I remember seeing this in a theater in Spokane while we were shooting (another jewel in a similar vein) Dante's Peak
. The local audience was pretty jazzed. I thought it a fun romp at the time despite a number of annoying qualities and performances. The whole fighter pilot bravado thing by Smith and Connick is the worst, especially to any of us who used to do that. Imagine if this had been played for serious as War of the Worlds
was. It could have worked with the right script and directing.
As it is, I have some great laughs at a number of memorable lines. Jeff Goldblum has most of them for me. "The fat lady again?! You're obsessed with the fat lady. Drive us out of here!"
I find no reason to fault this BD technically. Although I didn't work on this film, I can see nothing that would indicate that this is not faithful to the original cinematography. I see much criticism these days of shots that are not supremely sharp in every detail. I can tell you that is was and is extemely common for there to be an effects filter used such as Tiffen SoftEFX much of the time, and a somewhat heavier grade of it for close-ups depending on the character. It is a sure bet that such a filter is used for close-ups of Ms. McDonnell, for instance. Therefore much of what some folks fuss about is quite true to the original.
The surrounds are very active, especially the back surrounds if you engage PLIIxCine for them. The LFE content is intense!
Definately a keeper for me. Found at Costco for $27.
Thanks for a nice job, Fox.