Roland Emmerich is well known for one Hollywood blockbuster hit after the next. Huge explosions, destructions and high tech special effects are his trademark which earned him the nickname “Master of Disaster”. One of his most successful films is “Independence Day”. The science-fiction spectacular from 1996 brought in $800 Million ranking it in 49th place on the list of most successful films of all times. With that in mind, it was no surprise that the German director kept thinking about a sequel. It took him 20 years, but he didn’t disappoint with “Independence Day: Resurgence”.
The sequel made $389.7 million at the box office which is a nice sum, considering the budget for the film was $165 million. “After all the developments of the recent years, we couldn’t just tell the story as easy like the first one”, explains the 60-year-old director. “Back then we wrote the script within 3 weeks, but this time we took our time, 5 years to be precise. The reason for this is to be able to tell the story exactly how people will want to see it. The story is complex and the special effects are overwhelming!”
Film Inside’s Rachel Kasuch met the “Master of Disaster” and Volker Engel – which is responsible for the overwhelming special effects – in Los Angeles to talk to them about the DVD release of the fan’s favorite. To name a few of the surprises: There’s a few deleted scenes (8 to be precise), a gag reel, and a ton of cool behind-the-scenes featurettes, including one that spotlights the War of 1996….
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