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Heat [DVD] [1995]

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  • Release Date: 08/11/2015
  • Rating: R
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (668 out of 684)

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    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



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 684 reviews

    98%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      I do what I do best, I take scores.

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      DWolfe47
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      After a fairly solid but troubled Blu-ray from Warner Brothers back in 2009, Michael Mann has given it another go and along with 20th Century Fox given us an excellent new release with the 'Director's Definitive Edition' as mentioned on the front cover. Heat is perhaps one of the most definitive cops and robbers movie ever made. A dark, realistic tale that not only gives us a very authentic look at heist crews and the detectives who take them down but the toll it takes on their personal lives. Al Pacino gives a startling and lively performance as an overworked cop named Vincent Hanna who is slowly losing touch with his family and possibly his sanity. Robert DeNiro in another one of his sterling roles as a professional but ultimately ruthless thief named Neil McCauley whose code of conduct is shaken a bit by the love of a designer named Eady (played by Amy Brenneman). Both men despite respecting each other in some aspects become hunter and hunted on the streets of L.A. as Vincent sees his marriage fall apart and Neil sees multiple betrayals and a number of his crew picked off as he pulls off a major bank heist. The supporting cast for this film is tremendous with great performances from Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Jon Voight, Ted Levine, William Fichtner and small but memorable roles for Henry Rollins, Tom Noonan and Hank Azaria who gets the brunt of Vincent's beratement. As mentioned before this film had been given a solid but flawed release before by Warner Brothers. Solid in that it had fairly good picture quality but flawed in that the audio quality was not up to par. Warner has a habit of setting the sound levels for voices a bit too low and then setting the sound for action sequences very, very high. Here thankfully this has been fixed. The audio sounds very good and much more balanced. Now dialogue is clear as ever and the action sequences still sound very explosive (especially the pinnacle shoot-out scene following the robbery which is still one the best scenes of it's kind ever filmed). The picture quality has been given a very good 4K upgrade over the first Blu-ray, eschewing the more colder, grayer look for somewhat warmer and more realistic-looking skin tones and natural looking lighting. Don't worry, it's still a dark, shadowy picture though but the scenes in daylight look like scenes in daylight and scenes at night are much more refined and natural looking. Also the film does look a bit more detailed than the previous release did and given this is a 2-disc release the new transfer is housed on it's own disc with the special features on the second disc so compression is pretty much non-existent here. The special features for the most part are the same from the previous release with several documentaries, deleted scenes and commentary by director Michael Mann. The new stuff though is very good with a new hour-long Q&A segment from last year's Film Academy screening with most of the major cast included and a thirty-minute Q&A with Mann from 2015's Toronto Film Festival screening. Also have to commend 20th Century Fox for their new, excellent box art. Instead of the usual "floating heads over explosion" with a lot of movie covers they went with a more minimalistic and blue-colored view of L.A.'s skyline which looks absolutely gorgeous especially on the slipcover. I should also note though that this Blu-ray is like the previous one based off of Mann's changed version of the film which omitted the "Ferocious, aren't I?" line from Pacino's scene with Hank Azaria. Why this is still left out I'm not certain of although no further changes seem to have been made to the film that I can see. Overall this release lives up to its subtitle and hopefully will see a 4K UltraHD release in the near future so both Blu-ray enthusiasts and 4K enthusiasts get what they want. I'm personally happy previous issues have been corrected and can say this release is highly fabulous and recommended.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of Michael Mann's best.

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      Suntoucher
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      I rate it as Mann's best. It's his most kinetic, vibrant and brilliant film. I just goes to show how powerful a simple, straight story can be. This is a film about men - strong men - and the supporting role that he women of the film have on them for better or worse. Take Pacino as good cop Vincent Hanna: one of the most intense characterizations of the tragic hero that I have ever witnessed, as he laments the demise of his third marriage to a looser wife. A fact which he discusses with his archnemesis (De Niro) in what history will regard as one of the most frenetic scenes in the history of film. The dialogue in this scene (at the very end of the first tape, if you own the VHS version) sets up the last half of the film beautifully, as our two rivals come to the joint realization that they have no hand in choosing the paths that will lead them to their ultimate confrontation: their very natures so define their respective actions that any attempt to do otherwise would simply be a waste of time. While I have heard others say that Heat drags in places, I will concede that there are moments in the film that require more than the cursory attention. There are poignant developments of character in Heat that many would casually disregard. I am thinking of the interaction between the ex-con who finds conditional employment in a diner with an opportunistic scum of a boss, and whose girlfriend is so proud of him for swallowing his pride and not simply giving the crum a good pummeling. But there is a catharsis that I felt for that same ex-con when De Niro's character presents him with the opportunity to take just one more score, for old time's sake. Who doesn't feel for this guy - this minor character in a film with big-time heavyweights who gets to shine for a few brief moments. That's what Heat is really: a series of brief moments, some touching, others traumatic, and still others incredibly horrifying in the feelings that they inspire in the romantic who, like me sees not black or white portrayals of protagonist and villain, but a montage of grays that combine to create a vivid spectrum of film characterization that could not be found in hundreds of films combined. One of my five favorite films of all time, Heat is a cinematic banquet of intense imagery and pulse-pounding action.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Solid Crime Drama

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      Buzz3333
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      This film is considered one of the best of all time, now while I don't feel that way this is still an excellent movie. It's held back for me because of its length which I understand was done to make it feel epic, but ultimately it more ended up feeling bloated. It was also held back from the movie not being all that original or incredibly interesting to me. But the incredibly polished sleek look of this film is stunning to look at, all the actors do a great job at keeping you engaged by constantly having things to do and keeping them busy. And most of all even though this film ends in a certain way, I was wrapped up in the story and characters enough to where I would've been satisfied if it had ended in multiple ways, including the way it did end, that's rare in movies. Overall, it's exciting scenes, polished look, and investing characters brought to life by solid acting, directing and writing make this a crime drama definitely worth watching, just make sure you either take an intermission halfway through, or find a way to spare three hours of your time.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Masterpiece Crime Film

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      MarkTwainTimeTraveler
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      The classic 1995 bank robber film and frankly one of the best ever from that era. What's not to love? It has a roundhouse, excellent cast with Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer in his early career, Jon Voight, Tom Sizemore, Wes Studi, Amy Brenneman (remember her from Private Practice?) and too many others to list. The story is beautifully shot with a definite pulse-pounding thrill ride as the film picks up mid-way and all the way to the end. I am knocking a star off for the blu-ray release itself, which is more the fault of Warner. They took out dialogue from the original film for some odd reason. So if you are looking for a "complete" version of Heat on Bluray, sadly this is not it (yet). You'll be better off searching for the Special Edition DVD.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic edition of a must - see film

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      Nate
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      If you call yourself a fan of action films and have not seen Heat you are doing yourself a disservice. This breathtaking film will captivate you for its entirety of the run time. Brilliant acting by Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, gorgeous cinematography by Dante Spinotti, and all other cast and crew members combine to create Michael Mann's masterpiece. This edition is the Director's Definitive edition, a personally supervised restoration by Michael Mann that includes a ton of bonus features. Spread over 2 Blu-ray discs there are hours of bonus features here to explore. Couple that with a digital HD copy of the film, all for under $10 makes this a superb buy.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Completely worth it!

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      mknight1234
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      I've seen the film several times, but I had this unopened when my father in law was over. He loves action flicks and his primary language is Chinese. I put this on with the intention of explaining the whole movie to him, but as the movie started, I realized that the studio threw every subtitle track they had into the disc. The bluray has over 10 subtitle tracks, including Chinese, even though the back of the case only sauys eng, spanish, french. The bonus disc, plus the extra subtitles are worth re-buying this movie, expecially since I could watch the move again without having to pause and explain the film to my father in law. Excellent!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Heated battles

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      CookieMonsterMike
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      Man what a movie. From great actors giving great performances to the action sequences etc. This is not just a run of the mill typical hollywood movie. There is so much more to this movie that just heists and gun battles. Still, even to present day no other movie has ever shown a more realistic and up close gun battle in the middle of the streets in my opinion (and i've seen a lot of movies with gun battles). There can be some drawn out times in the movie, mostly when the "hero" cop is revealed to have plenty of at home issues with wife and kid. While necessary for his character, it can be dramatic and overdone. Otherwise, totally an awesome movie and worth watching. I recommend it.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Classic film done right.

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      nublur
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      I wasn't impressed with the previous blu ray releases of Heat. On previous editions, the colors looked washed out and some shots were clearly low res just scaled up to 1080p to fit the screen. Although there are a couple of instances of that in this release, they did a great job with the colors and didn't do away with the film grain, which I absolutely love. Extras are OK, not great. Was a bit disappointed it didn't come with a slip cover so I will knock a star off for that.

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