Fox Sets Specs, New Date for 'ID4' Blu-ray

Posted Mon Dec 31, 2007 at 08:00 AM PST by Peter Bracke
indpendence day

Following a earlier street date delay, the aliens of 'Independence Day' will finally invade Blu-ray this March.

As previously reported, Fox postponed the originally-planned December 4 Blu-ray release of mammoth blockbuster only days before it was due to hit stores, citing last-minute quality-control issues. Now the studio has confirmed a new date for the highly-anticipated release, which will hit Blu-ray at last on March 11, 2008.

Fox has also issued final specs for 'ID4,' which include 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 video, a DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio 5.1 Surround track, plus Dolby Digital dubs and subtitle options in French and Spanish.

Fans hoping for a high-def replica of the same extensive extras found on the two-disc DVD version of the alien blockbuster will be disappointed, as the studio will be offering only a limited numbers of extras on the Blu-ray. Included on the set will be two audio commentaries with the filmmakers, plus a suite of four theatrical trailers. All of the previous edition's other video-based materials have not been ported over.

Exclusive to the Blu-ray, however, will be the "Alien Intercept" BD-Java interactive game, a subtitle fact track, personal scene selections, a content index, and D-Box enhancement.

Retail remains at the previously-announced $39.98.

You'll find disc details for 'ID4' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, indexed under its new date of March 11, 2008.

We've also set up a dedicated thread for the re-announced blockbuster in our Forums area -- click the following link to discuss the 'ID4' Blu-ray release.

Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
Independence Day (Blu-ray)
Tags: Fox, Street Date Changes (all tags)