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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 December 2002
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
on 6 January 2004
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 September 2010
I think it was pretty good for a late 80`s film. I think most of the action scenes was good, and i think Bruce Willis plays his character John McClane to perfection. I think it seems like he was made for roles like this.

Picture Quality: 4/5

I think it looks pretty good. I think it looks pretty detailed and such.

Audio Quality: 4/5

I think the DTS-HD master audio 5.1 was pretty good. The only thing i didn`t like was that i feel the dialog coming out the Center speaker sounds thin and muffled. Too bad they couldn`t or didn`t try to fix that so it would have sounded better. I have seen films who has used the rear speakers more, but in the action scenes they was used for good effect. Like some gunshots, helicopter and other effects.

The bass from most of the gunshot effects sounded good to me. I was glad they sounded good, since i feared they sounded thin and bass-less, according to the reviews here. John`s unarmed fight against one of German`s, i think had surprisingly good bass when they hit and kicked each other. Great.

Film: 4/5
Overall: 4/5
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 December 2004
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
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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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 20 March 2008
Bruce Willis is John McLane - a cop from New York, home visiting his wife and kids in California. When a bunch of European terrorists take over the corporation his wife works for, John is forced to take control, and help the cops sort this out.

There's a lot that's been said about Die Hard, so I won't really go on about the movie, it's plot and the relationships therein, but more the HD transfer. Lets face it, if you're looking at this you know Die Hard, and want a better copy, as you're a fan. Well it's not a bad transfer, the colours are good, but not as exciting and vivid as The Pursuit Of Happyness: so far, the best BD transfer for me. The video is AVC, with an average of 20MB/s - which isn't bad. I would have expected a bit higher - as there's not much on the disk, 8 trailers for Die Hard and a couple for the other Fox films. There's also the newscasts, but they're in a pretty bad shape. I am surprised there's no featurette like on the DVD.

The audio is to die for though, DTS 5.1 - running at 1.5MB/s, not too bad at all. There's a few languages too, but no AD, which is a pity, as it's well worth the description.

The film itself is worth the £18, but the extras are thin on the ground, and the picture could have been better really, after all it's only 20 years ago since Die Hard was made.

4/5 for the film, 3/5 for the HD transfer and 1/5 for the extras.

Probably best to stick to the DVDs unless you're a real Blu-Ray die hard
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 September 2006
The standard bearer by which action and high concept movies are to be compared against. Loose cannon policeman John Mcclane (Bruce Willis) takes a christmas trip to visit his estranged wife when the Nakatomi building where they are partying is taken captive by International super criminal Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) and his crew. Mcclane has in the near twenty years since the films release become something of a cinematic icon, however it is Rickmans Hans Gruber that somewhat steals the movie with his deadpan delivery blessing the film with a comedic touch to accompany the snappy dialogue and strong supporting cast. The characters are engaging and often humourous and delightfully detestable in the cases of Ellis, Thornburg and Robinson. While the story may not be the most challenging this is a thoroughly enjoyable film worthy of repeated viewing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Whe I first saw this film i was very young. Seeing as i was only born in 1986 myself i suppose i can not have been more than 7 or 8 when i saw it, but despite my lack of understanding for the plot of the film back then i still loved it, and from that moment on i was always on the lookout for when it was on TV. Needless to say, the first chance i got to own this film i took, the only thing i regret perhaps that i bought it on VHS, this before i owned a DVD player. I must strongly urge EVERYONE to watch this film, then you will understand why it is one of the greatest ever made, a landmark in action cinema. Nothing has surpassed it since in my eyes. I only wish that i had been able to see it in the cinema in all of its glory.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 10 October 2002
I looked up action movie in my dictionary and it just said Die Hard.
Die Hard is quit possibly the only movie i can watch over and over again, even though its not a movie geared at making your brain work, it is nonetheless a masterpiece.
The storyline is quite simple, terrorists take over building to nick a shed lad of cash, end of story. Yet the way the story is crafted is a true work of genius and has yet to be matched by director McTiernan.
Yet who can blame him, Die Had set amazingly high standards.
What are the elements of Die Hard that make it successful? I think its the way that this particular action film is very similar to a western in its approach. Just think about it, a lone law enforcer (New York cop) turns up to single-handedly to save a village (skyscraper) from outside forces (terrorists) who threaten to disturb the peace (kill everyone).
Add to this mix explosions, one on one gunfights and some killer wise-cracks from the hero, and you've got yourself the ultimate action film with the ultimate action hero. even the villain is great.
Die Hard is quite possibly my favourite action movie, nothing comes near it, not even the sequels!
A 10/10, 5 star, 2 thumbs up film!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 30 October 2008
Die Hard is probably the greatest action film ever made and so much was riding on this transfer. Well, it's pretty good actually! I've seen reviews that rate it as 3/5 from critics (picture quality) but it's actually a bit better then that. The 3D feeling is in effect and the colours are nice too. The sound is DTS 5.1 and it sounds great through a sorround system. The picture could be better in close ups with hair and beards ect... the faces (pores)aren't as sharp as they should be. This isn't a demo disc but it's not as bad as reported. It is worth the upgrade from the DVD with a 3.5/5 transfer. Not bad for a film that's twenty years old.
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