The 6th Day: Collector's Edition (2000)

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Released 22-Aug-2001

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Action Main Menu Introduction
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Dolby Digital Trailer-City
Isolated Musical Score-with commentary by Trevor Rabin
Featurette-The Future Is Coming
Featurette-On The 6th Day (9 mini-featurettes on the special effects)
Storyboard Comparisons-3
Featurette-RePet-Infomercial and TV Spot
Featurette-Animatics (2)
Filmographies-Cast & Crew
Theatrical Trailer
Trailer-Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Vertical Limit
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2000
Running Time 118:31
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (68:28) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Roger Spottiswoode
Studio
Distributor

Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger
Michael Rapaport
Tony Goldwyn
Michael Rooker
Sarah Wynter
Robert Duvall
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $36.95 Music Trevor Rabin


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Hungarian Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Isolated Music Score Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
Dutch
Arabic
Bulgarian
Czech
Danish
Finnish
Greek
Hebrew
Hindi
Hungarian
Icelandic
Norwegian
Polish
Swedish
Turkish
Dutch Audio Commentary
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

Arnie is back! As a fan of the big man, I look forward to Schwarzenegger films and the style of film-making which an Arnie film entails - big production values, powerful soundtrack, advanced weaponry, state-of-the-art effects - it is real Hollywood stuff! So, it was with considerable enthusiasm that I sat down to review his latest film, The 6th Day. Fortunately, at the end of it, I still had positive thoughts about what is a reasonable Sci-Fi/Action effort about the topical issue of human cloning.

Set in the not-too-distant future, The 6th Day sees an ordinary family man played by Arnie become unintentionally entangled in the affairs of a large company that has advanced cloning technologies. Cloning is restricted only to animal use by the law but this company is secretly cloning humans as well. After an 'accident', the company clones Arnie by mistake (and boy is cloning Arnie a big mistake...). Once they realize their mistake, they seek to eliminate the real Arnie and have his clone live out his life as per normal. In true Schwarzenegger style, Arnie's character is going to put up a hell of a fight against seemingly overwhelming odds.

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Transfer Quality

Video

This is a fine modern transfer of very high quality with no real problems at all.

The transfer is16x9 enhanced, framed in its correct aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and outstanding in its quality.

The 6th Day has both brightly lit scenes and dark scenes, but all look superb. There is no low level noise. Shadow detail is great. The transfer is razor sharp. There are no real faults at all.

Colours look very natural. There are some strong colours at times in the film, but at no stage was there even a hint of a problem with this part of the transfer.

Apart from a tiny bit of aliasing at 61.15 and 101.03 which involved revolving sculptures and spiral staircases, there were no artefacts to speak of during the transfer. There are very few film artefacts as one would hope for from such a recent major production as this. Those that occur are barely noticeable at all.

The layer change at 68.28 is barely noticeable.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

With few exceptions, Arnie films are not quiet films. Big things happen in them. Big guns are fired often by big men travelling in powerful and expensive forms of transport that are themselves very noisy. Of course, when the plane/chopper/tank/boat/spaceship blows up (as they inevitably do) things get extremely loud indeed. If you did not realize it already, getting seriously noisy in 5.1 digital audio is heaps of good clean fun. I guess this is just one of the reasons that I enjoy Arnie films. There really is plenty of bang for your buck.

In The 6th Day, I am pleased to report there is a good selection of big guns, high tech aircraft and general mayhem. The audio for this film is of the same quality as the picture - there were no faults to be found with the audio track which was a fine example of demonstration-worthy audio.

There are three audio tracks on this DVD; English Dolby Digital 5.1, Hungarian Dolby Digital 5.1 and an Isolated Music Score also in 5.1. They are all encoded at the higher bitrate of 448Kb/s. I listened to the English soundtrack and the Isolated Music Score.

The dialogue is extremely well-recorded, always sounding natural and appropriate in the context of where it was recorded. It never sounded artificial.

The well-recorded score was a mixture of orchestral and synth-based music.

Good use was made of the surround channels. Music and effects were often immersing you within the action. Highlights include the testing of the remote 'whispercraft' in Chapter 4, the opening football game and the rooftop shoot-out near the end. The soundtrack was a dynamic one, using a fair amount of the dynamic range available on DVD. The subwoofer earned its keep in several scenes throughout the film, however, compared to some other action films, its use was not as extravagant as it could have been.

Audio Ratings Summary
Dialogue
Audio Sync
Clicks/Pops/Dropouts
Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

There is a good selection of extras on this disc.

Main Menu Introduction

Main Menu Audio & Animation

Dolby Digital Trailer-City

Isolated Musical Score-with commentary by Trevor Rabin

The Isolated Score with Trevor Rabin's commentary was quite interesting at times. Composers are under tremendous pressure to get out a large amount of music in a very short time. The way music is used in film is also discussed. The use of themes or 'cues' which are passages of music which reappear at certain moments throughout the film in the context of a particular character or set of actions is explained well by Rabin.

Featurette-The Future Is Coming

Featurette-On The 6th Day (9 mini-featurettes on the special effects)

The best extra by far on this DVD is the 10 featurettes which detail how certain parts of the movie were created. They range from about three to fifteen minutes in length and all are interesting.

Featurette-RePet-Infomercial and TV Spot

The two Repet 'commercials' are mildly amusing.

Featurette-Animatics (2)

Storyboard Comparisons-3

The animatic to final film comparisons and storyboard to final comparisons deal with subjects such as the integration of CGI and traditional film techniques as applied to the dramatic rooftop gunfight and the swooping whispercraft flying through the snow-clad landscape.

Filmographies-Cast & Crew

Standard fare.

Theatrical Trailer

Trailer-Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Vertical Limit

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    The Region 4 version of this DVD misses out on;    The Region 1 version of this DVD misses out on;    The Region 1 disc has an equally fine transfer but misses out on the above extras, making the R4 version the preferred one.

Summary

The 6th Day is not going to compete with the critically-acclaimed Terminator 2 which is stronger in virtually every area worthy of comparison. However, for those after a solid action film with some great stunts and action sequences, Arnold delivers the sort of performance his fans expect. Those not normally a fan of the man or his style of films will probably not like this effort any more or less than some of his earlier films. Arnold fans should add this to their collection.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Gavin Womersley (read my bio)
Thursday, July 26, 2001
Review Equipment
DVDToshiba 2109, using Component output
DisplayToshiba 117cm widescreen rear projection TV. Calibrated with AVIA Guide To Home Theatre. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderRotel RSP-985 THX Ultra certified surround pre-amp.
AmplificationParasound HCA-2003 3x300w THX certified power amp, NAD 208THX 2x300w power amp.
SpeakersVelodyne FSR-18 1250w 18 servo-driven subwoofer, Celestion A3 front speakers, A2 rear speakers (full range) and A4c center channel speaker.

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