First Buys: Two recommended movies

DVD Cover of A Good Day To Die Hard (Left) and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (Right).



MOVIE: 4 Stars.

EXTRAS: 3 Stars.

Reviewer: Kristie Michelle Chiew

If you are a girl, this fifth instalment of the Die Hard franchise is one of those movies you have to watch at home with a bunch of girlfriends.

That way, when you laugh, yell and curse along with John McClane (Bruce Willis), no one cares.

While I'm not a hardcore McClane fan, I definitely enjoyed this one.

Aussie hunk Jai Courtney stars opposite Willis as Jack McClane, John's estranged son. When Jack gets himself into trouble, it's daddy to the rescue.

A Good Day To Die Hard isn't going to win awards. But if you love cheering for the good guys, this is the perfect movie - John and Jack leap into danger, guns blazing.

Don't expect deep and meaningful stuff, just loads of bullets, (badly planned) schemes and blood.

I didn't care about the bad dialogue or the unrealistic feats that 58-year-old Willis pulls off at his age - he hangs from a hovering helicopter, four storeys from the ground, for what must be 10 minutes.

I didn't even care that the story is so predictable that a child could have written it.

The deleted scenes included in the extras are a welcome addition. The movie doesn't have enough comic moments, so the extras give the DVD that extra oomph.

Stock up on junk food and beer, soundproof your living room and get ready for some hunky action.


MOVIE: 3.5 Stars.

EXTRAS: 2 Stars.

Reviewer: Jason Johnson

Some thought Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters would bomb, but it ended up making over US$225 million (S$284 million) on a US$50 million budget.

If you enjoy sexy butt-kicking babes, flashy monsters and NC16- rated action, you'll dig it.

Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton star as the brother-sister witch-hunting duo of the film's title. Traumatised by a witch (gingerbread house and all) as children, they have dedicated their lives to seek out and destroy sorceresses.

While investigating the disappearance of some children, they find themselves at the centre of a witch's (Famke Janssen) fiendish plot to gain immortality. Love it.

For extras, there's one behindthe- scenes segment.

For your information, its sequel is in the works.