As most readers of this site would know I'm a massive Arnie fan. Signed photos, dozens of DVD's, posters and much more are all sitting around my house. It's fair to say though that the latter stages of Arnold's movie career before entering politics weren't anywhere near as impressive as his earlier movies, but The 6th Day is still an enjoyable movie for a number of reasons, not least of which is the ties to moral choices which many countries are facing today with cloning advancing at such a rapid pace.
In the world of the very near future, cattle, fish, and even the family pet can be cloned. But cloning humans is illegal - that is until family man Adam Gibson comes home from work one day to find a clone has replaced him. Taken from his family and plunged into a sinister world he doesn't understand, Gibson must not only save himself from the assassins who must now destroy him to protect their secret, but uncover who and what is behind the horrible things happening to him.
Directed by Canadian Roger Spottiswoode (Tomorrow Never Dies, The Children of Huang Shi) this is a pretty by-the-numbers action thriller which is pretty much non-stop from the opening scenes. As with any Arnie movie there's a few one-liners ("I might be back!"), some over the top thrills and some great special effects.
It's fair to say that The 6th Day isn't the best sci-fi/action movie ever put to celluloid, nor one of Arnie's best movies but it is worth your time. Hell, you may even start a discussion about the merits to cloning in real life. If you haven't checked out this movie yet then you would do well to check out this Blu-Ray release.
There are a couple of other tracks on this disc including Spanish Dolby TrueHD 5.1 as well as Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Russian Dolby Digital 5.1 at 640kbps. The Polish track actually overlays the Polish voices on top of the English ones which may be annoying for some however overall the quality of each track, from brief samples, is impressive.
This Blu-Ray release includes multiple subtitle tracks including English and English for the Hearing Impaired. Sampling the English track showed that the subtitles have been shortened to make reading them a bit easier, but they remained faithful to the spoken dialogue. Subtitles are provided in 20 other languages besides English so you should be covered.
If you've already got The 6th Day on DVD then there will be nothing new here to get you exciting. All the extras here have been recycled from the DVD release, and haven't seen any upgrades in video or audio. Sadly, the Isolated Music Score with Commentary and the trailer for The 6th Day have been removed from this disc. Still, there some good material here so let's get to it...
On the 6th Day (48:23): Now this is the meat of the extras to be found on this disc, and it breaks up production of the movie quite nicely. Running for just under 50 minutes, this featurette is split into nine segments (Another Way to Fly, Finding Sim Pal Cindy, The Art of the Chase, Over the Cliff, Virtual Girlfriend, In the Tank, Free Falling, Detonation, Enhancing the Look). There are some great behind the scenes segments covering the production of ths movie, and its well worth a look.
Sadly Sony Pictures haven't seen fit to bump the video up to 1080p High Definition which is a bit disappointing and one annoyance it's that after each of the nine segments credits appear and while they can be skipped, it's annoying. There was also a glitch (I don't think intentionally) in the Enhancing the Look featurette when Arnold starts to talk at the 54 second mark.
Showtime Special: The Future is Coming (15:33): Featurette covering the production of the movie with plenty of cast and crew interviews, scenes from the movie and some brief links to the science happening today. All to brief, and a bit too 'press kit' in style.
Storyboard Comparisons (7:54): Three sequences showing storyboards and final movie shown simultaneously in split screen. If you like storyboards, then these sequences will impress.
RePet Infomercial and TV Spot (3:22): The uncut Infomercial and TV Spot for Re-pet from the movie. An interesting, but welcome, addition to the extras on this disc.
Previews (3:45/HD): Blu-Ray is High Definition trailer, Spider-man 3 Trailer, Close Encounters of the Third Kind 30th Anniversary Ultimate Edition Trailer. Enough said.
Review By: Dave Warner