A Better Day To Die Hard

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Original Release Date:
2013
Original Running Time:
97 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
108 minutes
Available in HD:
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

Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Genre:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2013
Original Running Time:
97 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
108 minutes
Available in HD:
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

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Overall rating
 
9.7
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
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10.0
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9.0
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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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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It's been years since I watched the theatrical cut which as many fans were, I was disappointed. With the exception of the shaky cam, the color correction thankfully corresponds with the previous Die Hard films. The deleted scenes fit right at home with an inclusion of the Frank Sinatra song that was executed phenomenally well. While yes although the film in my opinion is still the weakest entry of the series, this fan edit gives me those "it was better than I remembered it" vibes and I would give this a recommendation for some who want to give this film another watch.

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(Updated: December 25, 2021)
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9.8
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10.0
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One hell of a cut. I really liked the deleted scenes, specially the parking fight. The Frank Sinatra score in the courtroom was a great idea. I also liked the returns of Lucy McClane, I don't know why she was cut in the official extended cut. Her presence adds some kind of family reunion touch.

From all the Die Hard 5 cuts, this one is definitely the best to go with.

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It now does look and feel like a real Die Hard movie, not the best one, but we already knew that.

This is my new go-to version and it salvaged that movie for me considering I used to despise it at some point. The editor did an awesome job combining both versions of the movie and the deleted material. It makes the movie more consistant and much more fitting with te others.

The recoloring was very welcome and that Sinatra song... It felt so good and it had no right to work so well, but it did !!! So thank you and congratulations on such a brillant idea, it sets the tone for the entire movie.

I was a bit on the reserve about the punching sound effects on the deleted car park scene after reading some comments but it was not distracting in the end and it has nothing to do with the fan editor.

I have one nitpick though at the end, I would have ended the movie just after Lucy starts running and right before the slow motion silent talking and made the rolling stones song kick earlier to replace the orchestral soundtrack, a bit like in the fourth movie. But that's just me and rest assured that this edit is the greatest version that this movie can be.

So to anyone reading this, go for it, that movie has been redeemed !!! Thank you very much Malthus ! :-)

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9.3
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9.0
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9.0
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Definitely worth a watch for any Die Hard fan left wanting after this mediocre entry in the franchise. The color regrade is a huge improvement. Keeps the gritty tone, but makes it far more realistic. The addition of the deleted scenes adds much needed texture that the theatrical cut lacked. Feels much more like a Die Hard movie, for which I'm thankful. Overall, an excellent improvement on the original source.

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The editing is top notch. The visual grading is much better they the original and the score is now really fitting the picture like an epoxy mixture. The only thing I find it funny is the sound effects in the deleted carjacking fight scene. Other than that, everything's good. I enjoyed it.

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