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Die Hard with a Vengeance
This commentary is only available on the "Special Edition" DVD of the movie.
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Director John McTiernan
Rating:7.6/10 (18 votes) [
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Reviewed by Blunt on June 7th, 2004
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In fact, McTiernan is joined on the commentary by screenwriter Jonathan Hensleigh and the former Head of Fox Marketing and Distribution (whose name I couldn't catch). Each participant has been recorded seperately.
Hensleigh's contribution, in particular, makes this an above average commentary as he describes how his original script SIMON SAYS was adapted to be part of the DIE HARD franchise. His frequent contributions keep the track alive, though even McTiernan - freed from having to carry it solo - has some interesting stuff to say.
An enjoyable commentary that offers more of an insight than usual into the workings of Hollywood.
Reviewed by adey on August 29th, 2007
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Good commentary but a solo McTiernan commentary would be better, I prefer his lazy style to the more hyper screenwriter and the two don't join very well
Reviewed by sillybilly on March 22nd, 2008
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A fairly enjoyable and informative commentary. The main problem I have with it, is that everyone is recorded seperately and edited together. I never I enjoy it when they do that, because I always wonder what was edited out from one person, to make room for the comments of another. The screenwriter was by-far the most entertaining speaker, and sounded like he could have handled the whole commentary by himself. Still, enjoyable enough.
Reviewed by Dang on May 15th, 2008
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Great commentary. Hensleigh has a ton of information on how the story evolved and offers opinions on what he is and isn't satisfied with, and whether or not he thinks it still "works." McTiernan sounds tired and uninterested in talking about the movie, but still has plenty of interesting production information to share.
Reviewed by sedna on October 18th, 2012
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Great commentary. Most of it has to do with Hensleigh's information that he divulges in a rapid fire manner right from the get-go. What many of the reviewers before me haven't mentioned yet is that this is the first commentary in which McTiernan seems to be enjoying watching the film rather than feeling like he's being "made" to watch it and divulge information. There's a couple of times where McT just LOLs, and proceeds to thank for being invited to record the commentary. That truly made me smile. Also, this is a return to form for McT, as he has a lot more information on his filmmaking process than in other commentaries of his - the other one being the first Die Hard. So for those looking to learn a few things about his process, you will be satisfied - I know I was. Jonathan Hensleigh occupies the bulk of the commentary and he's a wonderful speaker, never stumbles and always has interesting things to say. What's great is that he gives background information in the first few minutes of the origins of his script "Simon Says" and proceeds to guide the viewer and listener through the film on what was in his original script, verbatim and what was changed as well as pointing out the 'drop off point' where "Simon Says" has entered Die Hard 3 territory. I found that extremely interesting and I believe if you're looking for the genesis of how Die Hard 3 came to be, you will be truly pleased with it. The Head of Fox guy comes in about 4-5 times throughout it, his comments are very sparse, but nonetheless he does have some insights into the business side of films and genres of this kind. Overall I highly recommend you listen to it.
Reviewed by Uniblab on May 12th, 2015
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It took a long time for me to finally being able to listen to this track, since this movie's international distribution rights went to Disney whose bare-bones DVD didn't have it, but sadly it's neither here nor there... McTiernan pretty much got edited out of the track, and as much as I like him as a director, let's just say it's not a big of a loss... Screenwriting buffs will like Hensleigh's lead, but not even his contribution ends up being all that substantial since anyone who did some research on the movie knows it was re-written from an unrelated spec script by him titles "Simon Says". He comes across as something of a prick by freqüently dismissing the more preposterous moments in the movie by saying that ït's just a movie", but in all justice he deserves praise for the sincerity of admitting this movie isn't as good as the first Die Hard - something that Bruce Willis didn't have the dignity for by the time the abysmal fourth movie was released. Fox distribution executive Tom Sherak's contribution to the track as it is presented is barely a blip on the radar.
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