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Die Hard It's Christmas time in L.A., and there's an employee party in progress on the 30th floor of the Nakatomi Corporation building. The revelry comes to a violent end when the partygoers are taken hostage by a group of terrorists headed by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), who plan to steal the 600 million dollars locked in Nakatomi's high-tech safe. In truth, Gruber and his henchmen are only pretending to be politically motivated to throw the authorities off track; also in truth, Gruber has no intention of allowing anyone to get out of the building alive. Meanwhile, New York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) has come to L.A. to visit his estranged wife, Holly (Bonnie Bedelia), who happens to be one of the hostages. Disregarding the orders of the authorities surrounding the building, McClane, who fears nothing (except heights), takes on the villains, armed with one handgun and plenty of chutzpah. Until Die Hard came along, Bruce Willis was merely that wisecracking guy on Moonlighting. After the film's profits started rolling in, Willis found himself one of the highest-paid and most sought-after leading men in Hollywood. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Great movie everyone knows that but blu-ray ?
Posted by: lucky55 from: Phoenix on
You know i should have listened to the reviews
but i have a brand new sony BDP S590 3D BLU-RAY PLAYER
with the latest firmware and it can not read this blu-ray disk
the disk is undamaged
but still does not work..i'm returning it on monday and if an exchange doesn't fix the issue
i'll ask for a store credit and spend it on a movie that will work...
so it's not just game consoles
blu-ray players can't read it either..
so be warned
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Movie doesn't play
Posted by: Superman407 from: on
I should have listen to all the other reviews just wanted to try my luck but this movie doesn't play don't waste your time!
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Will not work
Posted by: MilesG from: on
Bought this asst a great deal of 9.99 and it will not play on my slim ps3. Everything is up to date and it makes an ejecting like noise and will not read. Do Not Buy!
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Blu-ray doesn't work.
Posted by: Firstbasejojo from: Los Angeles, CA on
As I see now, the reviews are true, the blu-ray doesn't work. I tried contacting Best buy through chat, but I was told since I didn't watch it within 15 days and had opened it(not sure how else I was gonna watch it), that I could not return it.
Seems a lil unethical for them to be selling a faulty product and hide behind this 15 day rule.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Chekt from: on
I bought this movie and it wouldn't play in my Blu-ray player so I exchanged it. The second one didn't even play.
DO NOT BUY THIS
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Buyer Beware: Will NOT play in PS3
Posted by: sross2 from: Liverpool, NY on
Okay, Die Hard is one of my all time favorites, so I was stoked to see this release on sale for $9.99 at my store. With that said, I have already exchanged my copy twice, and the bluray will not load in my slim Ps3. As it is a game system, my firmware is at the latest release. I have been on AVS forums and other users have experienced the same problem with their copy's, on different bluray players from LG and even Panasonic. Buyer beware as BB has a strict return policy on copyrighted entertainment. I am sure they will allow an exception if you run into the same issue I am having. I will call 20th Century Fox to consult with a representative regarding the issue.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Don't buy if use ps3 to play blu ray
Posted by: Jaybey from: on
Bought one, exchanged one, both didn't work. Traded in for live free or die hard which worked.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Posted by: drbond01 from: on
i bought this bluray only to find out that the bluray disc does not work, i have tried it in multiple bluray players and none of them can read the disc, i have not had a chance as of yet to return it, but i am very disappointed in it.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Posted by: cornjakecake from: Huntington, WV on
Has anyone not seen the ultimate action film? Okay, for those of you living in a fallout shelter since 1962, this film is a must once you crawl out from below ground, smelling of Spam and sporting a Brylcream hairdo.
Anyways, the film, based of a novel called "Nobody Lasts Forever" (Sequel to the novel "The Detective", which was turned into a film in 1968 starring Frank Sinatra) where a detective visits his daughter for Christmas and terrorists take over a skyscraper forcing John Leland to take matters into his own hands. When Sinatra refused to return for a sequel, the writers spun the script in a different direction (First as a sequel to Commando, then as the film we know and love today), made a name change from Leland to McClane and made his daughter his wife and you have the makings of a classic.
So, McClane (Bruce Willis, in a star-making performance) is flying to L.A., mistakenly invited to his estranged wife's ,Holly (Bonnie Bedilia), Christmas party, hoping to possibly patch up their marriage and spend Christmas together as a family. Unfortunately, terrorists led by Hans Gruber (The late, great Alan Rickman) ruin the party and McClane is the only one to escape capture.
With his wife, and shoes, left hostage, McClane must use his will and wits to survive multiple gunfights, elevator shafts and broken glass to save his wife and the hostages.
Before Die Hard, there were very few action films to actually excite, entertain and stand up to modern day scrutiny (I can say Some of the Bond films, Indiana Jones and Lethal Weapon just to name a few) without aging as much as a day. Sure the visual F/X, sound design, cinematography and editing can give away the age without taking away the charm, but Die Hard set the mold that is still used to this day and seemingly unlikely to be broken any time soon.
Bruce Willis' performance is terrific, showing range beyond what he has done previously (Moonlighting did give us the Willis smirk and smarm that he expels here, while Blind Date showed us his comedic chops) and gives us a hero that didn't as to be one. He isn't Rambo or John Matrix from Commando, being a 'roided out, emotionless robot that cannot be hurt, regardless of torture, bullet wounds and even jumping from a plane into a swamp without a parachute. McClane is a man who is a tough guy, but is scared, not knowing if he will make it out alive, and extremely vulnerable. Wow isn't enough a word to describe him or his performance.
Of course every great hero must have a great villain and look no further than Rickman's Hans Gruber. Smart, well-dressed, well-funded and dangerous, this is equally his show, as it is McClane's. I love how he is a natural leader supposedly on top, but I love how he is increasingly irritated by McClane's doings, seemingly losing his "kingdom" so to speak.
Bedilia does very well as Holly McClane, posing a strength that most movies wouldn't even dare give their leads, and is more than a damsel in distress and can stand her own ground. Every other performance is excellent and memorable with no overacting or poor line readings at all.
The direction is extremely self-assured, with John McTiernan delivering the goods with a great grasp of the material, not afraid of having fun amidst the seriousness of terrorism, but able to quickly and ably turn to more darker material with ease, and with some style to boot (Look at all the iconic imagery throughout!).
The screenplay is its own animal, sticking fairly closely to the source material, while changing details here and there without sacrificing the sanctity of the original novel and being its own story. The cinematography is gorgeous in its own way (The 2.35 scoping by Jan de Bont is amazing with all the lens flares that would make J.J. Abrams cry), the editing sharp as a tack, with legendarily good sound and a pitch perfect score by the late Michael Kamen being the cherry on the best action film sundae ever concocted. Heck, even could be considered one of the best films. Period.
Moving on to the disc itself, we shall start with the PQ. Being a classic film, you'd figure we'd have multiple re-releases, sporting either new extras, 4k re-masterings or even a 3D conversion (Please no, Hollywood!) but this film is surprisingly not been released that often. Coming from the 5-star DVD set from Fox, the image is better than the DVD, but you can tell they didn't do much when it was released the first time around in 2007. Although this would be a nice release in 2007, but having paseed the 20th and 25th anniversary marks, you'd figure Fox would pony up some cash to remaster one of their perennial best sellers in 4k with a Dolby Atmos or DTS:X surround remix. Still, its a very adequate image, just don't expect anything to show off your hi-def TV.
The sound on the other hand is still pretty awesome, with the DTS-HD 5.1 track offering a nice and loud playback though yet again could use a nice remix to up the bass response and maybe make it flow a bit more.
The extras are mostly recycled from the DVD, but not all. Starting up is are two commentaries: one full length (John McTiernan and Production Designer Jackson DeGovia leading a fairly quiet yet insightful track), one scene-specific (Visual F/X Supervisor Richard Edlund talking about his creation of the effects and explosions in nice detail). The Newscasts is an 8 minute feature show the newscasts from the film along with some outtakes. Nest up is a nice array of stills with a few interactive logos that lead to more outtakes, designs and et cetera. Finishing off the disc are a series of trailers and TV spots that make it seem like Lethal Weapon than Die Hard.
Missing from the 2-disc DVD is the extended version, a text commentary track, deleted scenes, 2 magazine articles, an editing feature and more, so hold on to your 6-disc trilogy box set fan boys and girls!
All in all, its a must have for your collection, though with the upcoming 30th (!) anniversary and the advent of 4k BluRay's, I can also say maybe hold out unless this is extremely cheap and you must have it on your shelf.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Posted by: KimK from: on
It's a great movie for a a bargain price!!!! Anyone should buy and watch it!