It's been a good twelve years since Bruce Willis last took on the role of John McClane, the sharp-mouthed hero who always seems to stumble into trouble. Now we're only 8 days away from the next installment, Live Free or Die Hard. Of course, re-visiting a really popular action hero opens the door for all sorts of tie-in merchandise. For the Die Hard series, it's a new box set, rolling in just in time for a pre-Free, Die Hard marathon. However, there was already a big, super-packed Ultimate Collection from 2001, so is the Die Hard Collection, which is arriving in stores tomorrow, worth it?
Of course, the first disc is John McTiernan's original Die Hard from 1988. When John McClane's estranged wife (Bonnie Bedelia) and co-workers are held hostage, he becomes a one-man army determined to foil the evil schemes of Alan Rickman's Hans Gruber – with a little walkie-talkie motivation from Reginald VelJohnson, of course. The extra features for the DVD are not new. There is the extended feature that shows a longer power shut-down scene, the commentary with McTiernan and production designer Jackson DeGovia, the scene-specific commentary by special effects supervisor Richard Edlund and the subtitle commentary, which can be played with any of the commentaries or the regular movie itself.