The 6th Day, Blu-ray (2000)

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The 6th Day, Blu-ray (2000)

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Rapaport, Tony Goldwyn, Michael Rooker, Sarah Wynter, Robert Duvall 
Directed by: Roger Spottiswoode
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Video: 2.40:1 anamorphic/enhanced for 16:9, 1080p HD
Audio: English, French, Portuguese Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Surround; Spanish, Thai Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
Subtitles: English SDH, English, French, Spanish, Thai, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Mandarin), Korean
Supplements: Showtime Special: “The Future is Coming” featurette; “On the 6th Day” multi-part featurette; storyboard comparisons; animatics; Repet informercial and TV spot; D-BOX Motion code; BD-Live trailers
Length: 123 minutes
Movie Rating: ***; Video Rating: ****1/2
Audio Rating: ****1/2; D-BOX Motion Rating: ****1/2

Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as pilot Adam Gibson, a happily married man with a young daughter.  After a renegade genetics corporation illegally clones Gibson, the clone assumes his life.  The corporation then seeks to kill Gibson in order to hide evidence of its human cloning project.  In a race against time, Gibson engages in a deadly battle to reclaim both his identity and life.  While it is not among the best of the Schwarzenegger sci-fi films, I think that “The 6th Day” is a still a good flick.  Some of its concepts feel borrowed from previous Schwarzenegger films like “Total Recall” and “True Lies”, but the well-done special effects and high-octane action help to offset that.  Recommended.        

The high definition video quality of this Blu-ray DVD is excellent.  Images are clean with nice detail.  Blacks are uniformly deep throughout the movie.  Colors are warm and rich with well-saturated hues.  Picture defect mastering is solid with no major flaws or compression artifacts.  The overall audio quality is also excellent with the English Dolby Digital 5.1 track.  Dialogue is crisp, intelligible, and properly positioned in the center channel.  The surround channels are aggressively utilized for the sound effects and music score, and include multiple split rear effects.  The low frequency effects channel has plenty of rumble.

“The 6th Day” is compatible with the “D-BOX” Motion Code™ System, meaning that if you have the necessary D-BOX equipment, your movie viewing experience will be enhanced by adding both Motion and Vibration to your chosen seating.  Approximately one quarter of the movie has Motion effects and/or Vibration present.  My favorite D-BOX Motion effects and Vibration sequences from “The 6th Day” are: (1) Gibson’s flying of the helicopter through the mountains in Chapter 2 (00:12:44)(vertical Motion is generated here that nicely simulates flying in a futuristic helicopter); (2) the car chase in Chapter 5 (00:26:30)(side-to-side Motion and powerful Vibration makes the chase scene come alive); (3) the explosion in the genetics lab in Chapter 16 (01:52:40)(intense Vibration enables the force of the detonation to be felt); and (4) Gibson’s helicopter escape in Chapter 16 (01:53:20)(some legitimate G-Force is experienced as the helicopter attempts to climb and fly over a building).  Overall, I would rate the D-BOX Motion/Vibration quality for “The 6th Day” as excellent.

 – Calvin Harding Jr.