When we first met John McClane in 1988, he was just an everyman cop trying to help his wife and her colleagues out of an office building. But oh, how things have changed. Each installment of the Die Hard franchise has gone bigger than the last, and number five, A Good Day to Die Hard, is no exception. McClane travels to Russia not only to save his son, but, apparently, to defend democracy itself.

In real life, we saw that progression unfold over two and a half decades. But next month, you can relive it in just a matter of hours. Fox has announced that it will bring all four previous films back to the theaters for one day only, as part of a marathon leading up to the release of A Good Day to Die Hard. Hit the jump for more details.

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Dial Hard

What would Die Hard with a Vengeance look like if it was a 1960′s style French film? Inspector MeQlain plays a deadly game of Simon Says in ‘Dial Hard‘, a short film created for Stella Artois’ Smooth Original campaign. Watch the short film after the jump.
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VOTD: Walter Willis in Die Hard

Would Bruce Willis have become the leading action hero in the Die Hard films if the name on his headshot read “Walter Willis”? This advertisement for Aviva, formerly known as Norwich Union, transplants a modern day Bruce Willis into Die Hard with a Vengeance, DirectTV style.

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