18 June 2007

Never say 'Die'

The 'Die Hard' series is taking its own name serious, isn't it? I was willing to give the third film in the Bruce Willis action series the benefit of the doubt because they had the abstract creativity to cast trippy singer-songwriter Sam Phillips as a mute terrorist with a curvy knife. And because it had Samuel L. But the jury's still out on "Live Free or Die Hard," some 12 years after the last chapter (It's in theaters on June 27).

Here's my question: In an obvious cross-promotion, 20th Century Fox is releasing Tuesday a boxed set of the first three films, plus a fourth disc of documentaries and extras. But why would you buy a whole boxed set that's obviously going to be incomplete in two weeks?

Side note: I love hearing the creative overdubbing of profanity on network TV. Years ago, when one network broadcast the original "Die Hard," they had Willis' John McClane spitting out the line, "Yipee Kiyay, Mr. Focker." Even though there was no one named Focker in the movie. A coworker saw a version that became, "Yipee Kiyay, my friend."

A scene from "Die Hard," "Die Hard 2," "Die Hard with a Vengeance" or "Live Free or Die Hard," we're not sure which. (And does it matter?)


Anonymous said...

When I was about 14, I saw another version of the 'Yippie-kay-yay' line in Die Hard 2: Die Harder.

It was 'Yippie-kay-yay Captain Crunchball. Serious.

On related note. My senior quote from high school was 'Yippie-kay-yay' mutherf*****'
Why they couldn't publish it in full I don't know. Stupid mutherf*****'s


Brad Barnes said...

I should start a whole thread for famous cussings and their dubbed equivalents.

bandit said...

in "Jaws," i've seen "Smile you son of a b*****," as "Smile you old shark."

sort of takes the fun out of it.