Day After Tomorrow, The: Special Edition DVD Review
PicturePresented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen the image looks as good as a new movie should. Colours are rich and well saturated with nice skin tones and plenty of detail on show. Blacks are solid and shadow detail is present although the transfer does appear on the dark side at times. There were no instances of compression artefacts or mpeg blocking and edge enhancement was almost absent. A good transfer that just slightly loses that blockbuster sheen.
SoundPresented in Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 both mixes are extremely aggressive and dynamic. As you can imagine with the subject material there are plenty of opportunities for over the top sound design and surround effects. Each occasion is taken and the sound field on both formats is loud and wide. Comparing the DTS mix against the Dolby flavour provided some surprises, dialogue is a little on the low side in the DTS track but the sound stage is wider with a tighter bottom end, yet in my opinion the Dolby track had a smoother more consistent all around feel.
ExtrasDisc 1 features a commentary track with Director Roland Emmerich and Producer Mark Gordon and a separate commentary track for the production staff. Both are interesting and informative and cover the majority of issues surrounding the production of the film. Also featured on this disc are forced trailers for I,Robot, Garfield the Movie and The Simpson's DVD Collections as well as a 2 minutes sneek look at Alien vs Predator. The AVP feature covers the design of the creatures behind the scenes.
Disc Two holds the majority of the extra features and breaks them down into four areas, The Science of Tomorrow, Inside The Day after Tomorrow, Global Watch and City Freeze. Starting with The Science of Tomorrow we are presented with the documentary “Force of Destiny” which runs for 60 minutes. This feature is extremely well produced and covers the compelling stories and myths behind Global warming. Featuring interviews with many respected scientists, the film discusses what we need to do as a planet to change our polluting ways before it is too late. This also includes the politics behind many of the decisions that need to be made to save the planet. Next up is the Inside The Day After Tomorrow section which is split further into three sections, pre-production, production and post production. Starting with pre-production, there are short features on pre-visualisation techniques, storyboarding, production meetings and concept art galleries. The production option plays the 1 hour 9 minute documentary “Filming The Day After Tomorrow” which features extensive behind the scenes footage along with interviews from cast members, again this is well produced and a step above the usual press kit standards. The post production area features a look at scoring the film and a look at the mixing stage of the helicopter crash as well as an interactive sound mixing demo. The main feature in this section is on the visual effects shots and how they were achieved. Rounding of the disc are a interactive Global watch and City Freeze features which involve the user picking a city or country to see how global warming will effect that area in the future, as well as stating when real incidents have occurred in the past. All together the extras on this two disc set are comprehensive and certainly worth at least one viewing session.
VerdictSome stunning effects can't save this turkey! The disc presentation is however excellent with more extras than the R1 release.
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