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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars yippee ki yay
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...
Published on 31 Oct 2003 by lucee

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars brilliant movie bad blu-ray
This is certainly one of the best action movies of all time. Unfortunately this blu-ray disc is not up to this standard. I've watched about 90 blu-rays so far and this may very well be the worst looking one.
Published on 13 Jun 2009 by ocelot99


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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
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This review is from: Die Hard [VHS] [1989] (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
This review is from: Die Hard [DVD] [1989] (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
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
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Dave (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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.
Bruce Willis is perfect as the wisecracking John McClane, an "everyday" sort of guy who gets caught up in circumstances that force him to play the reluctant hero. This is a person that we can root for, even when some of the things he's doing are humanly impossible. Willis' acting skills are limited (although he did fine work playing a Vietnam Vet in In Country), but it's hard to imagine anyone else in this role.
Alan Rickman's Hans Gruber redefines the action genre villain. The man's charm lies in that volatile mixture of violence and cunning, all sheathed in a gentlemanly civility. Hans is intelligent, and Rickman plays the part with not only a sense of the man he's portraying, but an obvious respect for him as well. It doesn't take many minutes of screen time for us to be aware that Hans is no ordinary terrorist.
The supporting cast gives solid performances, even though there aren't talent-stretching roles to be filled. Bonnie Bedelia (as the wife in danger) and Reginald Veljohnson (as McClane's cop-on-the-outside-contact) are noteworthy. William Atherton is suitably slimy in a small role as a tabloid journalist.
Whether Bruce Willis is climbing up an elevator shaft, throwing himself off an exploding building, or racing barefoot across a flood littered with glass shards, his John McClane holds our attention while we hold our breaths. Die Hard isn't motion picture poetry, but it shows the kind of raucous entertainment that the industry is capable of delivering. For what it is, this is the top model - flash, bang, and witty one-liners included. Perfect!
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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
This review is from: Die Hard [VHS] [1989] (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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest action films of all time, 8 Feb 2002
Between this and Predator, director John McTiernan has established himself as one of the best (THE best in my opinion) action directors of his time. So, as you can imagine, a director's commentary is most welcome. The film alone is worth buying this DVD for but the commentaries are excellent and entertaining. The features on the second disk are a bit dissapointing though and won't hold your attention for long. Buy this and keep the second disk, it will make a fine coaster whilst you enjoy the film with some drinks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film; great extras on DVD, 10 Dec 2002
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This review is from: Die Hard [DVD] [1989] (DVD)
I've loved this film since it first came out!! It's Bruce Willis in a vest playing a tough New York cop and Alan Rickman in a designer suit being the consummate villain! What more do you want from an action movie?!
It's fast paced, an easy plot to follow with some great repartee between Willis and Rickman. Somehow I wanted the bad guys to win - they were the funniest and most intelligent!
The DVD extras include 2 feature length commentaries which provide some great trivia about the making of the film and comments from the actors. Well worth the money and deserves a place in a movie collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Die Hard Die Really Really Hard, 6 Jan 2004
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Tim "lives in" (Bristol, England) - See all my reviews
Theres nothing i can really say about this film that hasnt been said already. Its a fantastic film and its the no1 Action Film and always will be. Nothing can truely beat it. Bruce Willis had the role of a lifetime as John McLane, but what really brought the film to life was Alan Rickman's excellant portrayal of Hans Grueber earning him a place in my top 10 'Bad Guy' list. Following the success of this film, Die Hard 2 : die harder and Die Hard with A Vengeance both did really well but didnt do as well as their predecessor: Die Hard. So say it loud and say it proud DIE HARD
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Live Fast, take two hours to watch this film, then Die Hard!, 22 Dec 2004
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Rory "rorymcf" (Derry, Northern Ireland) - See all my reviews
A terrific film. One of my all time favourites. The action sequences are superb, and Willis' portrayl of the decent man turned action hero is wonderfully believable. Alan Rickman does an outstanding job as the villian who is rediciously like-able, mainly due to the fact that he kills the most annoying character in this outstanding action masterpiece! This is an essential purchase and well worth any, I mean any list price.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The original "Die Hard": often imitated, never surpassed, 12 Sep 2004
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Lawrance M. Bernabo (The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Die Hard [DVD] [1989] (DVD)
It seems clear now that the 1988 film "Die Hard" is one of the most important cinematic touchstones of our lifetime, simply because every action film since then can be reduced to being a variation on the theme (e.g., "Speed" is "Die Hard" on a bus). I am not going to claim that "Die Hard" is more than mindless entertainment, but rather that it is the standard by which all mindless entertainment is to be judged.
One Christmas New York City cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) flies out to Los Angeles to enjoy a nice, quiet Christmas with his estranged wife Holly (Bonnie Bedelia), who is climbing up the corporate ladder of the Nakatomi Corporation. However John arrives at the company office party a few minutes before a group of terrorists, led by the urbane Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), takes over and holds everybody hostage. While the bad guys begin the long process of breaking into the building' vault, McClane becomes the proverbial "fly in the ointment," on the loose in the building and causing problems. The only person on McClane's side is Sgt. Al Powell (Reginald VelJohnson), a cop on the outside who learns about what is really happening inside Nakatomi tower when McClane drops a dead body on his squad car. Also working against McClane are top cop and complete idiot Dwayne T. Robinson (Paul Gleason) and sleazy reporter Thronburg (William Atherton).
What makes "Die Hard" work? First, the film had the virtue of making Bruce Willis a movie star. Prior to this point he had failed to make his success with television's "Moonlighting" translate to movies. Leading roles in "Blind Date" and "Sunset" were disappointing enough that the best part of Willis's cinematic resume was being a courtroom spectator in "The Verdict." But in John McClane he had a character that allowed him to get off his one-liners but was also involved in some big action sequences and still found time to use his brains on several occasions. I also like the adding insult to injury twist of fate that finds McClane barefoot when things start happening. The result was that suddenly Willis was promoted to the A list, which almost always makes a bigger splash than when the star is there to begin with.
Second, there were the action sequences, the best of which remains McClane's jump off the exploding top of the building with a fire hose wrapped around his waist. Everything else pales next to that one, but the common theme you have with all of the key sequences is that McClane is an ordinary guy facing long odds in a series of extraordinary circumstances. Another common denominator is that for what McClane comes up with usually involves some thinking as well, such as using an office chair and a computer to create a detonator for plastique explosives. McClane might be unlucky, but he is not stupid. Add to this the fact that the action is pretty much non-stop once it gets started, and this is by no means a boring film.
Third, there are actually some emotional elements to the story, with McClane obviously worried about his wife being held by terrorists being at the top of the list. But there is also the relationship between McClane and Sgt. Powell, even though it exists almost entirely over the radio (but has a nice double payoff in the film's denouement). The scene where McClane asks Powell to pass along a message to Holly provides a sense of despair that usually does not enter into one of these films.
Ultimately, John McTiernan's film achieves a solid balance between characters and actions. If an action film succeeds on the basis of the villain, then Rickman certainly provides that (I like the way his character is introduced), and I have always thought that VelJohnson's show "Family Matters" was an obvious and intelligent effort to capitalize on how great of a character he created in this movie. Then there is Bedelia's Holly Gennaro McClane, who has it all, including a good right hook. You might not understand how those two ended up together in the first place, but can sure appreciate why he wants to stay married to her.
Even the fact that "Die Hard 4: Die Hardest" is currently in pre-production can distract from the reputation of the original. Actually the two sequels are better than most of the imitators that have come down the road ("Speed" is definitely the best of that bunch). Besides making Willis a big time movie star it certainly set the bar higher for all the action films that have been made since 1988 and showed that you needed to have some heart and a sense of style to go with all the witty one-liners and explosive pyrotechnics. "Die Hard" is still a lot of fun to watch.
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