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Good Day to Die Hard [Blu-ray]
le 14 janvier 2015
A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD [Extended Cut + Theatrical Cut]  [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD] [US Import] Bruce Willis Is Back In Action! Yippee Ki-Yay Mother Russia!
Bruce Willi Is Back In Action! Here we have a mind-blowing, heart-stopping, rip-roaring action, as John McClane, the heroic New York cop with a knack for being in the wrong place at the right time. John's latest predicament takes him all the way to Russia to track down his estranged son, Jack [Jai Courtney], who has been imprisoned in Moscow. But the mission takes a deadly turn as father and son must join forces to thwart a nuclear weapons heist that could trigger World War III!
Cast: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch, Yuliya Snigir, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Radivoje Rasha Bukviæ, Cole Hauser, Amaury Nolasco, Sergei Kolesnikov, Roman Luknár, Ganxsta Zolee, Péter Takátsy, Pasha D. Lychnikoff, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Melissa Tang, Ivan Kamaras and Sophie Raworth [BBC News reporter]
Director: John Moore
Producers: Alex Young and Wyck Godfrey
Screenplay: Skip Woods
Composer: Marco Beltrami
Cinematography: Jonathan Sela
Video Resolution: 1080p
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: English: 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French: 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish: 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish
Running Time: 98 minutes
Region: Region A/1
Number of discs: Disc 1: Theatrical Extended Cut and Disc 2: DVD + Digital Copy]
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Andrew's Blu-ray Review: Ask any genre fan what the best action film of all time is, and a fair percentage will say Die Hard without hesitation, me included. Hell, the original trilogy in its entirety blew me away. They consistently offered tactically brilliant villains, and they went to great lengths to ensure they wouldn't be re-treads of the original. Of course, film studios never let a financial opportunity go to waste... leaving tarnished legacies an inevitability. As a result, John McClane returned to the big screen 12 years after the fact in Live Free or Die Hard, but not without its share of controversy. In order to reach a broader audience, the film was edited to acquire a PG-13 rating. Was the outrage that followed justified? Somewhat, but to be fair, it was a decent action-packed effort that featured John McClane kicking ass once again, so I found very little to complain about. Ever since, all of our beloved action stars from the 80's have made a resurgence, so it was only natural for Fox to keep the ball rolling with ‘A Good Day to Die Hard,’ is a film which promised to introduce our favourite tough-guy to Mother Russia, and with an 18 certificate, which is only right.
A political prisoner is about to blow the whistle on a corrupt Russian official, but the criminal mastermind acts with extreme force to ensure that never comes to pass. It's an intriguing setup that comes with lots of potential, but ultimately serves as a bunch of noise behind the films far more transparent crux where John McClane's estranged son Jack [Jai Courtney] is seemingly at the centre of this mess, so he sucks up his pride and hops on the first plane to Moscow for an awkward heart-to-heart! John may be in a foreign land, but he's made to feel right at home when an attack erupts outside of the courthouse where his son is being held. Barely escaping with their lives, the father and son at odds rip through Moscow in a high speed chase that takes half the city along with it and, the rest of the film practically writes itself. Although the duo start things off on the wrong foot, numerous encounters with bad guys itching to 'die hard' force them to bond in the only way the John McClane's know-how. By kicking ass and blowing up whatever gets in their way.
Sure, it's a great idea to have John McClane team up with his son Jack and all, but at this point it feels like the filmmakers were throwing ideas at the wall, just hoping one would stick. I can understand the Directors primary concern, was to deliver an action film first and foremost. Screenwriter Skip Woods and Director John Moore felt saddling John McClane with a sidekick was obligatory. Die Hard doesn't need a gimmicks, just put our antihero in the right place at the wrong time, and allow him to do what he does best and I felt he did his very best, despite what other reviewers gave it a big thumbs down, especially with their one dimensional views and they should get a life and leave out their negative views, as most reviewers have rubbished this film and they are totally out of order, as I thought it was totally brilliant and awesome at the same time.
Blu-ray Video Quality – ‘Good Day to Die Hard’ makes this Blu-ray debut with an impressive 1080p brilliant encoded transfer with an impressive aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Attempting to provide a gritty visual aesthetic, especially as this film was shot using 35mm film, meaning there's a noticeable amount of grain without being intrusive enough make the grain haters cry "foul." Despite the film's many shortcomings, this does help to lend the latest Die Hard with a tone of intensity, and this encode replicates the intended filmic look flawlessly. There are no digital anomalies to speak, especially of no edge enhancement, banding, aliasing or digital artefacts. The colour palette is somewhat muted at times, but the film is dominantly shown through blue and orange filters, and this artistic choice is also replicated without issue. It's an attempt to keep the film somewhat dark and moody, but it sure does help to make the reds and oranges of countless explosions practically leap off the screen. Sharpness is immaculate, although there are some soft shots inherent to the photography, while black levels and contrast remain strong throughout.
Blu-ray Audio Quality – The awesome 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio Surround Track packs so much punch, your house will probably join the rubble left behind in Moscow. Immersion might even be an understatement and It doesn't matter if we're listening to cars get crunched off the road, or if we're under an audible barrage of bullets flying in every which direction, because every sound effect has been mixed with pinpoint precision and depth. The film packs quite a punch when things really get rough, but impressive dynamics make every shot, crunch, punch and explosion that much more impressive. Dialogue is crystal clear, and environmental ambience is so real, you'll practically feel like you're standing right next to John McClane and son while they're kicking ass. If you want a new action flick to show off your home theatre equipment, you're going to want to give this Blu-ray disc a spin.
Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:
Audio Commentary: Commentary by Director John Moore and First Assistant Director Mark Cotone: Director John Moore has a decent enough chat with first-assistant director Mark Cotone about the production and making a film to an already established franchise. There's nothing particularly noteworthy in their conversation, but the two provide a nice account of their experience with good technical details. The commentary track is only available on the extended cut of the film.
Special Feature: Making It Hard To Die  [1080p] [1.85:1] [60:00] A 15 part making-of style documentary that exhaustively details the production values, from conception to the final post-production touches. With several interviews of cast and crew, the doc shares a variety of worthwhile information about the stunts, special effects, shooting location and the camerawork.
Special Feature: Anatomy of a Car Chase  [1080p] [1.85:1] [26:00] A detailed look at the amazing car chase through the Moscow streets with interviews that explain the amount of work, planning and preparation done for this one action sequence while keeping CGI to a minimal.
Special Feature: Two of a Kind  [1080p] [1.85:1] [8:00] A few minutes on the plot of father and son relationship with a variety of comments.
Special Feature: Back in Action  [1080p] [1.85:1] [7:00] Spotlight moves to Bruce Willis and his reprisal of the John McClane character. It's interesting to give a brief look at how Bruce Willis is still able to step in the character's shoes, especially after all these years.
Special Feature: The New Face of Evil  [1080p] [1.85:1] [7:00] This third promotional documentary in a row, here we get to learn about the three villains.
Special Feature: Pre-Vis  [1080p] [1.85:1] [12:00] Some CGI animatic for some of the film's more demanding sequences. The most interesting thing is watching what could have been, as some of the "footage" is for a scene that never made it into the film.
Special Feature: VFX Sequences  [1080p] [1.85:1] [6:00] A collection of 16 action sequences demonstrating the CGI work done.
Special Feature: Maximum McClane  [1080p] [1.85:1] [3:00] A very amusing montage, showing the best moments from all of the 'Die Hard' films.
Still Gallery  [1080p] [1.85:1] Two sections are devoted to an assortment of "Storyboards" and "Concept Art Gallery."
Deleted Scenes  [1080p] [1.85:1] [14:00] It is understandable why most of these scenes were cut. They really would have thrown the 'wham, bam, thank you mam' pace off kilter. The filmmakers were wise to make the choices they did, and there wasn't anything I found myself wishing was in the final product.
Original Theatrical Trailers  [1080p] [1.85:1] [3:30]
Finally, coming after the well-received `Live Free or Die Hard' and `A Good Day to Die Hard,' but here we have a totally brilliant action packed film from start to finish and will have you breathless by the time the film credits appear on the screen. There are some totally awesome cool car chases and especially the shoot-em-up sequences, as well as an abundance of high energy in delivering the action where it needs to be. `A Good Day to Die Hard' is totally entertaining; and it makes me so angry why most pompous critics have panned this film in such a horrible nasty way and they should keep their negative thoughts to themselves. On top of that, 20th Century Fox has put together a fantastic Blu-ray release, with an hour-long making-of documentary, a great audio commentary, and several other documentaries, which I think is a total bonus and why you should purchase this amazing Blu-ray disc package and then it will complete your Die Hard Collection. I totally dispute all the negative reviews I have read and obviously these idiots have been watching a totally different film to me and obviously I must be a lone wolf when it comes to reviewing a film and knowing everyone else is totally wrong in their negative attitude and views. So as far as I am concerned this gets a 10 star rating and I am totally proud to add this to my Die Hard Blu-ray Collection. Highly Recommended!
Andrew C. Miller - Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom