David S. Cohen - Die Hard:The Ultimate Visual History
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By James Mottram & David S. Cohen
Foreword by John McTiernan
Publisher: Insight Editions
Release date: October 30, 2018

ISBN: 9781608879731
Pages: 240
Trim Size: 9.25 x 11

Thirty years after the release of the groundbreaking action film, Die Hard: The Ultimate Visual History takes an in-depth look at the entire Die Hard saga, from the original movie through to the hit sequels, comics, video games, and other extensions of hero John McClane’s story.

Loosely based on Roderick Thorp’s novel Nothing Lasts Forever, Die Hard, released in 1988, saw Moonlighting star Bruce Willis seamlessly make the transition from TV success to movie stardom in a film so taut, explosive, and full of suspense that it would come to define the action movie genre for decades to come. Directed by John McTiernan (Predator), Die Hard also starred revered British stage actor Alan Rickman, who turned lead villain Hans Gruber into a presence so deliciously malevolent, audiences didn’t know whether to love him or hate him.

For the first time, Die Hard: The Ultimate Visual History tells the complete story of the making of Die Hard and its sequels, through exclusive interviews with the cast and crew of each film and a wealth of rare and unseen imagery, including set photography and concept art. Also exploring Die Hard comics, video games, and other merchandise, this book will tell the full story of the saga and its remarkable thirty-year legacy.
This must-have, 240-page, hardcover tome of knowledge was released into the world last year during the film’s 30th anniversary. Authors James Mottram and David S. Cohen do an incredible job covering all five movies in great detail. They also included some amazing extras like loose script pages and storyboards, building blueprints and prop photos, and even an entire deleted scene in a storyboard booklet. It’s not only an amazing book to read, but it’s an amazing art book as well. .... This book is a must-have for any film lover, and especially for fans of Die Hard. So do yourself a favor and go pick this one up right now, you won’t regret it! Yippee Ki-yay, Movie Lovers!"
The perfect holiday gift for the Die Hard enthusiast in your life. .... While its status as a Christmas film can be debated, there is no debating the quality and collectibility of Die Hard: The Ultimate Visual History. When your loved one opens it up, they'll scream "Yippee Ki Yay Motherf*cker!"
James Mottram, with David S. Cohen, has compiled one hell of a beast of a book with no facet uncovered. Moving from film to film, they open up aspects that haven’t been seen in the previous films and also offer real, detailed information from start to finish. It’s massive but it’ll let you into the world like never before.
Dan Bullock, Critical Popcorn
An excellent book which is more than a treasure for fans of the franchise but also is the ultimate behind the scenes tour of one of the world’s greatest film franchises. The narrative as written by Mottram and Cohen is fluid, epic and quite a page turner. ... Altogether, one of the best books written and illustrated about this movie franchise."
Pharoah Miles Graphic Policy
Holiday shoppers hoping to make Die Hard buffs happy this festive season would do well to proceed directly here.