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Die Hard Collection (Die Hard / Die Hard 2 - Die Harder / Die Hard with a Vengeance / Bonus Disc)

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Disc 1: **"Die Hard" Widescreen Feature with optional Commentary by director John McTiernan and production designer Jackson DeGovia **Additional scene-specific commentary by special effects supervisor Richard Edlund **Subtitled commentary by various cast and crew **Branching version with the extended power shutdown scene **DVD-ROM - script-to- screen comparison

Disc 2: **"Die Harder" Widescreen Feature **Directors commentary

Disc 3: **"Die Hard with a Vengeance" Widescreen Feature **Directors commentary

Disc 4 Bonus Disc: **Inside Look: LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD **Wrong Guy, Wrong Place, Wrong Time: A Look Back At Die Hard **The Continuing Adventures of John McClane

Die Hard is the movie franchise that made a movie star out of TV star Bruce Willis, and created an entire action-movie genre of its own. In the original 1988 film, Willis plays wisecracking New York cop John McClane, who arrives at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles to meet up with his estranged wife, Holly (Bonny Bedelia), at her office Christmas party. As luck would have it, the company ends up in the middle of a terrorist plot led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) and his gang of expert killers, and with little help coming from outside, McClane has to pick off his enemies one by one. Thus was born the "Die Hard genre," epitomized by such films as Under Siege ("Die Hard on a ship"), Passenger 57 ("Die Hard on a plane"), Speed ("Die Hard on a bus"), and Cliffhanger ("Die Hard on a mountain"). But few measure up to the explosive brilliance of Die Hard. Director John McTiernan develops the action at a fast and furious pace, culminating in some fantastic set-pieces on the top of the building, in the elevator shaft, and in the building's outer plaza. Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza's script, based on Roderick Thorp's novel Nothing Lasts Forever, is smart, funny, and full of memorable lines (among them "Welcome to the party, pal!" and of course "Yippee ki-ay, motherf*****"), and the cast is perfection, especially Rickman as the cunningly evil villain, and Willis, whose McClane character--bloodied, beaten, bruised, and barely breathing, as he battles both bad guys and bureaucrats--is someone audiences could genuinely cheer for.

Directed by Renny Harlin, the 1990 sequel, Die Hard 2 (unofficially referred to as Die Harder), doesn't match the level of the original, but it's still an exciting thrill ride with some terrific action sequences. One year after the Nakatomi incident, McClane (Willis) is awaiting his wife's (Bedelia) plane to arrive at Dulles Airport when he stumbles onto a plot to paralyze the entire airport, including all the planes trying to land. It's up to McClane to take on the cadre of bad guys despite all the bureaucrats standing in his way, and before the planes run out of fuel and crash to the ground. The cast includes William Sadler as rogue military man Col. Stuart, Dennis Franz as the latest bureaucratic cop to get in McClane's way, Richard Thornburg as the annoying reporter from the original movie, John Amos as a special-forces commander, early-in-their-career John Leguizamo and Robert Patrick as terrorists, and future politician and Law and Order actor Fred Thompson as the head of air traffic control.

The third film in the series, Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), was again directed by John McTiernan and uses a different concept. The villain (played by Jeremy Irons) claims to have planted bombs all over New York City and gives John McClane (Willis), now alchoholic and separated, a series of clues to try to track them down. Along the way, he's aided by, and eventually teams up with, a Harlem shopkeeper named Zeus Carver (Samuel L. Jackson). The interplay between Willis and Jackson is engaging, but better suited to the Lethal Weapon franchise it was previously considered for, and not till the end does the movie return to the familiar McClane-vs.-villains-showdown format.

The 2007 Die Hard Collection is a four-disc set that comes up short when compared to the previous six-disc Ultimate Collection , which is now out of print. That 2001 set had two discs for each film (plus, Die Hard was a Five Star Collection release). This set does away with all of the second discs, though it retains the features that were on the movie-only discs, including director commentaries and the seamlessly branched version of the first film with a scene added back in. There's also a brand-new fourth disc, but it's pretty minor. "Wrong Guy, Wrong Place, Wrong Time" is a 40-minute retrospective of the original movie. Wide-ranging but rather dull, it collects interviews with director John McTiernan, cinematographer Jan De Bont, screenwriters Jeb Stuart and Steven E. De Souza, other crew, and actors Reginald Veljohnson, Hart Bochner, and William Atherton. Also from 2007, "The Continuing Adventures of John McClane" looks at the second and third movies in the series. It's a mere 13 minutes and only interviews the two directors, Renny Harlin and (in new and old footage) John McTiernan. Last, three trailers for the 2007 film, Live Free or Die Hard, make this set look like something that was released merely to have something on the shelves while the new film was in theaters. --David Horiuchi

Special Features

  • Includes:
  • Die Hard
  • Commentary by director John McTiernan and production designer Jackson DeGovia
  • Scene-specific commentary by special effects supervisor Richard Edlund
  • Subtitle commentary by various cast and crew
  • Branching version with the extended power shutdown scene back in
  • Die Hard 2
  • Commentary by director Renny Harlin
  • Die Hard with a Vengeance
  • Commentary by director John McTiernan
  • Bonus fourth disc:
  • Wrong Guy, Wrong Place, Wrong Time: A Look Back at Die Hard
  • The Continuing Adventures of John McClane
  • Live Free or Die Hard teaser trailer

Product Details

  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Jeremy Irons, Samuel L. Jackson, William Atherton
  • Directors: John McTiernan, Renny Harlin
  • Writers: Doug Richardson, Jeb Stuart, Jonathan Hensleigh, Roderick Thorp, Steven E. de Souza
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2007
  • Run Time: 387 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (294 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000O77SQS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,423 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Die Hard Collection (Die Hard / Die Hard 2 - Die Harder / Die Hard with a Vengeance / Bonus Disc)" on IMDb

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Want the full specs on the Die Hard: Five Star Collection disc? Sure ya do. Here's the goods: audio commentary with director John McTiernan and production designer Jackson DeGovia; audio commentary with special effects supervisor Richard Edlund; "Subtitle Commentary" with cast and crew; original making-of featurette; deleted scenes; gag reel; original newscast footage seen in the film; "Editing Suite and Sound Mixing Studio" interactive feature; three interactive magazine articles; still gallery; DVD-ROM including game demos and full screenplay with scene access; 3 trailers; 7 TV spots. Whew.
How about the other two, for good measure? Die Hard 2: Die Harder has audio commentary with director Renny Harlin; HBO First Look special "The Making Of Die Hard 2"; original making-of featurette; deleted scenes; three visual effects sequence breakdowns and side-by-side comparisons; two mini featurettes on the film's stunts; trailers and TV spots, while Die Hard With a Vengeance will have audio commentary with director John McTiernan; CBS Television special "A Night To Die For; HBO First Look special "The Making of Die Hard With A Vengeance"; original making-of featurette; alternate ending; three special effects and stunt breakdowns; storyboard sequence; trailers and TV spots. All these are 2-discers, by the way. Wow.
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Let me start by assuring you that, no, I am not employed by Fox or the production or development teams behind the Die Hard franchise, nor am I one of the actors / actresses involved. I'm just a regular movie buff like most everybody else who surfs the movie pages on Amazon. Now that that is out of the way . . .

After seeing all (and I mean ALL) the other reviews trashing this product, I feel it is necessary to bring attention the positive side to this product (and yes, there is one). The fact of the matter is that, for those movie enthusiasts who don't yet own the Die Hard films in their libraries and/or who have little or no interest in the usually excessive "extras," this package is an excellent value.

For $28.00 you get three great actions movies with some extras (the ones that are probably actually worth watching anyways), a preview of the upcoming fourth Die Hard, as well as a voucher to see it for free when it comes to theaters. It is beyond me how anybody could call this a bad deal.

Comparatively, the previous boxed-set everybody else keeps mentioning is around $10.00 more in price, doesn't include the free movie ticket (a $10.00 or more value in some areas these days), and has fatter cases that will hog more of your precious shelf-space. Sure, they have the infamous "second" discs flaunted by movie studios, but unless you are seriously obsessed with the movies, these second discs usually amount to junk anyways - usually thrown together to give the studio an excuse to inflate the price and bulk up their own profits.

In the end, for the vast majority of movie-watchers, this new edition of the Die Hard collection amounts to a more than ample package and experience, and at a price to "die" for.
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The Die Hard films are the greatest action series ever made. This is a small collection of the trilogy. It does not have all the extras of the six disc ultimate box set that was released a couple years ago, but you get what you are paying for here. For $30 you get the three films. You can look at it as only getting half of the old box set, but you are getting it for half the price as well.

This is a Die Hard set for people like me who don't care about a million extra features and just want to enjoy the movies at an affordable price. Don't get me wrong, it isn't like I dislike extras, but to be honest I only watch them once or twice, so to me it isn't worth the extra cash.
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Three movies in three two dvd editions armed with loads of special features and state of the art remastering? Boy, this is the way the "Die Hard" movies should be. Undoubtedly the best movies Bruce Willis ever made, these films deservee to be in any dvd collection. Here is the sypnosis for each film.

"Die Hard" (1988, R) New York City Police Officer John McClane (Bruce Willis) has travelled out to sunny Los Angeles to spend Christmas with his estranged wife Holly (Bonny Dedelia) and his kids. Whike going to pick her up from her Nokatomi Plaza, the 40 story skyscraper where she works, terrorists led by the sadistic Hans Gruber (played brilliantly by Alan Rickman) take over the building and hold everyone in their hostage - including Holly. Now, it is up to McClane to save the lives of everyone in there and have a merry Christmas with his family. Stunning action sequences and special effects as well as great acting create one of the greatest cop dramas ever made. 5/5

"Die Hard 2: Die Harder" (1990, R) The sequel to the 1988 megahit has Bruce Willis returning as John McClane. In this one, McClane is stranded in a Washington, D.D. airport, awaiting the arival of his wife Holly (a returning Bonny Bedelia). However, a group of terrorists is planning to take over the airport. McClane gets wind of the plan and tries the warn the hard headed airport police chief (Dennis Franz) and the stubborn commander of the U.S. Army anti-terrorist squad. The terrorists seize control of the airport, and no travelling planes can land, meaning the planes overhead are running desparately low on fuel - including Holly's. It is up to McClane to save the day once more in this action packed sequel that's as is good as the first.
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