Heat [2 Discs] [DVD] [1995]

This release finds Michael Mann's epic crime drama Heat getting the two-disc deluxe treatment from Warner Bros. that it most certainly deserves. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film, and showcases both Mann's precise framing and Dante Spinotti's first-rate cinematography. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. Mann provides a commentary track for the film. While Mann may not be the most electrifying speaker, he does share a great deal of information about the making of the film. Eleven deleted scenes are included, as are five documentaries about the film. The documentaries cover such diverse topics as how the script bounced around Hollywood for decades before the film was made, a look at the real police officer whose story inspired the film, a visit to the film's locations a decade after filming occurred, and a breakdown of the infamous scene between stars Al Pacino and Robert De Niro.
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Overall Customer Rating:
Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars.
4.8
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (433 out of 444)

Special Features

  • 11 additional scenes
  • Commentary by writer/producer/director Michael Mann
  • Five new making-of documentaries - "True Crime": Recalling the real-life Chicago cop and criminal whose exploits inspired the movie; "Crime Stories": The screenplay's 20-year history and how the movie finally got greenlit; "Into the Fire": Filming in L.A., how the cast trained for their roles, shooting the climactic downtown heist and post-production; "Pacino and De Niro: The Conversation": Anatomy of this historic onscreen showdown; "Return to the Scene of the Crime": Revisiting the film's real-life L.A. locations ten years later
  • Three theatrical trailers
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Heat
A successful career criminal considers getting out of the business after one last score, while an obsessive cop desperately tries to put him behind bars in this intelligent thriller written and directed by Michael Mann. Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) is a thief who specializes in big, risky jobs, such as banks and armored cars. He's very good at what he does; he's bright, methodical, and has honed his skills as a thief at the expense of his personal life, vowing never to get involved in a relationship from which he couldn't walk away in 30 seconds. Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) is an L.A.P.D. detective determined to catch McCauley, but while McCauley's personal code has forced him to do without a wife and children, Hanna's dedication has made a wreck of the home he's tried to have; he's been divorced twice, he's all but a stranger to his third wife, and he has no idea how to reach out to his troubled step-daughter. While McCauley has enough money to retire and is planning to move to New Zealand, he loves the thrill of robbery as much as the profit, and is blocking out plans for one more job; meanwhile, he's met a woman, Eady (Amy Brenneman), whom he's not so sure he can walk away from. The supporting cast includes Val Kilmer as Chris, one of McCauley's partners; Ashley Judd as his wife Charlene; Jon Voight as Nate; Hank Azaria as Alan Marciano; and Henry Rollins as Hugh, who is beaten up by Hanna. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Al Pacino
    Al Pacino - Vincent Hanna
  • Robert De Niro
    Robert De Niro - Neil McCauley
  • Val Kilmer
    Val Kilmer - Chris Shiherlis
  • Jon Voight
    Jon Voight - Nate
  • Tom Sizemore
    Tom Sizemore - Michael Cheritto

Overall Customer Rating

4.8 out of 54.8
444 Reviews
98%of customers recommend this product.

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