Die Hard

Die Hard

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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.
BBC Online
The granddaddy of a whole genre of action films still remains sharp, tough, and exciting. Almar Haflidason

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Product Details

Release Date:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital, THX-Supervised Mastering]

Special Features

Directors' commentary; scene specific commentary by special effects supervisor Richard Edlund; subtitle commentary by various cast and crew members; deleted sequences; bloopers reel; full length screenplay; featurette; still photo gallery; interactive magazine articles; three theatrical trailers; seven TV spots; newscasts; DVD-ROM game demos;

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