Blu-ray+DVD review: A Good Day to Die Hard

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Utilizing less Yippee Ki-Yay in this latest installment and more get-along-little-doggie, “A Good Day To Die Hard” infuses about as much time and effort into this newest storyline as was put in its lengthy and lackluster title.

And while Willis is still able to hold a smidgen of command by offering fans a familiar face, if this day didn’t have the full force of the franchise already behind it, McClane would have indeed had one bad day, and any forward momentum taken away. It’s bad enough that over the course of the franchise’s 25 year run, McClane has been slowly and systematically stripped of his “ordinary Joe” persona, one of his most identifiable and endearing qualities, but now it seems he’s been granted almost superhero-like abilities. Now able to emerge from even the most harrowing of circumstances with no more than dizzy eyes and a light dusting off. And at a time when McClane’s moves and mojo should be brilliantly broken in, Bad Day makes the film’s title promise speak more to the fate of the franchise, and less to McClane’s resolve to put on a good show.

The extras menu is sturdy enough, but only worth a look if you thoroughly enjoyed the film. Otherwise it simply puts staples in an already sour experience. The Moore/Cotone commentary is nice when only the technical aspects of filmmaking are discussed, but serve cold discouragement when anything related to a “creative license” is explored. Likewise, the segments “Anatomy of a Car Chase,” “Pre-vis,” and the “VFX Sequences” provide plenty of stunt work and technical prowess, and the “New Face of Evil” gets the audience up close and personal with the film’s central villains. The best features of the menu come in the forms of a 15-layer “Making It Hard To Die” documentary – which exhaustively explores in greater detail many of the aforementioned themes, but also takes a charming look even further behind the scenes to probe the rare perspectives of the film’s craft services, sound and lighting departments – and a shorter “Two of a Kind” supplement that briefly examines the father and son at odds bond between John and Jack. With the latter supplement giving McClane back at least a minor amount of his former machismo. A nice array of deleted scenes, storyboard and concept art galleries are also included. So with explosions galore but no sense of refinement, even with Willis’ quips and familiar one-liners, “A Good Day To Die Hard” makes for a bad day for fans.

Studio Synopsis: Bruce Willis is back in action — 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!

blu ray dvd a good day to die hard geek 300x374 Blu ray+DVD review: A Good Day to Die Hard Studio: 20th Century Fox
Running Time: 98 minutes
Rating: R
Number of Disks: 2

Special Features:
- Deleted Scenes:
   *Jack Scopes Out Courthouse
   *Collins Gets Approval to Move
   *John McClane Original Introduction
   *Russian Girls on Plane
   *Safe House Intrusion
   *Gun Store
   *Fight with Anton
- Making it Hard to Die:
   *Helicopters and Aerial
   *Special Effects
   *Motion Base
   *Russia and Budapest
   *The Look of the Movie
   *Camera Work
   *Editorial Los Angeles
   *Color Grading
   *Visual Effects
   *Film Scoring
   *Wrap Up
- Anatomy of a Car Chase
- Two of a Kind
- Back in Action
- The New Face of Evil
- Pre-vis:
   *Cold Opening
   *Desert Heist
   *Truck Chase
- VFX Sequences
- Stills: Gallery:
   *Concept Art
- Theatrical trailers
- Commentary by Director John Moore and First Assistant Director Mark Cotone

Additional Resources:
Central Cast: Bruce Willis | Jai Courtney | Sebastian Koch | Mary Elizabeth Winstead | Cole Hauser
Director: John Moore
Central Writers: Skip Woods | Roderick Thorp
Theatrical Release: February 14, 2013
Blu-Ray/DVD Release: June 4, 2013
Genre: Action | Crime | Thriller
Supporting Cast and more Writers found HERE

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