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Reminder: "Independence Day" Had A Brilliantly Weird Trailer

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1. Independence Day is one of mankind's finest filmmaking achievements.

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2. Seriously.

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It made over $800 million and won an Academy Award no less.

3. It also boasts one of the most brilliantly weird trailers of all time.

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The Super Bowl teaser from 1996 is regarded as one of the greatest Super Bowl adverts ever.

4. How brilliantly weird? This brilliantly weird.

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5. Ace, right? Let's blow stuff up and break this down.

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6. Boom, date. Timeframes are very important.

Nice to know our alien attackers are summertime people. Can't be fighting in winter, that's not on.
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Nice to know our alien attackers are summertime people. Can't be fighting in winter, that's not on.

7. All your favourite American landmarks are getting covered in shadow on July 2.

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8. You know shit is about to go down when a monument gets covered in shadow.

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9. Something big.

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10. Something that's caused the man in the back here to void his bowels.

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11. If you slow it right down, you can pinpoint the moment the trickle starts.

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"And...now!"

12. Sidebar: Look at how racially diverse the New York presented in this film is here.

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13. Remember, this film came out in 1996.

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Hollywood take notes and fix up.

14. Anyway, new day.

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15. Will this bring us our first shot of heroic Will Smith?

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16. Nah, more shadows.

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Maybe Will had an expensive callout fee or something.

17. And one of director Roland Emmerich's favourite film shots, people running from yellow cabs.

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18. Seriously, he bloody loves this shot.

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Here's him doing it again in The Day After Tomorrow.

19. He also loves vehicular destruction.

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20. You know what else Roland Emmerich really loves?

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21. Explosions.

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22. Lots of big explosions.

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23. Look at those cars flipping like they're empty crisp packets.

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24. Reminder: This film won an Academy Award for VFX in 1997.

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25. Now it's time for the main event.

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26. MONEY SHOT.

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27. Look at the White House go boom.

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28. Roland REALLY likes making Washington go boom.

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Heck he made a entire film about it, named...White House Down.

Because Roland Emmerich does not do subtlety.

29. So there's your trailer.

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30. One of the sweetest things ever, right?

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31. But people watching this trailer had no idea of the superhero dogs the film would feature.

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32. And we've still yet to see the aliens.

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33. Or young, charismatic Will Smith punching said aliens.

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34. We haven't even got a whiff of the raw sexuality that Jeff Goldblum would bring to the picture.

35. Basically, Independence Day has one of the best, most bizarre trailers of all time.

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36. One more reason why it's one of the best, most bizarre films of all time.

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37. Featuring one of the best, most bizarre presidents of all time.

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38. No pressure on Independence Day 2, eh?

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