A Better Day To Die Hard

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Faneditor Name:
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Yippee Ki-yay Mother Russia
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Original Release Date:
2013
Original Running Time:
97
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
108
Time Added:
11
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Brief Synopsis:
Combining aspects of the theatrical release and the extended cut this edit features 4 deleted scenes, a full colour regrade, new subtitles and some rescoring.
Intention:
I was rather surprised when I watch Die Hard 5. It wasn't as bad as I'd expected. It wasn't great but I definitely enjoyed it far more than most people. Perhaps seven years of diminishing expectation helped. I hope that by giving the film a lift with a newly regraded colours and extending it as much as possible the film will have a little more appeal to those who found it lacking originally.
Other Sources:
Theme from New York New York By Frank Sinatra
Special Thanks:
To everyone who followed along with this project on Fanedit.org and Reddit.
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
I used MakeMKV, Avidemux, handbrake and Lightworks to complete this edit.
Cuts and Additions:
Reinstated 4 deleted scenes:
1. Russian girls on the plane
2. Assault on the safe house
3. Gun store
4. Car park incident

Full colour regrade
New hard coded subtitles
Rescored courthouse scene
Trailer

User reviews

4 reviews
Overall rating
 
9.2
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0(4)
Visual Editing
 
9.8(4)
Audio Editing
 
9.5(4)
Narrative
 
9.0(4)
Enjoyment
 
9.0(4)
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(Updated: April 05, 2021)
Overall rating
 
9.1
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
8.0
Enjoyment
 
9.0
I have been a big fan of all Die Hard movies and to this day I'm not sure why Die Hard 4 get so much flak as its one of my favorites. However, when I first watched Die Hard 5 a few years ago I found it to be a fun action movie but very mediocre Die Hard movie due to poorly written script and some character decisions (eg Jack instantly becoming unlikable as he points a gun at his father). I appreciate what Malthus has done in this edit by adding the extra deleted scenes, larger subtitles and color grading and it certainly does improve the film quite a lot. I do recommend this edit if you found DH5 to be a meh film and have desire to revisit as the improvements does make a difference.

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Do you recommend this edit?
Yes
Format Watched?
Digital
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Overall rating
 
9.9
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
9.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
10.0
I really enjoyed this edit. Die hard is one of my favorite film franchises. A Good Day to Die Hard was definitely at the bottom of the list. This is still not the greatest movie, but it is much improved and will go into my library and replace the original, which will never be seen or heard from again.
It is just personal preference I know, but the only knock I gave to this edit was for the New York, New York song added. It was perfect the way it started in the cab, it was also perfect the way it ended with the explosion. My issue was with the length, it seemed to go on and on. I think a trim in the middle would have helped.

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Yes
Format Watched?
Digital
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Overall rating
 
9.4
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
9.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
9.0
Great edit, but the film is still very flawed.
The edit does everything well technically - the color regrade looks much better (what was up with the green tint, seriously?), the re-scored courthouse scene is a really nice touch, and the deleted scenes add some extra McClane to the film. Their integration is smooth - except for one noticeable jump cut at 40:42 (upon entering the gun shop).
I took down a point on enjoyment because the edit did not make me appreciate the film any better. I still think what this film really needs is a major trim rather than an extension.
All in all - good work!

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Yes
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Digital
Owner's reply March 07, 2021

Hi Bo, thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I just wanted to let you know I have addressed the issue at 40:42. The final frame of the group walking to the gun store was accidentally zoomed in presumably a hangover from when I adjusted the aspect ratio of the deleted scenes. I imagine that is what made it stand out for you. I'll admit I hadn't noticed how abruptly the audio changes in that scene but that is how it occurs in the original scene and is not my doing. I'm currently re-encoding this now. I'd like to add that I really appreciate the fairness of your review. I'd definitely love to spitball ideas with you about what you would cut to improve the film, potentially I can't implement them for an alternative cut some day.

Thanks again, Malthus.

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Overall rating
 
8.5
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
9.0
Narrative
 
8.0
Enjoyment
 
8.0
Well done! The "New York, New York" sequence was perfection.

Can't recommend this one enough.

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Yes
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Digital
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