Dear 20th Century Fox - Sorry, but it's no sale for the Die Hard 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Collection. Not because we don't love Bruce Willis as the relentless New York City cop John McClane who never met a bad guy he didn't want to kill. We do. And not because the Die Hard series is dated. The storylines have, in fact, held up remarkably well over the last quarter of a century. (McClane's classic line, "Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker," still works every time.) No, we're not buying the Die Hard 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Collection because, sorry to say, it ain't worth $60.
Like all good Die Hard fans, we purchased the previously released DVD and Blu-ray versions as they hit the market, so we already had a version of each film in our movie library. (Along with the individual releases, Fox issued a three-film box-set in 2007 and then a four-film collection in 2008.) What does the anniversary collection have that the previous releases don't have? Turns out, not much.
The quality of the first three films, Die Hard, Die Harder and Die Hard with a Vengence, is sub-par. What, you couldn't remaster them even just a little? Compared to the fourth installment in the series, Live Free or Die Hard, which still explodes off the screen, the first three visually limp along. Remember, today's audiences are used to CGI and 3D everything. Anything that isn't crystal clear and in double Dolby-surround sound should be regulated to the bargain bin. And $60, even if it is for a box set, isn't a bargain bin price.
There's nothing spectacular on the extras, nothing especially exciting about the version of each film. In fact, the set has the PG-version of Live Free or Die Hard. And worst of all, the next installment in the series, A Good Day to Die Hard, is set to hit the big screen in just a couple of weeks so we already know the collection is incomplete. (And please, don't pretend there won't be a Die Hard 1 to 5 box set coming out soon.)
So, the moral to this story, 20th Century Fox is this: give us something new and exciting for our money. Don't expect us to whip out our credit card if all you're offering is the same ol', same ol'. Can you hear that, Fox? That's the sound of us not spending money. Scary, isn't it?
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