Live Free or Die Hard [Blu-ray]
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"The best of the best is back and better than ever" (WNYW-TV) in the latest installment of the pulse-pounding, thrill-a-minute Die Hard action films. New York City detective John McClane (Bruce Willis) delivers old-school justice to a new breed of terrorists when a massive computer attack on the U.S. infrastructure threatens to shut down the entire country over Independence Day weekend.

Twelve years after Die Hard with a Vengeance, the third and previous film in the Die Hard franchise, Live Free or Die Hard finds John McClane (Bruce Willis) a few years older, not any happier, and just as kick-ass as ever. Right after he has a fight with his college-age daughter (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a call comes in to pick up a hacker (Justin Long, a.k.a. the "Apple guy") who might help the FBI learn something about a brief security blip in their systems. Now any Die Hard fan knows that this is when the assassins with foreign accents and high-powered weaponry show up, telling McClane that once again he's stumbled into an assignment that's anything but routine. Once that wreckage has cleared, it is revealed that the hacker is only one of many hackers who are being targeted for extermination after they helped set up a "fire sale," a three-pronged cyberattack designed to bring down the entire country by crippling its transportation, finances, and utilities. That plan is now being put into action by a mysterious team (Timothy Olyphant, Deadwood, and Maggie Q, Mission: Impossible 3) that seems to be operating under the government's noses.

Live Free or Die Hard uses some of the cat-and-mouse elements of Die Hard with a Vengeance along with some of the pick-'em-off-one-by-one elements of the now-classic original movie. And it's the most consistently enjoyable installment of the franchise since the original, with eye-popping stunts (directed by Len Wiseman of the Underworld franchise), good humor, and Willis's ability to toss off a quip while barely alive. There was some controversy over the film's PG-13 rating--there might be less blood than usual, and McClane's famous tag line is somewhat obscured--but there's still has plenty of action and a high body count. Yippee-ki-ay! --David Horiuchi

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Customer Reviews:

  • Dying Hardest
    Live Free or Die Hard is the flashiest and most outrageous of the Die Hard series but it has not lost the original candor and humor which makes the older three classic action films. Bruce Willis delivers a great performance that makes you forget his age and he's in terrific shape (if I'm in that good of shape at 50, I'll be perfectly content).

    Everything in this film is slick and clean, though it requires a healthy suspension of disbelief to enjoy. It is the action film of the nerd, but the old-school cop delivering old-school justice to the villain wins out in the end, like all good Die Hard movies.

    This movie falls slightly below Die Hard with a Vengeance, but only because Samuel Jackson is not present. The villains are great, and the femme fatale is stunning in every respect.

    Buy it. Watch it. You won't regret it. If you know and love the old Die Hards, this one will be right up your alley. It's different in tone, less gritty, but still Die Hard....more info
  • Awesome visuals with ridiculous story
    I understand the good guy has to win. But when a villain mercilessly kills so many people without blinking and kills colleagues without an afterthought and then when it comes to killing the good guy, he has to prolongue it and give this whole "I'm going to kill you after I do this and this and this and I'm going to get pleasure out of watching you die, etc", and this all comes after you've told countless henchmen to kill this person (which means a few minutes ago you didn't mind somebody else doing a killing job that you wouldn't see), I guess I'm just tired of the rehashed ridiculousness.

    This villain assembles a team that has the entire United States of America by the balls, but then when it comes down to crunch time, it struggles with a cop that can't be killed by hovering aircraft, crumbling freeway overpasses, or henchmen that managed to kill entire departments of security but can't kill this one cop. This villain has everything planned beautifully, and then sends killer after killer, one by one just like the others, to kill this cop instead of just keeping the killers around him for protection, so when McClain does find him, he has to face several people with guns at once. Not that this would stop him, of course. But it's a movie that tries to convince me that a brilliant villain would all of a sudden become very careless and that hired killers would turn into bumbling idiots.

    The ridiculousness got to a point where I was actually rooting for the villain to win. There he is on the ground. You have a gun. Just shoot him.

    But this film isn't about believability. It's about special effects and yippee ki-a mo fo. And if that's your thing, than this movie's awesome special affects doesn't disappoint. ...more info
  • Awesome visuals with ridiculous story
    I understand the good guy has to win. But when a villain mercilessly kills so many people without blinking and kills colleagues without an afterthought and then when it comes to killing the good guy, he has to prolongue it and give this whole "I'm going to kill you after I do this and this and this and I'm going to get pleasure out of watching you die, etc", and this all comes after you've told countless henchmen to kill this person (which means a few minutes ago you didn't mind somebody else doing a killing job that you wouldn't see), I guess I'm just tired of the rehashed ridiculousness.

    This villain assembles a team that has the entire United States of America by the balls, but then when it comes down to crunch time, it struggles with a cop that can't be killed by hovering aircraft, crumbling freeway overpasses, or henchmen that managed to kill entire departments of security but can't kill this one cop. This villain has everything planned beautifully, and then sends killer after killer, one by one just like the others, to kill this cop instead of just keeping the killers around him for protection, so when McClain does find him, he has to face several people with guns at once. Not that this would stop him, of course. But it's a movie that tries to convince me that a brilliant villain would all of a sudden become very careless and that hired killers would turn into bumbling idiots.

    The ridiculousness got to a point where I was actually rooting for the villain to win. There he is on the ground. You have a gun. Just shoot him.

    But this film isn't about believability. It's about special effects and yippee ki-a mo fo. And if that's your thing, than this movie's awesome special affects doesn't disappoint. ...more info
  • Utterly moronic yet for some reason I enjoyed it
    In the opening minutes of this movie there is a gun fight combined with explosions that was so loud I instinctively turned the volume down on my television so it wouldn't bother my neighbors. This gunfight lasts for quite awhile. At the end of the gunfight our heroes go driving off. At no point in all of this does a single other policeman show up nor are there even sirens heard in the distance and the neighborhood seems to take the massive explosion that destroys an entire apartment very much in stride.
    At this point I said to myself, "All righty. So this movie is going to be stupid. I'll watch it anyway."
    And I did. And it was. But having switched off the complaining/rational part of my brain early on it actually turned out to be kind of fun. In this world everyone can survive thirty foot drops as long as they bounce off a lot of things during their fall, computer hackers are ridiculously sexy women who also know kung fu and I'm not even going to tell you what jet planes can do.
    But it was somehow less awful than a lot of recent action movies.
    On a final note, there was absolutely NO reason for this to be a Die Hard movie outside of marketing purposes. Except for one minor reference to the original where an FBI Agent introduces himself as Agent Johnson causing Bruce Willis to grimace, there were basically no connections to the original that weren't forced and tacked on.
    Still, for some reason I smiled more than I groaned....more info
  • Die Hard 4.0
    Great movie. Highly recommended for any fan of the previous ones and action movies in general
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  • The best "Die Hard" yet!
    I think this movie is right up there with the others in the series, if not the best. The action scenes are great, and the main characters likeable and believable....more info
  • Live Free-Die Har
    As usual, Bruce Willis is GREAT. The movie is action packed from
    beginning to end.

    Excellent product - BRAND NEW....more info
  • It Took Ten Years, But There Is A New Classic Action Film
    More than ten years after movie screens exploded with the third chapter in Die Hard's high-energy action franchise, the infamous John McClane (Bruce Willis) is back, and this time the vengeance becomes personal for him when American terrorist Thomas Gabriel (Timothy Olyphant) kidnaps his semi-estranged college-aged daughter Lucy (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). Directed by Len Wiseman and set in the cryptic underground world of computer hackers, Live Free or Die Hard features all of the crank-induced adrenaline audiences have come to expect from the rapid cuts, frenetic camera movements, and over-the-top CGI of this millennium's action films. It is not merely the stunts and special effects that have been upgraded, though; the terrorists themselves have now found a new weapon in the Internet, virtually using our own technology against us. Naturally, Live Free or Die Hard takes on the same formula as the three that proceeded it: the "every man" hero of McClane battles physical combat, gunfire, and even a helicopter chase, but this time around he lacks all of the necessary knowledge to bring down Gabriel and his minions.

    Enter Matt Farrell (Justin Long), a young hacker McClane is initially hired to bring into the FBI as a suspect. Despite being surrounded by FBI personnel, Farrell seems to be the only one with enough computer knowledge to figure out that Gabriel and his girlfriend Mai Linh (Maggie Q) have created the elusive "fire sale," a three-step chain of events that will shut down anything run by computer, which is pretty much everything from transportation to financial transactions on Wall Street. Though often bumbling, Farrell understands the finesses of technology that McClane seems to have let pass by him for the past decade, and their relationship becomes that of a dysfunctional father and son: each one thinks they know it all but soon find out they can actually learn quite a lot from each other.

    When Live Free or Die Hard was released in theatres, some viewers noticed moments where the dialogue didn't seem to match the actors' mouths. The film had been ADRed to comply with the MPAA's regulations in order to garner a PG-13 rating. In many ways, the theatrical version seemed Formatted to Fit Your Screen for an airing on network television or on an airplane. Thankfully, though, the Unrated version restores all of the original dialogue, therefore eliminating those aforementioned sync issues, and returning the "Yippee-ki-ay" catchphrase in full. Needless to say, the Unrated version also features additional profanity in shots that had been eliminated from the theatrical release, including McClane staring at Mai's dead body, releasing a string of superfluous expletives. Some scenes, most notably the McClane's battle with the helicopter, are extended, and there are a handful of extra intro shots to certain locations, like the FBI Command. The optional audio commentary track by Willis, Wiseman, and Nicolas De Touth offers some more insight into the decisions that went into what to leave out of the theatrical version.

    The Special Features disc on the Live Free or Die Hard DVD is chock full of unnecessary extras, such as an interview where Kevin Smith asks Willis inane, and often profane, questions. The pairing is odd, to say the least, and would have seemed a lot less like a joke if it had been Willis and Wiseman or Willis and Long or even Willis and Olyphant. This disc also includes a downloadable version of the feature, which can be played on computers and in select portable devices. The technology has been called "cutting edge" by studios and critics but at this time seems pretty pointless, as you can just pop the DVD into your computer if you want to watch it that way; there is no need to have it stored on your hard drive.

    Also featured on this disc is a music video by Guyz Nite, an indie rock band from New York City, and a take-it-or-leave-it short behind-the-scenes package with them. The Fox Movie Channel's "Making Of" featurette becomes redundant after viewing the feature-length, behind-the-scenes documentary entitled "An Analog Hero in a Digital World," which is hands downs the best thing on this 2-disc set. Any "How'd They Do That?" question you may have had gets answered, and in many ways it is more interesting than the film itself because of the insider knowledge it offers. In fact, "An Analog Hero..." is worth the price of the DVD set alone, and it is encouraged to watch that before viewing the Unrated cut because it allows you to view the FX at work and perhaps for the first time notice the art behind them.

    Live Free or Die Hard is the first of the franchise to deal with the issues of a post-9/11 society, and that alone makes it more than just your typical popcorn flick and therefore worth watching....more info
  • Live free or die hard
    Very good action packed movie, would prefer movies to be made without the profanity in it, not everyone likes vulgar language. Other movie is okay lot's of action and great sound effects on a dts surround sound system.
    How about making clean movies without the profanity in them, it's not needed lessens the movie and shows actors will do anything for money. No matter what....more info
  • Don't buy Blu-Ray edition! NO UNRATED VERSION!
    Boy did I get screwed! Having previously enjoyed this film as a rental from Netflix in standard DVD form, I took advantage of a special "buy 2 get one free" offer from Amazon on selected Blu-Ray titles. It never occurred to me that Fox would put LESS on the Blu-Ray than the standard DVD edition. SHAME ON YOU FOX!!!!!!!...more info
  • live free or die hard
    this is a very good action movie! i like it because there is almost no scean with out action. it is somewhat funny! ...more info
  • Bruce Willis
    My hubbby's favorite! Great price! Speedy delivery! Highly recommend! Thanks so much!...more info
  • Incredible Bruce Willis fun & entertainment.
    A dream movie for us "Walter Mitty" types -- living vicariously thru a movie that lets you pretend you let yourself loose to do justice to bad guys....more info
  • Die Hard with a Jar Jar...
    I don't know who thought up the idea of another Die Hard film, this time with the "Mac user" kid, but this really didn't work for me. The formula of the rookie/new guy has been done and done well, but I've yet to see a successful rookie/irritating computer hacker formula in a film ("Let me got a shoot things, while you conveniently stay here and hack things", etc) It's been done, and the formula is getting tired.

    I was glad to see Bruce Willis back in action again, and I'm equally impressed with with Wolverine-magnitude fast-healing factor that almost completely recovered him from his earlier injuries (it looks like he was near death in the earlier Police station sequence... but subsequently he healed... magically!)

    A surprise for me was seeing Kevin Smith in, amazingly, a likeable roll, and even in the unrated version, not once did the customary f-bomb fly out of his mouth (watching his interviews at things like the LA comicon, you'd think he's replaced the word "the" with the f-bomb.)

    Anyhow, this film was completely implausable and ridiculous, but it is one of those films that gets you to wondering how long the world would last without electricity, if some terrorist nut (that vaguely resembled an evil Ryan Seacrest) took over the computers of the US.
    Then again, who really cares...?...more info
  • Why?
    I suppose in a world where everything is enhanced CGI or Virtual Reality the Die Hard franchise ought to take its already over-the-top formula to new levels of technological "try to top this." Thus the stage is set for the fourth installment, cleverly entitled LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD. Here we find a very middle-aged John McClane (yet the years have been kind to Bruce Willis) on his way to serve a routine warrant on a cyber hacker (Justin Long, who needs to calm down) wanted by the FBI for questioning. Yet after three Die Hard death match marathons the viewer knows all too well there is never anything "routine" in McClane's shoot-'em-up life, and soon the two characters embark on a perilous adventure that makes suspension of disbelief the next special on Comedy Central.

    I know this is a Die Hard movie; I know this is Detective John McClane. But. . .come on. Plunging down a shaft, jumping from a semi on a crumbling freeway, clutching the wing of a spinning military jet--all while dodging semi-automatic gunfire or torched tons of TNT--is, perhaps, just a tad too much. But again, this is the age of mind-boggling special effects, so there's no end to the death-defying predicaments the filmmakers gleefully subject their protagonist to. Not even Superman would survive this kind of punishment.

    Willis is delightfully cranky, cantankerous, and curmudgeonly; Long needs to calm down (I think I have mentioned this); and cyber villain Timothy Olyphant definitely lacks the cold, calculated evil of his villainous predecessors. LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD deserves three stars just because of all the eye-popping visuals, which are impressive, but really: this franchise should have ended after Detective McClane rode off into the sunset after saving the Nakatomi Tower.
    --D. Mikels, Author, The Reckoning...more info
  • live free or die hard
    this is a very good action movie! i like it because there is almost no scean with out action. it is somewhat funny! ...more info
  • DIE HARD IS STILL ALIVE AND WELL! 4 1/2 STARS!
    The original 'Die Hard' film is the quintessential action movie. The first two sequels are very entertaining, but couldn't possibly live up to the original. 'Live Free or Die Hard' is a worthy entry in the series and the best since the original. Willis is in fine form and Justin Long proves he can hold his own. Fantastic action sequences and a tight story line will keep you on edge from beginning to end. The single disc unrated release has the theatrical release included as well as the unrated version. There is enough extra stuff on this one to keep me happy, but a two disc is available for "DIE HARD" super-fans. ;-b...more info
  • Jules review
    Live Free or Die Hard - Unrated (Two-Disc Special Edition)


    Very good movie, I loved it!!!
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  • Typical action movie.
    Not bad for a Part 4 of a series. The usual action stuff is in this movie: shootouts, big explosions, karate action, people falling great distances and not breaking a bone, car chases.
    That kid, Justin Long, breathes life into this film and Bruce is still cool as John McClane.
    Live Free or Die Hard isn't as good as Die Hard parts 1 or 3, but if you have an afternoon to kill and want to watch an action film, this movie fits the bill....more info
  • Lo bueno nunca pasa de moda!!!
    Esta pelicula es la prueba del dicho de que lo bueno no pasa de moda, este actor se dio a conocer por la trilogia de duro de matar (que segun mi opinion son exclentes), ahora a?os despues sigue siendo un heroe accion, que le imprmime una actuacion excelente. Se las recomiendo para fanaticos de accion.......more info
  • unbelievably good audio
    The DTS-HD MA audio is amaaaaaaaaazing, it is a superb workout for my system. especially the tunnel scene and f18 scene. video is very good, overall great movie. must have...more info
  • No DTS??
    Ok, the description on this DVD definitely said it came with a DTS track, and yet there is no track. I am highly dissapointed and angry....more info
  • Love action movies
    Big fan of action movies. This movie deliver the action that it promise. Like the different spoken languages it comes in. Recommend for the action type and bruce willies fan....more info
  • Die Hard - The Series that Won't Hardly Die
    It's a given in this kind of film that the bad guys will miss 2,000 shots with a submachine gun, while the hero kills three of their guys with but two bullets from his handgun. Live Free or Die Hard squeezes every bit of believability out of any number of those scenarios, but who really cares? This film isn't meant to be judged as to whether or not it "feels realistic." As Willis's McClane would say - "Screw realism! I'm in it to win it!"

    So, what started as a series about a normal guy trying to save his family from a small hostage situation has turned into story about an indestructible superhero who is unstoppable. He is unkillible. He doesn't need to eat, or sleep, or even go to the bathroom.

    Frank McClane has become the terminator, dude, and the bad guys better watch their back.

    Frank's characters can never be allowed to work alone, as his alphamale energy would eventually send off a ray that will kill every other person except Robert DeNiro. So, they team him with a comic fool, in this case, the funny and charming Justin Long, who is the perfect beta man counterpart for the Willisater.

    Also along for the ride is Frank's lovely daughter Rudy, who proves to be a nicer, prettier terminator. Like father, like daughter. Run, Justin.

    Now, once you accept the preposterousness of much of what's happening, you can just enjoy it as good fun. There are spectacular set pieces, including one involving a truck, a jet fighter and a collapsing overpass. Just keeping track of the various elements must have been exhausting!

    Soon, they'll be able to make everything look real in the movies, although not the two Kung-Fu fighers Willis had to handle. They were flipping, floating and repelling off floors like characters out of the Matrix. Just one more heave dose of unreality to bring down the scene.

    Still, the show holds together. Willis and Long keep the franchise feeling fresh - I certainly hope Long gets to do more like this now that he's the "Apple Guy." Turn off your mind and turn on your adrenaline receptors and get ready for the ride of your life. ...more info
  • No Dogs or Computer Codebreakers Allowed
    There are certain movies in Hollywood where the self-consciousness is so obvious, you can practically see what's going on in the filmmakers' heads. "We'll talk about terrorism, but we'll put an Arabic-looking guy in command, just so the 9-11 watchdogs don't get us. We'll also mix up the good team and the bad team with enough racial colors on each side to look like a two-page Benetton spread so we can congratulate ourselves on how progressive we are.

    But all those missed opportunities at stereotyping need somewhere to vent.

    I got it! The Asian girl can still play the kung fu dragon lady AND vixen prostitute!" (the only two roles available to Asian women for the past hundred years?)

    I was having a five star experience, with the understanding that this was PURE ACTION FLICK ENTERTAINMENT AT IT'S BEST. Reality should be left at home as injured men jump out of speeding cars onto concrete pavements before limping off for 24 more hours of punishment. Angles switch at a jarring pace between every 3-4 seconds, though Bruce Willis is among the lucky few who actually gets more handsome as he ages.

    I was actually quite entertained, finding I was able to suspend my anticipation of what may happen next. Well...up till the hero's racist / sexist trash talking after offing the Yellow Peril. "Can I get another dead Asian hooker b**tch over here right away?" (Unless "hooker b**tch" is colloquial for a female antagonist who is breaching security through computer codebreaking.) Imagine him killing an African American head technician and making a comment about smoking a carjacking drug-dealer. Nobody would stand for it. I know I wouldn't.

    All I'm saying is, if you're going to to through all that trouble to create a pretty rainbow across the cast, why rain on the parade by not going a few more little steps?

    So after that, I found it took increasing effort to suspend my imagination, implicitly knowing the movie was going to follow a stringent script that will grovel to appease the expectations of old men who frequent Thailand for you know...computer programmers. There would be no more surprises, as all the fancy CGI thrown at me felt like something I've already seen and heard before.

    The movie is ultimately about how an older generation, with sneakernet technology (McClane to young computer wiz: "We're going to do something (to get across town) that they invented in the 60's: jogging") can still hold it's own against the smug, keyboard-tapping new generation. So it needs to entertain by showing the graying generation that their language and physical brand of communication is still valid. I was rooting for the older, more physical, generation myself.

    But Really Hollywood. It's been over twenty years since the Year of the Dragon. A soft spoken hero whose most passionate moment in a movie is when he turns into Mickey Rourke's Stanley White looks like a dinosaur.

    And we all know what happened to dinosaurs.
    ...more info