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Die Hard (Two Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1989]


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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, German, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Mar 2003
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001BPRXS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,917 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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On Christmas Eve, New York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) is visiting his estranged wife Holly (Bonnie Bedelia) in Los Angeles, where she works. They are attending a party at Holly's high-rise office block when terrorists, led by the suave Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) break in, taking everyone hostage. McClane manages to evade capture, however, and sets out to rescue his wife and the other prisoners. It is not long before he is running barefoot over shattered glass (ouch!) in a sweaty vest, muttering 'Yippy kay aye' as he dispatches the baddies with bullets and a certain earthy wit.

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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 ad 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. Exceptionally well-directed by John McTiernan. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By lucee on 31 Oct 2003
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "jhill96" on 3 Nov 2002
Format: DVD
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 By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Oct 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Die Hard (2 - Disc Bonus Edition).

Blu-ray Info.
Format: Letterboxed
Language: English
Subtitles: Italian, Spanish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Polish
Dubbed: Italian, Spanish
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
Audio Description: None
Region B/2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
Number of discs: 2
Classification: 18
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Running Time: 127 minutes

Budget: $28 million
Box office: $140.7 million

Extras.
Decoding Die Hard -90 minute documentary

Cast.
Bruce Willis as John McClane
Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber
Alexander Godunov as Karl
Bonnie Bedelia as Holly Gennaro-McClane
Reginald VelJohnson as Sgt. Al Powell
Paul Gleason as Dwayne T. Robinson
De'voreaux White as Argyle
William Atherton as Richard Thornburg
Hart Bochner as Harry Ellis
James Shigeta as Joseph Yoshinobu Takagi
Bruno Doyon as Franco
Andreas Wisniewski as Tony
Clarence Gilyard as Theo
Joey Plewa as Alexander
Lorenzo Caccialanza as Marco
Gerard Bonn as Kristoff
Dennis Hayden as Eddie
Al Leong as Uli
Gary Roberts as Heinrich
Hans Buhringer as Fritz
Wilhelm von Homburg as James
Robert Davi & Grand L. Bush appear as FBI agents Big Johnson & Little Johnson

Trivia.
1)Bruce Willis received a then unheard of $5 million, a fee that was OK'd by Fox President Rupert Murdoch.
2)When John McClane runs through the glass shards in his 'bare' feet after Hans has his men shoot out the glass partitions in the computer room, Bruce Willis is in fact wearing special 'rubber' shoes designed to look like his own bare feet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Lister on 8 Oct 2007
Format: DVD
Bruce Willis plays John McClane, a swaggering New York cop who arrives in LA to patch things up with his wife, Holly (Bonnie Bedelia, who would be sorely missed in the second sequel). Unfortunately, Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) has also come to town. He takes Holly and her work colleagues hostage on the 30th floor in a bid to bide time while his goons break into the vault to steal 600 million dollars in bearer bonds. McClane, meanwhile, is loose amongst the building's lift shafts and air vents, picking off Gruber's men with a pistol and a one-liner.

Let's leave aside the Nakatomi Plaza's phallic presence (complete with climactic rooftop explosion) and concentrate on the people in it. John McClane: he's the sort of action hero who can chain smoke filterless European cigarettes before sprinting up four flights of stairs, having a fist fight and then leaping off a 40-storey building with a fire hose wrapped round his waist. Gruber, paradoxically, and yet strangely likewise, is precisely who we would want to be if we were a ruthless global criminal: suave, literate, deadly; an "exceptional thief".

Events build up and up until we have a proper cat-and-mouse story. The odds are stacked against McClane: he's outnumbered, out-gunned, and out-shoed. But he's also a resilient fellow - a stubborn working man stuck in his ways - and he doesn't care much for foreign types trespassing on the ranch. For all the incredulity of many of our hero's actions, he is an everyman; forget juggernauts versus jet fighters - this incarnation of McClane huffs and puffs and bleeds. It HURTS jumping off a building, and he's modern enough to show it.

Along the way we meet some neatly written side characters, most of whom belong to the bumbling good guys. Deputy Police Chief Dwayne T.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Ann M Harper on 2 Jan 2002
Format: DVD
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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