Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tony Goldwyn, Michael Rapaport
pilot survives a crash, but returns home to find that a clone has taken
in the not too distant future (“sooner than you think”), The 6th
Day is one of the first films to tackle the subject of human cloning,
and the first to explore the topic with any real vision. Naturally, its
thought-provoking Philip K. Dick-like themes are generally sidelined in
favour of some truly mindless (and poorly directed) action scenes,
peppered with a few unfunny quips from Schwarzenegger. It also treads some
ground familiar to anyone who’s seen Invasion of the Body Snatchers,
albeit with a new 21st century twist. Dramatic shortcomings aside, the
film is terrific eye candy, with numerous impressive special effects,
perfectly replicated on this almost flawless 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer.
The 5.1 Dolby Digital mix (at 448kbps) is suitably flashy, and adds
greatly to the entertainment.
has packed the disc with bonus material. The special effects are analysed
in a series short featurettes, totalling about fifty minutes, which are a
fine addition to the disc, and offer a fascinating glimpse at the state of
the art to anyone interested in the subject. The disc also sports an
isolated score track (with comments from composer Trevor Rabin), a short
promotional featurette (15m), three storyboard / film comparisons, an
expanded version of an infomercial seen in the film, two animatic
(“moving storyboard”) scenes, and trailers for The 6th
Day, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Vertical Limit.