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“Yippee-Ki-Yay, Thirtysomething!” Die Hard hits the Big 3-0

Watching Die Hard today could not be easier. Simply add it to your digital basket and chances are you’ll be watching it in under 24 hours. Or the very same day. In 4K Ultra-HD if you are so set-up.

But, things were different for us UK action junkies who were teenagers when the film was released. First up, as was the fashion of the time, despite a US release date of July 1988, we had to wait until February ’89.

Now it is a BBFC certificate 15 (although DVD extras push it to 18). Back then the film was an 18, meaning another wait for video later in the year and then persuading a parent the film was worth renting. The final hurdle, if you lived in rural Northamptonshire as I did, was that 10 VHS copies of Die Hard had to cater for a town of 10,000 people...

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The Flu

The Flu - Ae Su, Jang, Park Min-ah, posterDirector: Kim Sung-su

Cast: Ae Su, Jang Hyuk, Park Min-ah

Cert: 15

Running time: 122mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: Korean pandemic thriller in the style of Outbreak that ladles on the de rigueur (mortis) apocalyptic imagery, but also finds room for romcom antics and a liberal glazing of melodrama. A disaster movie evoking the cheesy charms of The Towering Inferno or The Poseidon Adventure, this crams in enough excitement to satisfy those looking for an easy thriller, although the gushing sentiment might make this Flu too sickly for some.

The Flu - Ae SuThe Flu - Jang Sung, Park Min-ah

The full verdict: Cramming in enough disaster to make the most fraught season of 24 resemble a lazy Sunday with the papers, The Flu cannot be accused of shortchanging the audience.

But, a little more restraint would have provided greater focus for this blu...

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