Blu-ray, DVD Release: A Good Day to Die Hard

Digital Download HD: May 14, 2013 Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 4, 2013
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

A Good Day to Die HardA Good Day to Die Hard follows other franchises in having that pass-the-torch installment, where the aging star fights the bad guys with his son.

Bruce Willis (Looper) is back as bad-ass NYPD cop John McClane, and when his estranged son Jack gets into trouble in Russia, it’s John to the rescue. Jack (Jai Courtney, Jack Reacher), a CIA operative, has been imprisoned in Moscow, and after father and son reunite, they must thwart a nuclear weapons heist that could trigger World War III.

The movie was panned by critics, with Richard Roeper summing it up succintly with, “What a disappointment.” One of the few positive reviews still wasn’t all that praising. Dallas Morning News critic Chris Vognar said, “It’s all more than a little silly, but Willis’ presence at least provides undercurrents of easy jocularity.”

The R-rated movie, which also stars sometimes bad-ass Cole Hauser (Olympus Has Fallen), still grossed $66 million, but that makes it the lowest-earning Die Hard film, even including the original, which took in $83 million in 1988 when ticket prices were much lower.

A Good Day to Die Hard Blu-ray boxStill, Fox has pumped up the movie’s muscle on the two-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo with an extended edition of the film (as well as the version shown in theaters) and a host of special features:

  • seven deleted scenes
  • 15-part “Making it Hard to Die” hour-long documentary
  • “Anatomy of a Car Chase”
  • “Two of a Kind”
  • “Back in Action”
  • “The New Face of Evil”
  • three pre-vis featurettes
  • VFX sequences
  • stills galleries for storyboards and concept art
  • commentary by director John Moore (Max Payne) and first assistant director Mark Cotone (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter)
  • “Maximum McClane”
  • and a downloadable digital copy of the movie.
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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.