Die Hard is the greatest Christmas story ever told, according to the newly recut trailer released by Fox. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Die Hard, in case anybody didn't know, tells the story of John McClane. Attempting to visit his family for the holidays, the New York police officer finds himself embroiled in a terrorist plot at his estranged wife's office building. The film broke the 80's action-movie mold, delivering a less superhuman, more relatable protagonist than those embodied by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone. The film made an action star out of Bruce Willis and, even decades after its release, it continues to be hailed by many as the greatest action movie of all time.
Although it inevitably spawned numerous sequels, Die Hard remains the pinnacle of the franchise. To this day, it has been parodied and referenced in a myriad of other films and television shows, with Brooklyn Nine-Nine serving as the latest to pay homage. Equally, it holds a perpetual position in most people's annual rotation of Christmas films. For years, debates have raged as to whether Die Hard belongs in the latter category. At his recent roast, Willis jokingly fuelled the fire by declaring that it didn't. Meanwhile, Steven E. de Souza, who wrote the film, insists very much that it is.
In a new trailer released by Fox (posted via HollywoodStreams), however, that debate can be put even further to rest, declaring that "Yippee Ki Yes" it is. Accompanied by a traditional (and cheesy) voiceover, an emphasis is placed more heavily on the festive elements than the violence. Although the film was already packed with holiday music and darkly comedic references to that time of year, the new trailer slots in even more - including a hilarious nod to John's wife being named Holly. All in all, it plays like the kind of stereotypical Christmas gone wrong films often churned out by Hollywood. Check it out below:
As well as this, the new edition will feature a swathe of bonus content. Also, as posted on Twitter by Dan Hindes, the cover for the 30th-anniversary Blu-ray will be similarly Christmas-themed. In the traditional green and red adorning most Christmas jumpers, it emphasizes the "Ho-ho-ho" line often uttered by Santa Claus but brilliantly subverted in Die Hard.
Fox certainly knows their audience on this front. Those that already believe will no doubt be thrilled at the chance to own a more Christmas-theme edition of the film. As such, the new edition will no doubt go wonderfully with the already released Christmas-themed material the film has already inspired - including an illustrated storybook. On the other hand, there will be many that will still deny the film's status as a Christmas film. Regardless, even for the majority of those, there is never a bad time of year to watch John McClane out-smart, out-fight, and out-quip a group of terrorists.
The 30th-anniversary edition of Die Hard is available now on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and digital.