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Die Hard/Die Hard 2 - Die Harder (Special Edition) [DVD] [1989]

Bruce Willis , Alan Rickman , John McTiernan , Renny Harlin    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, William Atherton, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson
  • Directors: John McTiernan, Renny Harlin
  • Writers: Doug Richardson, Jeb Stuart, Roderick Thorp, Steven E. de Souza, Walter Wager
  • Producers: Beau Marks
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: CBS Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Feb 2002
  • Run Time: 245 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UWNY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,198 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Exceptionally well directed by John McTiernan, Die Hard made Bruce Willis a star back in 1988 and established a new template for action stories. Here the bad guys, led by the velvet-voiced Alan Rickman, assume control of a Los Angeles high-rise with Willis' 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' 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.

Director Renny Harlin took the reins for the 1990 sequel, Die Harder, which places Bruce Willis in harm's way again with a gaggle of terrorists. This time, Willis awaits his wife's arrival at Dulles Airport in Washington DC when he gets wind of a plot to blow up the facility. Noisy, overbearing and forgettable, the film has none of the purity of its predecessor's simple story; and it makes a huge miscalculation in allowing a terrible tragedy to occur rather than stretch out the tension. Where Die Hard sets new precedents in action movies, Die Hard 2 is just an anything-goes spectacle. --Tom Keogh,

Product Description

DVD Special Features:

Die Hard--Disc 1: Die Hard movie with re-mastered DTS sound
Audio commentary featuring director John McTiernan and production designer Jackson DeGovia
Scene specific commentary featuring visual effects producer Richard Edlund
Text commentary featuring cast and crew
Special brancing version--view the film with a deleted scene re-inserted

Disc 2:
The cutting room--choose shots from different scenes and create new versions
Audio mixing--manipulate the sound effects, music and dialogue in a scene
"Why letterbox" featurette
Multi-camera angle shooting
Outtakes--with deleted/alternate scenes, can be viewed with or without soundtrack
Newscasts--original footage of the news reports in the movie, including longer takes, alternate takes and bloopers
Magazine articles
Ad campaign featurette
Entire shooting script
Interactive slide show
3 theatrical trailers

I>Die Hard 2: Die Harder--Disc 1:
Die Hard 2 movie with remastered DTS sound
Audio commentary by Renny Harlin
Disc 2:
Die Harder--the making of Die Hard 2
Deleted scenes
Renny Harlin interview
Villains' profile--featurette
Behind the scenes featurette
Storyboards featurette
Side-by-side comparisons
Visual effects sequences
4 trailers

Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 widescreen 16:9 version
Language: English Dolby 5.1 or 5.1 DTS
Subtitles: Czech, Danish, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Dutch, English for the hearing impaired

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Box Set 22 Sep 2002
What can be said about Die Hard that hasn't already been said? Simply put it is one of the greatest action movies of the 1980s and it firmly placed Bruce Willis on the road to stardom. It all starts when John McClane (Willis), a cop from New York travels to Los Angeles to visit his family for Christmas. John stops off for a surprise visit at his wife's workplace, the recently erected Nakatomi Plaza. Trouble ensues when a group of European terrorists (led by the excellent Alan Rickman) seize the building and take everyone (except for McClane, of course) hostage. Armed only with a pistol and some cocky one-liners, it is now up to John McClane to stop the terrorists and save Christmas. The film boasts solid action as well as laugh-out-loud comedy and endlessly quotable dialogue. Die Hard is a true action classic with quality that withstands on infinite viewings. A great film to watch for any occasion.
The sequel, Die Hard 2 is slightly disappointing in contrast to the original but still provides solid entertainment. The film starts on Christmas Eve (again) one year later, only this time in Washington DC. McClane arrives at Dellis International Airport to pick up his wife who's on her way from Los Angeles. Things take an unexpected turn when a group of ex-military terrorists take control of the airport to negotiate the release of a drug lord. Once again, it is up to John McClane to stop the bad guys. Die Hard 2 lacks some of the humour of the original and isn't quite as exciting, but makes still makes an above average companion and an entertaining way to spend a couple of hours.
The 2 discs worth of extras in this set are fantastic. The extra disc to the first film offers a unique interactive insight into the editing process of the motion picture.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best DVD's available 15 Jan 2002
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The Die Hard special edition is without a doubt one of the best dvd's available on the region 2 market to date. It is jam packed with extras, on both films. 4 cd's of excellent quality, it will really push your home cinema to the max.
The one problem I found is the absense of the 3rd movie, of which the rights are owned by a different company. Buy Buy Buy !!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Die Hard & Die Hard 2 28 April 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Seen these films several times already before I bought them
But I enjoy the films so much. Very good value for money
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5.0 out of 5 stars dvd 28 Jan 2013
Good quick service would definatley recommend to others and would use again myself . . . . . . .
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