With a June 24 theatrical release date ready and waiting for director Roland Emmerich’s mega-budget Independence Day: Resurgence — sans Will Smith, but with Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch and Vivica A. Fox — it was only natural that the good folks over at 20th Century-Fox Home Entertainment would come up with an anniversary edition of the original to take full advantage of all the media hype that will certainly be surrounding this long-overdue alien homecoming.
Independence Day: 20th Anniversary Edition, which has a street date of May 3, will be available as a three-SKU array of home entertainment product selections.
There will be a DVD edition that features a newly restored presentation of the original theatrical cut and two Blu-ray editions. Both of these double-disc Blu-ray SKUs feature a restored extended-cut of the film (plus the original theatrical cut), with the upscale “Attacker Edition” sporting an on-pack replica of the alien space craft.
The extended cut of the film clocks in at an additional nine minutes of out-of-this-world invasion thrills. As to other bonus nuggets, there is a 30-minute documentary (exclusive to the Blu-rays) that is titled “Independence Day: A Legacy Surging Forward.”
No word during this initial announcement as to whether or not Independence Day: 20th Anniversary Edition will get a 4K Ultra HD push. 20th Century-Fox Home Entertainment is one of four studios that currently support the newly launched format.