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HEAVEN'S GATE (1980) (import)


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  • Actors: Brad Dourif, Isabelle Huppert, John Hurt, Kris Kristofferson, Sam Waterston
  • Directors: Michael Cimino
  • Format: Import, Dolby, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Italian, French, English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004RCOBA2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,381 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Import from The Netherlands with English soundtrack
This epic western tells the true story of the infamous Johnson County War in Wyoming a brutal fight in which wealthy cattlemen, backed by the U.S. government, mercenaries committed to murder. 125 immigrants An impression of the less pleasant side of The American Dream, which will not soon forget.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Anorakus on 30 Nov 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Let me start by saying that Heaven's Gate is a marvellous film, and in no way deserving of the critical mauling it got on its release. Director Michael Cimino was criticised for bloating the Johnson County War, a relatively minor albeit brutal footnote in American history, into a three-hour-plus behemoth, but to do so is to miss what Cimino was trying to achieve. The film plays out as a requiem to the American frontier, and a paean to the visceral beauty of the West. The huge budget and Cimino's attention to detail are up there on the screen, and it looks wonderful. As with all great films, it isn't so much the events depicted that draw us in as the journey we're taken on to get there.

Having read the reviews I was fearing there would be precious little plot amongst the cinematic eye-candy, but this is not the case at all. This is one of the most absorbing movies I have seen. Cimino takes his time setting up the story, and the slow-burning Kristofferson-Walken-Huppert love triangle serves to heighten the tension and sense of dread leading up to the climactic battle sequence. Leading man Kris Kristofferson turns in a quiet but mesmerising performance as marshall Jim Averill, backed up by a solid supporting cast. At three and a half hours running time, Heaven's Gate is a long and nuanced film that audiences at the time - at least in the US - were perhaps not ready for. It's no surprise that the film was warmly received in Europe, as its unconventional narrative structure and slow pacing had far more in common with the French New Wave than other Hollywood fare of the time.

On to the UK blu-ray release from Second Sight. This is the sort of film that the format was made for. DP Vilmos Zsigmond's widescreen panoramas look fantastic, with saturated blue skies and green fields.
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99 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 22 Dec 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Michael Cimino's film would be held up as the archetypal Hollywood film that went vastly over-budget & failed to recoup the costs. Deemed a failure, jounalists gathered like vultures and books like The Final Cut (Stephen Bach) appeared- this would spell the end of New Hollywood- an era that had been ushered in with Bonnie & Clyde and Easy Rider would come to a close with this film- and Beatty's Reds (and perhaps Schrader's Lucas/Coppola produced Mishima). Art cinema would be off the menu- Bogdanovich & Coppola would have money problems, Scorsese would become a director for hire & Cimino would never recover. The High Concept would dominate the 80's- movies like Top Gun, Flashdance & Rambo would replace the possibilities offered up by auteurs like Cimino and Coppola. Our loss.
Heaven's Gate has dated wonderfully, this full-length 3hours 28 minutes version is much more satisfying than the edited take previously released (the 1980's would see many works cut to bits- such as Dune and Once Upon a Time in America). This is a far more satisfying Western than many that have followed it, such as Pale Rider, Dances with Wolves, Wyatt Earp, Tombstone & Ride with the Devil (but not Unforgiven or Dead Man). Cimino's epic ambition is all evident on-screen (photographer Vilmos Zsigmond captures a stunning world). As with Reds, you can see where the money went- a stunning recreation of an era in terms of art direction, design & costume.
This easily ranks next to Thunderbolt & Lightfoot and The Deer Hunter (whose epic vision was leading towards this epic-epic) and can a film with a cast including Kris Kristofferson, Isabelle Huppert, John Hurt, Christopher Walken, Jeff Bridges, Sam Waterson, Joseph Cotton & Brad Dourif be anything less than wonderful?
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By G. EC Rawlins on 5 Nov 2011
Format: Audio CD
A political western with the finest action sequences ever devised since the wild bunch. But more a wistful European perspective. Lets face it most of Americans were imported from Europe poor huddled masses almost never dealt with in the genre, well here they are in this film. The film speaks of the very rich and the poor and the undying underlining part of westerns that says you can fight back. It's long wide and misunderstood as a film but its a real peace of western Americana some of the shots are pure poetry.
The film that broke UA the film that one day critics will look at and say damn that was pretty good, until then you will be ahead of the pack if you have this on your shelf
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Roger Boon VINE VOICE on 9 Feb 2007
Format: DVD
I only saw this film once a quarter of a century ago, yet it's impact has never left me and I can still remember even now my reactions to it.I was mesmerised by the breadth and the sheer beauty of so much of the photography. I was astounded that an American studio could produce such a European film with it's slow pace and its unfocused plot. The lack of any strong characters felt like a flaw but I raged at the completely unnecessary ending on the yacht which seemed as though it was bolted on to give some kind of plot cohesion and which was entirely at odds with the style of the rest of the picture.It was also refreshing to see a western which made no pretence about the brutality and exploitation that so often was the unfortunate detritus of the American Dream.The western scenes and sets also had an authenticity which was entirely new to me and which prefigured the recent Deadwood series.The film was massively cut for the American audience and its my very real wish that in these days of Director's Cuts that Michael Cimino is given the opportunity of a fresh edit in the light of reflection - a cut which could turn this ill fated movie into the masterpiece it had the potential to become
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