Die Hard Collection

Die Hard Collection

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Director: John McTiernan, Renny Harlin

Cast: Bruce Willis


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… See more details below


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.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
These three suspenseful, action-packed shoot-'em-ups -- the first of which revitalized Bruce Willis's flagging career and inspired countless imitations -- arrive in a beautifully packaged box set loaded with supplemental features. The 1985 original, Die Hard, pits hard-boiled New York cop Willis against terrorist Alan Rickman, whose operatives infiltrate a Los Angeles office building and hold one company's employees hostage -- including Willis's wife, Bonnie Bedelia. The visual and editorial techniques employed in this slam-bang thriller by director John McTiernan (The Hunt for Red October) have since been emulated -- if rarely matched -- by innumerable filmmakers. One of the more talented, Renny Harlin (Cliffhanger), directed Die Hard 2 (1990), which creates similarly claustrophobic tension by placing its hostages aboard a hijacked plane headed for Washington's Dulles Airport. Harlin upped the ante by making the sequel's action even more violent, but his effort was topped by the returning McTiernan in 1995's Die Hard with a Vengeance. The third film sacrifices logic for roller-coaster thrills and gives Willis a formidable costar in Samuel L. Jackson, who helps him defeat mad bomber Jeremy Irons in the streets of New York. All three films are elaborately mounted and breathlessly paced, and the intricacies of the productions are explored in the DVD supplements. Die Hard, for example, includes a detailed commentary by special-effects maestro Richard Endlund, along with a featurette chronicling the film's postproduction phase, deleted scenes, bloopers, and DVD-ROM content. Part Two offers a commentary by Harlan in addition to an HBO "making-of" featurette, four deleted scenes, vignettes showing the preparation and execution of stunts, and side-by-side comparisons of composite effects shots. The third film is accompanied by a McTiernan commentary, special production featurettes that appeared on CBS and HBO, an alternate ending, more stunt work studies, and storyboarded sequences. These are the definitive home-video versions of these popular "popcorn" movies, and they belongs in every significant DVD collection.

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Product Details

Release Date:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
[Wide Screen, Color]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, THX-Supervised Mastering, Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Die Hard: Commentary by director John McTiernan and production designer Jackson DeGovia; Die Hard: Scene-specific commentary by special effects supervisor Richard Edlund ; Die Hard: Subtitle commentary by various cast and crew; Die Hard: Branching version with the Extended Power Shutdown Scene cut back in; Die Hard 2: Die Harder - Commentary by director Renny Harlin; Die Hard With a Vengeance: Commentary by director John McTiernan; Yippee Ki Yay bonus disc exclusive content: Wrong Guy, Wrong Place, Wrong Time - A Look Back at Die Hard documentary; The Continuing Adventures of John McClane featurette; Live Free or Die Hard teaser trailer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Die Hard
1. Landing in L.A.
2. Festival Night
3. McClane Residence
4. Argyle
5. The Limo
6. Nakatomi Plaza
7. Takagi & Ellis
8. Reunited
9. Uninvited Guests
10. Separation Anxiety
11. Hostile Takeover
12. Disconnected Parties
13. Party Crashers
14. Meet Hans Gruber
15. Industrialization & Men's Fashions
16. Fill In the Blanks
17. The Vault
18. False Alarm
19. I Promise I Won't Hurt You
20. Ho Ho Ho
21. Blood Lust
22. Mayday
23. Twinkle Patrol
24. The Shaft
25. Not a Creature Stirring
26. Welcome to the Party, Pal
27. Dick Thornburg
28. Mr. Mystery Guest
29. KFLW News
30. Missing Detonators
31. L.A.'s Finest
32. Going In
33. Lapd Rv
34. Chair Bomb
35. Contract Negotiations
36. Issuing Demands
37. Hostage Terrorist, Terrorist Hostage
38. Johnson & Johnson
39. Cat and Mouse
40. Shoot the Glass
41. Powell's Confession
42. Merry Christmas From the FBI
43. McClane's Confession
44. Nightly News
45. Vendetta
46. Meeting Mrs. McClane
47. Choppers Up the Ass
48. The Roof
49. Escape Plan Failed
50. Showdown
51. Happy Trails, Hans
52. Partners Meet
53. Powell's Comeback
54. Let It Snow
55. End Credits
Disc #2 -- Die Hard 2: Die Harder
1. Main Title: Holiday Cheer
2. The Church of Choice
3. Mishandling the Baggage
4. Cabin Fever
5. A Chat With Lorenzo
6. Esperanza Enroute
7. Powell on the Line
8. McClane on the Tower
9. Deja Vu
10. Shootout at the Skywalk
11. Closer Than Fifty Yards
12. Learning a Lesson
13. Aftermath
14. The Anti-Terrorist Team
15. Thornberg Tunes In
16. The Falcon Has Landed
17. Emergency Exit
18. No Respect
19. At the Church
20. The Raid
21. The Enemy Within
22. On the Air
23. Crash Positions
24. Winging It
25. The Main Event
26. Landing Lights
27. Holly!
28. End Credits (Let It Snow)
Disc #3 -- Die Hard With a Vengeance
1. Main Titles
2. Ruining a Perfectly Good Hangover
3. Hey Zeus
4. Textbook Megalomania
5. The Riddle
6. 90 Blocks in 30 Minutes
7. Catching a Train
8. "Duck"
9. Making the Connection
10. The City Engineers
11. Gold Diggers
12. An Elephant Joke
13. It's Christmas
14. A Round on the Vault Floor
15. Chasing Dump Trucks
16. The Acqueduct
17. A Seat at Yankee Stadium
18. Flushed Out
19. Opening the Fridge; Drive-By Shooting
20. Shipmates
21. School's Out
22. "I'm a Soldier, Not a Monster"
23. Some Cop Trick
24. Answer in the Aspirin
25. Something Personal to Finish
26. "Let 'Em Cook;" End Titles

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