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Die Hard [DVD] [1989]

Bruce Willis , Alan Rickman , John McTiernan    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson, Paul Gleason
  • Directors: John McTiernan
  • Writers: Jeb Stuart, Roderick Thorp, Steven E. de Souza
  • Producers: Beau Marks, Charles Gordon, Joel Silver, Lawrence Gordon
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, Hungarian, Polish, Icelandic, Finnish, Czech
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Jan 2000
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004D0BQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,792 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



This seminal 1988 thriller made Bruce Willis a star and established a new template for action stories: "Terrorists take over a (blank), and a lone hero, unknown to the villains, is trapped with them." In Die Hard, those bad guys, led by the velvet-voiced Alan Rickman, assume control of a Los Angeles high-rise with Willis's visiting New York cop inside. The attraction of the film has as much to do with the sight of a barefoot mortal running around the guts of a modern office tower as it has to do with the plentiful fight sequences and the bond the hero establishes with an LA beat cop. Bonnie Bedelia plays Willis's wife, Hart Bochner is good as a brash hostage who tries negotiating his way to freedom, Alexander Godunov makes for a believable killer with lethal feet, and William Atherton is slimy as a busybody reporter. This film is exceptionally well directed by John McTiernan. --Tom Keogh

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars yippee ki yay 31 Oct 2003
By lucee
Format:VHS Tape
This is the most bullet-ridden, blood stained, fire breathing movie of all time, it has all of the above mixed in with great one liners and superb characters. No questions it is THE best action movie of all time, and to prove it i need say only this...... i put a mark on the back of my long-owned precious die hard vhs case every time i watch it....currently at 143 no joke!...i love this movie with a passion it brings together every element needed for a classic, and this IS a classic
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bruces Best 3 Nov 2002
Die Hard can be summed up in one word 'AWESOME'.
A plot so simple that a two year old could of thought it up, yet with it's amazing dialog and great action this picture will go down as one of the all time great hollywood action films.
This was the film that launched Bruce Willises career and when you see it you know why. With his heroics and the way he delivers a line Bruce will never die hard out of hollywoods memory.
A New York cop (Bruce Willis) goes to his wifes christmas party to find that he is in the middle of a terrorist act, so bring on John Maclane to walk across broken glass, blow up elevator shafts and to save the day.
This film runs at such an expeditious rate that you barley have time to draw breath, the film that all action films are now measured against, Die Hard is racey, whitty and damm right brilliant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best action film EVER 2 Jan 2002
Die hard is an absolute classic film. My favourite character from the film is actually Hans Greuber played by the superb Alan Rickman. His pure evil personna is genius. Bruce Willis is a New York cop who has come to LA for christmas to reconcile with his wife who took a job in LA six months previously. His wife's workplace is the target of a clever robbery from Hans Greuber and his associates. Bruce Willis evades the hostage situation and tries to stop the terrorists on his own. Lots of great fight scenes persist throughout the film and the best part of it is that it is not made as most action films are. The dialogue is clever, the subplots are great and the characters are well developed.
One of my favourite films of all time without a doubt.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yippee Kiyay! 21 Nov 2000
By Dave
Format:VHS Tape
Die Hard represents the class of modern action pictures and the standard by which they must be judged. Few films falling into the "mindless entertainment" genre have as much going for them as this movie. Not only is it a thrill-a-minute ride, but it has one of the best film villains in recent memory, a hero everyone can relate to, dialogue that crackles with wit, and a lot of very impressive pyrotechnics.
John McClane (Bruce Willis) had intended to spend a nice, quiet Christmas with his wife Holly (Bonnie Bedelia) and children, ironing out his marital problems and trying to resolve the situation that has him working in New York City as a cop while her career keeps her in Los Angeles. Unfortunately for John, a group of terrorists, led by the suave Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), has other ideas. After taking over the high rise Nakatomi Tower and holding the attendees of the Christmas party (including Holly) hostage, they begin the time-consuming and complex procedure of breaking into the building's vault. However, one thing - perhaps the only thing - that Hans didn't plan on was John McClane, the self-professed "fly in the ointment," who is on the loose inside, and whose goals are in direct contradiction with those of the terrorists.
With Die Hard, director John McTiernan (a.k.a Predator) has given us a modern action classic - a movie that doesn't slow down until the end credits are rolling to the tune of "Let It Snow." McTiernan is a master of pacing, and on those few occasions when the script lets him down, the camerawork of Jan De Bont comes to the rescue. This film is explosive in more ways than one - a lavish, noisy extravaganza that gets the adrenaline flowing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Action movies out there 3 May 2004
By Jared
Format:VHS Tape
For all action fans this movie is a must see. It really has everything that you could want from a good film. Bruce Willis is brilliant as John McClane who finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time when terrorists take over the office tower that he is in attending a christmas party with his wife Holly. As a viewer you wont have to wait long for the action. In no time at all, McClane is crawling through ventilation shafts, dangling off ledges and taking on hoards of rampant terrorists with his trusty pistol. A particulary excellent scence is when McClane shoots a guy through the bottom of a table. The one liner that follows is pure dynamite, and could have come off the shelf of any a James Bond film. There is a perfect mix of heavy action and witty humour in the film that lets it flow incredibly smoothly and stops it suffering from overkill at any stage. Another masterstroke by the film-makers was casting Alan Rickman. He is absolutely perfect for this role and has a voice of velvet that will make you smile. He is so ruthless, efficient and downright good at being a terrorist that it is sometimes a little difficult to belive that he doesn't succeed in his plans. However McClane is so very good and the action so entertaining and relentless that this never becomes a grating issue. It is extreamley easy and enjoyable to watch. Lovers of action will adore this because it is pure cheesy action cliches to the core. And thats what makes it brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas must
Move over, 'elf,' 'It's a wonderful life,' 'Miracle on 34th street' etc. This here is the greatest Christmas film of all time. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Matthew Long
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The best
Published 29 days ago by philip webley
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
The best Christmas film ever!
Published 1 month ago by Dave
4.0 out of 5 stars Brief review of DVD
This is the 1st in the series of 4 Die Hard movies.

Bruce Willis plays a hardened cop who gets knocked back time and again but will not give up on his mission to save as... Read more
Published 3 months ago by EE
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous on Blu Ray
This is where it all started, and as much as it may be hard to believe, yes Bruce Willis did use to have hair! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tamara2000
4.0 out of 5 stars good
die hard one of my favorite films and it was so great to watch on blu ray disc i would recommend it
Published 4 months ago by Jason
5.0 out of 5 stars Best action thriller ever
Forget all the rest, this is what action movies are all about - unbelievable plots, cheesy lines and the truly brilliant Alan Rickman as the baddie. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. D Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Die Hard Blu-ray
This isn't IMDB or "" so I won't be talking about the film rating or the picture quality... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sam Underhill
5.0 out of 5 stars A 100 Word Review
Die Hard is arguably the most exhilaratingly brilliant action film of all time. It grabs you by the throat and lures you in through excellent action scenes, a script with... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Review100er
5.0 out of 5 stars Every Christmas...
...We have to watch Die Hard, its a classic and you must watch it! It has great action and the wit of John McLane will have you in stitches!
Published 6 months ago by Juliana Apopei
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