A film much more fun than one would expect from its disaster-filled background, “THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW” is being released by FOX in separate widescreen and full-frame editions. During a sensational opening sequence, we meet Dennis Quaid, barely escaping giant icepacks that are collapsing due to global warming. The confusing and either complex “or” silly science explanations given, state that global warming is actually bringing about another Ice Age, and it’s coming in days, not weeks! Quaid takes on battles at different fronts, trying to convince the government to take emergency action for the pending danger, as well as trying to get more involved with his son, Jake Gyllenhaal, facing his own perils while visiting an increasingly colder New York.
In spite of an often silly plotline, Director Roland Emmerich brings a nail-biting pace to the film, and makes it easy to suspend disbelief throughout most of the film.
While FOX is releasing the film in separate widescreen and full-frame versions, it would be silly to consider anything but the letterboxed version. Emmerich has created some staggering images here, and they deserved to be seen correctly. The 2.35:1 aspect ratio is intact with 16:9 enhancement. Colors are solid and the detail is incredible! This is a demonstration quality transfer! There are no artifacts or grain anywhere! Contrast is excellent, offering impeccable detail in even the darkest scenes. Fleshtones appear natural.
FOX has presented both Dolby Digital and “DTS” 5.1 mixes for this release! Again,…DEMONSTRATION QUALITY!!! Both mixes offer virtually non-stop panning/discrete effects. However, the DTS mix is noticeably superior. It offers much better bass and sounds more expansive and detailed in comparison. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
There are two commentaries included here. One, with Emmerich and the film’s producer, is generally fun and insightful. The 2nd, with one of the film’s writers, DP, editor, and production designer, is probably too dry for most of the film’s fans. A segment, “AUDIO ANATOMY” is worth checking out, detailing how sound editing/processing was utilized, by examining one key sequence with audio options. A deleted scenes segment only offers two scenes, neither of which make it worthwhile.