The 6th Day
Sony Pictures Entertainment (2000)
Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
In Collection
#401
6*
Seen ItYes
(7/5/2012)
043396253339
IMDB   5.9
123 mins USA / English
BLU-RAY  Region 1   PG
Arnold Schwarzenegger Adam Gibson
Michael Rapaport Hank Morgan
Tony Goldwyn Michael Drucker
Michael Rooker Robert Marshall
Sarah Wynter Talia Elsworth
Wendy Crewson Natalie Gibson
Rodney Rowland P. Wiley
Terry Crews Vincent
Ken Pogue Speaker Day
Colin Cunningham Tripp
Robert Duvall Dr. Griffin Weir
Wanda Cannon Katherine Weir
Steve Bacic Johnny Phoenix
Rod Rowland Wiley
Taylor-Anne Reid Clara Gibson
Mark Brandon RePet Spokesman
Director
Roger Spottiswoode
Producer David Coatsworth
Jon Davison
David Latham
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Mike Medavoy
Writer Cormac Wibberley
Marianne Wibberley
Cinematography Pierre Mignot
Musician Trevor Rabin


For a movie about cloning, it's only appropriate that The 6th Day, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, is instilled with a strong sense of déjà vu, namely from Arnold's previous "Who am I?" outing, Total Recall. In that movie, Arnold is a normal Joe who discovers that his entire reality has been co-opted by an evil conspiracy, and has to take his life back by force. The same premise applies here for Roger Spottiswoode's clever if overlong sci-fi thriller--Arnold thinks he's a regular guy leading a regular life, until a twist of fate puts him on the lam from a vast conspiracy that's replaced him with a clone. While he's trying to evade the evil genetics corporation--and its trendy, deadly, clone-friendly assassins (who don't care how many times they're killed: there's more where that came from)--his double is snuggling at home with his wife and daughter. And new legislation outlaws the existence of human clones, so somebody's got to go. But who gets to be live and who gets to be the dead Memorex man?

Why does said genetics corporation want to clone people? How does the kindly scientist (Robert Duvall) fit in? What's the mystery behind the slick billionaire (Tony Goldwyn) who runs everything? It's all kind of irrelevant in the end, as long as it provides a chance for Arnold to indulge in some energetic mayhem and explosive action. What distinguishes The 6th Day is its sneaky, humorous--and chilling--look at the near future, taking everyday technological advances and turning them up just a couple notches, envisioning an era with cloned pets, virtual girlfriends, and computers running most everything, from the refrigerator to your car. Arnold is supposed to be a throwback to the "real" world--you can tell because he cherishes his vintage, navigation-system-free Cadillac--but as usual, he just brings his behemoth presence to the role and not much else. Still, he's a friendly enough hero, and he rolls with the punches (literally) all the way through to the end. Too bad the film overstays its welcome by about half an hour--a little shorter and it could have been a breezy sci-fi/action romp. With scene stealers Michael Rooker, Sarah Wynter, and Rod Rowland as the trio of cloned assassins who always come back--again and again. --Mark Englehart

Edition Details
Edition BD Live
Distributor Sony Pictures
Chapters 28
Release Date 4/8/2008
Packaging HD Case
Screen Ratio 2.35:1
Subtitles Arabic; Chinese; English; French; Korean; Portuguese; Spanish; Thai
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital 5.1 [Spanish]
Dolby Digital 5.1 [Thai]
Dolby Digital TrueHD [English]
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Discs/Tapes 1
Personal Details
Purchase Date 10/1/2011
Owner Thomas Eisenmann
Store Amazon.US
Purchase Price $15.99
Condition Excellent
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Features
Anamophic
Showtime Special: The Future Is Coming Storyboard Comparison and Animatics RePet Infomercial and TV Spot On The 6th Day...9 Behind-The-Scenes Featurettes
User Defined
Anamophic Yes
Reviewed Hi-Def Digest Reviewed
Bit Rate 1509 KB
Digital Copy Claimed Yes
Digital UV Purchased
Digital Format HDX

High-Def Review
The 6th Day (Blu-ray)
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment / 2002 / 123 Minutes / Rated R
Street Date: April 08, 2008

Overall Grade
Bottom Line For Fans Only
Reviewed by Peter M. Bracke
Wednesday, April 09, 2008

The Movie Itself: Our Reviewer's Take

There are widely considered to be two phases to Arnold Schwarzenegger's acting career: before and after 'The Terminator.' I would argue that there's another era as well: before and after 'Kindergarten Cop.' It was with that woeful 1990 family comedy that Schwarzenegger truly jumped the shark, proclaiming to the world that he was an action star on the decline who could no longer be called upon to deliver the testosterone-fueled thrills his brand name promised. Rather than try to stay in the game and compete as an action star, aging Arnie would instead attempt to "diversify" in a variety of movies with broader appeal that, quite frankly, sucked. It was, as they say, the beginning of the end.

Sadly, 'The 6th Day' is that end, or quite close to it -- one of the last action films Schwarzenegger would make, and along with other forgettable, post-'Cop' fare like 'Collateral Damage' and 'End of Days,' a strained attempt to graft the usual Arnold formula (high-octane chase sequences, lots of fight scenes, minimal dialogue) with a "timely" high-concept. In '6th Day,' it's cloning, which back in 2000 was big news and still highly-controversial stuff. Throw in a dollop of Philip K. Dick-inspired "intellectualism" here, add a dollop of sloppy humor there, and the result is that 'The 6th Day' is not only one of Schwarzenegger's weakest efforts, but a major rip-off of his own 'Total Recall.'

The plot: 'The 6th Day' imagines a world of the very near future, in which cattle, fish, and even the family pet can be cloned. But cloning humans is illegal -- that is until "family man" Adam Gibson (Schwarzenegger) comes home from work one day to find that a clone has replaced him. Taken from his family and plunged into a sinister world he doesn't understand (is there any other kind?), Gibson must not only save himself from the assassins who aim to destroy him, but uncover who and what is behind the horrible things happening to him.

'The 6th Day' is a perfunctory exercise in borrowed ideas from a zillion other sci-fi flicks, and replete with creative gambits that worked better in other Schwarzenegger movies. The "Re-Pet" dolls (which are so much like something out of a 'Child's Play' movie you wonder how any parent in America would buy one for their kid) feel like a second-rate Dick invention, as does the "Schwarzenegger clone" conceit. The comedic relief (with Michael Rappaport getting the Tom Arnold role from 'True Lies') is also strained -- there's just no chemistry or fun byplay between any of the cast. Even the villains are dull and unmemorable.

'The 6th Day' was directed by Roger Spottiswoode ('Tomorrow Never Dies'), and his approach is merely workmanlike. He's always been a competent craftsmen, but his films lack uniqueness, and there's little about the production design or the technology of this plausible near-future that is memorable. The action scenes are also not nearly as much fun as even the weakest sequences in 'Terminator' or 'Total Recall.' The whole construct feels programmed, as if a bunch of second-unit directors shot a bunch of stuff from different angles on nicely-designed sets, slapped it together in the editing room, and called it a "vision."

The absolute worst thing about 'The 6th Day,' however, is that even Schwarzenegger is on auto-pilot. He appears to care little about the interesting cloning ideas that the script lightly touches upon, aside from the cynical hope that they'll return him to box office relevance. 'The 6th Day' seems more like a filmed committee meeting ("Schwarzenegger! Cloning! Sci-fi action!" $30 million opening box office for sure!") than a living, breathing motion picture that anyone behind the camera had an emotional investment in. Although I chuckled along with everyone else the day Schwarzenegger first announced his candidacy for California governor, it turned out to be a wise move, since judging from 'The 6th Day,' his movie career had already run out of gas.

Sony presents 'The 6th Day' in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 video (2.40:1), and this nearly eight-year-old film looks surprisingly sprightly. This is certainly one of the better upgrades I've seen for a recent but not factory-fresh catalog release, with a clear improvement over the standard DVD that's sure to please.

The source is in absolutely pristine shape -- it's as good as any new release I've seen. Blacks are dead-on, and contrast is excellent as well -- the image has great pop but is not over-tweaked. Colors are rich, clean and eye-popping, with nice uses of bright reds and blues, and a slightly paler use of accents like deep purple and green. It's all represented with great stability and, aside from some intended stylization, accurate fleshtones.

Detail is ample and holds its own, even with a new release. The transfer is almost always three-dimensional with great pop, for that "picture window" effect of the best high-def. This is also a slick encode with no major compression artifacts. My only minor nitpick is that the sharpness has been ratcheted up a notch, to the point that it borders on the artificial -- I was not bothered by ringing, but a more natural appearance would have been welcome. No matter -- 'The 6th Day' looks great.

The Audio: Rating the Sound

Just like the video, the audio plays like gangbusters, enjoying Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Surround options (48kHz/16-bit) in English, French and Portuguese (Spanish and Thai Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround tracks are also provided at 640kbps). It's a very strong presentation, one that has aged well in the intervening decade.

I was surprised at the depth and heft of dynamic range. Low bass gave my subwoofer quite a workout at a solid volume, and was nicely balanced with the rest of the spectrum, which is just as expansive. Dialogue is clear and punchy, and I never had to reach for my remote to adjust levels. Surround use is also strong, with discrete effects bouncing around the soundfield during the action scenes, with nice dispersement and clean pans. The score is also nicely bled throughout. Typical of action films, dialogue scenes are bland by comparison, but there is still a decent amount of activity in the rears throughout, so it wasn't that detrimental. As with the video, I was quite impressed with the quality of the audio on 'The 6th Day.'

The Supplements: Digging Into the Good Stuff

Sony has repackaged almost all of the extras (sans the isolated score with commentary) from the standard DVD edition of 'The 6th Day.' Compared to the fully-stocked discs coming out of the studios these days, this is a pretty light affair, and Sony hasn't bumped up the video at all for Blu-ray -- it's all 480p/i/MPEG-2, and not even formatted for 16:9 screens. French subtitle options are also provided on all of the video-based material.

Documentary: "On the 6th Day" (SD, 22 minutes) - This series of nine vignettes is a bit disappointing. Once you knock off the repetitive credits at the end of every segment and the filler film clips, there really isn't that much meat here. The segments largely cover the effects, with pithy comments from the visual team on how each trick was accomplished.

TV Special: "The Future is Coming" (SD, 16 minutes) - This Showtime extended commercial is exactly what you expect. The film's cast and crew ramble on about how deep and intelligent 'The 6th Day' is (rather than just being a generic action flick with a neat hook)

Storyboard Comparisons (SD) - Split-screen comparisons are provided for three scenes: "Car Chase", "Whisper-Craft Crash" and "Cloning Tanks." The rough version is on the left side, the final theatrical version on the right side.

Animatics (SD) - Two rough computer motion storyboards are provided for two scenes, "Snowy Mountain" and "Rooftop."

D-Box - 'The 6th Day' is the first Sony title to include D-Box motion codes, so if you have one of the company's swanky home theater seats, you'll get a little rumble down where it counts.

HD Bonus Content: Any Exclusive Goodies in There?

'The 6th Day' is among the first of a two-title Blu-ray wave (along with 'Walk Hard') to include BD-Live exclusives. Although I think that's fair to say with 'Walk Hard' (which at least includes some original content), a better term for 'The 6th Day' might be "BD-Live-enabled," as there is nothing new here. Instead, there's only the option to watch some trailers for other Sony movies. (Note that accessing BD-Live on the disc is easy, provided you have a Profile 2.0-capable player of course -- simply select the option from the Special Features menu, and after a one-time-only activation wait time of a couple of minutes, you're good to go.)

Theatrical Trailers (HD/SD) - Sony provides nine clips in total, six for current Blu-ray titles ('Dragon Wars,' 'Close Encounters,' 'Spider-Man 3,' 'Ultraviolet,' 'Gattaca,' 'Casino Royale') and three upcoming theatrical releases ('Don't Mess with the Zohan,' 'Prom Night (2008),' 'Maid of Honor'). You can choose to watch any clip in either SD or HD resolution, though download times are appreciably longer for the HD versions. Sadly, Sony does not provide a streaming option, so quite frankly you could probably watch all of these trailers online a lot quicker.
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Final Thoughts

'The 6th Day' is a decent sci-fi action flick, but far from one of Arnold Schwarzenegger's best -- it feels too much like a reheated take on 'Total Recall' and 'The Terminator.' This Blu-ray looks and sounds pretty great, however, with above-average quality for a catalog release. The same can't be said for the dated extras or the much-touted BD-Live function, which simply allows you access to movie trailers you could watch much more easily online. If you like the flick and just want to enjoy an appreciable upgrade over the standard DVD version, this is worth considering.