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Body Heat [Blu-ray] [2008] [US Import]

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  • Actors: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna, Ted Danson, J.A. Preston
  • Directors: Lawrence Kasdan
  • Writers: Lawrence Kasdan
  • Producers: Fred T. Gallo, George Lucas, Robert Grand
  • Format: Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Spanish, German
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, German
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Oct. 2008
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AQO3RO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,757 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



While scoring high-profile credits as a screenwriter (including The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and Raiders of the Lost Ark), Lawrence Kasdan made his directorial debut with this steamy, contemporary film noir in the tradition of Double Indemnity and other classics from the 1940s. In one of his most memorable roles, William Hurt plays a Florida lawyer unwittingly drawn into a web of deceit spun by Kathleen Turner (in her screen debut) as a married socialite who plots to kill off her husband with Hurt's assistance. Kasdan's dialogue is a hoot (sometimes it borders on satire) and the sultry atmosphere is a perfect complement to the perspiration-soaked chemistry between Hurt and Turner, whose love scenes caused quite a stir when the film was released in 1981. John Barry's score sets the provocative mood and both Ted Danson and Mickey Rourke are splendid in memorable supporting roles. --Jeff Shannon

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 July 2003
Format: VHS Tape
This film is simply top notch. With deft direction by Lawrence Kasdan, a stellar cast, and a clever, well thought out script written by the director himself, this is a moody, atmospheric film, reminiscent of those potboilers of the nineteen forties. Highly stylized, the film tautly maintains its tension and suspense.
The plot is simple, yet ingenious. In steamy, hot and sultry coastal Florida, a beautiful blonde, unhappily married socialite, Matty Walker (Kathleen Turner), a veritable man trap with her smoky voice and Venus de Milo curves, meets a womanizing chump, Ned Racine (William Hurt), a small town, not too successful lawyer. He can't believe his luck when he hooks up with the wealthy Matty, as most of the women with whom he consorts work as waitresses, nurses, or in other service occupations. Better yet, the sexy, alluring Matty seems to want him as much as he wants her, and a torrid affair ensues.
Matty is married to a rapacious business man, Edmund Walker (Richard Crenna), whom Matty wants to have permanently removed. He is definitely a man with whom to reckon and the type of guy that takes no prisoners. He is, quite simply, a ruthless businessman, and the type of guy one loves to hate. He is also rich, very rich. Matty claims that she cannot divorce him without losing her wealthy life style, due to a draconian pre-nuptial agreement. Matty, in between huge dollops of steamy sex, does not hesitate to tell Ned how much she loves and wants him and that, were her husband were to die, all that money would be theirs. Beneath her love goddess exterior, however, lies a mind like a steel trap.
As Matty slowly spins her web and ensnares Ned, like a mouse in a trap, he falls into lock step with Matty's homicidal plans.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By on 23 Jun. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
One of my favourite films (others are The Usual Suspects, Apocalypse Now, The Sixth Sense, Diner and Diva).
This film sustains repeated viewing because of the atmosphere generated by the director, which conjures up the heady, sweaty Florida heatwave; the greed, lust and deviousness of it's two main protagonists, and the wonderful score by John Barry.
The script is superb, the performance of William Hurt, Kathleen Turner and Mickey Rourke (it was Turner's and Rourke's debut) are exceptional, and the plot is just a dream come true.
If you like films that will entertain you, and then leave you feeling dumb at the end because of a plot twist, then this is for you.
See it, and drink in it's atmosphere, and I hope (like The Sixth Sense) that the first thing you want to do after watching it, is watch it again.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pyke Bishop on 27 July 2011
Format: DVD
Written and Directed by Lawrence Kasdan Body Heat (1981) exploits the personal style of it's stars to insinuate itself. Body Heat is a movie about a woman who gets a man to commit murder for her. Kathleen Turner who in her debut role played a woman so sexually confident that we can believe her lover (William Hurt) could be dazed into doing almost anything for her.

Women are rarely allowed to be bold and devious in the movies; most directors are men, and they see women as goals, prizes, enemies, lovers and friends, but rarely as protagonists. Turner's entrance in Body Heat announces that she is the film's center of power. It is a hot, humid night in Florida. Hurt, playing a cocky (but lazy) lawyer named Ned Racine, is strolling on a pier where a band is listlessly playing. He is behind the seated audience. We can see straight down the center aisle to the bandstand. All is dark and red and orange. Suddenly a woman in white stands up, turns around and walks straight toward him. This is Matty Walker (Kathleen Turner). To see her is to need her. "You're not too smart," Matty tells Ned at their first meeting. "I like that in a man."

Matty is trapped in comfortable domesticity, married to a wealthy land speculator (Richard Crenna). But her ambition is "to be rich and live in an exotic land." The insurance money that would be hers with her husband's death represents air fare to that dream world. And Ned: lousy lawyer, good pal, nice guy & week-end stud may prove to be her passport.

Turner in her first movie role was an intriguing original. Slender, with hair down to her shoulders. Hurt was still unfamiliar: a tall, indolently handsome man with a certain lazy arrogance to his speech, as if amused by his own intelligence.
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Format: DVD
I seriously recommend the region 1 Deluxe Edition dvd. If you don't own a multi region player you may want to try converting yours as I did. It's not always possible but just Google dvd hack codes and from there you can easily find out if your player can access a code (it is free & legal just in case your worried).
This edition features - new digital director approved transfer - lifted scenes - 3 new featurettes (2006) - vintage interviews with William Hurt & Kathleen Turner - theatrical trailer (this is actually well worth watching). All these features are worthwhile, most importantly the transfer.
As for the film itself, I guess all I can add to the previous reviews is my knowledge of Film Noir. I have had a small obsession with the subject for most of my adult life and the number of movies I've seen from the genre is extensive. I still have a great affection even for modern Noir but none have come close to Body Heat. I won't say it's better than some of the originals but it holds a solid place alongside and in my opinion is one of the very best films of the 80's.
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