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Win a copy of Live Free or Die Hard

Posted by Janett on November 11, 2007

The action explodes as never before in this 2-Disc Collector's Edition of

The action explodes as never before in this 2-Disc Collector’s Edition of “Live Free Or Die Hard!” Start with the unrated movie version, packed with more thrills, more attitude… more John McClane! Then add a spectacular 10-part documentary that takes you where no “Die Hard” fan has gone before, plus an uncensored interview with Bruce Willis on the studio backlot and more.

By M&C News Nov 9, 2007, 15:29 GMT

Bruce Willis is back with the DVD release of Live Free or Die Hard. M&C is celebrating the release by giving away five copies of the Live Free or Die Hard – Unrated (Two-Disc Special Edition).

Live Free or Die Hard is coming to DVD on Nov 20th, and will be available in two different configurations – a single-disc widescreen unrated edition, and a special two-disc unrated edition loaded with exclusive elements such as “Conversation with Bruce Willis and Kevin Smith,” and feature-length Making-Of documentary.

Both editions will be highlighted by audio commentary with Bruce Willis and director Len Wiseman. Wiseman (Underworld) takes the series into the new millennium with a seamless composite of explosive scenes jaw-dropping stunt work, groundbreaking special effects and the ever popular quips.

Plot Synopsis:

When someone hacks into the computers at the FBI’s Cyber Crime Division; the Director decides to round up all the hackers who could have done this. When he’s told that because it’s the 4th of July most of their agents are not around so they might have trouble getting people to get the hackers.

So he instructs them to get local PD’S to take care of it. And one of the cops they ask is John McClane who is tasked with bringing a hacker named Farrell to the FBI. But as soon as he gets there someone starts shooting at them. McClane manages to get them out but they’re still being pursued. And it’s just when McClane arrives in Washington that the whole system breaks down and chaos ensues.

Special Features include:

Commentary by Bruce Willis, Director Len Wiseman and Editor Nicolas De Toth
Music Video – Die Hard by Guyz Nite
Behind-the-Scenes with Guyz Nite
Analog Hero in a Digital World: Making of Live Free or Die Hard documentary
Yippee-Ki-Yay Mother F*****! – One-on-One Conversation with Bruce Willis & Kevin Smith (23 minutes)
Fox Movie Channel Presents Fox Legacy
Theatrical trailer
5.1 Dolby Digital
Spanish, French Dolby Surround Audio
English, Spanish and French Subtitles

To enter, contestants need to provide a name and e-mail address. Upon notification of winning, contestants will have five days to reply with the name and address of where their prize should be sent.

Sorry but this competition is open to residents of the USA only (PR Companies can not ship prizes outside U.S.).

Live Free or Die Hard – Unrated (Two-Disc Special Edition) is now available for pre-order at Amazon. It is now available at AmazonUK. Visit the DVD database for more information. Click Here to enter to win a copy of the DVD.

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Robert Rodriguez part of Grindhouse with Bruce Willis

Posted by Janett on October 7, 2007

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IucBlYfhdMc

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Planet Terror (Extended and Unrated 2-Disc Edition) (DVD)

Posted by Janett on October 7, 2007

grind-1.jpgBruce Willis, Rose McGowan, Marley Shelton, Josh Brolin, Freddy Rodriguez, Naveen Andrews, Fergie, Jeff Fahey, Michael Biehn, Rebel Rodriguez, The Crazy Babysitter Twins, Michael Parks, Tom Savini, Quentin TarantinoTom Savini. Blood. Gore. Deputy McGraw. Erotic Dancers. Monsters. Rapists. Stunts. Has-beens. Bruce Willis. Big Guns. Well it has to be a Robert Rodriguez movie doesn’t it? Unlike say, “Desperado” or “Sin City” though, “Planet Terror” is trash – but intentionally so.

Originally released in a double bill with the Quentin Tarantino directed “Death Proof” – under the ‘Grindhouse’ label – this homage to everything Drive-in Theatre takes its cue from the classically over-the-top zombie movies of the 70s; you know, the ones with the corn syrup, exploding heads and mass amputations. It’s meant to look and feel like a crappy old movie – problem is, it’s pretty good. Trashy, but good.

gh9907-452b4.jpgFeaturing ‘it’ stars like Bruce Willis, Rose McGowan, Naveen Andrews, Freddy Rodriguez, Marley Shelton and Josh Brolin, as well as forgotten action vets like Michael Biehn and Jeff Fahey (playing brothers here), “Terror” is an hour-and-a-half of non-stop gory and over-the-top zombie madness. You’ve got a bunch of reanimated corpses invading a small town with a local rebel (Rodriguez), his recently amputated friend (McGowan, looking ever so sexy) and the local police force (led By Sheriff Biehn, of “The Terminator” fame) out to stop them. Brolin hams it up as a psychotic doctor; Shelton plays his long-suffering young wife; Andrews (TVs “Lost”) plays a kick-ass military scientist ; Willis plays a hard-nosed military man, and filmmaker Quentin Tarantino pops up to play the film’s big sleaze, a rapist.

With film crackles, missing reels, and cigarette burns accompanying the corny fun on screen, “Planet Terror” is a unique and enjoyable trip back to yesteryear. (I don’t know if I personally enjoyed it as much as Tarantino’s “Death Proof”, but it’s been said that will like one more so than the other). Not to say the film is merely endurable rubbish, it isn’t, in fact Rodriguez’s film borderlines on actually being a ‘real’ flick – something that could’ve been released without the film crackles and missing reels. He’s put a lot of his work into this – right down to making the audience give a hoot about the characters, not to mention the crafty special effects – much more so than any filmmaker in the “Grindhouse” days would’ve. Still, the novelty of it does start to wear off about an hour into it, but stick with it, if only for the reveal of the big bad at the end.

The two-disc “Planet Terror” DVD features roughly the same amount and type of extras that the “Death Proof” DVD did – including featurettes on the cast, the director’s, the stunts and so on – but the only difference here is Rodriguez was good enough to do an audio commentary (Tarantino did not). Like his ’10 Minute Film School’, where he talks about cost-effective ways to do effects and the like, Rodriguez gives listeners a heap of pointers in the commentary, assuming most are listening because they’re wannabe filmmakers. He’s also not afraid to be brutally honest or let slip some insider secrets.

Reviewer : Clint Morris

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Hudson Hawk (15th Anniversary Edition)

Posted by Janett on September 16, 2007

The best cat burglar that ever lived, Eddie “The Hawk” Hawkins, returns with hilarious antics and an all-star cast when Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases Hudson Hawk: Special Edition on DVD November 20th for the suggested retail price of $19.94.

Directed by Michael Lehman (40 Days and 40 Nights, The Truth about Cats and Dogs) and written by and starring Bruce Willis (Sin City, Die Hard, Pulp Fiction) as well as Danny Aiello (Moonstruck, Do the Right Thing), Hudson Hawk features numerous duets sung by Willis and Aiello, including Bing Crosby’s “Swinging on a Star” and Paul Anka’s “Side by Side” timed to the action in this hilarious cult classic.

Synopsis:

After 10 years in prison, Eddie “The Hawk” Hawkins (Willis), the world’s most famous cat burglar, is ready to go straight. But it’s not going to be easy for The Hawk. The Mafia and the CIA have conspired to blackmail Eddie and his partner (Aiello) into stealing three Da Vinci masterpieces from the most heavily-guarded museums in the world. Sounds simple, right? WRONG!

While trying to steal the goods, Hawk falls in love with a beautiful but schizophrenic nun (MacDowell) and is relentlessly pursued by the greedy and powerful Minerva (Sandra Bernhard) and Darwin Mayflower (Richard E. Grant), who want the works of art as part of their twisted plot to ruin the world’s economy. It is wall-to-wall action as the wise-cracking Hawk saves the world, wins the girl, and gets the last laugh.

DVD bonus features include:

Two All-New Featurettes with Bruce Willis and Sandra Bernhard
Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes
All-New Trivia Track
Director’s Commentary by Michael Lehman

Hudson Hawk (15th Anniversary Edition) is now available for pre-order at Amazon. As of yet, there is not a release dare for the UK. Visit the DVD database for more information.

 

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Live Free or Die Hard announcement

Posted by Janett on September 16, 2007

Fox Home Entertainment has officially announced Live Free or Die Hard which stars Bruce Willis and Justin Long. There will be three different versions of the standard definition DVD release as well as a high-def Blu-ray version.

For the standard DVD, there will be a single-disc full screen rated version, a single-disc widescreen unrated version, and a unrated two-disc special edition. Each will carry English Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 Surround tracks. Both single-disc editions will include a commentary track with Bruce Willis, Director Len Wiseman and Editor Nicolas De Toth, as well as the music video “Die Hard” by Guyz Nite and accompanying behind-the-scenes feature with the band.

The two-disc special edition will include everything the single disc releases have as well as a ten-part documentary entitled “Analog Hero in a Digital World: Making of Live Free or Die Hard. Also included will be a Fox Movie Channel featurette about the film, a Yippee-Ki-Yay Mother F*****! one-on-one conversation with Bruce Willis & Kevin Smith, and the trailer.

A Blu-ray release of the film will also be available on the day of standard release. But this release will only include the PG-13 rated theatrical version of the film, along with all of the above standard definition special features plus D-Box motion sensor capabilities, several high-definition trailers and the exclusive high definition BD-Java multi-level strategy game “Black Hat Intercept!”.

Finally, 20th Century Fox will also debut the Die Hard Trilogy on Blu-ray, loaded with numerous bonus features, including deleted scenes, featurettes, actor and director commentaries, visual effect breakdowns, alternate endings, side-by-side comparisons and much more.

No word on whether or not these features will be the same as those found on the Ultimate Die Hard Collection, six-disc release.

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“Perfect Stranger” DVD Release

Posted by Janett on August 24, 2007

Halle Berry stars in Perfect Stranger, a slick thriller pitting her against Bruce Willis. She’s an undercover reporter working as a temp at his high powered company. All this in order to solve the mysterious death of a friend that he may be responsible for. Perfect Stranger has plenty of twists, but may be somewhat too convoluted to be believable. The film also stars Giovanni Ribisi as Berry’s tech-savvy sidekick.


Courtesy: Sony Pictures

The DVD is rated R for sexual content, nudity, some disturbing violent images and language. It’s available in widescreen and only includes one special feature, a making of featurette that takes viewers behind the scenes.

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Willis wows U.K., French audiences

Posted by Janett on July 8, 2007

LONDON — The Brits and the French agree on one thing: Bruce Willis still has what it takes.

The high-octane “Die Hard” action franchise might have been dormant for 12 years but Euro auds are embracing the return of reluctant hero John McClane in the fourth installment with open arms.

In the U.K., “Live Free or Die Hard” — known locally as “Die Hard 4.0” — goes into the weekend on a real high having banked $1.9 million in previews on Wednesday and $1.3 million Thursday. Bookers attribute the boffo previews to its wide appeal. Unlike “Rocky Balboa,” “Die Hard” is playing as well with female auds as with its core aud of red-blooded males, according to exhibs.

Fox is looking for an opening frame including the previews of $11 million.

Reviews have been roundly positive for the muscular actioner. “It’s utterly ridiculous and, I’m afraid, pretty enjoyable,” wrote Anthony Quinn in the Independent. “A more than acceptable bit of crash-bang summer escapism,” said Tim Robey in the Daily Telegraph.

Other U.K. releases are generating little buzz.

Persistently rainy weather, or “good cinemagoing weather” as Brit bookers prefer to call it, has been boosting box office for the past few weeks but sunnier weather is forecast for this weekend.

A weekend of high-profile sports events including the U.K. leg of the Tour de France, the closing matches of Wimbledon and the British Grand Prix Formula One race will likely eat into U.K. B.O. grosses.

The latest “Die Hard” is also proving a big hit across the English Channel where Gallic auds are traditionally sweet on Willis.

The actioner took $1.7 million at 749 on its opening day helped by positive reviews. “The quintessence of an American action film … Willis is at the summit of his droll anti-hero persona,” hyperventilated Paris Match.

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The Hollywood Reporter about “DH4”

Posted by Janett on June 30, 2007

The kick-ass spirit of the old “Die Hard” series gets a terrific contempo revival.

Bruce Willis’ John McClane takes on a computer-age villain bent on “virtual terrorism.”

The “analog” world strikes back in “Live Free or Die Hard.” In his return to the signature character he originated in 1988’s “Die Hard” and continued in two ’90s sequels, Bruce Willis and his everyman hero, John McClane, use bare-knuckles brawn and brain to take on a computer-age villain bent on “virtual terrorism.”

Meanwhile, the movie itself insists on keeping its almost nonstop stunts and action real with very little assistance from CGI. So when a car gets launched into the air to destroy a helicopter, or another car slams down an elevator shaft with McClane and the movie’s bad girl clinging to its debris to duke it out to the death, it’s all real. Well, maybe real isn’t the right word: It’s simply old-school stunts and movie magic.

Arriving with heavy marketing via outdoor ads and TV spots, this fourth “Die Hard” will light up the pre-July Fourth weekend and continue for many weeks more. Its broad appeal should make this one of summer’s most certain hits.

There is scarcely a quiet moment in this movie’s two-hour-plus running time as the filmmakers seem to have made a vow to up the ante in physical action with each passing minute. The early stunts involving gunfire and escape get the pulse racing. Then come flying cars, huge fireballs, collapsing freeways, leaping actors, a Harrier jet taking on a big rig and assorted hand-to-hand fights of increasing originality if not implausibility until one can only respond by laughing.

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And to think it all begins with a routine if not mundane assignment for the NYPD detective: pick up a young computer hacker in New Jersey and bring him to the FBI in Washington for questioning. You do notice that McClane is not the same perky fellow he once was. His wife has divorced him, his daughter (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) won’t talk to him, and he’s none too thrilled with police work anymore.

The hacker, Matt Farrell (Justin Long), starts to give him a hard time, which further exasperates McClane. Then a strange thing happens: Several heavy-duty assassins hit the hacker’s apartment with all they’ve got. Somebody wants Matt dead real badly.

McClane and Matt barely escape, thus setting the pattern for a movie that now becomes a continual chase — though who is chasing whom sometimes changes. It seems a mysterious cyber-geek is attacking the country’s entire computer infrastructure with the intent of shutting everything down — from traffic signals to Wall Street and from utilities to cell phones. Gradually, McClane realizes that the virtual terrorists want Matt dead because Matt might have unwittingly helped them in this task.

The figure behind the high-tech scheme is Thomas Gabriel (an immaculate and menacing Timothy Olyphant), a disgruntled former government security employee aided by various BWAs — baddies with accents — ranging from a cool Asian beauty (Hong Kong action star Maggie Q) to a Eurotrash muscleman (French action star Cyril Raffaelli). En route, McClane’s daughter gets kidnapped, and the FBI’s head honcho (Cliff Curtis) gets sidelined because all mobile phones cease to work.

Director Len Wiseman (“Underworld: Evolution”) firmly establishes an atmosphere of chaos and confusion with a graceful camera and superior location work in dark alleys, building basements, fire escapes, elevator shafts, underground tunnels, freeway overpasses, jammed streets, smoldering piles, wrecked cars and any other place where humans can chase, shoot and kill each other.

Willis and Long make a great odd couple as they rumble from city to country and state to state in an odyssey of sheer endurance and survival. Willis supplies the muscle and wit — his lines are always funny but never really mock the action — while Long is alternatively scared and determined as the geek turns into a force of vengeance. Their on-the-run character byplay gives each scene an added oomph.

All actors playing bad guys have that evil spark that turn villainy into delicious malevolence. The most amusing casting belongs to filmmaker/Web site proprietor Kevin Smith, who turns up as a master hacker who never leaves his basement but might possess a key to taking Gabriel down.

Stunt work is among the best ever committed to film. There is something very satisfying in this digital age about an action film where CGI doesn’t overwhelm, actors are in great physical shape and huge spaces are actual sets rather than virtual environments.

LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD
20th Century Fox
Dune Entertainment in association with Ingenious Film Partners
Credits:
Director: Len Wiseman
Screenwriter: Mark Bomback
Story by: Mark Bomback, David Marconi
Original characters created by: Roderick Thorp
Based on an article by: John Carlin
Producer: Michael Fottrell
Executive producers: Arnold Rifkin, William Wisher
Director of photography: Simon Duggan
Production designer: Patrick Tatopoulos
Music: Marco Beltrami
Co-producer: Stephen James Eads
Costume designer: Denise Wingate
Editor: Nicolas de Toth
Cast:
John McClane: Bruce Willis
Thomas Gabriel: Timothy Olyphant
Matt Farrell: Justin Long
Mai: Maggie Q
Bowman: Cliff Curtis
Trey: Jonathan Sadowski
Casper: Andrew Friedman
Warlock: Kevin Smith
Running time — 128 minutes
MPAA rating: PG-13

By Kirk Honeycutt

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Movie Reviews: ’16 Blocks’

Posted by Janett on June 30, 2007

The pairing in 16 Blocks of actor Bruce Willis and director Richard Donner, both of whom have a sizable collection of action flicks to their credit, is receiving approval from most critics. Willis, who plays a drunk cop in the movie, is being congratulated for doing what he does best — playing the flawed action hero. Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times calls the movie, “a chase picture conducted at a velocity that is just about right for a middle-age alcoholic.” Joe Morgenstern in the Wall Street Journal praises the performances of Willis and costar Mos Def and refers to the movie as “a mismatched-buddy movie that’s endearing, funny and affecting in equal measure.” Indeed Lou Lumenick in the New York Post rates the movie “the most competently made and entertaining major studio release so far this year.” On the other hand, Stephen Hunter writes in the Washington Post: “This feeble thriller is so full of implausibilities it makes Willis’s last star vehicle, Hostage, seem like a documentary on advanced thermodynamics.” And Geoff Pevere in the Toronto Star pronounces it “as diverting as a two-hour slog through Manhattan traffic.”

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Collection of “who said what about DH4”

Posted by Janett on June 30, 2007

27 June 2007 (StudioBriefing)
Die Hard fans who have been waiting 12 years to see the return of Bruce Willis as New York cop John McClane are likely to be relieved to hear that they’ll get what they expect from Live Free or Die Hard. The movie, writes Ann Hornaday in the Washington Post, “seeks to remind viewers of the simple, nostalgic pleasures of watching stuff get blown up and bad guys get smoked.” Or as Gene Seymour puts it in Newsday: “As long as you understand that Live Free or Die Hard is nothing more or less than a three-ring festival of intricate stunts and pyrotechnic effects, punctuated with clown routines, you may not mind that it’s about a half-hour longer than it needs to be.” Chris Kaltenbach in the Baltimore Sun agrees. “The thrills are still there,” he writes. But, as can be expected after 12 years, the star has changed, and so has his character. “McClane is still a New York cop, but he’s an old, embittered New York cop,” he observes. That’s just fine, so far as Jack Mathews of the New York Daily News is concerned. “The fun of Live Free is surprising to me because I found nothing to like in the first three films, least of all Willis’ look-at-me-I’m-a-movie-star performances,” he writes, “But Willis has aged well and grown on me. He’s still saying, ‘Look at me, ‘ but here, he bears the weight and humility of age.” Lou Lumenick in the New York Post calls the movie “solidly crowd-pleasing.” Richard Roeper in the Chicago Sun-Times refers to it as “two hours of pure adrenaline.” To Manohla Dargis in the New York Times, the film’s “a goof — an unexpectedly funny goof, at that, despite everything, including the mayhem and somewhat creepy plot.” But Claudia Puig in USA Today says that the movie is “diverting enough” but “as a convincing techno-thriller, it doesn’t really work.” Similarly Bob Longino in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that while it’s “mostly watchable,” it’s “almost entirely forgettable after its final bang.”

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