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Die Hard

Bruce Willis , Alan Rickman , John McTiernan    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
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Die Hard is the movie franchise that made a movie star out of TV star Bruce Willis, and created an entire action-movie genre of its own. In the original 1988 film, Willis plays wisecracking New York cop John McClane, who arrives at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles to meet up with his estranged wife, Holly (Bonny Bedelia), at her office Christmas party. As luck would have it, the company ends up in the middle of a terrorist plot led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) and his gang of expert killers, and with little help coming from outside, McClane has to pick off his enemies one by one. Thus was born the "Die Hard genre," epitomized by such films as Under Siege ("Die Hard on a ship"), Passenger 57 ("Die Hard on a plane"), Speed ("Die Hard on a bus"), and Cliffhanger ("Die Hard on a mountain"). But few measure up to the explosive brilliance of Die Hard. Director John McTiernan develops the action at a fast and furious pace, culminating in some fantastic set-pieces on the top of the building, in the elevator shaft, and in the building's outer plaza. Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza's script, based on Roderick Thorp's novel Nothing Lasts Forever, is smart, funny, and full of memorable lines (among them "Welcome to the party, pal!" and of course "Yippee ki-ay, motherf*****"), and the cast is perfection, especially Rickman as the cunningly evil villain, and Willis, whose McClane character--bloodied, beaten, bruised, and barely breathing, as he battles both bad guys and bureaucrats--is someone audiences could genuinely cheer for. --David Horiuchi

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Bruce Willi stars as New York City Detective John McClane, newly arrived in Los Angeles to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged wife (Bonnie Bedelia). But as Mclane waits for his wife's office party to break up, terrorist take control of the building. While the terrorist leader, Hans gruber (Alexander Godunov) round up hostages, McClane slips away unnoticed. Armed with only a service revolver and his cunning, McClane launches his own one-man war. A crackling thriller from beginning to end, Die Hard explodes with heart-stopping suspense.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Still the definitive edition Aug. 14 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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 deleted/extended scenes included in this version.For me, trading the slightly better picture for a more complete sense of what went into making the film was worth it. Your mileage, on that count, may vary, as they used to say.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than most action movies Feb. 29 2012
By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
Die Hard (1988)
Action, Thriller, 131 minutes
Directed by John McTiernan
Starring Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman and Reginald VelJohnson

Nominated for four technical Oscars, Die Hard is one of the movies from this list which fun to watch without having any real substance or profound message. It's a guilty pleasure.

The plot is predictable and simple. A gang of terrorists, led by Hans Gruber (Rickman) decides to take hostages in a high-rise building while attempting to steal bonds from the vault. John McClane (Willis) is on vacation to visit his estranged wife and she's one of the hostages. McClane makes a base on the upper floors and tries to pick off the gang one at a time. His only contact is a radio link with a police officer (VelJohnson).

This movie is pure action with a little suspense. Do you think McClane will succeed? Like I said, it's predictable. But Willis plays this role well. Complete with one-liners and a recurring catchphrase, the four-movie franchise is extremely corny. Somehow it doesn't matter because it's fun. Sometimes I like to watch something where I don't have to ponder the plot and guess what will happen next. If you just want some mindless entertainment with good acting and decent execution, Die Hard fits the bill.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My fave out of the Die Hard series... June 29 2010
Format:DVD
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 $$$. Gotta give props to gorgeous Fritz (Hans Buhringer), along with Carl (Alexander G.). The villains are stand-outs, just as they were in The Road Warrior.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yippee Ki Yay Feb. 19 2008
By falcon
Format:DVD
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 building and have hostages.the only thing
standing in their way is one man:John McClane(Bruce Willis.)Bruce
Willis puts in a great performance as McClane,who becomes a one man
army.this movie is so much fun,you won't care(or have time to care)
about realism.this movie raised the bar for the action genre.it doesn't
take long to get going either,and you'll wonder where the tow hours
went.if you're an action junkie,and you haven't seen this movie,what
are you waiting for?for me Die Hard is a 5/5
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5.0 out of 5 stars If at first you succeed, why try again? Feb. 6 2008
Format:DVD
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 himself caught up in the middle of an apparent terrorist attack on the office building his wife works in. The terrorists however turn out to be nothing more than thieves trying to get their hands on $640 million in negotiable bearer bonds.

The movie is action packed almost from the start, one of the best movies of it's kind I've ever seen.
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2.0 out of 5 stars "Do I sound like I'm ordering a pizza?" July 10 2004
Format:DVD
John McTiernan's "Die Hard" is one of the more celebrated entries in the action-adventure genre. Yet, the film upon close inspection is really just another "shoot-'em-up" production that ultimately wears out its welcome long before the final baddie is gunned down.
John McClane (Bruce Willis) is a New York police officer who has arrived in Los Angeles for Christmas. His wife (Bonnie Bedelia) has accepted a vice-president position with Nakatomi Corporation. While McClane is attending a Christmas party at his wife's new office building, a group of terrorists led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) seize the high-rise so that they may steal millions of dollars in negotiable bonds. McClane takes it upon himself to defeat the terrorists and free the hostages they have taken.
"Die Hard" does introduce some novel aspects to the genre - it's a nice change of pace to see an everyman hero instead of the typical secret agent or military super-soldier at the center of an action film, it's nice to see an action hero with a sensitive side, and it's also nice to see a villain with a degree of sophistication. But "Die Hard" intermixes these elements with so many loud explosions and gunfights that one becomes numb after awhile. Throw in too many supporting characters who are deficient in the intelligence department and one inexcusable resurrection at the end, and all you're left with is a film that is great to look at but nothing more. Willis more than proves he can play an action hero and Bedelia adds a welcome degree of charm to the proceedings. Yet, "Die Hard" turns out to be only a smidgen better than its action contemporaries from the period and that is not enough to make it something special.
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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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