With action films on the rise in the 1980s', John McTiernan took a gamble and made "Die Hard". Lacking big names (Bruce Willis was still in his "Moonlighting" phase) but working with a servicable script, he crafted one of the greatest and most successful movies of all time, not to mention 2 smash hit sequels, both of which are featured in this extraordinary boxed set. It also made Bruce Willis a big name, and he hasn't made another film as great as these (with the exception this film about a kid who could see dead people).
"Die Hard" begins with hard - boiled police officer John McClane (Willis) arriving in Los Angeles to join his estranged wife Holly (Bonny Bedelia) and his kids for Christmas. He meets her at Nakatomi Plaza, a 40 - foot skyscraper, as well his wife's office building. They plan to go home as soon as the Christmas party ends. McClane is hoping that maybe he and Holly will even reconcile. However, these plans go awry when a group of Russian terrorists led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman in a showstealing role). Holding the building hostage and executing the boss, McClane knows that he has to spring into action and rescue his wives as well as thousands of other hostages. What entails is nonstop action: great shootouts, great lines (Yippe - ky - a, well you know the rest) and the powerful ending. Also included is "Family Matters"' Reginald Vel Johnson as Sgt. Al Powell, who brings comic relief as John's only friend outside the building. So buckle up, it's going to be an exciting ride.
McTernian was absent for 1990's "Die Hard 2: Die Harder". Director Renny Harlin was called in to hlm this blockbuster sequel. It takes place in Washington D.C., exactly one year at Dulles International Airport. Willis and Bedellia return as John and Holly. They've reconciled and are spending Christmas with each other. John awaits Holly's arrival impatiently, especially since her landing time keeps getting delayed. To make matters worse, terrorists have seized control of the entire airport, holding thousands of travellers hostage from thousands of feet above the ground - including Holly. Once more, John must get out his pistol and shoot whatever s.o.b comes within 10 feet of him. Great action.
After a 5 - year hiatus, Willis returned to the role that launched his career in "Die Hard With A Vengeance". Also returning is John McTernian, the man who made the first "Die Hard" a classic. Absent this time are Bonny Bedelia and Reginald Vel Johnson. John is now on the streets of New York, the city where he started. Holly's at home. One hot summer day, a bomb suddenly goes off, and McClane is taunted by the shady Simon (Jeremy Irons). After a while, McClane learns that Simon is the brother of Hans Gruber, the villian from the first film. With the help of a civillian named Zeus (Samuel L. Jackson in the second of three movies he teamed with Willis), McClane leads on a wild ride through the deadly streets of New York.
I highly recommend the purchase of this set, especially if you're a fan of action movies. It will have you thrilled and even laughing. Yippe - ky - a!