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February 26th, 2014 by Irwin Fletcher Comments

Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Die Hard with a vengeance – we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…

Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…

The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.

“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…

Die Hard with a vengeance (1995)

In 1995 the third Die Hard film hit the big screen. It took a number of years for the producers to settle on the right script. The third instalment was going to be set on a cruise ship but after Under Siege was a hit that idea was abandoned, there was an idea to have McClane’s daughter being kidnapped but then, once John McTiernan came on board he found the script to Simon Says. Originally it was supposed to be a sequel to Rapid Fire but when Brandon Lee died the idea was scrapped and became Die Hard 3.

The movie was a huge success and many found it to be the best sequel in the series. The last number of years with had two further sequels that can’t seem to manage to top the original trilogy. Is Vengeance your favourite Die Hard flick or do you feel the idea of being set in a city instead of one building a step away from the series?

Oliver’s review:

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I'm an LA journalist who really lives for his profession. I have also published work as Jane Doe in various mags and newspapers across the globe. I normally write articles that can cause trouble but now I write for FTN because Nerds are never angry, so I feel safe.