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Live Free Or Die Hard (DVD-Video Set)


Picture: C+     Sound: B-     Extras: C-     Film: D



Usually, you get a cut and uncut version of a film, but when it comes to the disappointing Live Free Or Die Hard, there seems to be three visual versions.  The first was a promised full color version from the oldest trailers, then when it hit theaters, the color was gutted and it looked like the previous films of director Len Wiseman: The Underworld franchise.  And now we are seeing a third version where the color is somewhere in between.  Too bad, cut or uncut, the film is the poorest in the series, which is quite an achievement considering how bad the second was.


We first alerted everyone to how bad this wreck was when it arrived in theaters, as this review will show:





So can the DVD sets being issued help this situation?  No.


The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image is lame, with detail issues and depth issues no matter what and the lower definition of the DVD only makes it worse.  Despite a dynamic soundtrack, the DVD only offers Dolby Digital 5.1.  The combination is underwhelming and will make for an interesting comparison to the Blu-ray whenever we get that.


Extras include a new gimmick where you can download a low-def version on line with digital copyright protection.  It is underwhelming, but included for convenience.  Extras on DVD 1 include the unrated version in our set and an audio commentary by Willis, Wiseman and Editor Nicolas De Toth that is “fascinating” to say the least.  DVD 2 adds Guyz Nite Music Video and separate making of piece, Analog Hero In A Digital World making of featurette, trailer for this and four other Fox releases, repeat of the Yippie Ki Yay MotherF*****! featurette from the trilogy set DVD reissue and brief Fox Legacy look at the franchise form the Fox Movie Channel.  Fans expecting more will get more on the Blu-ray edition, which we will look at next.


Oh, and we used the more colorful cover of the new versions of this film because it needs all the color it can get.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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