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
Fanedit Release Date:
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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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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A fantastic cut! Well worth checking out!

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Sinbad brings the style and pacing of 24 to the Die Hard franchise. Some skifull editing ensures we see this blockbuster action set-piece tackled from various different angles, with the clocks adding a sense of urgency. A slice of real time and real fun to be had.
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