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Die Hard: Five Star Collection (Widescreen) (Bilingual) [Import]
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Die Hard (Five Star Collection)
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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.
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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I was very pleased with this movie. It arrived when I was told it would be genre and we enjoyed watching it . It is nice to be able to get these older movies and enjoy them .Published 23 months ago by Lorraine. Mattinson
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