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
Commentary by director John McTiernan and production designer Jackson DeGovia
Interactive articles from Cinefex and American Cinematographer
Interactive still gallery
Scene-specific commentary by special effects supervisor Richard Edlund
Classic Christmas movie with the sensational Bruce Willis. Movie holds the test of time. The upscale to blue ray does a bit of change but the main upgrade is to the sound and extra features, with behind the scene materials.
Safe to say the cover for this edition proves Die Hard is a Christmas movie. Always enjoy watching this around Christmas time, and there’s plenty of quips and quotes to go around. The 30th edition cover slip and the Christmas cards also make great decorations .
I purchased the 30th anniversary Christmas version of the Blu-Ray. This is the original blu-ray plastic box with the Christmas sweater slide on cover, but includes 4 christmas postcards. I already own this on blu-ray, and in 4k in iTunes, but had to have the Christmas postcards. It was proof in a friendly debate of whether this was a Christmas movie or not, and I put the cards and cover on display with my Christmas decorations
Die Hard has never looked better. The 4K really does look very good. Using the original negative was shot on 35 mm film using Panavision cameras and anamorphic lenses, save for limited effects shots which were done in 65 mm. The original camera negative has been scanned in native 4K, graded for high dynamic range (in HDR10) and it’s presented on Ultra HD at the proper 2.39:1 theatrical aspect ratio. It’s safe to say that this image has never looked better. The soundtrack is ok considering the original was Dolby Stereo. Mixing doesn't sound as good as new films of course but it is satisfying. For the 30th Anniversary I'm happy with it. Physical media is still the best way to enjoy a 4K UHD film. I recommend this title for your collection.