Die Hard [DVD] [1988]

  • SKU: 8375581
  • Release Date: 06/19/2007
  • Rating: R
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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (183 out of 194)

Special Features


  • Commentary by director John McTiernan and production designer Jackson DeGovia
  • Scene-specific commentary by special effects supervisor Richard Edlund
  • Subtitle commentary by various cast and crew
  • Branching version with the extended Power Shutdown Scene cut back in

Synopsis


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

Cast & Crew


  • Bruce Willis
    Bruce Willis - John McClane
  • Alan Rickman
    Alan Rickman - Hans Gruber
  • Bonnie Bedelia
    Bonnie Bedelia - Holly Gennero McClane
  • Alexander Godunov
    Alexander Godunov - Karl
  • Reginald VelJohnson
    Reginald VelJohnson - Sgt. Al Powell



Overall customer rating

4.6
95%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Yippie-Ki-Yay-Mother-Flubber

    Posted
    cornjakecake
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Buyer Beware: Will NOT play in PS3

    Posted
    sross2
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    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.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Die Hard is Awesome

    Posted
    AandJ091108
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    Die Hard Blu-ray far exceeds the Five-Star Collection version I own on DVD > I directly compared the two and the upgrades are incredible. The Blu-ray video is exceptional in almost every way. In my opinion the Blu-ray viewing exceeds the theatrical experience. The surround sound mix is sick > making great use of sub and back speakers. If you are a fan of the original Die Hard you will not be disappointed in the least with this release. Everybody knows Die Hard is one of the best action movies ever > highly entertaining and just as cool as it was 20 years ago. A classic flick given a great Blu-ray release > this is a no-brainer purchase. I highly recommend buying this Blu-ray.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Come out to the coast, we'll get together

    Posted
    Seth
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    This is a great movie. What makes it even better is that it's technically a Christmas movie, which people love to argue about. I've seen plenty of action movies, including The Raid 2, but this one is just a ton of fun. Not only is it super quotable, but something about the shattering glass and loud factor adds to the adrenaline rush. This is the sort of movie that ushered in all the generic action movies we know today, which can be a good or bad thing, but it's hard to beat this original piece of work. Glad Best Buy sells it as a combo pack with the DVD and not just the Blu-Ray, that's nice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good, but Unnecessary If You Already Have on Dvd

    Posted
    kevman79

    This Blue-Ray version of 'Die Hard' presents some really good picture quality, the only question being - is it that much better than standard dvd as to warrant spending $35-$40 if you already own it? Probably not. While this disc faithfully ports over all the special features from previous 'Die Hard' dvd editions, it really offers nothing new in terms of extras. So the bottom line is, do you feel like spending a good chunk of money for moderately improved picture quality that will only be really noticeable on a high quality large widescreen HDTV? I'd personally recommend just buying the special 2-disc standard edition dvd and saving yourself about $20.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Must own!

    Posted
    gusvelazquez17
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    First time seeing this film and I was not disappointed. I didn’t go in expecting much and I’m really surprised at myself I haven’t picked up a copy before. After all it’s been 30 years since this film was in cinemas. Great film, cast and plot. Definitely worth picking up a copy. Eapically this steelbook edition. The price is great and the steelbook design is a must have for collectors and movie buffs

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    4k bliss or bluray myth

    Posted
    Cornerhorn
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    I didn't see it looking that much better than the bluray, I think as a new tech, they are falling short. Its only marginal compared to the bluray father, compared them back and forth, hmmm, not super impressed. I am thinking something must be wrong with my expensive gear. Oppo 205, Epson 6040 and Denon 8500, Even though its only a little better, its still a little better.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not Better Than Blu-ray

    Posted
    SnellKrell
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    I must first mention that my 4K set does not have backlighting. I have not been impressed by the various 4K theatrical movies I've purchased. I have an Oppo 203 and in my opinion, a good Blu-ray disc is as good as a 4K. The only 4Ks that have impressed me have been the BBC nature documentaries. Some scenes have the "Wow" factor I don't see in the theatrical films I've purchased.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend



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