(This review contains no plot spoilers!) In my view, this surely ranks as one of the great screen romances, alongside Manhattan, Brief Encounter, Notting Hill, Gregory's Girl, and Maurice. OK, so it's low budget and made in 1985, and thus doesn't have the high gloss of a bigger modern movie. But it's a gem that has that magic blend of locations, actors, period flavour, clothes, storyline and music. I'd read Jane Rule's classic novel first, then saw Desert Heats at the cinema - the film is just as good, and I knew the storyline. If you don't know how it ends (I'm not telling!), seeing this for the first time will just blow you away. A great date movie, although it probably plays best at the cinema. The DVD is widescreen and the sound-design is really very well done. So, for best appreciation: close the curtains, pump up your hi-fi sound-system, and view on a big widescreen TV -- this isn't one for viewing on a tiny standard TV way over the other side of your living room. The time at which the movie's set (1959) makes the story even more poigniant. Even though we're out in the Reno desert, San Francisco and the 1960s are just a short hop away, so you kind of mentally "fill in" the possible future. The music is just perfect, very seamless and in-keeping with the settings; thankfully this movie was made before the current fashion for jamming the soundtrack full of the latest tween bands in order to sell a few CDs ("hey, we ruin the film - so what?"). This is a super DVD - you won't disappointed.