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Fox Bowing ‘Good Day to Die Hard’ Early on Digital HD

26 Mar, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will make available Bruce Willis action film A Good Day to Die Hard on Digital HD beginning May 14 — three weeks ahead of the title’s Blu-ray and DVD release.

Fox last September bowed Digital HD, a platform designed to distribute new and catalog releases via online channels, including Best Buy’s CinemaNow and Walmart’s Vudu.com.

To peak consumer interest in the digital platform, the studio has begun offering select titles electronically ahead of their packaged-media retail street date. New releases typically retail for $14.99.

Despite the early access, the digital release of the fifth movie in the "Die Hard" franchise does not include myriad bonus material found on the discs — or cloud-based UltraViolet functionality. The studio-backed initiative allows content owners to stream a copy of the movie via numerous connected devices.

The two-disc Blu-ray extended edition (with DVD and UltraViolet), which arrives June 4 and retails for $39.99, features more than two hours of extras. Bonus material includes “The Anatomy of a Car Chase,” a 60-minute behind-the-scenes documentary that looks at the making of the movie, commentary with director John Moore and first assistant director Mark Cotone, and seven deleted scenes.

Additional featurettes include “Two of a Kind,” “Back in Action” and “The New Face of Evil.”

Nearly every detail in making Good Day is documented in the bonus features, including introduction of stunts, aerial helicopter shots, storyboards, sketches and related special effects.

A DVD edition is listed at $29.98.

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