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Die Hard

Five Star Collection
Genre: Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 52 (Sept 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Alexander Godunov, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald Veljohnson, William Atherton, Paul Gleason & Hart Bochner

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 5
DTS Sound Rating: 5
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Those of you who bought the initial DVD releases of the Die Hard movies can now...throw them away! These newly-issued discs outperform the previous versions in every way imaginable. Fans of the popular Bruce Willis action series will be pleased with what DVD producer David Prior and the folks at Fox have come up with for you. Sold individually for $29.98 or as a set (a better deal at $79.98), each movie is offered as a two-disc Special Edition. New two-disc Five Star Collection Special Edition includes all-new anamorphic widescreen transfer, along with Dolby Digital and DTS soundtrack options on Disc One. Plus, the new edition includes audio commentary by the director & production designer and a second commentary by the visual effects supervisor, and an extended Power Shutdown scene accesible via seamless branching, as well as a DVD-ROM script-to-screen comparison. Disc Two will include two extended scenes, a Cutting Room feature allowing the viewer to re-edit scenes, a deleted lines & sequence reel, a gag reel, newscasts, a benefits of widescreen presentation segment, interactive articles from American Cinematographer and Cinefex, the full-length screenplay, a stills gallery, trailers & TV spots and more DVD-ROM features.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2001252
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 132
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1988
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 07/10/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

 Credits Information

(Director): John McTiernan
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Special Notes:
Disc does not include Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround option as specified on jacket. Also available in

Story Synopsis:
Back in 1988, Die Hard perhaps set the stage for suspenseful, humorous action thrillers to come. McClane launches his own one-man war against terrorist Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) who has taken hostages in a Los Angeles high rise building over the Christmas holiday. (Gary Reber)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced, THX digitally mastered 2.30:1 DVD exhibits an improved picture when compared to the previously released THX-certified DVD. With improved resolution, the DVD appears sharper, with improved clarity, color refinement, and definition. Viewed alone, the new DVD exhibits a nicely rendered picture that is solid, with well-balanced colors. While images are generally sharp, minor smearing and softly focused images are evident. Edge enhancement can be a bit bothersome at times. The source is revealing of some minor dirt and film grain. Though this DVD is truly preferred to the previous disc, it does not quite cut if for reference quality, and earns the same score. (Suzanne Hodges)

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DVD-ROM Review:
Disc one of this two-disc collection contains the dismal main menu, with links titled Script to Screen, View Movie, View Menu, Go Online and Game Demos. Unlike most script sections, Die Hard's is actually presented in Widescreen, with a huge window to view the actual film. I was originally quite excited to see this, up until I noticed the window containing the script was barely large enough to hold a full sentence. Clicking the View Movie link will send you to the opening scene, while the View Menu will link you to the excellent DVD-Video main menu. On Disc two, you can find three different demos for the same game: Aliens versus Predator. The difference between the three demos is who you play as, with the first being the Aliens, the second being Predator, and the third being the Marines. Also available on this disc are the trailers for Sanity and Alien Resurrection. Die Hard really does not include many exciting features via DVD-ROM, so my suggestion to you is hop on over to the DVD-Video portions of the discs, and enjoy. (Danny Richelieu)