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Angel Heart [Blu-ray]

Mickey Rourke , Robert De Niro , Alan Parker    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Charlotte Rampling, Lisa Bonet, Stocker Fountelieu
  • Directors: Alan Parker
  • Producers: Alan Marshall
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Aug 2009
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BD9DRK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,077 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Set in Harlem and New Orleans in 1955, this supernatural thriller stirred a brief controversy in the US when released in 1987 because some scenes featuring Lisa Bonet (then a popular cast member of The Cosby Show) were considered too sexually explicit to be rated R. The plot follows the fortunes of a sullen detective (Mickey Rourke) who is hired to find a missing person by a shady client with pointy fingernails named Louis Cyphre (Lucifer, get it?), played with subtle menace by Robert De Niro. Rourke's investigation leads him into an underworld of voodoo and forbidden desires, and as the mystery unfolds director Alan Parker fills every scene with conspicuous style and atmospheric excess, compelling critic Pauline Kael to observe that "Parker simply doesn't have the gift of making evil seductive, and he edits like a flasher". And yet, this movie does casts a spell of its own (Roger Ebert's review was considerably more charitable), and the performances of Rourke, De Niro, Bonet and Charlotte Rampling are well suited to the ominous mood. --Jeff Shannon,

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It seems like a straightforward case when detective Harry Angel (Mickey Rourke) is hired by Louis Cyphre (Robert De Niro) to find missing singer Johnny Favourite. However, before long the trail has led him to Epiphany Proudfoot (Lisa Bonet) and a mysterious occult world in which everyone he questions seems to wind up dead. No matter what he finds out along the way, nothing will prepare Harry for what awaits him at the end of his quest.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best film ever made... six stars surely 4 Dec 2001
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A work of genius... atmospheric, gripping, terrifyingly clever. Needs to be watched more than once to pick up on all the subtleties... like Robert de Niro throwing salt over his shoulder before he eats an egg - 'the symbol of the soul'.
Mickey Rourke has made some real duff films but in this he is brilliant, de Niro is as great as he always is and Lisa Bonet smoulders while Courtney Pine's saxophone haunts the film and the great use of lighting, close-ups and camera angles perfects the effects.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange, haunting film 28 Jun 2005
This is one of Alan Parker's best films. Harry Angel (Mickey Rourke) is a private detective hired by a mysterious client (Robert de Niro) to look for a crooner called Johnny Favourite, who disappeared after World War II. As he gets closer to the truth, the people he talks to about Favourite die in horrible ways. The film is like a nightmare: recrurring, unexplained motifs--a whirring fan and an old-fashioned lift going up and down--that are disturbing, but you don't know why. This is not a film for the faint-hearted--be prepared for lots of killing (although most of it is off-screen) and voodoo. There is a twist in the tail that makes you want to go back and watch it again. This is Rourke's best performance ever, as a man who is slowly falling apart.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Nigel Mc TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
People will likely fall into one of two categories of viewer. There will be those who first saw this film on general release some 24 years ago and fell in love with its originality, good acting and wonderful cinematography and there will be those like me who will be viewing the film for the first time. If you are in the latter category I promise not to give any of plot away. I think that it would be a real spoiler to come to this film the first time with any idea of the storyline. While there may be some clever souls who will guess the ending before it unfolds I will be quite happy to admit that it came to me as a complete surprise.

Irrespective of the clever plot and good acting I was completely blown away by the wonderful cinematography. And the picture quality on Blu-ray is absolutely outstanding. The inky detail of the blacks is simply stunning. There are quite a few dark scenes in this movie and the picture quality is every bit as good as the more recent movie, `Dark City'. Furthermore, on Angel Heart the choice of the locations is impressive and the film captures perfectly the atmosphere of mid 50's America.

In my opinion this is very much a film which you will be able to enjoy on repeated viewings, to savour the art of the cinematographer as well as to get a better understanding of the complexity of the plot. Yes, there are several murders and quite a lot of blood but I think you will be doing yourself a disservice if you choose not to buy for that reason. To a great extent the violence is retrospective and not in the same stomach wrenching category of `Saving Private Ryan'.

There are 2 choices of soundtrack, Dolby Stereo and an excellent DTS 5:1 mix.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, atmospheric thriller 27 Jan 2005
Mickey Rouke stars as Private Eye Harry Angel who is given a job by the mysterious Louis Cypher (Robert de Niro). His remit is to find missing singer Johnny Favourite. Unfortunately for Harry the people he is investigating for the job have a habit of being found dead after he has talked to them. Naturally this puts Harry in the frame for murder.
The cinematography is first rate. Filmed for the most part in Louisiana, there is a real sense of oppression and gloom that makes for an uneasy atmosphere throughout and certainly adds to the tone of the film. Rouke is excellent as the deadbeat Harry a character that attracts and repels at the same time whilst De Niro is suitable sinister as Cypher.
Alan Parker has produced a film that is part psychological thriller, part occult-horror, but always gripping.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some Great Noir 21 Feb 2003
Most of Parker's films are visually interesting. This one is viscerally mesmerizing, as well, partly because he captures the essential undulent, oily sleaziness of the Big Easy so adroitly. I lived in New Orleans for five years and can spot a fraudulent, comercially bent take when I see one (Clint Eastwood comes to mind). Mickey Rourke was one of those hit or miss actors of the 90s (I was one of those who actually liked him in "Barfly"). In this instance he is more than adequate, and he rolls along with the punchy, quirky script like the prize fighter he longed to be. Lisa Bonet, as the Nubian Lolita, is perfectly cast. No need to provide spoilers here, but the ending is one of the all time greatest, where any ambiguity that the filmmaker might have set up for us is exquisitely resolved. Certainly not one of the deepest cinema excursions ever attempted, but one of the most enjoyable, particularly for those who like a little spice and suspense in their gumbo.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gob-smacking!!! 6 Jun 2003
By Rick H
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
I first saw this film back when it was released and it still manages to shock me with its many twists and turns. Even now, there are things that you missed first, second etc times round. Probably the best film Mickey Rourke ever made and a cult (please excuse the pun) classic. And the atmospheric sound track just adds to the creeping sense of impending doom and the ending that you never saw coming.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 10 days ago by Robert Bowman
4.0 out of 5 stars Alan Parker's slow burn horror/thriller is well worth a watch
Angel Heart is quite an unusual film blending a few genres together it's not just a normal thriller, but one with some satanic/horror parts added into the mix. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr Baz
4.0 out of 5 stars Really bought this for my husband
This is an extremely weird film, for the first half an hour I did not really like it at all but as it went on it became quite good, quite bloody and eerie - may watch it a second... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. V. J. Charles
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful mystery
Interesting film with some noir scenes giving great atmosphere.It gathers pace and mystery as it procedes to it's inevitable climax.
Published 4 months ago by John Reading
4.0 out of 5 stars angel heart
Great acting for a really scarey, gripping story set in The South, De Niro & Rourke are fantastic in this. A bit gorey though.
Published 6 months ago by chris m
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, Strange, Disturbing and Clever film!!
Being a huge Robert De Niro Fan, this film was always one of the few films I hadn't seen but was always on my mind to see, After watching it once I was pleasently suprised at how... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. Joel S. Greenhalgh
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent and dark
The play off between Rourke and deNiro is palpable, and if you previously don't know the story when the twist hits you it hits you hard! Read more
Published 7 months ago by andrew darbyshire
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy is the word
Mickey Rourke in i think his best performance before he went AWOL from Hollywood and started boxing professionally and indulging in plastic surgery operations seemingly performed... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Tando
2.0 out of 5 stars Does A Man/Woman Do Good and Evil Due To Influence From Spirits?
I admit that it is not always easy for me to publicly rate something two stars or less. This is only because I strongly believe in karma, which also is related to the type of... Read more
Published 13 months ago by marriedutopianstriver
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and haunting
Bought this because I remembered being so impressed by the film many years ago .
And even though I was aware of the twist in the tale, I wasn't disappointed. Read more
Published 15 months ago by OldLady
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