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Die Hard Collection (Blu-ray, including Die Hard, Die Hard 2 – Die Harder, Die Hard With A Vengeance and Live Free Or Die Hard)


Picture: B/B/B/B+     Sound: B/B/B/B+     Extras: B/C-/B-/C-     Films: B/D/B-/D



For starters we have previous reviewed all four films to date.  You can access each review as follows:


Die Hard Trilogy DVDs



Live Free Or Die Hard Theatrical Review



Live Free Or Die Hard Unrated DVD Set




The joke with the Star Trek films from Roger Ebert has been to only watch the even-numbered ones.  For Die Hard, it is turning out to be the odd-numbered films.  For the new film, the poorest yet, it feels very thrown together and in retrospect, going forward and treating 9/11 lightly trivializes that event, the event that killed production of such films for a while.


So that leaves the performance of these Blu-ray discs.  All are in 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition transfers and while the first two were shot in real anamorphic Panavision, the latter two are Super 35mm.  Though the first three show their age and are as problematic as the recent DVD reissues, they still look better than their DVD counterparts and



Extras on the first film include an audio commentary by McTiernan and Jackson De Govia, scene specific commentary by Richard Edlund, cast/crew subtitle commentary, featurette, Interactive Still Gallery, Cinefex Magazine Interactive Article, cinematographer Jan de Bont Interactive Article, screenplay, three trailers and seven TV Spots.  The second offers commentary by Director Renny Harlin, deleted scenes, HBO First Look featurette, The Bad Guys (villain's profile,) Breaking The Ice (Skido sequence,) Chaos on the Conveyor Belt, on camera interview with Renny Harlin, Visual Effects Breakdowns, four trailers and two TV spots.  The third offers commentary by McTiernan and Writer Jonathan Hensleigh, alternate ending (that might not work as well) with Optional Commentary by Writer Jonathan Hensleigh, HBO First Look, CBS "A Night To Die For” featurette, on camera Bruce Willis Interview, Villains with a Vengeance, Visual Effects Breakdowns, Storyboard Sequence, gag reel, two trailers and ten TV spots.


Note that these are all the extras from the out of print double sets, many that were missing from the new trilogy DVD set.  The fourth film repeats the DVD’s extras, then adds The Black Hat Intercept Game which has simple graphics, is unintentionally funny and can be amusing, but don’t expect PS3 performance.  The trailers for all four films are in HD and some other Fox releases are also included.


All four films have DTS MA 5.1 mixes, the latter two films of which are originally 5.1 films.  Sound is disappointing for the first three films, while the fourth even has the D-BOX function for that specialized subwoofer component.  However, like the picture, the sound could be better on the trilogy and if the idea is for the films to have some kind of “grunge” look to match the new film that is a very big mistake.  If you liked the early films, you might be disappointed, though there are some people who are surprisingly impressed by this mix.  We are not.


I can tell you that the mixes for the first three films here would have never made the grade for 70mm blow-ups, while I doubt the fourth would have been mixed like this for 70mm at all.  Fans will want this whole set, but if you only like some of the films and can tolerate flawed transfers, you might want to by the films of your choice, all sold separately.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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