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Die Hard (1988)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 204254170
UPC: 024543440864
UPC 14: 00024543440864
Rating: Game Rating Code
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High above L.A., terrorist have seized a building, taken hostages, and declared war. But one man has managed to escape dectection, and off-duty cop. He's alone, tired, and the only chance anyone has. Bruce willis is john mcclane, newly arrived in L.A. To spend a quiet christmas with his estranged wife.

"Thrilling!  David Ansen, NewsWeek
"...a marvel of engineering, and relentlessly, mercilessly thrilling...masterfully executed effects...  Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Heartstopping!  Joel Siegel, Good Morning America
"Dynamite action yarn...a perfect part for Willis...  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
"High-voltage action thriller...[Rickman] turns in a marvelous performance as the chief bad guy.  VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever

Editor's Note
One of the greatest action movies of the late 1980s, DIE HARD ushered in a new standard for the genre. With the dissolution of the Cold War, both the stereotypical Russian threat (represented in movies such as TOP GUN and RED DAWN) and the destructive egoist (as seen in OCTOPUSSY) became less fearful. With DIE HARD, director John McTiernan introduced Hollywood to a new type of villain: the terrorist entrepreneur. Alan Rickman stars as Hans Gruber, a relentless businessman whose lethal tactics achieve his goals. Unlike most '80s film villains who committed globally dangerous acts for liberty, genocide, or megalomania, DIE HARD's Gruber uses guns, explosives, and cunning to storm the Takagi Corporation's Christmas party and heist millions of dollars from the company. In addition, DIE HARD also saw the development of the clumsy or bad luck hero with John McClane (Bruce Willis), a man in the wrong place at the wrong time who chooses to intervene. Action fans would see this misfit hero archetype again in UNDER SIEGE (Steven Segal) and THE PHANTOM MENACE (Jar Jar Binks). Although DIE HARD contains many action movie cliches (one-liners, pyrotechnics), it also broke new ground in its genre.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/25/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 131 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1988
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2244086
Video UPC UPC: 00024543440864
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Alan Rickman
Video Cast Info Bonnie Bedelia
Video Cast Info Bruce Willis
Video Cast Info Reginald VelJohnson
Video Cast Info Charles Gordon - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Frank J. Urioste - Editor
Video Cast Info Jackson De Govia - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Jan de Bont - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Jeb Stuart - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Joel Silver - Producer
Video Cast Info John F. Link - Editor
Video Cast Info John McTiernan - Director
Video Cast Info John R. Jensen - Art Director
Video Cast Info Michael Kamen - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Roderick Thorp - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Steven E. de Souza - Screenplay
Plot Summary
A New York City policeman, John McClane, visiting his estranged wife and two daughters on Christmas Eve, joins her at a holiday party in the headquarters of the Japanese-owned business she works for. But the festivities are interrupted by a group of terrorists who take over the exclusive high-rise, and everyone in it. Very soon the cop realizes that there's no one to save the hostages -- but him.


Nominee (1989)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Stephen Hunter Flick, Richard Shorr, Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing
   Video Award Name Oscar, Richard Edlund, et. al., Best Effects, Visual Effects
   Video Award Name Oscar, John F. Link, Frank J. Urioste, Best Film Editing
   Video Award Name Oscar, Don J. Bassman, et. al., Best Sound

Memorable Quotes

"Nice suit, it would be a shame to ruin it." ---- Hans to Mr. Takagi (Alan Rickman to James Shigeta)

"When Alexander saw the breadth of his domain he wept, for there were no more worlds to conquer. Benefits of a classical education." ---- Hans to Mr. Takagi (Alan Rickman to James Shigeta)

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
Rating: A- 01/07/2000 pp.71-2

New York Times
"...It works....Relentless energy and smashing special-effects extravagance..." 07/15/1988 p.C12

Los Angeles Times
"...A triumph of well-oiled mechanical precision that performs miracles of destruction. As a grand flourish of cinematic technique, it is awesome..." 07/15/1988 p.C1

Total Film
"...DIE HARD is still the definitive action thriller. Alan Rickman delivers a deliciously ruthless Hollywood debut at the eloquent villain..." 06/01/2000 p.88

"A seductive mix of machismo and humility, Willis reinvented the reluctant hero for the action age." 04/01/2004 p.64

ReelViews 10 of 10
Die Hard represents the class of modern action pictures and the standard by which they must be judged. Few films falling into the "mindless entertainment" genre have as much going for them as this movie. Not only is it a thrill-a-minute ride, but it has one of the best film villains in recent memory, a hero everyone can relate to, dialogue that crackles with wit, and a lot of very impressive pyrotechnics...Whether Bruce Willis is climbing up an elevator shaft, throwing himself off an exploding building, or racing barefoot across a flood littered with glass shards, his John McClane holds our attention while we hold our breaths. Die Hard isn't motion picture poetry, but it shows the kind of raucous entertainment that the industry is capable of delivering. For what it is, this is the top model -- flash, bang, and witty one-liners all included. Yippee kiyay! - James Berardinelli

DVD Verdict 10 of 10
Die Hard was the start of something new in the action genre. Or, at least that's how it seemed back in 1988. With "Mr. Moonlighting" Bruce Willis starring in his first action film (his first movie, Blind Date, was a flop), Die Hard shot to the top of the box office as it left moviegoers riveted by it's explosive action, suspense and trademark humor. Willis' hard smoking, hard talking John McClane was an everyman hero, and audiences loved him for it. Smelling the great green beast, Willis went on to make two successful sequels, Die Hard 2: Die Harder and Die Hard with a Vengeance...Guys like it when things blow up. It's like some innate reaction that lies deep inside our souls...Henceforth, men are naturally drawn to Die Hard...a fantastically crafted action movie. - Patrick Naugle

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Willis,Bruce
Product attributeLabel:   Fox Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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