Die Hard R

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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 11 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: June 19, 2007
  • Originally Released: 1988
  • Label: 20Th Century Fox
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • (unspecified) - English

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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"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)

Entertainment Reviews:

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 573,230
...DIE HARD is still the definitive action thriller. Alan Rickman delivers a deliciously ruthless Hollywood debut at the eloquent villain...
Total Film
Jun 1, 2000
The picture is extremely violent: bombs go off, bullets rip through flesh, heads are slammed against steel. But Die Hard is also smart, satirical-and, in an odd way, heartwarming. Full Review
Maclean's Magazine
Oct 29, 2019
A seductive mix of machismo and humility, Willis reinvented the reluctant hero for the action age.
Premiere
Apr 1, 2004
Rating: 5/5 -- It's as though the filmmakers approached each scene by asking themselves how entertaining they could make it. Full Review
eFilmCritic.com
Jul 10, 2018
...A triumph of well-oiled mechanical precision that performs miracles of destruction. As a grand flourish of cinematic technique, it is awesome...
Los Angeles Times
Jul 15, 1988
Rating: 4/5 -- From the superb pacing through to the sarcastically sinister villainy of Alan Rickman, this remains a crucial template for the modern action film. Full Review
Herald Sun (Australia)
Jul 12, 2018
Rating: 5/5 -- Die Hard is a great example of the Hollywood studio system getting moviemaking right - the film is a perfect storm of story and talent coming together. Full Review
Movies in Focus
Nov 2, 2018

Product Description:

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.

Plot Synopsis:

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.

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Production Notes:

  • Color by DeLuxe; shot in Panavision.
  • Estimated budget $28 million. Bruce Willis was reportedly paid $5 million to appear in the film.
  • Began shooting November 2, 1987; shot on location in Los Angeles, California.
  • Released theatrically in the USA July 20, 1988.
  • Shown at the London Film Festival November 27, 1988.
  • Film debut for British stage actor Alan Rickman.
  • Rated BBFC 18 by the British Board of Film Classification.
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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 14,498
  • UPC: 024543440864
  • Shipping Weight: 0.22/lbs (approx)
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