Detective John McClane is coming back to theaters one more time in only a matter of days in a brand new installment in the Die Hard franchise. In celebration of the upcoming adventure, 20th Century Fox and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment have released a somewhat new collection of McClane’s adventures. The new Die Hard 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Collection is an excellent addition to the home library of any action film fan that doesn’t yet have the franchise’s films or the previously released eight-disc Ultimate Collection.
Die Hard fans get in the new Blu-ray Collection much of what was included in the aforementioned DVD set with a few minute changes. Those changes show up mainly in the removal of the unrated versions of the movies that were included in the original eight-disc DVD set and a couple of bonus features from Live Free or Die Hard. But 20th Century Fox and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment have more than made up for that with seven brand new in-depth features included in their very own disc in the set, thus keeping this set as entertaining as the previously released mega set. Included in this new five-disc set are features that any true movie buff and Die Hard fanatic will appreciate. It starts with the bonus feature, “Reinventing the Action Genre.” This feature provides a glimpse into how each one of the Die Hard movies came to life. It’s interesting to learn from this feature that the series’ first two movies actually came from two totally separate books that were adapted into Die Hard and Die Hard 2: Die Harder. Even more interesting to learn is that the author of the book which became Die Hard originally didn’t like the idea of his book being turned into the franchise’s base. And that book in question was actually the sequel to another book that had been turned into a movie starring Frank Sinatra. When asked about doing a movie adaptation of that book’s sequel, Sinatra turned down the chance, and thus Die Hard was born. There is plenty more here for audiences to enjoy; so much so that there is neither time nor space to go into it all. That’s something that audiences will have to discover for themselves.
The very first of the set’s new bonus features alone makes for plenty of extra insight into this landmark franchise. It includes interviews with cast and crew of each movie, as well as each movie’s writer. From here, audiences are taken on a journey behind the scenes of the movies’ special effects, the action sequences, the fights, and even McClane’s sidekicks and so much more. This is just one part of what makes the new Die Hard 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Collection worth the money for any true Die Hard fan.
Also making this new set just as positive as the DVD set is its packaging. Whereas the previous set was contained in a rather large, bulky box, this set is contained much like that of 20th Century Fox’s 2010 Blu-ray release of the Alien Anthology on Blu-ray and Paramount’s recently released Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures on Blu-ray. The set’s packaging is something of a book that is far slimmer than the previously released DVD set. As impressive as the new set’s packaging is, it should be considered for any new box set released as part of the home release of It’s A Good Day To Die Hard later this year. The discs are placed into sleeves of sorts, rather than regular disc “trays.” This isn’t an entirely bad thing. It isn’t without its concerns. But considering that a new box set is highly likely upon the home release of the franchise’s latest installment, one can only hope that this single con will be turned into a positive in the next box set’s release.
Keeping in mind everything noted about this new Blu-ray box set, there’s no denying that it is well worth the money for any true hardcore fan of the Die Hard franchise. It’s available now in stores now and can be ordered online direct via the 20th Century Fox store at http://www.foxconnect.com/die-hard-25th-anniversary-collection.html.
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