Die Hard 'til Midnight

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Die Hard 'til Midnight
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Tagline:
Real Excitement! Real Suspense! Real Danger! Real Time!
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Original Release Date:
1988
Original Running Time:
132
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Fanedit Running Time:
120
Time Cut:
12
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Brief Synopsis:
Die Hard is the pinnacle of action movie goodness in my opinion and cannot be improved upon as its completely perfect as it is. However as its one of my favourite films I was intrigued whether I could put a different spin on it to give it some fresh appeal. It struck me that as McClane spends nearly the entire runtime of the movie apart from all the other protagonists I could maybe use splitscreen to give the impression of multiple events taking place at once. Thus the idea for Die Hard 'til Midnight was born, and the edit evolved as a Die Hard/24 style (semi) real-time thriller.
Intention:
Main focus of the edit using split screen wherever logical to show McClane, Gruber,his cohorts, Police and Newscasters in splitscreen in a style similar to tv series '24' giving a sense of parallel events taking place. The film is set over a 9 hour timeframe with a '24' style ticking clock emphasising the real-time aspect with the intention of adding extra tension, pace and a fresh perspective.
Additional Notes:
Christmas viewer tip: Best watched at 10:15pm on Christmas Eve to maximise the real-time effect!
Special Thanks:
A Massive thanks to the Scribbler again for going over the edit multiple times with a fine toothcomb and highlighting any shortcomings, to jswert123456 for his fabulous artwork and to anyone else who made suggestions in the ITW thread. Thanks also to Zarius and Scrapesky who watched the the workprint and gave really useful feedback.
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
2:35:1 original aspect ratio re-formatted scene by scene to 16:9 to aid the new split screen format.

When I decide to edit a movie I love I tend to leave everything in but try and and put a new spin on it, there are a few shaves and trims here and there to facilitate this new version but nothing siginificant.
There are however approximately 50 split screen/time stamp sequences, some lasting just a few seconds or so and others lasting 30-40 seconds, the use of which has brought the runtime down by about 12 minutes along with the shaves to the film here and there.

No changes are made to the actual chronology of the original film though.

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(Updated: December 25, 2021)
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9.9
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Die Hard happens on Christmas Eve, and if you throw this on at 10:15PM on Christmas Eve, as I did, you'll have a very memorable start to your Christmas at midnight.

Die Hard is one of my favorite action flicks, and I rewatch it at least every few Christmases. I've never thought it needed any changing, but I'll say that the "24" treatment here might actually IMPROVE an already perfect movie.

The original film does get started rather luxiouriously for an action film, just one of many ways this subverted the tropes of the genre when it came out in 1988. Here, the use of split screens to compress time and the way the score is chosen quickly adds a sense of building tension at the beginning of the film. We don't know exactly what we're building TOWARDS, but the setup virtually flies by.

The use of time and location stamps on the film works really well to add a feeling of precision to the movie, which wonderfully highlights Hans Gruber's intricate planning. This isn't just a gimmick edit, it works thematically with the movie.

All the visual and audio edits are made perfectly, and I have to say I didn't mind that the gunshots and explosions were louder than the conversation...because they ARE. It wasn't nearly so wildly imbalanced as all the times I saw this on TV in the '90s. I did note that the video source is pretty soft nowadays though, so a 1080 or HD version would be welcome.

Honestly, I'd probably recommend this as a replacement for the original masterpiece EXCEPT... for a couple time stamps at the end. There are two that play right in the center of the screen over the two biggest dramatic character moments in the film. I could deal with the first one, but the second one really bugged me. What's more important, the facial expression of the main actor, or knowing that this happened at exactly 12:30 PM? I think the stamp really needs to be shifted to be at the bottom of the screen, or don't use it. It becomes intrusive, which had been avoided all film.

Great edit though, I actually would have liked even MORE 24-style editing it worked so well. Some one-by-one split-screen additions to that clock sound when flipping to a new scene would have been great. But this is already a superb way to rewatch the film, if not replace it.

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I haven't seen 24 and I'm not someone who thinks Die Hard is the action to end all action films, but this is a very well done edit by Sinbad. Split screen is a hard thing to get right and it works here, adding suspense and moving the film along at a faster pace. Would definitely recommend.

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Phenomenal work. The style of 24 worked so well with the added spilt screens and real-time elements which at no point felt disorienting, hard to follow or like a cheap gimmick. It added so much more suspense and tension to the scenes and it was all edited seamlessly. Truly a go to replacement over the theatrical version.

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I remember many years ago when it was rumored that one of the initial ideas for A Good Day to Die Hard was a crossover with 24. After watching this, I kind of wish that actually did happen because the style of editing 24 goes for, what with the split-screen and real-time, works shockingly brilliantly with this film, adding to the urgency, suspense, and excitement of the scenarios and action, and miraculously without coming off as a pointless, cheap gimmick. This is great stuff.

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Owner's reply May 01, 2019

Thankyou for the great review!

I'm really glad you liked it, I actually only became aware there was talk of a 24/Die Hard crossover after making the edit, I guess my instincts were right lol

Thanks Again
Sinbad

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Sinbad delivers on his promise! More suspense and more urgency, without over-using the split-screen or the clock. They're not gimmicks, they really enhance the experience. The film even could have had a few more split-screens in the final act. For added drama and to speed up moments that feel long-winded for a 2018 audience.

Video transitions are outstanding. The sparsely inserted clock and variety of split-screen enhances the viewing experience. On a projection screen the 720p resolution is soft but consistent.

As noted by Scribbler, the source audio has overly loud effects compared to the dialog. The edit does not mitigate that so I adjusted the volume frequently. The audio transitions work impressively well during split-screen.

Could the film improve even more? For my taste: yes. But this is already a compelling improvement on the original. For everyone who saw this in the '80s, watch this and enjoy an improved blast from the past. For everyone else, watch this edit and enjoy while marveling at the hairdos and sweaters of the' 80s.
Owner's reply January 01, 2019

Thank you for the very positive review Lapis! Agree on the softness of this 720p version, the original source isn't the best in terms of its HD upgrade but a little extra detail is lost in cropping the movie to 16:9 to facilitate the splitscreen. Agree too I would have liked to have added a little more split screen in the climax it had to be done quite surgically to avoid the action on screen becoming hard to follow or sometimes the audio created a big barrier or simply the locations of certain actors. All very valid points though sir! It was a fun experiment and theres a few other movies I think could fit the format well such as 'Speed' I'd love to see a similar edit from a fellow faneditor of that. Many thanks for taking the time to review.

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