Die Hard 1
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- Language: : English, German, Italian
- Parcel Dimensions : 18.6 x 10.64 x 2.85 cm; 208.65 Grams
- Director : John McTiernan
- Media Format : Special Edition, NTSC
- Run time : 2 hours and 11 minutes
- Release date : July 10 2001
- Actors : Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson, Paul Gleason
- Studio : Fox Video (Canada) Limited
- Producers : Beau Marks, Charles Gordon, Joel Silver, Lawrence Gordon
- ASIN : B00005K9OX
- Writers : Jeb Stuart, Roderick Thorp, Steven E. de Souza
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,995 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)
- Customer Reviews:
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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They did a great remastering of this film and the Blu-ray looks and sounds much better than the DVD. Definitely the way to go. I picked the Blu-ray up for about $5 on Amazon and it can be found in store bins for about the same price ($5-7).
The DVD and the Blu-ray don't have much in terms of "good" special features, mostly commentaries and still photos. The Blu-ray does offer more of these than the DVD. No cast interviews or "making of" featurettes. Also, I do not like the menu on the Blu-ray for a couple reasons:
1) It does not automatically recall the scene you left off at, and to get to any scene on the menu you have to scroll through each one from the beginning, one at a time by pressing >> on your remote. A slow and tedious process.
2) Every time you press menu on your remote, the Blu-ray re-loads before it gets to the menu screen. You have to wait for the copyright warnings, etc. Again, a slow and tedious process.
A final note, the Blu-ray I bought had a glitch and froze up and pixelated and lost the sound at about 1 hour and 41 minutes in. It resumed playing about 2 minutes later on its own. Amazon sent me a replacement right away, which plays fine, and I returned the defective disc.
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Ironic, inventive, adrenalinic, surprising, and with onscreen visual effect, so no CGI or easy solutions: all that you see, hear and enjoy is the result of a director and a bunch of excellent professionals that know how to produce and shoot a film.
Die Hard is, in fact, a film that is still engaging but is, in a sense, a kind of classic film made in the classic way.
And you can tell also by the way it is written: a fresh, exciting and well balanced script where twists are essential and action is where you need it and not spread all over the story, in order to lead the viewer through ups and downs, and never get bored. A film that smartly plays with all the cliché of the hero and the bad guys, the helpers, the victims in a very refreshing way. Many memorable lines and moments, a great construction of action scenes where, surprisingly enough, you can follow the action and do not get lost in thousands shots and ultrafast edit that would have produced only confusion with no engagement. Excellent blu ray
Its a Xmas movie all about how a brave policeman saved Xmas from the evil Hans and gave hope and meaning back to his future best bud Al Powell. The digital redemption was via Google video, I would have preferred UltraViolet but hey ho. The HD 1080p print is incredible. I can't verify the quality of the 4K as I do not have a 4K tv. I did not buy this for the 4K version, just for the artwork and package (and strangely, I don't own the HD version).