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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great film, badly cut. (5 stars for the original)
This is a real guy film.
Once again, Willis is back in is his role of the uncompromising, street wise, no nonsense New York cop, John McClane. But this time, McClane is partnered up with an unwitting, Samuel L Jackson. Yes, OK it is starting to smell like another Lethal Weapon movie, but wait, there’s more.
Along comes Jeremy Irons, who for me, and I am a...
Published on 27 Oct 2003 by el_zomba

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3.0 out of 5 stars Still a great movie, Still cut to bits.
Even after 15 years it's still a great movie, But sadly this edition is still the UK cut version. Vault, Lift and chain scenes are still heavily edited and some bad language is dubbed with the lesser offensive words.

One other thing is they removed all mention of 20th Century Fox, No logo on the dvd menus or at the start of the movie, they even removed it from...
Published on 29 April 2010 by Zeoranger


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3.0 out of 5 stars Still a great movie, Still cut to bits., 29 April 2010
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Even after 15 years it's still a great movie, But sadly this edition is still the UK cut version. Vault, Lift and chain scenes are still heavily edited and some bad language is dubbed with the lesser offensive words.

One other thing is they removed all mention of 20th Century Fox, No logo on the dvd menus or at the start of the movie, they even removed it from the end credits.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great film, badly cut. (5 stars for the original), 27 Oct 2003
This review is from: Die Hard With A Vengeance (Two Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD] (DVD)
This is a real guy film.
Once again, Willis is back in is his role of the uncompromising, street wise, no nonsense New York cop, John McClane. But this time, McClane is partnered up with an unwitting, Samuel L Jackson. Yes, OK it is starting to smell like another Lethal Weapon movie, but wait, there’s more.
Along comes Jeremy Irons, who for me, and I am a massive Willis fan, steals the whole movie. This guy is true class. Irons plays the brother of Hans Gruber, Alan Rickmans character from the first movie, and baby Gruber is out for revenge, for the killing of his big brother, or so we are meant to believe.
I was disappointed at not seeing William Athertons Dick Thornburg character getting puched again, for me, Die Hard without ‘Thornburg’ being punched, is like McClane without a dirty vest.
The movie marries and superb twisting plot line with some incredible action scenes, and a few almost believable but equally stunning stunts. And coupled with the special effects, this makes this movie, the liveliest of the three. If they had only put the same effort into the second movie.
My only major disappointment with this (15) version, is the cutting of the elevator (lift) scene, where Willis, in the original, takes on three bad guys, resulting in true Die Hard carnage. Unfortunately this scene was so badly cut that, I think by a four year old with play scissors, that if you haven’t seen the original, you are left bemused, scratching your head, wondering what just happened.
Still it’s a great movie, and one for your Die Hard collection, until the proper version is released.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast and exciting third instalment, 24 Aug 2008
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This review is from: Die Hard With A Vengeance (Two Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD] (DVD)
In the third instalment of the Die Hard series, detective John McClane must obey a bomber's rules whilst trying to get along with electrician Zeus and recover from a really bad headache.

With an explosive beginning, literally, Die Hard with a vengeance starts as it means to go on with top notch action, adrenaline and an amazing appetite for adventure.

Willis (Moonlighting) returns as the iconic McClane and is juxtaposed with Samuel L Jackson (Pulp Fiction) as the nervous but intelligent electrician Zeus and as in Pulp Fiction, the two perform their hearts out in another excellent Die Hard film.

Filled with humour and one liners, both characters are enjoyable to watch and make the plot even more intense with witty dialogue.

Like the previous Die Hard films, there is plenty of action and a fast tense situation to keep you gripped to your seats. This time, there is a mad bomber on the other end of the telephone telling McClane riddles, and these little puzzles make the film intriguing and very intense as the stakes are raised with every puzzle, and include very dramatic national panics. There is a lack of realism, but the fast flowing nature will keep you hooked.

However this time there is less claustrophobia as McClane travels all over New York to solve the many puzzles. Though I loved the claustrophobic surroundings in the first two films, spreading his wings was necessary for McClane to be seen as a more wild and courageous man with more to do with himself, such as driving a taxi across a national park and searching for a bomb on a train, which were pure adrenaline rushes.

Jeremy Irons (Reversal of Fortune) is excellent as Simon and raised the bar for Jackson and Willis.

McTiernan returns to direct and uses his knowledge to great effect with the action sequences all perfectly shot to create the right dramatic effect.

The third Die Hard is fast, exciting and beautifully executed by cast and crew to make a memorable action thriller.

8.5/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Explosions, 1-liners and an essence of cool, 28 Mar 2008
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This review is from: Die Hard With A Vengeance (Two Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD] (DVD)
In my opinion, this is the best of them all. If not because of the plot, then because of Samuel L Jackson who brings a certain cool to everything he does. It's the usual adventure that results in Bruce Willis looking as though he has been covered in honey, stripped to his vest, and thrown in a pit of bears. An extemely clever man wants to play a twisted game of 'simon says' with Bruce Willis and Samuel L Jackson, the game set on a bigger scale, it isn't the usual 'simon says touch your nose' but more 'simon says get to the other side of new york in 20 minutes or a bomb goes off'. It is set on a hot summer's day in New York and has everything an action movie needs, many explosions, fabulous 1-liners and a sinister baddie. Geremy Irons is extemely good at playing an angry German. One of the most appealing things about this movie is the use of humour, it has a joke every 2 minutes. The pairing of Willis and Jackson makes this film come alive. I also like that it refers back to the first film in the series. It keeps you guessing to the end and leaves you feeling satisfied that yet again John McClane saves the day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Die Hard films you will to, 15 Mar 2000
John McClane back for the third installment of the great Die Hard films. This time Samuel L Jackson makes an appearance as an innocent by stander who gets involved with John McClane in his battle to find a bomb in a school which has been out their by one of his old enemies. Yet again things get blown up, crashed, shot at and beaten up. Another must for action fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Die Hard with a Vengence is in HD in the UK, 11 Aug 2009
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Lee J. Ridgard (Chesterfield, England) - See all my reviews
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This product is region B encoded as it has been released in Australia so this is defiantly an import which is likely the reason for the price being a little steep.
However who knows how long it could be until Buena Vista decide to release this film on BD as they on the UK distribution rights not 20th Century Fox so it might be worth paying this price just to get your hands on it sooner rather than later.
In my opinion this is the second best in the Quad-Trilogy well worth the purchase.

Synopsis:

Bruce Willis returns as detective John McClane (Bruce Willis), who as always, is in the wrong place at the wrong time. In this adrenalin charged, action-packed thriller, things aren't going well for John McClane: his marriage is breaking up, he's been suspended from the force and now the brother of Hans Gruber, the German terrorist he threw off a building a few years back, is threatening to blow up a school if McClane doesn't run around the city solving his demeaning and dangerous puzzles. With the help of Zeus (Samuel L. Jackson), a Harlem electrician, McClane discovers Gruber's plot to distract the NYPD while he clears the federal bank of billions of dollars of gold.

Here are the special features contained within this Blu-ray release I believe they are exactly the same as the ones on two disc special edition DVD version.

* Commentary by Director John McTiernan, Writer Jonathan Hensleigh and Film Executive Tom Sherak
* Personal Scene Selection
* Trailers: Die Hard, Die Hard 2: Die Harder, Die Hard 4 and Alien vs Predator
* Alternate ending with optional commentary by Jonathan Hensleigh
* HBO First Look
* CBS: A Night To Die For
* Featurette
* Bruce Willis Interview
* Villains with a Vengeance
* Visual Effects Breakdowns
* Side by Side Comparisons
* Storyboard Sequence
* Easter Egg: Gag Reel
* Trailers
* TV Spots

9/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seven guys with seven wives..., 17 Jan 2014
McClane is now suspended from the NYPD, but when a bomb goes off in the Bonwit Teller Department Store the police go insane trying to figure out what's going on.

Soon, a man named Simon calls and asks for McClane. Simon tells the Inspector that McClane is going to play a game called "Simon Says".

He says that McClane is going to do the tasks he assigns him. If not, he'll blow off another bomb. With the help of a Harlem electrician, McClane must race all over New York trying to figure out the frustrating puzzles that the terrorist gives him.

But when a bomb goes off in a subway station right by the Federal Reserve (the biggest gold storage in the world) things start to get heated up.....

It was great to see another Die Hard movie get released, although this took the lone man versus a great number of people (the essence of Die Hard) and gave it a spin, with brilliant results.

If this was just another action movie with some other action star, it would have been average, but include McClane, and the wit his character has, you get something special.

Jackson makes a welcome addition to the franchise, and the pair have great, sweaty chemistry together. The race theme, could have been toned down a little, especially without the inclusion of why Zeus brother was killed, but it does make the pairing a little more intense.

With a neat little,twist referring the first movie, and Irons best panto villain, DHWAV is the franchises second best entry, thanks to tight directing by Mctiernan, exciting set pieces, and a brilliant pairing with Willis and Jackson.

A brilliant sequel, and a brilliant action movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Die Hard With A Vengeance Uncut At Last, 20 Aug 2013
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Die Hard With A Vengeance.
Directed by John McTiernan.
Produced by John McTiernan, Michael Tadross.
Written by Jonathan Hensleigh.
Based on Simon Says by Jonathan Hensleigh.
Starring.
Bruce Willis.
Jeremy Irons.
Samuel L. Jackson.
Graham Greene.
Colleen Camp.
Larry Bryggman.
Sam Phillips.
Music by Michael Kamen.
Country United States .
Language English.
Budget $90 million.
Box office $366,101,666.

Blu Ray Info.
Language: English.
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Dutch.
Dubbed: French, German, Spanish.
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English.
Region: All Regions.
DTS-HD Sound.
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1.
Running time 127 minutes approx.

Extras.
Featurette & TV Specials: - "Behind the Scenes: Die Hard with a Vengeance" - "A Night to Die For / McClane is Back"
Behind the Scenes: - Terror In the Subway - Prepping the Park - Blowing Up Bonwit - Storyboard Sequence
Interview & Profile: - Interview with Bruce Willis - Villain's Profile - Featurette.

Trivia.
1)When posing as a city engineer, Simon Gruber (Jeremy Irons) uses a heavy American accent to fool his adversaries. The same trick was used by his brother Hans (Alan Rickman) in Die Hard (1988).
2)Even though this is the third film in the Die Hard series, it is the first that takes place in the same city that John McClane is a police officer (New York). In the first movie he is in LA, and in the second he is in Washington, DC.
3)Laurence Fishburne was the original choice to play Zeus Carver, but turned down the part. When he reconsidered the decision, Samuel L. Jackson was already cast.
4)Sean Connery was John McTiernan's very first choice for the role of Simon Gruber. He turned down the role, saying that he didn't want to play such a diabolical villain.
5)McClane only has two bullets at his disposal to kill Simon in the finale of the film. He also only had two bullets in the first Die Hard to kill Simon's brother, Hans, & his last remaining associate.
6)Each of the Gruber brothers, Simon and Hans, recruit a Karl on his team. Karl in Die Hard (1988) is the terrorist shot by Sgt. Powell at the end. In this film Karl is stationed at the Federal Reserve bank & is killed by McClane in the elevator sequence.
7)Danny Cannon was approached to direct but he was more interested in making Judge Dredd (1995) at the time.
8)The name Simon Gruber uses as an alias is 'Peter Krieg'. 'Krieg' is German for 'war'.
9) First time the uncut version of Die Hard With A Vengeance has been officially released in the UK, The dvd version still contains cuts to the elevator sequence, features less impact shots & swearing.
10)Bruce Willis quoted at the time this would be his final Die Hard movie.

Plot Synopsis.
John McClane is now a borderline alcoholic whos wife Holly has left him & has been suspended from the NYPD, but when a bomb goes off in the Bonwit Teller Department Store the police go insane trying to figure out what's going on

A man named Simon calls & asks for John McClane, Simon tells Inspector Walter Cobb that McClane is going to play a game called "Simon Says". He says that McClane is going to do the tasks he assigns him. If not, he'll blow off another bomb. With the help of a Harlem electrician, John McClane aided by electrician Zeus must race all over New York trying to figure out the frustrating puzzles that the crafty terrorist gives him.

McClane has a bad hangover & a badder attitude who isn't in the mood for Simon's games as McClane soon discovers Simon is the brother of the late Hans Gruber who seeks revenge on McClane for killing his brother & also plans on stealing billions of dollars worth of gold from the Federal Reserve Building in New York City.

As for John McClane well he's about to have a very bad day.

Timelord Thoughts.
This movie differs from the first two Die Hard movies as it has a raw edgier tone as actor Bruce Willis puts on the vest once again & delivers a excellent performance as bad ass wisecracking foul mouthed bad attitude cop Lieutenant John McClane, Willis play McClane in this movie as out of sorts not at his best physically which gives the viewer a sense that McClane isn't as heroic of indestructible as he once was yet with the odds stacked against him McClane takes the fight to the bad guys with grit & determination delivering the goods in the action dept.

Samuel L. Jackson plays Zeus who is simply awesome in this role, making the character likeable, tough, & hilarious, but easy to sympathize with because he's just a everyday regular Joe who doesn't know how to use a gun, has no combat training & never experienced terrorists before.

Jeremy Irons as Simon Gruber simply oozes charm & sinister intelligence yet makes the villain likeable playing the part with great relish & gives Simon a freshness of no political shenanigans or extremist beliefs, Simon just wants the Gold from the federal reserve & to see Lieutenant McClane suffer.

Director John McTiernan who directed the original Die Hard goes for a more handheld shaky cam realistic approach making the movie feel edgier & a little rougher around the edges yet still keeps in tradition to the franchise's epic quality action sequences that deliver in spades.

As threequels go Die Hard With A Vengeance is a excellent second sequel jam packed with action & nerve shredding excitement with great performances by the cast that is completely uncut on Blu ray making this release a highly recommended purchase.

Timelord Rating.
8/10.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Die Hard With A Vegeance Blu-ray (Dutch import), 19 Jan 2012
Purchased this blu ray film a while ago. As i wanted to complete the Die Hard Collection,
as this film has not been released in the U.K (Pity) ?? But it is available throughout
Europe. I rate the Die Hard with A Vengeance as equal to the first Die Hard for thrills
and spills, although i would say the pace and action of this film is much more entertainingly
frantic and hectic compared to the other films, McTiernan carefully orchestrates the
chase set pieces splendidly. Hardly time for a cup of coffee unless your going to hit the pause
button. This blu-ray holds together well and is a great improvement on the DVD, its a
must own for any Die Hard fan out there. Great clarity with hardly any grain, good
special features and plus an excellent sound mix, you can hear a pin drop and the scenes in
the streets are much more absorbing on blu ray capturing every detail possible in the neighborhood.
Surely i recommend to watch this on this format,if you have or have not seen this great action film.
You must watch it..."simon says".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definite improvement over the DVD, 9 Sep 2009
First off, audio is offered on DTS HD which sounds pretty good. There is more sound coming from the rear speakers than on the DVD version and voices are clear, with some nice subwoofer bass being used where appropriate.

The video transfer is far better than the DVD (which was awful), but there is still a lot of grain in the picture, although colours are brighter and sharper. Overall I am not 'massively' impressed by the picture quality, it won't blow you away and is not what I would call a 'bluray experience', it is more like a v good DVD picture than a Bluray. Having said that it is a huge improvement on the DVD, and given the age of the film is not too shabby.

So, to sum up this bluray is a real improvement over the DVD and Die Hard 3 is a great film, but don't expect the hi-def experience you get with more modern films on Bluray.
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