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22 June 2007 @ 03:47 pm
Equipment Died Hard  
So, as usual, I've decided that I'd like to try to see the first few movies in a series before watching the new one.  This time, the series in question is Die Hard.

I never got around to buying the first three movies, and of course now it makes no sense (since there will undoubtedly be one that includes #4), so I went a-looking at my local Blockbuster for the first one.  Blockbuster had a slot for it on the shelf, but no disc.  Clearly they're out.

But a thought occurred to me -- don't I own this one on Laserdisc?  So when we got home, I looked, and by golly, there it is!  CAV, three sides, in all it's album-sized glory.  I haven't touched the laserdisc player in several years, but I'm sure......

I mean, it's gotta......

Nope.  Sucker's dead.  Which makes my LD collection a little less valuable to me.  Shame, too -- I've got some cool ones.

Anyway, that was last night.  Today, I found a different Blockbuster.  1 and 2 are in my hot little hands in their wimpy CD-sizedness, 3 is being mailed by Blockbuster Online, and my LDs sit on their shelf in shame.

This entry went a little stream of consciousness on me.  Especially since the whole thing coulda been summed up with "Went to watch a LD last night, but the player's not working."  Oh well.  Too late to fix it now...
Nentikobe - a work in progress: huhnentikobe on June 22nd, 2007 11:32 pm (UTC)
I remember the LD....
I personally love the Die Hard movies. The first one having Alan Rickman in it of course helps.

I loved one, two is twisty, if a big gory, but the ending special effects are kinda cool - and I liked the music in three. Heh. And other stuff, but you know.

I'd be interested in your thoughts on it.
egheaumaen on June 23rd, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
Yippie Ki Yay
Didn't the second one carry the tagline, "From the director of 'The Adventures of Ford Fairlane'"? If it didn't, it should have. Whatever happened to Renny Harlin? Does everything Geena Davis touches disappear into obscurity?

This one is from the director of the two "Underworld" films. I'm not sure if that's a good or a bad thing. I guess if it was from the director of "Underdog" or "Waterworld," that would be worse.

All the fansboys are up in arms that the studio enforced a PG-13 rating on this new "Die Hard," forcing the filmmakers to jettison all the R-rated swearing and raw violence that they say defined the first three. Me, I don't define a film by those terms unless it's Jane Austin. I'm just intrigued by the fact that the villains are all super computer hackers, and Willis describes the plot as being "A low tech cop in a high tech world," and so the filmmakers evened the odds by partnering him with a guy who is secretly a Macintosh. Oops, spoiler alert! And the best part is that whenever Kevin Smith takes an acting role, it's never even the slightest bit distracting! Good call there.

Oh, and by the way, don't feel bad that you didn't get to watch the first one on Laserdisc. Think back hard. Remember we tried to watch it once and it was missing an effects track? All these bullets were flying and explosions were going off, and the only thing we could hear was dialogue. It sort of lost a bit of the drama.