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Die Hard 2: Die Harder (1990)

NOTE: This commentary is only available on the Special Edition DVD of Die Hard 2.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Renny Harlin Rating:7.5/10 (10 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Dang on May 15th, 2008:Find all reviews by Dang
Great commentary. Harlin never stops talking and always has something interesting to say. Great mixture of fact and opinion. No slow moments of nothing being said, and very few moments of Harlin simply describing the action on the screen. Best commentary of all four Die Hard movies.
Reviewed by Jonathan E on September 7th, 2012:Find all reviews by Jonathan E
Have to say agree entirely with Dang. Great commentary and much like his commentary on Cliffhanger which was also excellent he never let's up and always imparts enjoyable and interesting information.
It's a shame all Director's are not as enjoyable to listen to as Mr Harlin.
Reviewed by sedna on October 8th, 2012:Find all reviews by sedna
Wow, what a surprise! This commentary is really really good. This is up there with the best. Harlin stops to breathe only about 2 to 3 times throughout it. Right from the get go he spills the beans on how he got involved and proceeds to announce what his intentions were for the film, the different motivations of the characters, cinematic liberties he tookm, technical information on many scenes as well as his favorite aesthetic choices. You get a lot of information here. There's a great insight into his process and what he tries to do each day while on set to make a film visually appealing, but I won't spoil it here. Harlin also goes into details about action films in general, talking about various staples and cliches, and such. He's quite an eloquent speaker, his accent is very minimal so it does not hinge upon his speech at all. This is a non-stop commentary filled with very interesting bits of information all throughout. This was my first Renny Harlin commentary, I consider to be a really great action director. It is only unfortunate that his recent films have truly degraded in quality but he was one of the best in the 90's. Definitely listen to this - it's a real treat.
Reviewed by grimjack on March 2nd, 2024:Find all reviews by grimjack
An excellent commentary. He goes through lots of back stories about how the film came to him, what changes he fought against the studio for, how he tried to emulate the first Die Hard and still create something original and different here. And about his desire to top everything done in the first film.

He sounds a bit monotone, but you can tell he is excited to be looking back on the film and talk about all the things that went well. And how the set used miniatures that was such an oddity at the time that other directors (like Martin Scorsese) came to see it in person.

He also points out a half dozen minor characters who became big stars in the years following. And how well the film seems to hold up, and does not have too many flaws he has ever noticed.

There are even a lot of technical details he is able to point out that ads to the enjoyment of the film. All in all, definitely worth the listen.