The Day After Tomorrow: All Access Collector’s
As far as disaster movies go, The Day After Tomorrow is the most disastrous
It features some of the best destruction scenes ever done, but the movie
itself is pretty terrible.
After witnessing a big chunk of the polar ice caps breaking off, climatologist
Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid) is worried about global warming bringing about
a new ice age. He says it shouldnt happen for another 100 years
at least, but he changes his mind when he sees Los Angeles destroyed by
a series of tornadoes. Before long, the entire Northern Hemisphere will
be completely covered with ice.
When Jack gets word that New York City has been flooded, he decides its
a good idea to go rescue his son, even though soon enough the entire city
will be frozen solid. For the rest of the movie, its basically a
race against time to see who can survive.
The Day After Tomorrow is a tough one to call. On one hand, the special
effects and disaster sequences are really cool. On the other hand, the
movie really sucks. Like previous Roland Emmerich films, the first act
is pretty hardcore and only hindered by its story (which in this case
is extremely politically correct and not very well written - let alone
well thought out). In the second act not much happens, but you keep going
because you want to see more of what you got in the first act. And finally,
the third act has some intense moments, but is an ultimately unsatisfying
The filmmakers (and critics, and liberals) would like you to believe
that if we dont stop doing what were doing (i.e. global warming),
the events in the movie will surely take place. Just as Al "Sore Loser"
Gore. In fact, director Emmerich seems to have spent more time on his
agenda (and in finding a Dick Cheney look-alike to play the evil capitalist
Vice President) than he did on the script. And it must be noted that he
even stole at least one shot from his own movies! In Independence Day,
theres a shot of a fireball rolling down the street in Washington
D.C. In The Day After Tomorrow, theres an almost identical shot
of water rolling down the street in New York City. Both push cars high
in the air as people scream and do their best to run away.
More could be said, but why? To put it as simply as possible, the first
hour of the movie is well worth watching, provided you dont pay
attention to what anybody is saying. The second half is pretty much a
write-off, with a whole bunch of by-the-numbers action sequences you can
see in better movies. Had it been made by a filmmaker with more talent
than power, instead of the other way around, theres a good chance
it could have been much better.
Much like Fox’s other All Access Collector’s Editions, The
Day After Tomorrow features the same transfers and extras as the previous
release, plus a second disc of goodies.
Disc one has the feature and commentaries. Disc two goes deeper behind-the-scenes
than the movie deserves. “Two Kings and a Scribe” is a production
documentary that chronicles (obviously) the production of the film, featuring
interviews with the cast and crew and a lot of really boring footage.
Two short pre-production featurettes and almost an hour of post-production
stuff rounds out the making-of material (it’s all well produced
but ultimately not that entertaining). “The Force of Destiny”
is an hour-long documentary that discusses the science and politics of
climate change, and thankfully doesn’t get nearly as politically
correct as the movie itself. It’s fairly interesting, actually,
since it’s more like a Discovery Channel documentary than a DVD
There’s also about 20 minutes of deleted scenes, which would have
only made the film 20 minutes longer and added nothing to it. The optional
commentary by Roland Emmerich and Mark Gordon doesn’t make things
Finally, there is the same “Audio Anatomy” featurette as
the previous release, storyboard and concept galleries, and some trailers.
The Day After Tomorrow: All Access Collector’s Editon, from 20th
Century Fox Home Entertainment
123 minutes, anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) 16x9 enhanced, Dolby Digital
& dts 5.1
Starring Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ian Holm, Emmy Rossum, Sela Ward
Produced by Mark Gordon, Roland Emmerich
Screenplay by Roland Emmerich & Jeffrey Nachmanoff
Directed by Roland Emmerich
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