WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Die Hard 2
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 02 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, William Atherton, Reginald Veljohnson

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
Download WSR Review
Reference Systems
Critics' Composite Score:
Internet Links


DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1850-85
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $49.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 123
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1990
(LD Release Date): 3/91
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Renny Harlin
(Screenplay/Written By): Steven E. de Souza & Doug Richardson
(Story): NA
(Music): Michael Kamen
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): John Vallone
(Visual Effects): Industrial Light & Magic
(Costume Designer): Marilyn Vance-Straker
(Editor): Stuart Baird, ACE & Robert A. Ferretti, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): Robert G. Henderson, Alan Robert Murray
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Lloyd Levin & Michael Levy
(Co-Producers): Steve Perry
(Producers): Lawrence Gordon, Joel Silver & Charles Gordon

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Panavision
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.39:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.21:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby A & 70mm 6 Track Dolby
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In Die Hard 2, the off-duty cop spends another Christmas battling terrorists and corrupt military officials (Dennis Franz and John Amos). This time, Dulles International Airport is the site of the heart-stopping, jet-propelled action. To make matters even more difficult, McClane’s wife (Bonnie Bedelia) is on one of the planes—desperate to land and burning precious fuel.

LaserDisc Picture:
The cinematography of Jan De Bont and Oliver Wood present phenomenally realistic visuals that are superbly framed in the widescreen anamorphic Panavision® format. The 2.21:1 digital video transfer is first-rate with excellent color balance and ne’er a trace of white and black spec artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The tense and dynamic music scores of Michael Kamen are beautifully recorded as is the Foley and realistic special effects involving stupendous explosions, submachine guns and pistols, 747 jets and helicopters. The properly aggressive Dolby Surround® and rumbling bass will leave you breathless.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
Reference LaserDisc:
Collector Edition:
DVD To LaserDisc Comparison: