The Main focus of the edit using split screen wherever logical to show McClane, Gruber,his cohorts, Police and Newscasters in splitscreen in a style similar to tv series ’24’ giving a sense of parallel events taking place. The film is set over a 9 hour timeframe with a ’24’ style ticking clock emphasising the real-time aspect with the intention of adding extra tension, pace and a fresh perspective.
This is the second entry in the “B+ Movie Project”, a series of edits that seek to improve on older films, while still maintaining the charm and narrative of the original cut. #2 happens to be another Jack Arnold film, and similarly to Creature from the Black Lagoon, this has had a lot of chaff removed. I’ve tried to strike a balance between promptly setting things up and improving the pacing, while also maintaining some of the atmosphere in the latter half of the film, where the tone starts to become more philosophical.