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DIE HARD 2: DIE HARDER (2-Disc Edition) [Blu-Ray | UK | 20th Century Fox | 2013 | Region: FREE]
on 25 December 2016
[MOVIE | 5 out of 5]
Run time: 123:20 mins. | Production: 1990
DIE HARD 2: DIE HARDER is the only watchable DIE HARD sequel. I did not care for the terrible "Simon Says" sequel or the watered-down PG-13 crap that wouldn't even let the hero say his famous catchphrase (thank you MPAA!).
But DIE HARD 2 manages to stand tall right next to the original, I could not pick a favorite out of the two, it is that good.
DIE HARD 2 is a bit darker than the original, the humor was toned down and it has the highest body count of the series, all those changes make it more appealing in my opinion.
Thankfully the BBFC waved the previous cuts and upgraded the rating to an 18, so adult viewers don't get punished any longer for the greedy studio wanting to sell the movie to minors (15+).
The only complaint I have with DIE HARD 2 is, that when compared to the original it's obvious that the villains in DIE HARD 2 are poor(er) compared to the excellently played Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman). This was probably unavoidable, I mean how are you going to top that performance?
DIE HARD 2 is a must-own for any serious action movie fan. Skip the atrocious sequels after that though (yes, ALL of them).
[VIDEO | 4 out of 5]
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
[AUDIO | 4 out of 5]
- English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
- Italian DTS 5.1
- Spanish (Castellano) DTS 5.1
English HoH, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Italian HoH, Norwegian, Polish, Spanish (Castilian), Swedish
[EXTRAS | 5 out of 5]
- Audio commentary with director Renny Harlin
- The Making of Die Hard 2: Die Harder" TV special (SD, 23:08)
- Featurette (4:07)
- Chaos on a Conveyor Belt Featurette (7:53)
- Breaking the Ice Featurette (4:10)
- Interview with Renny Harlin (6:44)
- The Bad Guys Featurette (6:39)
- 3 Visual Effects Breakdowns: Ejector Seat (3:19), Airport Runway (1:58), Storyboard Sequence (2:58)
- 3 Side-By-Side Comparisons: Chopper (1:19), Airplane Models (3:13), Wing Fight (1:44)
- 4 Deleted Scenes (8:15)
- 4 Trailers and 2 TV Spots" A (1:24), B (1:34), C (2:41), D (0:41), TV Spot #1 Beethoven (0:33), TV Spot #2 Up to His Neck (0:33)
- Decoding Die Hard (107:01): "Origins: Reinventing the Action Genre" Featurette (19:35), "John McClane: Modern Day Hero" Featurette (16:29), "Villains: Bad to the Bone" Featurette (20:41), "Sidekicks: Along for the Ride" Featurette (19:09), "Fight Sequences: Punishing Blows" Featurette (7:29), "Action: Explosive Effects" Featurette (14:37), The Legacy: The Right Hero for the Time" Featurette (8:55)
- Trailers: Die Hard (0:33), Die Hard 2: Die Harder (1:23), Die Hard with a Vengeance (2:42), Live Free or Die Hard (2:16), A Good Day to Die Hard (1:45)