So thatís basically what youíre going to get; Bruce Willis in one over the top stunt after another. Sure, heís cool doing it and itís a fun ride, but thereís nothing more to it. I was happily enjoying the ride right up until the ďF-35Ē scene. Itís not that I want a realistic DIE HARD film, but having Bruce Willis jump on the wing of a moving jet and then jump off said jet was borderline silly. I can suspend disbelief to handle the most ridiculous of action sequences, but this particular scene was too much.
As much as I can appreciate the film for being incredibly fun and exciting, would it be too much to ask to have a DIE HARD film with some character development, kind of like the first one? The second, third and now fourth installments in the franchise have abandoned any notion of making McClane human. There were moments in the fourth where I thought they couldíve added some depth to his character, but they rushed the scenes and got him back to shooting people. Again, not entirely a bad thing, I just miss the human McClane.
I was concerned that I wouldnít like his daughter in the film, but she was actually pretty cool. I could see Hollywood trying to use her in a spin-off somehow and with a certain amount of luck, it could actually work. But I donít think Bruce Willis is done with the DIE HARD franchise just yet. He seemed to have a lot of fun making the film and he was excited about it in his interviews. I expect him to come back for a few more, and given how much fun this fourth film is, I donít see any reason to try and stop him.
Commentary with Bruce Willis, Len Wiseman and Nicolas De Toth: This isnít a bad commentary and they discuss the PG-13 rating right off the bat. They claim it wasnít an issue, but you can tell by other things they say that it probably was an issue. There were some pauses in here, some of which were pretty long. I wouldíve also liked to hear more from Bruce Willis.
Analog Hero in a Digital World (97:15): This is an extensive look at DIE HARD 4 and covers pretty much everything you need or want to know. The cast starts by talking about the first film and goes all the way through the making of the fourth. Itís pretty good and moves fast enough to make it fun to watch. There are a few too many movie scenes though. I also liked Justin Longís rip on the PG-13 rating.
Yippee Ki Yay Mother F***** (22:39): This is the Kevin Smith interview that was online before the movie came out. Here it is in its entirety. Personally, Iím a big fan of Kevin Smith and a big fan of Bruce, so this featurette alone is worth buying the two-disc version.
Guyz Nite Music Video: Die Hard (4:28): Iíd never heard of Guyz Nite, but these guys sing a rock song about the DIE HARD films and itís pretty good. This is a fun video.
Behind the Scenes with Guyz Nite (5:46): I enjoyed the video, but I didnít need an interview with the band. If youíre a fan of the band, this may be worth your time. Otherwise, Iíd skip this one.
Fox Legacy (6:20): Some guy at Fox talks about the DIE HARD franchise and gives you way too many movie scenes. Meh.
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