Blu-ray Movie Review: A Good Day to Die Hard – Yippee Ki-Yay Mother Russia

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A Good Day to Die Hard (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment)

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment sent me the new Die Hard Blu-ray for review on my movie blog. A Good Day to Die Hard is the fifth installment of the series about a cop (Bruce Willis) that has a tendency to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. This time around, he shows up in Russia and messes up his son’s escape plan. A Good Day to Die Hard is a fast-paced movie with a lot of action. It’s not as good as the first Die Hard movie, but it’s worth watching if you’re a Die Hard fan. A Good Day to Die Hard is available now. Just in time for Father’s Day.

The 411 for A Good Day to Die Hard

The story A former cop goes to Russia when his son is arrested for murder
Appropriateness for children It’s OK for children, but there is a lot of violence and profanity. No nudity or sexual content that I can recall.
Positives
  • A lot of action
  • Face pace
Negative
  • Not as good as the first Die Hard movie
Rating Rated R for violence and language
Runtime 98 minutes
Genre Action, thriller

Yippee Ki-Yay Mother Russia
In A Good Day to Die Hard, John McClane’s son (Jack) is arrested in Russia for murder. John goes to help his son, but he ends up ruining Jack’s escape instead. Jack is actually a CIA agent on a mission. After Jack’s escape plan is aborted, the father and son team up to retrieve an important file. Meanwhile, Russian gangsters/terrorists are trying to kill the McClanes. What else is new for John McClane?

Not as good as the first Die Hard movie
The fifth Die Hard film is a decent movie. But it’s not as good as the first Die Hard movie. Or even the second Die Hard film. What I love about the first two films is that John McClane was a big underdog in those films. Yet he finds a way to annoy the villains and save the day. In In A Good Day to Die Hard, John faces a lot of bad guys with more and bigger guns. But Bruce Willis’ character didn’t feel like an underdog to me. It was like watching a film about a cop being shot at by a bunch of bad guys.

Mr. Yippee Ki-Yay is back
As you would expect, Bruce Willis is back as John McClane. The latest installment of the Die Hard series also stars Jai Courtney as Jack McClane. Other cast members include Sebastian Koch (Komarov), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Lucy), Yuliya Snigir (Irina), Rasha Bukvic (Alik), Cole Hauser (Collins), Amaury Nolasco (Murphy), Sergei Kolesnikov (Chagarin), Roman Luknár (Anton), Zolee Ganxsta (MRAP Driver), Péter Takátsy (Prosecutor), Pasha D. Lychnikoff (Cabbie), Megalyn Echikunwoke (Reporter), and Melissa Tang (Lucas). A Good Day to Die Hard was directed by John Moore.

A Good Day to Die Hard Blu-ray Combo Pack Features
The Blu-ray combo pack features the movie in the following formats: Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy, and Ultraviolet streaming. The two-disc Blu-ray Extended Edition features over two hours of intense extras. To be honest, there are so many extra features that I have not had time to watch them all yet. But I plan on watching the rest tonight! Below is what is included in the A Good Day to Die Hard Blu-ray Combo Pack.

  • Extended cut and theatrical versions of the film
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Making it Hard to Die (Introduction, Stunts, Helicopters and Aerial, Special Effects, Motion Base, Armoury, Russia and Budapest, The Look of the Movie, Chernobyl, Camera Work, Editorial Los Angeles, Color Grading, Visual Effects, Film Scoring, Wrap Up)
  • Anatomy of a Car Chase
  • Two of a Kind
  • Back in Action
  • The New Face of Evil
  • Pre-vis (Cold Opening, Desert Heist, Truck Chase)
  • VFX Sequences
  • Stills: Gallery (storyboards, concept art)
  • Theatrical trailers
  • Commentary by Director John Moore and First Assistant Director Mark Cotone
  • Maximum McClane
  • Blu-ray, DVD, Ultraviolet and Digital (film only) versions of the movie

More info: A Good Day to Die Hard

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