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Die Hard

Bruce Willis , Alan Rickman , John McTiernan    R (Restricted)   DVD
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This seminal 1988 thriller made Bruce Willis a star and established a new template for action stories: "Terrorists take over a (blank), and a lone hero, unknown to the villains, is trapped with them." In Die Hard, those bad guys, led by the velvet-voiced Alan Rickman, assume control of a Los Angeles high-rise with Willis's visiting New York cop inside. The attraction of the film has as much to do with the sight of a barefoot mortal running around the guts of a modern office tower as it has to do with the plentiful fight sequences and the bond the hero establishes with an LA beat cop. Bonnie Bedelia plays Willis's wife, Hart Bochner is good as a brash hostage who tries negotiating his way to freedom, Alexander Godunov makes for a believable killer with lethal feet, and William Atherton is slimy as a busybody reporter. Exceptionally well directed by John McTiernan. --Tom Keogh

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5.0 out of 5 stars As Good As Action Gets June 25 2004
Format:DVD
In 1988, a film was released that changed the face of action films forever. That film was "Die Hard".
"Die Hard" is, quite simply, as good as an action film can be. Just what makes this movie so different from all the other generic rip-offs out there? "Die Hard" has just the right blend of witty, intelligent writing (yet still not forgetting the profanity), exquisite acting, intense plot twists, and just the right amount of bloody killing. And to top it off, all of this expertly directed at break-neck speed by John McTiernan.
This DVD gives the film a cleaner, newer look, keeping it looking fresh and exciting for the digital era. The sharper picture and sound maybe even add a little something.
After "Die Hard", every action movie was just a wanna-be. They try to mimic what "Die Hard" managed, but never even come close. (This group of films even include the two sequels the film spawned.)
If you're looking for something fun, intense, intelligent, action-packed, and maybe even a little graphic, look no further than the legendary "Die Hard".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Die Hard (1988) May 31 2004
Format:DVD
Director: John McTiernan
Cast: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedalia, Alexander Gudonov, Paul Gleason, William Atherton, Hart Bochner, James Shigeta, Reginald Vel Johnson.
Running Time: 132 minutes.
Rated R for extreme violence, language, and brief nudity.
Fresh of his success with the popular television series "Moonlighting", Bruce Willis takes his stab at the motion picture business with full force. "Die Hard" works on many levels--mainly as an action flick with a powerful leading star that adds a touch of normalcy and humor--but it also discusses more important views such as the criticism of the culturization of Japanese technology that was taking place at the time as well as the horrific, ongoing threat of terrorism. It s a film that shows just how vulnerable any business or workplace really is to a terrible force but also how one man can stand up to the challenge and ultimately make a difference.
John McClane (Willis) is a New York City cop who travels to the Los Angeles area to reconcile with his seperated wife (Bonnie Bedalia) and family, who left him to pursue a lucrative job with a Japanese financial industry skyscraper. While participating in a Christmas Eve party, the building is overtaken by German terrorists who want to use the hostage Japanese executives to break into the company safe. McClane watches as the head terrorist (played brilliantly by Alan Rickman) blows the brains out of the Japenese CEO realizes that the game is on.
With the help of a gun-shy cop (Reginald Vel Johnson--yes, that's right--Mr. Winslow from "Family Matters") and to the annoyance of police chief Paul Gleason, McClane runs around like a chicken with its head cut off attempting to save the hostages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Yippee kai-yay!" March 12 2004
By Kona TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I don't like typical action movies, but I love Die Hard!

Off-duty cop (Bruce Willis) saves hostages and dispatches the sadistic bad guys against overwhelming odds - a simple plot, done many times since this 1988 thriller, but never done as effectively. The difference: This movie was well-written, well-acted, and well-directed. The script balances heart-pounding action with funny one-liners that always make me laugh out loud. Bruce Willis is wonderful as the Rambo-esque superguy who outwits, outplays, and outlasts the heavily-armed killers, and reveals just enough of his tender side to endear his character to the audience.

Willis is backed up by outstanding supporting players who add depth and surprises: Reginald Veljohnson is the sympathetic cop Willis talks to via radio during his ordeal. Veljohnson is superb as the buddy who grounds the movie. Paul Gleason, whose forte is playing self-important fools, injects much humor into his role as Deputy Police Chief. Alan Rickman plays the witty, urbane gang leader with devilish flair. He is assisted by the talented Alexander Godunov as a ruthless killer. De'voreaux White shines in a small but important role as a helpful limo driver. There is even a funny bit with two FBI agents, both named Johnson (no relation).

The production values are top quality, the action never stops, and each stunt is unique and utterly stupendous. I heartily recommend Die Hard to those who love action films and those who just love excellence in film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Die Hard - All other movies die behind it Feb. 4 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Don't make the same mistake that I made. Don't wait very long to watch this film, especially if you love those movies were things go "boom."
Die Hard is just that kind of movie, and it's done in such a way that puts the many action movies being put out following it to shame.
If you're a fan of the modern action flicks, then Die Hard sounds like old hat. A group of international terrorists, with one goal in mind and a bunch of hostages that will be their ticket to that goal. Only one man can stop them.
The joy of this movie is that it seems every person who speaks in this movie is just as important as the main one, John McClane (Bruce Willis). Most characters have their own little quirks, and even the cronie terrorists seem to have a personality, something that you'll likely never see in action movies these days.
McClane is a New York City cop entering the confusing atmosphere of Los Angeles, traveling to see his wife who had traveled out here to capitalize on a big promotion. Accompanied to the large building by Argyle (De'voreaux White in an unappreciated role, no doubt), McClane makes his entrance to the Christmas party. After finding that his wife has returned to her maiden name of Gennero, McClane meets with Mrs. McClane (Bonnie Bedelia), but the reunion is short-lived and rather unsatisfactory. As John kicks himself mentally, the terrorists make their entrance, led by a character later to be revealed as Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman). From there, the movie lifts your spirits up, crushes them down, and then repeats. When it's all said and done, you'll have wrapped up quite the satisfying movie experience.
Looking back on this movie 16 years after its initial release, it's easy to pass this off as a stereotypical movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Die hard movie
I was very pleased with this movie. It arrived when I was told it would be genre and we enjoyed watching it . It is nice to be able to get these older movies and enjoy them .
Published 1 month ago by Lorraine. Mattinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Bruce Willis.....
All you need for a good action movie is 1: Bruce Willis, 2: Terrorists trying to blow things up and 3: that's basically it.... :D
Published 13 months ago by S. Franey
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the definitive edition
After many years, this still stands as the most feature-laden edition of the first Die Hard film. The Blu-ray may have a better transfer, but still lacks some of the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by PD Johnston
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than most action movies
Die Hard (1988)
Action, Thriller, 131 minutes
Directed by John McTiernan
Starring Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman and Reginald VelJohnson

Nominated for four... Read more
Published on Feb. 29 2012 by Steven Aldersley
5.0 out of 5 stars My fave out of the Die Hard series...
What draws me into this movie are the villains. I enjoy a good villain and Hans Gruber is it. He almost makes you wish he'd defeat John McLain and get away with the $$$. Read more
Published on June 29 2010 by I heart Jake E Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Yippee Ki Yay
wow.i forgot how great this movie is.this movie has it all.this is one
thrill ride of a movie.all you need to know is this:terrorists have
taken control of a high rise... Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2008 by falcon
5.0 out of 5 stars If at first you succeed, why try again?
This is the first and best of the Die Hard movies. It is action packed from start to finish. A New York cop (Bruce Willis) goes to visit his estranged wife for Christmas and finds... Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2008 by Nigel R. Gates
2.0 out of 5 stars "Do I sound like I'm ordering a pizza?"
John McTiernan's "Die Hard" is one of the more celebrated entries in the action-adventure genre. Read more
Published on July 10 2004 by Steven Y.
3.0 out of 5 stars too long
this movie has some great action scenes, but is way to long. It is two hours and ten minutes. They could have easily trimmed it down to less than two hours without sacrificing... Read more
Published on May 7 2004 by "thmnshw4"
5.0 out of 5 stars Still works for me! Great DVD!
I had to drag my airforce NCO boyfriend to see this when it came out- the dingus did not believe Bruce Willis could do action....boy was he mistaken! Read more
Published on March 14 2004
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