Live Free Or Die Hard

Featured In Issue 126, December 2007

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When terrorists go hi-tech and launch a massive computer attack intended to cripple the United State's infrastructure, it is up to New York City Detective John McClane (Willis) to deliver old-school justice to this new breed of terrorists. Will the enemy be able to shut down an entire nation over the Independence Day weekend, or will McClane prove that he would rather Live Free Or Die Hard trying to defeat them. Based upon the article "A Farewell To Arms" by John Carlin. (Stacey Pendry) (Stacey Pendry)

The special features are the same as on the DVD and include commentary by Bruce Willis, Director Len Wiseman, and Editor Nicolas De Toth; a documentary "Analog Hero In A Digital World" (97 minutes); "Yippee Ki Yay MotherF*****"— Kevin Smith interviews Bruce Willis (13 mintues); the "Die Hard" Music Video by Guyz Nite; a making-of the music video featurette "Behind The Scenes With Guyz Nite" (six minutes); an advertisement for the Fox Movie Channel; the origianl theatrical trailer for this film, and four additional movie trailers.
Additionally on the Blu-ray Disc is an option for D-BOX motion sensor capabilities, several more high def trailers, and the BD-Java multi level strategy game "Black Hat Intercept." There are also up-front ads.

The anamorphically enhanced 2.36:1 DVD exhibits a sharp, detailed image, with solid blacks and good shadow delineation. While bold, vibrant colors do not make their way into the dark, cool color scheme often, the bright colors that are involved are undersaturated. Fleshtones have a pallid look for much of the time, but it appears to be a conscious choice made by the filmmakers, although there are times when fleshtones look flushed and too orange. Film grain structure is fine and consistent, but edge enhancement is recognizable. The H.264 AVC-encoded Blu-ray Disc features a good sense of depth with impressively delivered fine details and solid sense of depth to the image. Colors are bolder and more vibrant, and fine details are easily recognized. (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack features an impressive mix, using each of the available channels to create a deeply involving, fully engaging soundstage. The LFE channel is incorporated well to build a solid low-end base, and the full-range channels are mixed with plenty of deep bass as well, dropping down below 30 Hz with authority. Dialogue sounds somewhat harsh and strident, but is typically easy to hear even over the most cacophonic scenes. Phantom imaging is well realized around the room. The Blu-ray Disc's DTS-HD Master Audio encoding—although we currently only have the equipment to decode the core DTS® stream—accentuates the good and the bad in soundtrack, with better localization of effects around the room and more noticeable brightness to the dialogue. Still, the soundtrack is impressive and really energizes the room. (Danny Richelieu)