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Die Hard With a Vengeance: Special Edition (Widescreen) [2 Discs]

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The second sequel to the mould-making action film Die Hard brings Detective John McClane (Bruce Willis) to New York City to face a better villain than in Die Hard 2. Played by Jeremy Irons, he's the brother of the Germanic terrorist-thief Alan Rickman played in the original film. But this bad guy has his sights set higher: on the Federal Reserve's cache of gold. As a distraction, he sets McClane running fool's errands all over New York--and eventually, McClane attracts an unintentional partner, a Harlem dry cleaner (Samuel L Jackson) with a chip on his shoulder. Some great action sequences, though they can't obscure the rather large plot holes in the film's final 45 minutes. --Marshall Fine

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John McTiernan returned to direct this second follow-up to McTiernan's original DIE HARD from 1988, but unfortunately all his considerable skill and energy can't rise above screenwriter Jonathan Hensleigh's generic script. DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE could easily have been LETHAL WEAPON 4 (maybe it almost was), and the script does little to make it stand out from other buddy action-movies (although Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson undoubtedly do work well together). As for the action scenes, they're certainly well-executed, but there's just no real momentum connecting the action scenes the way there was in the second half of DIE HARD 2. In VENGEANCE, there's just one action scene piled upon another, and the whole thing simply feels like an incoherent mess, which certainly was not the case in the first two films of the series.
DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE will certainly entertain action fans, since the action scenes are undeniably creative and well-mounted. Compare VENGEANCE to the first two DIE HARDs, though, and there's no contest. DIE HARD will forever be an action classic, and DIE HARD 2 was a generally worthy sequel. In that company, DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE is merely average.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ends the series "With a Vengeance" Sept. 24 2003
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The third and last entry in the explosively awesome Die Hard Trilogy brings the series full circle in many ways, yet also into new territory and ended the series on a great note.
The movie finds our beloved and now highly unstable John McClane back in his home city of New York City as an NYPD officer after he couldn't adjust to life in Los Angeles and is now once again estranged from his wife Holly. Even worse is that McClane himself has become very unstable and is struggling with severe depression and drinking problems stemming from the extreme stress of what he had to go through saving the Nakatomi Plaza hostages as well as an entire fleet of jetliners at the Dulles Airport from vicious radical rogue terrorists.
However, McClane's life of fighting vicious terrorist forces are not yet over when a bomb goes off at a store in Manhattan and a new group of mercenaries led by Simon Gruber, the brother of the late Hans Gruber who met his spectacular demise in the 1988 original, puts John McClane into a confusing and deadly labyrinth of 'Simon says' games to try to get his revenge on him for the death of Hans years ago. The truth is that Simon Gruber is aiming to seize gold from the Federal Reserves and threatens to release an extremely toxic chemical if his goals are not met by a given deadline. McClane goes and tries to solve the dangerous puzzles to foil Simon's deadly schemes.
To make matters even more complicated and daunting, John McClane finds his world entangling with that of a store owner named Zeus Carver (played by Samuel L. Jackson). Carver is almost the extreme opposite of Al Powell from the previous two movies. McClane's life is saved by Mr. Carver after a during one of the odd games.
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Die Hard With a Vengeance reunites actor Bruce Willis and director John McTiernan for a second sequel to their 1988 mega-thriller Die Hard. Adapted from a non-Die Hard script titled Simon Says by screenwriter Jonathan Hensleigh, this third chapter in the John McClane saga is more offbeat and just a bit darker than expected.
Although it still follows the Die Hard formula - and how could it not? - of McClane versus formidable obstacles, Die Hard 3 wisely avoids the Christmas Crises scenarios from the first two films. Gone also (although the movie never really explains why) is Bonnie Bedelia's Holly, although she is mentioned in several scenes. Apparently McClane never adjusted to life in Los Angeles and returned to his job in the New York Police Department.
So when a bomb goes off at a Bonwit Teller store in Manhattan, it is providential for the Big Apple that McClane is a lieutenant in New York's Finest, albeit a depressed and beer-swilling lieutenant. Providential because we know that when arch-villain "Simon" (Jeremy Irons) demands that McClane participate in a potentially deadly version of the game "Simon Says," our Everyman hero will rise to the occasion and thwart Simon's deadly scheme.
As in the first Die Hard film, McTiernan pairs McClane with an interesting partner. Where in the 1988 flick Willis was helped by Reginald Veljohnson (better known as Carl from Family Matters), in Die Hard with a Vengeance his charismatic and reluctant partner is played by Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Star Wars Episodes I and II). Their "unlikely buddies" routine is energetic and witty, and Jackson plays his Harlem store owner character with a mixture of biting wit, bewilderment, and even dignity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars See Things Go Boom! June 2 2003
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"Die Hard: With a Vengeance" is a full-blooded action vehicle; it is a smart one, too, because its filmmakers realize the ol' one-man-army-trapped-in-an-area routine can't last long. So they have changed the technique to a game of revenge: cat-and-mouse. Some could call it smarter than its predecessors; and on a level as a thriller I must admit it is more intense. It is a lot better than the 1990 Renny Harlin actioner "Die Hard 2: Die Harder." But on terms of fun, you can't beat the original.
John McTiernan, who brought us "Predator," "The 13th Warrior" and "Die Hard," returned to end this series on a high note. Of course, like all sagas, "Die Hard" is far from over, with another sequel due to be released summer 2004. But until then, we can look to "Die Hard: With a Vengeance" as the end-all to the overall excellent John McClane trilogy.
The third film opens up where nothing left off; McClane (Bruce Willis) is on the streets of NYC when a man who calls himself "Simon" blows up a Manhattan department store, and then orders McClane to stand in Harlem with a sandwich board that says...well...something you wouldn't want to be wearing in Harlem.
After a convenience store owner named Zeus (Samuel L. Jackson) saves McClane, Simon orders both men to run around New York City and do Simon Says-type-games. It's all good fun, and a step away from the original film. Which can be good or bad.
Soon McClane finds out that "Simon" is really the brother of Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) from the first film, and that "Simon" is out for revenge against McClane (or is he?), and he will stop at nothing to kill McClane. But, of course, being a madman, he plays mind games with John McClane first. And the simon says mind games are tense and action-packed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Say Hello To Your Brother For Me"
Die Hard With a Vengeance is a great movie, although my least favourite of the original trilogy. The reluctant partnership between John McClane and Zeus (played by the great... Read more
Published 11 months ago by The Nexus
3.0 out of 5 stars Bruce Willis and Sam Jackson team up
of the first three Die Hard movies,i liked this,the third one,the
least.i think manly because there wasn't very much action,but i also
didn't like the story. Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2008 by falcon
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard Not to Like
DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE does not have the emotion and consistency of the first two movies. It doesn't happen on Christmas Eve like the other two. Read more
Published on April 21 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars A Sign of the Times
The most flattering appraisal one could give of "Die Hard With a Vengeance" is "moronic". Read more
Published on March 1 2004 by Patrick Gunkel
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
It's very hard to beat the first movie in a trilogy, or to even come close. But 'Die Hard With a Vengeance' is right on it's 'older brother's' shirt tails. Read more
Published on July 3 2003 by Selke
4.0 out of 5 stars 8 out of 10
Great action film. Fun to watch. Die Hard remains the best in this trilogy. Great addition to have Samuel L. Jackson. He gave a lot of energy to the film. Read more
Published on June 13 2003 by Austin Somlo
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure action, the best of the series
Despite the fact that many believe the first Die Hard film was the best of the series, I tend to disagree and I consider Die Hard With A Vengeance to hold that title. Read more
Published on March 2 2003 by N. Durham
4.0 out of 5 stars Not As Good But Still Worth Getting
This is a review of Die Hard 1, 2 and 3. My favorite would be DH2, but DH1 really set the mold and probably should win the award for best creativity. Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2003 by Randy Given
5.0 out of 5 stars Non-Stop Vengeance!
This and the first Die Hard are the best in the series. This is a different kind of Die Hard, but itï¿s non-stop action from start to finish! Go get it!
Published on Dec 3 2002
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