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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 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
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
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
"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.Read more ›
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I don't know if it was my DVD player or the discs, but I was unable to turn off the subtitles. totally ruins the experience.Published 2 months ago by Jonathan Soltys
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