Die Hard Quadrilogy – Blu-ray Review
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If this long-overdue Blu-ray reissue hadn’t come about, this franchise would have thoroughly deserved a HeyUGuys Video Vault special anyway. With recent news of a fifth instalment (A Good Day To Die Hard) going ahead, it is an ideal time to re-evaluate the existing entries in this genre-defining series and see what a Blu-ray brush-up has done to them.
Die Hard came towards the end of a decade that was characterised, at least within the action genre, by one-man-machine films. Rambo, Commando, Predator, Cobra, DTV entries from Dolph Lundgren and the burgeoning attempts of Seagal and Van Damme, all vied for our attention. Then along came Die Hard.
Its director, John McTiernan, had already visited the genre to considerable success and acclaim with Arnie’s none-more-eighties Predator, but this was something else entirely. So familiar has the skyscraper-high concept become (one man, stuck with a load of terrorists, fighting for his life etc) that one can forget that this is where it bega