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Die Hard 2

Special Edition
Genre: Action Adventure

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

Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, William Atherton, Reginald Veljohnson

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 5
DTS Sound Rating: 5
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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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 Special Edition includes all-new anamorphic widescreen transfer, along with Dolby Digital and DTS soundtrack options on Disc One. Plus, the new edition will include audio commentary by director Renny Harlin, a documentary (

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2001255
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Disc 1: DVD-9 / Disc 2: DVD-5
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 123
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1990
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 07/10/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

 Credits Information

(Director): Renny Harlin
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Story Synopsis:
In Die Hard 2, the off-duty cop spends another Christmas battling terrorists and corrupt military officials (Dennis Franz and John Amos). This time, Dulles International Airport is the site of the heart-stopping, jet-propelled action. To make matters even more difficult, McClane

DVD Picture:
This new anamorphically enhanced, THX digitally mastered 2.35:1 DVD exhibits an improved picture when compared to the previously released THX-certified non-anamorphic DVD. Most notable is the more subtle hues in the color scheme. The snow and fleshtones on the previous disc appeared orange, as did the overall color balance. Improvements are also noticed in sharpness and definition. Viewed alone, the anamorphically enhanced DVD exhibits a sharp and detailed picture. Colors are nicely balanced, with rich hues and deep, endless blacks. While fleshtones still appear a bit orange at times, their accuracy is more consistent. Contrast and shadow delineation are nicely rendered. There is a bit of bothersome edge enhancement giving the picture an unnatural hard edge. Some occasional pixelization is also detected. (Suzanne Hodges)

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