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The unrated version is fantastic! Spoilers Ahead!,
This review is from: Live Free or Die Hard - Unrated (Two-Disc Special Edition) (DVD)
Like many other people nervously anticipating Len Wiseman's debut as DH4 director, I could only hope that he could live up to, at the least, Die Hard 2. But he has done a fantastic job with McClane, that lives up to the previous trilogy. In fact, I'd rank LFoDH just behind the first Die Hard movie. No one can top Alan Rickman! The small touches, e.g. Gennero/McClane, Agent Johnson, helicopter flying, are subtle, but add greatly to the movie.
There were a few things missing from the theatrical release, of course. Most noticeably, the lack of swearing, McClane's trademark yippee-kai-yay being truncated. The violence was all there, but it just wasn't intense enough. Fear not fans! The unrated version fixes all of that! It's fantastic, McClane is back in all of his mf-in' glory!
**Spoilers ahead, so read at your own risk.**
I was hoping for some more dialogue from Timothy Olyphant in the unrated version, but unfortunately, he is still a bit one-dimensional. Run-times of the unrated vs. the theatrical are about the same, surprising considering that the unrated does add extra scenes.
What the unrated version includes:
Many more f-words and MF-ers.
- Extra dialogue between McClane and his captain, Clevino.
- Longer opening intro scene to Matt Long typing to the warlock,
listening to rock music.
- Extra banter when McClane and Matt first meet.
- More intro shots at the FBI command center.
- Shot of the National Transportation Center losing control of their
- More shots of false anthrax alarm evacuation.
- Thomas Gabriel's hodgepodge of video of Nixon/Bush/Clinton speaking is
- Blood spurts!!! More gore, though not significantly more.
- More McClane-isms. When John is driving the police car in the tunnel
towards the helicopter, Rand shoots the engine, which lights on fire.
McClane quips, "Well the car's on fire, that can't be good."
- When Matt runs to his side after McClane destroys the helicopter,
McClane adds, "100,000 people are killed every year by cars. What's
- Quick shot of dead guards in power plant.
- When Mai dies in the elevator explosion, McClane screams a profanity
laced tirade at her.
- McClane flying (and landing!) helicopter scene much longer.
- The guy getting crushed in the giant blades scene doesn't have much
- Yippee-kay-yay mf-er is said in full!
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Initial post: Nov 12, 2007 2:31:24 PM PST
Did you order the 2 Disc Edition? Where did you buy the DVD?
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2007 1:22:21 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 13, 2007 1:22:40 PM PST
i pre-ordered the 2 disc unrated. can't wait to get this baby in my hands. this is the version they should've released. glad they're releasing both the day of it's release. at least, fox is doing something right.
Posted on Nov 14, 2007 11:41:19 PM PST
Also there is something new to the industry on disc 2 of the Unrated Verison, a Free Digital Download. Disc one has both the PG-13 and Unrated version, while disc 2 has a Ton of Extras and a Free Digital DL of the movie for your laptop. I have not had a chance to load the disc up but the back states that it is as easy as loading the disc in a PC and downloading your movie. I also do not know if it is the UR version or the PG-13 version. I will check it out this weekend.
Posted on Jan 7, 2008 6:51:21 AM PST
Mike McCurdy says:
We rented and just watched the regular theatrical version , figuring the 'unrated' version would just be longer and have a bit more gore - sounds like we didn't miss much and I liked the relatively economical running time of 110 minutes in the theatrical; tough for me for a movie to go beyond 2 hours. Some of the better action sequences I've seen in this film - it's pretty amazing what they do with cinematography/computer graphics now; liked the visual style of this a lot, along with the ridiculousness of some of the scenes/ideas. Acting not too 'dumb', which was a relief and that kid that played the computer geek hero did a GREAT job - he was perfect.
Posted on Jan 13, 2009 2:12:35 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jul 2, 2010 9:22:09 AM PDT
I won't be forced to double dip therefore I won't be getting DH4 until this unrated version comes out on Blu-Ray.
This review of the unrated DVD has been moved to the top of the list of reviews for the theatrical version of the BluRay thereby falsely bolstering the rating for the theatrical BluRay.
Posted on Nov 27, 2010 9:47:39 AM PST
Hammer + Jazz says:
Thanks for the heads up and info . My wife bought herself the Blu-Ray but i had to have the unrated version when i became aware it was out there . Good write up.....Blimjo
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