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5 of 5 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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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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5 of 5 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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3 of 3 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 "Welcome To The Party Pal", 8 Oct 2014
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This review is from: Die Hard (2-Disc Bonus Edition) [Blu-ray] [1988] (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.
3)Bruce Willis was also shooting Moonlighting (1985) concurrently which accounts for why nearly all of McClane's scenes take place at night. Willis would shoot his TV series during the day and then come to the Fox lot in the evening to work on this film.
4)Deputy Chief Robinson says that John McClane (Bruce Willis) "could be a f**king bartender for all we know" as prior to becoming a well-known actor, Willis was a bartender.
5)Bruce Willis was the sixth choice for the main character. It originally went to Arnold Schwarzenegger, then Sylvester Stallone, then Burt Reynolds, then Richard Gere, then Harrison Ford, then Mel Gibson before Willis got it.
6)Sam Neill turned down the role of Hans Gruber.
7)On-screen body count: 21.
8)Each film in the Die Hard series contains a key scene involving an elevator.

What's The Story.
John McClane, a New York cop who flies to L.A. on Christmas Eve to visit his estranged wife at a party in her company's lavish high-rise.

But plans change once a group of terrorists, led by Hans Gruber, seize the building & take everyone hostage, a barefoot McClane manages to slip away & despite the odds against one cop & twelve terrorists, McClane becomes becomes the hostages only hope for any chance of survival.

Timelord Thoughts.
Die Hard is hands down one of my all time favourite action movies made at a time when action movies were made for mature audiences & not the teenage adolescent market, but it's not just the action that makes Die Hard special or the high quality production values it's actors Bruce Willis who is outstanding here as a everyday cop with his shirt torn off, bare foot & wounds all over him is caught up in a near impossible situation battling terrorists who actually want to rob the Nakotmi Plaza buliding of it's 640 million in bonds that are locked inside a seemingly impenetrable vault, Willis gives McClane a believability & a range of emotions like stress & fear who creates a fallible hero who makes mistakes & is vulnerable who gets very bloody, while Alan Rickman simply oozes menace & cool charm determination as villain Hans Gruber who is terrifying, evil, brilliant who somehow makes the audience despise & like him at the same time.

This movie for me evolved the action genre with it's bad language, bloody deaths, guns, wisecracks stuntwork & spectacular pyrotechnics which are impressive & yet never overshadow the characterisation built upon throughout the film that is all moulded together into one movie that is skilfully directed by John McTiernan who delivers tension filled claustrophobic action, drama & nail biting suspense throughout 127 minutes of mayhem & chaos with the audience never knowing what is going to happen next.

The Blu-ray edition is a excellent quality transfer delivering a clear colourful sharp image with superb enhanced sound, the gunshots & explosions have never sounded better & this film is well worth upgrading your DVD copy to Blu-ray, the second disc is a 90 minute set of featurettes about the behind the scenes making of the Die Hard movies that sadly have no input from actor Bruce Willis which is disappointing.

Overall, Die Hard set the bar high for a whole new standard for action films to come, often imitated but never equalled Die Hard has become a action classic that has stood the test of time.

Timelord Rating.
10/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The weather outside is frightful, but McClane's stuck indoors, 8 Oct 2007
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. Robinson (Paul Gleason) is scoping for promotion; journalist Richard Thornburg (the hilarious William Atherton, effectively reprising his role from Ghost Busters) sniffs a Pulitzer; and FBI agents Johnson and Johnson (Robert Davi and Grand L. Bush) just want to chew gum and get the job done with acceptable hostage losses.

McTiernan is a peerless action director when he's on form (see also Predator and Die Hard With a Vengeance), and this is his pinnacle, harking from the days when stunts meant stunts, not green-screen. Thumbs-up to cinematographer Jan de Bont, too, for proving that his best work is done on another director's leash. And Michael Kamen's score - foreboding and triumphant in equal measures - is so good it barely changed a note for three movies.
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3 of 3 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 Excellent action thriller, 17 Aug 2006
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This review is from: Die Hard [DVD] [1989] (DVD)
We all know what to expect from action thrillers, unbelievable gun scenes, unrealistic events like jumping off buildings, bad guy and good guy stereotypes: thankfully this Oscar nominated 1988 smash keeps all these conventions down to a minimum and delivers an exciting twisting plot.

Bruce Willis starts as the sarcastic, cool laid back cop John McClane who has managed to escape the eyes of the terrorists and runs around creating mayhem. The idea of this is great and creates high tension for the audiences who will associate well with the central protagonist. He's a cool guy and Willis conforms to the ideas that are required and performs greatly, creating jokes and also conforming to the emotional ideas set which add up to a very `real' character who older audiences will be able to associate with.

The story is flowing and appreciative of the crime, action genre. We have the typical conventions in gun fights, terrorists etc and all are used magnificently. The start isn't the best and takes a while to get going to appreciate what the film is really about but when the terrorists enter the frame the story moves up a notch and I found myself diving deep into a world of politics as Rickman plays Gruber really well, adding his evilness to the stereotypical terrorist as he starts running the show.

Having the film in one location, The Nakatomi Tower, all the time works wonders as the stars are all trapped and have to work with what they have, making their options limited.

There are question marks over a few action scenes, not always a high sense of verisimilitude but thankfully the majority of the film is believable but always fast and flowing with great characters that are always conforming to different ideas and opinions.

The use of family issues adds an ideology of how serious life is. As well as classic sarcasm running through the central protagonist there are you're typical terrorist and cop jokes which were expected but funny nonetheless.

A huge question mark hovers over the ending but apart from the beginning and ending it is one of the more memorable action thrillers of recent years, worth seeing
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yippee Kiyay!, 21 Nov 2000
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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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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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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