Die Hard (Special Edition Steelbook)
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Bruce Willi stars as New York City Detective John McClane, newly arrived in Los Angeles to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged wife (Bonnie Bedelia). But as Mclane waits for his wife's office party to break up, terrorist take control of the building. While the terrorist leader, Hans gruber (Alexander Godunov) round up hostages, McClane slips away unnoticed. Armed with only a service revolver and his cunning, McClane launches his own one-man war. A crackling thriller from beginning to end, Die Hard explodes with heart-stopping suspense.
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. --David Horiuchi
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I treat the first three as canon and the later 2 or 3 as weird situations that should never have existed, and in my mind don't exist. In order they go Die Hard, Die Hard With a Vengance (3), Die Harder (2). John Mctiernan is at his absolute best. Bruce Willis defines his post-moonlighting career with this epic action thriller. He paves the road for quippy one-liners that precede blockbuster explosions. He is the human personification of a slo-mo walkaway explosion. Burl Ives, Run DMC, this is the ultimate Christmas movie and gets a watch every year.
1. It's Okay, I'm a Cop
2. Come Out to the Coast, We'll Have a Few Laughs
3. This IS Christmas Music, Mon!
4. Now I got a Machine Gun, Ho Ho Ho
5. Do I Sound Like I'm Ordering a Pizza?!
6. Welcome to The Party, Pal
7. No More Table
8. Only John Could Drive Someone That Crazy
9. Yippee Ki Yay
Allen W Yoakum
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