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A Good Day to Die Hard [Blu-ray + DVD ] EXPIRED DIGITAL COPY
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language: : English, French
- Parcel Dimensions : 18.03 x 13.76 x 1.48 cm; 81.65 Grams
- Director : John Moore
- Media Format : NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 38 minutes
- Release date : June 4 2013
- Actors : Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
- Dubbed: : Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, French, Spanish
- Language : English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B00A7ZH8SA
- Writers : Roderick Thorp, Skip Woods
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #25,755 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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John McClane goes global. For the first time, the New York City cop finds himself on an international stage as a fish out of water in Moscow. The film introduces McClane's estranged son Jack, an apple that hasn't fallen far from the tree, and who may even be more of a hard-ass than his father. John and Jack must put aside their personal and professional differences, and work together to keep each other alive and stop the Moscow underworld from controlling nuclear weapons.
The world has changed a lot in the 25 years between Die Hard and this fifth franchise rehash, but Bruce Willis is still the indestructible force of nature who is followed by gunfire and explosions everywhere he goes. In fact, he seems to have gotten more powerful and his body grown more resilient in spite of the crags in his face and the gray stubble over his ears. This time around, New York Police Department veteran John McClane has trekked to Russia for what he claims is a vacation, a running gag that lets Willis keep on quipping with the impeccable insouciance of a pedigreed action hero. What he's really up to is tracking his wayward son Jack (Jai Courtney), who John believes is on trial for murdering a mob kingpin. In the first of the movie's many dazzling set pieces, father and son meet cute just as Jack has broken out of a heavily fortified courtroom with a mysterious Russian businessman named Komarov (Sebastian Koch), who is in possession of some sort of information that's valuable on the world stage. Don't worry, the details aren't important as there's no room for plausibility in any direction. It's no spoiler to reveal that Jack is a covert CIA agent in pursuit of Komarov's file, and that instead of helping his estranged child, the senior McClane has actually bungled Junior's operation. This sets off a lengthy chase on the streets of Moscow (actually Budapest) that has father zooming after son with a tank full of caricatured Russian bad guys in the middle. Hundreds of vehicles sacrifice themselves for the hyperkinetic demolition derby between the three factions as they race through traffic-jammed streets, flattening everything made of metal and glass along the way. Though far less elegantly staged, the sequence recalls the opening chase in Skyfall, and the story rolls on in a similarly dumbed-down series of spy-movie showdowns that are all cranked up to 11. A Good Day to Die Hard is the most cartoonish sequel, given its superfluous plotting and nonstop spree of gratuitous destruction. There are a few plot twists--ultimately it's all about money, of course--but mostly it's an exercise in extravagant violence and automatic-weapons fire, with emotionless moments of rapprochement between John and Jack dropped in around the gunfights. Both of them survive beatings, car crashes, and ludicrous falls from tall buildings without injury as Komarov is lost, then found, then lost again. Dad helps his son mop up the mess by doing what they both like to do best: kill scumbags. The dizzying editing and breakneck pace builds to a crescendo at Chernobyl, where a magical anti-radiation gas explodes many things, a truck is driven out of a flying helicopter, buildings and people are shot to pieces, and a paroxysm of fetishistic, slow-motion digital mayhem turns the decrepit nuclear facility to rubble. Bruce Willis is firmly in charge throughout, delivering the mother of F-bomb catch phrases with a succession of increasingly eye-popping fireballs hot on his heels. Yippee-ki-yay, indeed. --Ted Fry
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So, a lot of things didn't add up, in this film. For example, I repeatedly wondered where the cops were, in the story. Lots of damage was happening, in downtown Moscow, for instance, but no sign of police, for miles.
Characters did a lot of stupid and reckless stuff - and got away with it. It got so bad, that I even found it hard to cheer for the supposed good guys.
Much of the movie was unbelievable.
I got the impression the producer thought that a lot of crazy-violence would be a substitute, for reality and a good plot. Yet, predictably, it didn't work!
Furthermore, there was lots of hard-to-read captions quickly-flashed throughout the story. So, I got tired of having to reach, for the remote, backtrack and pause, so I could read the surprisingly-small print.
Glad I did not spend $12 or so bucks, on this, at a theatre!
This movie is not worth watching.
Wear ear plugs and take rest breaks, because watching the whole movie at one time is hard to take. It took me two nights to see the whole thing, but only one to be disappointed with the story even though I have all the other Die Hard movies. Willis is getting too old to look convincing.
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After patching things up with his daughter Lucy (Mary Elizabeth Winstead who also returns for a small cameo) in the previous lacklustre entry (which somehow manages to be better than this by sheer default), McClane (an annoyed Bruce Willis) now has to put things right with his estranged son, Jack (Jai Courtney), who has been arrested in Moscow. Mistakenly, our chrome domed hero thinks his son is a criminal, so it comes as a shock to learn Jack is actually working undercover to protect government whistleblower, Komarov (Sebastian Koch). Cue a number of over the top action sequences which include one of the silliest car chases ever put to film, a plethora of gun battles (with McClane now apparently a crack shot with a ridiculously big machine gun) and enough bored line readings from an exasperated cast to fill a full season of 'Crossroads'. Bruce Willis has been good value in the past, but now it seems he's had enough of this 'silly, action hero business' and his performance is one of contempt more than willing participation. Granted, he's getting on a bit but the screenplay almost sidelines him in his own movie and you ultimately tire of his endless 'I'm on vacation!' line being rolled out whenever he is called upon to do something other than smirk at the screen. Jai Courtney fairs a little better as his son, but even the greatest actor in the world could make this character fly whilst the rest of the cast range from serviceable to bored. Director John Moore embues his movie with a grim, saturated look that in his mind obviously shouted 'gritty and authentic' but in reality is dull and lifeless, with enough fake film noise to render the cast being engulfed in a snow storm. The less said about Skip Woods screenplay the better. I bet he wishes it didn't exist, either.
Fox's UK Blu-Ray release as always sports a fine transfer with solid audio. There are a number of extra features on the disc, but I don't know if I have it in me to explore them after watching the movie. Such a shame, as I'm a big Die Hard fan
but if I were to be honest, this isn't Die Hard. Stick with the original.
But, in all fairness Die Hard 4 (or Live Free or Die Hard) was watchable.
There are flaws and I do have quibbles about it but the main one would have to be the directors seemingly insatiable obsession to bamboozle the viewer with computer-related jargon.
But, again it's a minor quibble.
Die Hard 5? Or A Good Day to Die Hard, to give it it's full name. Drivel.
John McClane fights terrorists, with his son. The same son who, in Die Hard, couldn't even answer the phone before his sister when Holly phones the house to see if John had called.
Now he's running about, blowing up Russian gangsters with his dad?
Not for me.
But this is like a fart in a hurricane compared to the rest of the flaws in this movie.
Even Willis seems to have regretted his decision to return to the character of John McClane, with a performance so lacklustre as to fall far beneath the level of "phoning it in".
Add in a ludicrous plot, poorly staged set pieces and some of the most unrealistic stunts ever committed to film and the whole project (hopefully) becomes the death knell for the series.
The editor should've been fired. The director is clueless. Bruce Willis looks totally bored. And we have the casting of Jai Courteney. Yippee-ki-yay cobber! Why was this total travesty green-lit? It beggars belief.
Plus a finale shoot-em-up at Chernobyl (yes, really!) that defies all logic. Utter crap. Avoid!
'Die Hard' series...........though...........
* It's fair to say this is a long ways short of the franchise's earlier releases,
though, it does entertain
This time our hero 'John McClane' travels to 'Moscow' to rescue his estranged
son 'Jack' from imprisonment.
'Jack' is involved in secret-service ( C.I.A ), 'John' had no idea that was the
case, till now that is.
After a superb car-crunching car-chase the two team up initially to rescue
the Russian that had been seemingly snatched from 'Jack's' protection.
leading to ...........
The two stumbling into a plot to steal nuclear weapons which could threaten
Father and son raise hell in 'Russia' with explosive action, superb car-chase
and fire-fight sequences....
Maybe not the best in the series but certainly worth a viewing.
I believe, if that is the intention, that it would be a mistake if the 'Die Hard' series
was to continue with 'Jai Courtney' in the lead role
Sadly the action heroes we have followed down the years are reaching an age when
credibility becomes an issue, it is my feeling that 'Sly's' role in (Rambo).....
'Arnie's' in ( Terminator ) and 'Bruce' ( Die Hard ) are roles that belong to
them, we've loved and enjoyed their part in these explosive action series, now,
it's surely time to walk away leaving our memories in tact.