Die Hard

Die Hard

DVD - 2013
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New York detective John McClane has just arrived in Los Angeles to spend Christmas with his family. As he waits for his estranged wife's office Christmas party to break up, German terrorists occupy the building, and McClane wages a one-man war to stop them.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. :, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment,, [2013]
Edition: Widescreen edition.
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE DIE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (132 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in.,rda
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video file,DVD video,Region 1,rda

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Janice21383
Jul 05, 2019

Die Hard has gained near-legendary status, but one upon a time, it was a new film, which I saw in the theatre. I remember thinking "that was fun, but ridiculous." At that time, people were used to more realistic cop/action movies, along the lines of The French Connection. Films like Rambo and Die Hard promoted the first-person shooter style and indestructible hero*, long before they existed in video games. I also remember disliking Bruce Willis's "cowboy" John McLane (whom we're supposed to love), but in no way is he as unpleasant as he is in the next film in the series. And he's more than balanced by Alan Rickman's sublime villain Hans Gruber -- apparently he wrote most of his own part. And the film has other things going for it: a tight "bottle" story, exciting action, and quotable dialogue. Overall, I recommend it, and only wish the following films were as good. *Yes, I know he cut his feet. They didn't bother him long, or in any important way. See attached video.

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Nursebob
Jun 29, 2019

In order to thoroughly enjoy John McTiernan’s explosive thriller—an instant classic upon its release—you’ll have to cease rolling your eyes at the constant barrage of impossible escapes and lucky coincidences and simply strap yourself in for what proves to be one deliriously bumpy ride. Adding just the right amount of dark humour to offset the copious bloodletting, and never letting his cameras sit idle for more than a few moments, John McTiernan’s testosterone-fuelled bullet-fest starts off slow enough but once the bad guys get down to business his high-rise becomes a vertical remake of "High Noon" with shattering glass and stuff going up in great balls of fire. Willis scampers between floors like a heavily armed kid in a jungle gym while the background score keeps pace with orchestral jolts and snatches of Beethoven (a deliberate nod to Kubrick’s "Clockwork Orange") punctuated by staccato bursts of machine gun fire. A magnificently silly and wholly unrealistic vigilante fantasy given some credence by Willis’ self-deprecating smirk and Rickman’s seriocomic Eurotrash fop. About the only letdown is the portrayal of the LAPD as bungling Keystone Kops led by a blustering inept (Paul Gleason reprising his "Breakfast Club" persona) and a pair of FBI agents who are more psycho than the terrorists themselves. The perfect non-Christmas, non-family film aimed squarely at the Rambo in all of us. Yippee-ki-yay motherf**ker!

IndyPL_KaseyP Nov 05, 2018

My husband and I fervently agree that it just isn't Christmas until Hans Gruber does his Nakatomi grand jeté. A holiday favorite, we watch this together every Christmas Eve. We know all the lines. It's one of the things that makes our marriage work. Even if Bruce Willis crawling through dirty air vents to botch a terrorist attack isn't a draw for you, watch it for Alan Rickman. Willis and Rickman have an ongoing duel for who can deliver the best one-liner. Highly Recommend.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 10, 2018

This late 80’s mystery/thriller film is about a policeman that is visiting his wife and children for Christmas when suddenly the holiday party that they are at is overrun by terrorists. John (played by Bruce Willis) realizes that it is his duty to save everyone at the party before it is too late. This movie is a part of a series that has gotten a lot of recognition and has a fairly large fan base. I have never really gotten into the concept of the film or have seen it as particularly exciting or interesting, however, I am able to recognize why some people enjoy it so much. I would rate this movie an optimistic 4/5 stars and recommend it to those who like action and bravery. @The_Reviewer of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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reginator_22
Jan 21, 2018

One of the best action movies ever made. Period!

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RosyHorror
Jun 28, 2017

A Christmas movie with guns and explosions. Loads of fun.

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SandraLH
Jun 17, 2017

Lots of action starting out Willis' movie career, and good cast of characters.

jasoneshoup Feb 27, 2017

Best Christmas Movie ever!

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Derringer
Jan 19, 2017

What really killed me about Die Hard's story was that it was so obvious (right from the start) that the McClane character was nothing but a typical, run-of-the-mill, "do-nuts and coffee" cop.

And, yet, there McClane was kicking ass, non-stop, and taking on not one, but all 12 of the ruthless, professionally-trained terrorists and their super-brilliant leader, Hans Gruber, as well.... And, yes, McClane actually outsmarted and defeated them all. (Natch)

Yeah - It was as easy as one-two-three! - And then (get this) after all was done, McClane actually had the time and the energy to escort Holly back home to take care of business with her in bed. (Nudge. Nudge. Wink. Wink)

Phew! If you ask me - I'd say that this guy sure put the likes of Superman to shame.

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isaachar
Dec 15, 2016

Die Hard is one of those action movies that epitomizes the shoot-em-up/explosion filled 1980's action film era. There is a popular meme going around the social networks that says "There are two types of people: People who think Die Hard is a Christmas movie and people who are wrong". I am not wrong.

I've probably watched this movie every Christmas season since my parents brought it home from the VHS rental store the year after it was released in theaters. I probably always will.

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reginator_22
Jan 22, 2018

Hans Gruber: [on the radio] Mr. Mystery Guest? Are you still there?

John McClane: Yeah, I'm still here. Unless you wanna open the front door for me.

Hans Gruber: Uh, no, I'm afraid not. But, you have me at a loss. You know my name but who are you? Just another American who saw too many movies as a child? Another orphan of a bankrupt culture who thinks he's John Wayne? Rambo? Marshal Dillon?

John McClane: Was always kinda partial to Roy Rogers actually. I really like those sequined shirts.

Hans Gruber: Do you really think you have a chance against us, Mr. Cowboy?

John McClane: Yippee-ki-yay, motherf&*%er.

CMLibrary_gjd_0 Feb 13, 2016

Hans: The following people are to be released from their captors: In Northern Ireland, the seven members of the New Provo Front. In Canada, the five imprisoned leaders of Liberte de Quebec. In Sri Lanka, the nine members of the Asian Dawn movement...

John McClane: [listening on the radio] What the fuck?

Karl: [mouthing silently] Asian Dawn?

Hans: [covers the radio] I read about them in Time magazine.

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jimg2000
May 10, 2014

[to Mr. Takagi] I will count to three. There will not be a four. --- [to hostages] I wanted this to be professional. Efficient, adult, cooperative, not a lot to ask. Alas, your Mr. Takagi did not see it that way, so he won't be joining us for the rest of his life.

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jimg2000
May 10, 2014

Hans Gruber: I thought I told all of you, I want radio silence until further...
John McClane: Ooooh, I'm very sorry Hans. I didn't get that memo. Maybe you should've put it on the bulletin board. I figured since I've waxed Tony and Marco and his friend here, I figured you and Karl and Franco might be a little lonely, so I decided to give you a call.
Karl Vreski: [to Hans] How does he know so much about us?!
Hans Gruber: Eh, that's... very kind of you. I assume you are our mysterious party crasher. You are most troublesome, for a security guard.
John McClane: [imitates buzzer] Sorry Hans, wrong guess. Would you like to go for Double Jeopardy where the scores can really change?
Hans Gruber: Who are you then?
John McClane: Just a fly in the ointment, Hans. The monkey in the wrench. The pain in the ass.

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Darth777Vader
Aug 29, 2013

Hans:" Do you really think you have a chance against us, Mr. Cowboy?"

John Mclane:" Yippee ki yay, motherf*****!"

laustcawz Apr 13, 2013

Hans: "You're most troublesome for a security guard." McClane: "AEHHHH!!! Sorry, Hans! Wrong guess! Would you like to go for double jeopardy, where the scores can really change??" Hans: "Who are you, then?" McClane: "Just the fly in the ointment, Hans; the monkey in the wrench; the pain in the ass."

laustcawz Aug 12, 2012

Welcome to the party, pal!!!!!!

laustcawz Jul 23, 2012

"Yippe-kay-yay, motherf***er!!"

Sunnchilde Jul 16, 2011

"You wanted a miracle Theo, I give you the F B I.'

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Captainjackster
Oct 28, 2018

Captainjackster thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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RosyHorror
Jun 28, 2017

RosyHorror thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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Darth777Vader
Jul 11, 2013

Darth777Vader thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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Darth777Vader
Jul 23, 2013

Violence: There is a lot of violence, and some of it is pretty graphic. I mean, the movie IS called DIE HARD!

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Darth777Vader
Jul 23, 2013

Coarse Language: There is a ton of swearing in this movie. Practically every second word is a swear word. I'd recommend this for ages 16 and up

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