• Frys.com #5406059
  • Manufacturer: 20th Century Fox
  • UPC #024543482413
  • Model #2248241

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    Detailed Description
    (Manufacturer # 2248241 )

    Plot
      It's Christmas time in L.A., and there's an employee party in progress on the 30th floor of the Nakatomi Corporation building. The revelry comes to a violent end when the partygoers are taken hostage by a group of terrorists headed by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), who plan to steal the 600 million dollars locked in Nakatomi's high-tech safe. In truth, Gruber and his henchmen are only pretending to be politically motivated to throw the authorities off track; also in truth, Gruber has no intention of allowing anyone to get out of the building alive. Meanwhile, New York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) has come to L.A. to visit his estranged wife, Holly (Bonnie Bedelia), who happens to be one of the hostages. Disregarding the orders of the authorities surrounding the building, McClane, who fears nothing (except heights), takes on the villains, armed with one handgun and plenty of chutzpah. Until Die Hard came along, Bruce Willis was merely that wisecracking guy on Moonlighting. After the film's profits started rolling in, Willis found himself one of the highest-paid and most sought-after leading men in Hollywood. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
    Movie Type
      Action
    Movie Level Themes
      Race Against Time, Terrorism, Rogue Cops, Hostage Situations, Unlikely Heroes, Daring Rescues
    Movie Level Tones
      Tense, Visceral, Claustrophobic, Humorous, Rousing, Explosive

    DVD Features

    • Commentary by director John McTiernan and production designer Jackson DeGovia
    • Scene-specific commentary by special effects supervisor Richard Edlund
    • Subtitle commentary by various cast and crew
    • Personal scene selections - enhanced for D-Box Motion
    • control systems
    • The News Casts featurette
    • Interactive still gallery
    • Interactive articles from Cinefex and American Cinematographer
    • Full-length screenplay
    • Trailers & TV spots
    Awards
    • 1988--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Richard Overton-Nominee
    • 1988--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Richard Edlund-Nominee
    • 1988--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Brent Boates-Nominee
    • 1988--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Kevin F. Cleary-Nominee
    • 1988--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Richard Shorr-Nominee
    • 1988--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Thaine Morris-Nominee
    • 1988--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Frank J. Urioste-Nominee
    • 1988--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, John F. Link-Nominee
    • 1988--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Stephen Flick-Nominee
    • 1988--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Al di Sarro-Nominee
    • 1988--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Al Overton-Nominee
    • 1988--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Don Bassman-Nominee
    AMG Rating

    Review

      John McTiernan's Die Hard introduced a type of character that hadn't been seen much in big-budget action films of the 1980s: the working-class hero. Apart from Sylvester Stallone's first Rambo movie and some of the cruder, decidedly low-budget martial arts movies starring Chuck Norris, there wasn't a precedent for Bruce Willis's gruff John McClane. In contrast to its predecessors, Die Hard was such a high-profile production that Willis was suddenly elevated to the status of cultural icon, not unlike Sean Connery and his alter ego, James Bond. Willis and McTiernan can take credit for bringing back the kind of distinctly American, masculine swagger John Wayne used to bring to his roles, albeit with a dirtier lexicon of catchphrases than Wayne ever would have used on camera. The director and his crew of special effects experts could also take credit for a series of explosions that rivaled the firepower and energy expended in Wayne's Hellfighters, Back to Bataan, Sands of Iwo Jima, Chisum, and The Longest Day. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi


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