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Die Hard [Import]

4.7 out of 5 stars 111 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson, Paul Gleason
  • Directors: John McTiernan
  • Writers: Jeb Stuart, Roderick Thorp, Steven E. de Souza
  • Producers: Beau Marks, Charles Gordon, Joel Silver, Lawrence Gordon
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, THX, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Fox Video (Canada) Limited
  • Release Date: March 9 1999
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 111 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 630528069X
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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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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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I remember when I first saw the trailer for this film in the theatre. Everybody else in the audience was groaning or chuckling, thinking it looked like it would be bad. I thought it looked pretty good. Time has proven Die Hard to be a rightfully appreciated modern classic. (All the sequels that followed, on the other hand, were terrible, but none of that alters the quality of this film). Great score, great performances (particularly Alan Rickman), and great action throughout.
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It's great and fun action film, one of the very best from the 1980's. The sequels it spawned are all decent but this first film is by far the best and the one worth owning.

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.

Highly recommended.
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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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This is it the masterful film that started all terrorist films and gave them a genere. John McTiernan's fundimental action film is a classic action aventure film that made Bruce Willis an overnight star.New York City cop John Mclane is vacationing over the holidays to see his wife and spend time with his family ,his wife played by Bonnie Bedilia (Holly Gennero).But just as John Mclane is enjoying his vacation a group of terrorists , take over the 30 story highrise and declare war now tired and trapped, he is the only hope for his estranged wife and the other hostiges who are being held by Hans Gruber played by Alan Rickman. John has the experience for mortal combat and antiterrorist tactics his only support is officer Powell a officer that is on the scene. With only a handgun and what he seemingly gets from the terrorists he launches his own one man war with the terrorists. Bleeding and bruised he attacks dissapears and reappears to attack again and with the brains and intelligence of a cop if there's one thing John Mclane is it's that he's hard to kill and as tough as steel taking out the terrorists like flies in a spider web it's only a matter of time before Mclane makes the terrorist his prey. Bruce Willis plays John Mclane with style making him compareable with Clint Eastwoods Dirty Harry but infact this is the best cop movie since the likes of Dirty Harry. The specal edition has fun and interesting options such as an editing feature
where you can edit chosen parts of the film it's as if you have your own film school in Die Hard, other features are sound editing and a vault of deleted scenes and a branching version of the film.If you want an action classic then this film is the one your looking for amazing special effects and incredible action make Die Hard a must have for any DVD owner so get your popcorn buckle up and get ready to be blown out of your chair!.
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