LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD (DIE HARD 4)
“Did you see that? Yeah I
saw it, I did it!” Yes John McClane, you certainly did.
Bruce Willis is the man . . . once again. It’s not everyday
you see a fourth issue of a movie series be as good as the
first. This one is a lock for nominee in that category. For
the die hard “Die Hard” fans (sorry I couldn’t resist) you
will not be disappointed. This one was just as fun, action
packed, and edge of your seat film entertainment as the
first or any of them for that matter. For those that are new
to the story, welcome aboard one of the best rides of your
life. You’ll want more, and lucky for you, there are 3 more
to chose from. Why not just start from the beginning and see
them all. You will then know why John McClane is one of
America’s favorite heroes.
Let’s recap, shall we . . . first it was a building, then an
airport, then the city of New York, so obviously the next
adventure would involve the whole country, right? Right! As
tacky as that may sound, they pulled it off. “They” being
Mark Bomback with the screenplay and story, and director Len
Wiseman from the Underworld duo. They have brought to the
big screen what I have to consider to be the most elaborate
and cyber world devastating terrorist attack ever filmed.
They were hacking into everything that really mattered to
the modern American way of life. It was up to old school
NYPD detective John McClane to use his “analog” ways to stop
this digital crime.
Trying not to be redundant, but yeah, Bruce Willis is the
man. It is a treat for moviegoers that he, once again, has
filled the shoes of the role that pushed him over the top.
He does it with just as much fervor as he did almost 20
years ago on the first one. Some actors can play villains
like it was second nature to them. Timothy Olyphant is one
of those actors and this time he plays Thomas Gabriel, the
cold and intimidating mastermind of the terrorist attack.
His second in command, Mai Lihn (Maggie Q), can kick some
serious butt. How John deals with her is one for the ages.
Justin Long, Mr. “I’m a Mac”, is perfectly casted as John’s
inevitable sidekick, Matt Farrell, who is a top notch
hacker. Some Justins are doing very well for themselves
lately. Kevin Smith as Warlock, has a knack for nailing
these small but important roles. I was most impressed by
Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Lucy McClane. In one word, tough,
as John McClane’s daughter should be.
Even though the story line was a bit exaggerated, all the
Die Hards are. That’s what makes it more fun. The bonus is
the how they make the exaggeration look so realistic. The
dialogue was quick, witty, and efficient as the franchise
would require. The cinematography was eye-popping. They
didn’t skip a beat in covering all the action and some
camera shots were unlike anything I’ve ever seen.
On a personal note, the first Die Hard was the very first
movie I went to see by myself. On a weekday morning in the
Summer of ‘88, I sat in a theater with only about 3 other
people and watched a movie that truly had me on the edge of
my seat the majority of the time. It’s really special to
rekindle those feelings. Action movie fans, this is a must
The single disk version of
this film only contains the commentaries by Len
and Bruce Willis as well as the music video “Die Hard”
by Guyz Nite . If you want to get the bonus features, you
will need to get the Two-Disc “Unrated” Special
Edition or Blu-Ray.
Two-Disc "Unrated" Special Edition was used to create
Anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1 aspect ratio)
5.1 Dolby Digital / French Dolby Surround audio
Subtitles - English, Spanish,
Commentary by Bruce Willis, Director
Len Wiseman and Editor Nicolas De Toth
Analog Hero in a Digital World:
Making of Live Free or Die Hard documentary An
outstanding one hour and 23 minutes documentary divided into
ten sections, covering every single detail on how the film
came to live. From special effects to cast selection. Easily
the best feature of the DVD, A must see for true fans
of the franchise.
Yippee-Ki-Yay Mother F*****! - One-on-One
Conversation with Bruce Willis & Kevin Smith (23 minutes).
Family Bonds: The Making of Fantastic
Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer documentary: This is
probably the best feature of the DVD. This feature is
divided in two parts "Pre Production" and "Production"
running around 46 minutes. Fans will find a lot of details
on how the film came to life.
Music Video - “Die
Hard” by Guyz Nite
Guyz Nite A nice short documentary about the Guys
Nite. They talk about how the band was created (5:48)
Fox Movie Channel Presents Fox
Legacy: Tom Rothman talk about the Die Hard
RATING BREAK DOWN:
Review By Cine Marcos
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Director: Len Wiseman
Writer: Mark Bomback
Genre: Action Thriller
Duration: 2hr 8mins
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Distributor: 20TH CENTURY FOX
Rating:  PG-13 / Unrated
Release Date: June 27, 2007
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