|The Day After Tomorrow|
2-Disc Steelbook Edition
Features: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1. New steelbook packaging.
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: May 28, 2004
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 2 hrs 4 mins
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- Steelbook design
- Great special effects
- Realism in special effects
- Generous bonus material
- Feature-length Documentaries
- Creates environmental awareness
- Menus easy to navigate
- No chapter stops on the longer documentaries
- Discs tend to be firmly attached to the case--take out with care
- Dolby Digital 5.1 sounded like it was supposed to and the DTS 5.1 soundtrack was, of course, a tad louder at certain parts of the movie where key events were happening (such as the RAF helicopter scene)
For some reason, I just liked The Day After Tomorrow. It wasn't something spectacular, but it just looked really cool on my 50" plasma television. And maybe that was part of Roland Emmerich's intentions in satisfying those in the crowd who couldn't suspend disbelief. The theory of large superstorms hitting the world in such a short period of time is a lot to digest, and I certainly won't tell you it can happen. But let's try and suspend belief and just sit back and be awed by some really good special effects. The scenes where Los Angeles is hit with multiple tornadoes is done very well, and I can honestly say it was very scary watching the destruction.
- The video was quite on par with a good transfer and I didn't notice anything out of the ordinary. I will say again, this movie should look fabulous in High-Def
The Day After Tomorrow could've been much better if it weren't for the sappy, emotional baggage moments the movie carries along, all the way to the end of the film. For some reason, Dennis Quaid's character is determined to rescue his son from New York City's icey landscape. It's not just he's going to to save his son and that he moans about it a little more than what I would have preferred, but he goes on this rescue mission, taking only a few of his coworkers. Just doesn't make sense, and it deters greatly from the movie's message. It seems in many environmental disaster movies, they always get saturated with emotional men and women who ruin the premise of the film by all their crying, whining, and display of helplessness in one moment, then utter hero in the next.
Feature-wise, I was impressed. The Two Kings And A Scribe: A Filmmaking Conversation and The Force Of Destiny: The Science And Politics Of Climate Change were a great addition to watch. Just these two features alone were about two-hours of bonus content, so I'm not complaining. Other really interesting additions were the Audio Anatomy section, where you could hear individual sound tracks, and then hear them played all together. The bonus features of this collection gave a lot of information about the making of the movie, and certainly adds value to this 2-disc Steelbook Edition.
So, overall, I give The Day After Tomorrow a Recommended Plus. It's saving grace is two-fold. Special effects. Bonus Features.