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Extended Cut is EVEN WORSE!,
This review is from: A Good Day to Die Hard (Blu-ray + UV Copy) (Blu-ray)
Blu Ray review - I should have known better. I went to the cinema to see this and I was appalled at the 12A rating, most of the violence was toned down, the cursing was cut and the experience was a massive disappointment.
Then I saw that there was an extended harder cut, exclusive to Blu-Ray - being a collector of film franchises, I couldn't help myself and bought it. Bad move. Although the extended cut restores some of the violence and swearing, it actually CUTS a few of the redeeming features from the original theatrical version! Gone is the scene with Lucy McClane driving her Dad to the airport and also excised is the uplifting ending with the McClanes meeting up back in the USA. Instead we're "treated" to an even longer car chase - and that's it.
On the upside, the extras are worthwhile - although the Maximum McClane featurette is simply a montage of scenes from Die Hard 1-4 which only go to remind the audience of how good these films used to be.
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Initial post: 10 Jun 2013 17:05:24 BDT
Thanks for that information... I was hoping to get an extended cut, but for dvd... to hear that Lucy was cut out? I'll stick to the reluctantly tame 12A theatrical cut... But, going back to the 'Harder extended cut' part. With the bookends edited - how much much was included during the movie? and - and this is more important do we hear a full "Yippee Ki-Ay' phrase instead of a muted version?
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jun 2013 19:47:28 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Jun 2013 19:48:21 BDT
Film Buff says:
The full Yippee Ki-Ay phrase is heard in the theatrical cut. I know because I rented it today, it was the version with Lucy at the beginning and end. Either way the film is terrible.
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jun 2013 20:44:04 BDT
John McClane's catchprase is said in full, along with a lot of other expletives that didn't appear in the UK 12A certificate theatrical version.
However, the UK DVD may be the R rated USA theatrical print as I notice it has a 15 certificate, not the 12 that it was granted for our cinemas - in which case this would include Lucy McClane as well as the catchphrase, so this would be my preferred version.
Posted on 14 Jun 2013 13:26:53 BDT
Isaac Blackburn says:
Call me an idiot, but why would you buy the blu ray when you saw it at the Cinema and hated it?
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jun 2013 13:32:32 BDT
As stated in my review, I thought the extended cut might be a vast improvement, as the original 12A certificate had none of the original franchises hallmarks, such as John McClane's infamous Yipee-Ki-Yay.
Additionally, I'm also a bit of a collector (or possibly mild OCD!) where I generally buy all the films in a series - I even bought the Alien v Predator films to add to my library, despite the terrible reviews they received on release.
The reason I felt the need to do a review in this case was to warn occasional buyers, or those curious about the extended cut of A Good Day to Die Hard, that it simply doesn't improve on the theatrical version and in my opinion it is actually worse.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jun 2013 13:44:08 BDT
I am very much the same... If I start a franchise I have to complete it. For my sins... I have the Twilight Saga!!! I've got the Saw series, Harry Potter, Nightmare on Elm St. Batman, Superman (I have the Ultimate Collection of that)
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jun 2013 20:43:06 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 Jun 2013 20:45:01 BDT
Martin Ming says:
This US Blu-ray + DVD version offers both cuts, although the specs say it only has two discs so the original theatrical version is probably only in SD. Anyway, being a completist myself, I appreciate the heads-up and have added it to my wishlist.
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jun 2013 21:27:51 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 Jun 2013 21:28:34 BDT
The UK release is actually a single Blu-Ray disc with the option to choose theatrical or extended cut, so both are presented in HD. The digital copy is an Ultraviolet code of the theatrical cut, which is in SD.
I prefer the theatrical cut and I'm pleased I can see it in 1080p, although I must express my disappointment in the extended cut which was a massive let down considering the potential deleted scenes that could have been included, such as the opening of the various car boots until the McClanes find some weapons and the very short, albeit important character beat where John McClane offers to change seats with some annoying Russian girls on the plane.
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jun 2013 23:39:53 BDT
Dom Robinson says:
While I mainly watched the extended film, I watched certain parts of the shortened version to see how tame they might be, yet the "Yippee-kay-ay" was heard in full, and a particularly non-12A-friendly gunshot to the head was included in full. Weren't these that way in the cinema version, then?