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Angel Heart [Special Edition] [DVD] [1987]

Release Date:05/18/2004
Alan Parker's Angel Heart has built a cult following, and this Special Edition DVD of the film from Lion's Gate will easily satisfy that audience. The film itself is presented in its original widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack does a fine job of presenting the original material. The copious supplemental materials include a feature-length commentary recorded by Alan Parker. He comments at great length on the performers and is full of anecdotal information about the making of the film, although he occasionally lapses into silence, saying he has not watched the film for quite some time. A scene-specific commentary by Mickey Rourke reveals that he did almost no research for the part and agreed to do it mostly because he admired Parker's Midnight Express. A handful of featurettes on voodoo, an introduction by Parker, an interview with Rourke in which he discusses his entire career (while holding onto his pet dog), and making-of featurettes created at the time of the original production all add flavor to this solid release.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    86% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (6 out of 7)

    Special Features

    • Newly remastered widescreen feature
    • 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby Digital Sound
    • New interview and DVD introduction by director Alan Parker
    • New interview and selected scene commentary by Mickey Rourke
    • Vodoun Truths: A collection of new documentaries discussing the facts, history, and beliefs of Voodoo. Includes "New Orleans Voodoo Connection" (history of Voodoo in New Orleans); "Voodoo...the Truth" (a look at Voodoo in the media); "Dance as Worship" (the meaning of dance and music in Voodoo); "Voodoo Macumba Dance Ensemble" (authentic extended dance sequences); "Ashé!" (an informational look at the African Spirit Forces [Orisha] and some Voodoo Loa).
    • Original production behind-the-scenes footage
    • Original director commentary
    • Original production featurettes
    • Spanish and English subtitles
    • Closed Captioned


    Angel Heart
    The time is the 1950s: seedy Brooklyn private eye Harry Angel (Mickey Rourke) is hired by shady Louis Cyphre (Robert De Niro) to locate a pop singer who reneged on a debt. Harry ventures into Harlem, the first step of a Heart of Darkness-inspired odyssey. Each time Harry makes contact with someone who might know the singer's whereabouts, he or she is killed in a horrible, ritualistic fashion; a Satanic cult seems to be at the bottom of all the carnage. Harry solves the mystery, all right. He just didn't know that he had the answer all along -- even before Louis entered his office. Also available in the "unrated" video version, Angel Heart is best known as the film that nearly got an X-rating due to a no-holds-barred sex scene involving Mickey Rourke and Lisa Bonet. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Mickey Rourke
      Mickey Rourke - Harry Angel
    • Robert De Niro
      Robert De Niro - Louis Cyphre
    • Lisa Bonet
      Lisa Bonet - Epiphany Proudfoot
    • Charlotte Rampling
      Charlotte Rampling - Margaret Krusemark
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