Die Hard (Blu-ray) (1988)

  • Web Code: M2140813
  • Release Date: 11-20-2007
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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.
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.
Theatrical Release Date 1988
Format Blu-ray Disc
Number of Discs 1
Not Rated

  • Release Info
  • Collector Edition
  • Director Cut
  • Number Of Discs
  • Genre
  • Distributor
    20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • Area
  • Video
  • Runtime (minutes)
  • Picture
  • Audio
  • Language
  • Dubbed
    French, Spanish
  • Subtitles
    Cantonese, English, French, Korean, Spanish
  • Closed Caption
  • Release Note
  • Notes:
    Blu-ray Disc Features:

    Keep Case
    Full Frame - 1.33
    Widescreen - 2.35
    5.1 DTS HD Master Audio - English
    Dolby Digital 5.1 - French, Spanish
    Dolby Digital Surround - English
    Subtitles - English, French, Spanish, Cantonese, Korean - Optional
    Additional Release Material:
    1. 20th Century Fox Previews
    2. Trailers (3)
    3. TV spots (7)
    Audio Commentary:
    1. John McTiernan - Director; Jackson De Govia - Production Designer
    2. Richard Edlund - Visual Effects Producer (Scene Specific)
    Interactive Features:
    Additional Interactive Features:
    1. D-Box
    2. Interactive Still Gallery
    Personal Scene Selections
    Pop-Ups - Subtitle Commentary Track by Cast and Crew
    Text/Photo Galleries:
    Additional Text:
    1. Cinefex Interactive Article
    2. Cinematographer Interactive Article
    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.
    "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)
  • Release Date
  • Theatrical Release
  • Rating
    Not Rated
  • Format
    Blu-ray Disc
  • Unedited Version

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