those pesky buggers when “Independence Day”: Resurgence takes over theatres June 24.

“Independence Day” is the film that I measure others by when it comes to aliens and disasters. Emmerich got it right when he put this story together and put it all out on the screen. Putting the cast together is also a stroke of brilliance because even now I can’t imagine anyone else playing these roles.

Released today is the newly restored theatrical and extended cut that is on Digital HD, Bluray and DVD today. There is an “Attacker Edition” that features a Bluray inside a Limited Edition 3D Alien Ship Collector’s Set for the Super Fan, a Collectible Booklet along with the two Bluray discs.

The Special Features on Bluray include an all-new 30-minute Documentary Independence Day: A Legacy Surging Forward with two Bluray discs and Digital HD.

In the end — these extraterrestrials don’t want to phone home…they want OUR home!



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Jeri Jacquin

Jeri Jacquin covers film, television, DVD/Bluray releases, celebrity interviews, festivals and all things entertainment.