Independence Day: Resurgence 4K (Blu-ray)
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SRP $24.96 2.40:1 Dolby Atmos FOX

Twenty years after the original film, its sequel, "INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE" is now available on 4K UltraHD  Blu-Ray from FOX. While the original did a fine job at providing escapist entertainment and over-the-top special effects(for its time), it had 2 important things "Independence Day: Resurgence" doesn't have, a good script and Will Smith.

A strong argument can also be made that Will Smith isn't on board due to the bad script. Smith isn't shy of sequels, eg. Men in Black 1,2 and 3, Bad Boys 1,2,3 and 4(already announced!) So, the fact he couldn't be talked into this one says volumes.

It would be hard to describe the plot without giving away many spoilers, but suffice it to say that while there are a few new characters(Liam Hemsworth,.etc) Bill Pulman, Judd Hirsch and others from the original are back. Unfortunately, they don't seem a natural fit in this sequel and virtually every scene feels forced around them. The aliens menace more this time around, but they were more frightening in the predecessor.

While there are some good action sequences, nothing about this sequel feels "great," in the way that the original managed to. Even moments of self-sacrifice only succeed in feeling annoyingly predictable this time around.

This 4K UltraHD release includes the standard blu-ray but not the blu-ray 3D version available separately. The blu-ray is impressive, with fine detail and strong colors. Unfortunately, both detail and color becomes diminished in some of the darker scenes. The 4K UltraHD really stands out in comparison due to detail looking "EXCEPTIONAL" in even the darkest scenes and a noticeably broader set of hues and color vibrancy throughout! The only flaw in an otherwise spectacular looking 4K presentation lies in the grain. While grain helps provide a gritty film-like feel, it can be intrusive at times. The blu-ray had just the right amount of grain but then fell short in detail when compared to the 4K so the trade-off still makes the UltraHD the preferred choice in this reviewer's opinion!

The Dolby Atmos(offered on the 4K but not on the blu-ray, is also a big step up. While the audio mix found on the blu-ray is great, actually hearing the overhead tracks found on Atmos will win any listener over to the potential of 4K and this kind of Atmos offering! Yes, the blu-ray offers a thoroughly immersive experience but the panning effects whizzing by and "over" the audience are more intricately plotted and displayed in the Atmos mix. It's easily one of the best mixes of 2016!

Along with the 4K and standard blu-ray, a Digital UV code is offered.