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Die Hard Collection(1988-2007)
Bruce Willis stars as John McClane, a New York City police detective in a series of action films where he finds himself fighting a group of terrorists in each installment. See individual titles for their specific synopses. Box set has all 4 films in the series, although a fifth installment is in the works for a 2013 release (A Good Day to Die Hard).
For more about Die Hard Collection and the Die Hard Collection Blu-ray release, see Die Hard Collection Blu-ray Review published by PeteR on December 3, 2007 where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.
Starring: Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson, William Atherton, Justin Long, Jeremy Irons
Directors: John McTiernan, Renny Harlin, Len Wiseman
This Blu-ray release includes the following titles, see individual titles for specs and details:
Die Hard Collection Blu-ray Review
"Oh, yes. What was it you said to me before?" - Hans Gruber
Reviewed by PeteR, December 3, 2007
The format of this review will be a little different from the others, since it's a set. Anyone wishing for information on Live Free Or Die Hard can read my review here: it's the exact same disc contained in this box set.
New York Police officer John McClane (Bruce Willis) has been invited to his estranged wife Holly's (Bonnie Bedeilia) Christmas Eve party at Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles. The party is crashed by a team of terrorists led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) who hold Holly and 30 others hostage in the upper floors of the tower. McClane barely escapes being captured. As the only person in the building not under the terrorists' control, it's up to John McClane to stop them.
Die Hard 2: Die Harder
It's Christmas Eve (again) and now Los Angeles Police Lieutenant John McClane is at Dulles International Airport outside Washington D.C., waiting for his wife Holly's plane to arrive. The airport is bustling with holiday travelers and a large snowstorm outside are complicating matters. Suddenly, mercenaries seize control over the airport's communications systems, and the incoming planes are unable to land blind in the bad weather. The mercenaries, led by the icy Colonel Stuart (William Sadler), demand that deposed dictator General Esperanza (Franco Nero) be released. The aircraft extraditing Esperanza to the United States will also be landing at Dulles. With the airport police ineffective, it's up to John to foil Stuart's plan and save the passengers on the planes circling above before they run out of fuel.
Die Hard With A Vengeance
It's morning in New York City and the early commute is shattered by a bomb that destroys a department store in Manhattan. The bomber, named Simon (Jeremy Irons), tells NYC Police that there are more explosives planted throughout the city. Lieutenant John McClane (who's returned to the NYPD) has to do exactly as "Simon Says" to prevent additional bombs from going off. Simon's first test for John puts him in conflict with pawn shop owner Zeus (Samuel L. Jackson), who is then drafted by Simon into helping John solve increasingly difficult puzzles and tasks. Will McClane be able to succeed before time is up?
NOTE: Each review is scored out of a possible five
Die Hard Film Score: 5.0
Quite simply one of the best action films ever made. It revolutionized the genre and still stands up after nearly 20 years. The script is smart, the direction by John McTiernan keeps things flowing at a good pace, the cinematography by Jan De Bont is dynamic, and the special and visual effects still hold up amazingly well after two decades. The film is also funny in the right moments, and the humor is neither stupid nor juvenile.
The performances by the cast are legendary: this is the film that proved Bruce Willis could be a movie star. John McClane will always be the action hero that many guys imagine themselves to be…what would we do if we were the ones caught in the wrong place at the wrong time? Yet he doesn't play McClane as some superman: he get battered, bruised, bloodied, and shows real fear. He's no Arnold Schwarzenegger-type killing machine. Willis is vulnerable, gets injured, and as an audience you think he could possibly be killed.
A good villain is just as important as the hero, and this film has one in Hans Gruber. This is arguably Alan Rickman's most memorable role, and he plays him charming, intelligent, and dangerous. Bonnie Bedelia shines as Holly Gennero McClane, who plays her as smart, strong, but not sassy or annoying. Even the supporting characters are memorable. Reginald VelJohnson is terrific as L.A.P.D. officer Al Powell: his camaraderie with Willis is believable, even though their interaction is almost entirely though CB radio. William Atherton is convincingly sleazy as a reporter who will run over anyone to get the story. I could go on, but I will just say that there isn't a bad performance to be found.
For me, this is one of my all time favorite films, and I recommend it to anyone who's a fan of not only the action genre, but as one of the best films of the 1980's.
Die Hard 2: Die Harder Film Score 1.5
Oh, what a let down! Created simply to cash in on the success of the first film, this movie defines the cliché of sequels which are nothing more than a half-baked rehash of the original. Renny Harlin is serviceable as director, but what he lets get by is unforgiveable. From sloppy continuity and technical mistakes (such as the famous Pacific Bell phone booth on the East Coast), to the illogical script (why doesn't Air Traffic Control divert the planes elsewhere?), to the whole mean spiritedness of the film in general. The humor is forced. The first film had a smart and charming villain, here Col. Stuart is cold and heartless. Stuart crashes a plane full of innocent people to make a point (and why would a plane flying on fumes explode like a fully fueled one anyway?). Shootings have an exaggerated amount of blood: the original had a couple shock moments but it was never about gore. Certain things, like having the same obnoxious reporter on the same flight as Holly, strain credibility beyond belief. The visual effects have aged badly, and even the music score is a rehash of the first film. A poor effort all around.
Die Hard With A Vengeance Film Score 3.5
A much, much better film than the second, but not quite as good as the original. Still, at least the filmmakers try to shake things up a bit. Instead of being trapped someplace, John McClane has all of Manhattan to run and search through. The addition of Samuel L. Jackson is a great move, and it's their repartee that helps to give the film a different experience than the others. Jeremy Iron's Simon Gruber is an interesting villain, plus you get the feeling he's truly enjoying the game he's playing with McClane. Another nice touch is that the other police officers aren't incompetent idiots: they do their job well and help, rather than hinder, McClane.
John McTiernan also returns as director, and the photography is once again creative and interesting. Having lived in New York City, I'm still amazed how much they were able to film on location.
There are still a few credibility straining moments, such as McClane's ability to fall from a bridge without killing himself (or at least not suffering any broken bones), but it doesn't torpedo the film as a whole. A good film that is not only a sequel, but can stand on it's own.
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