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Heat [VHS] [1996]

Al Pacino , Robert De Niro , Michael Mann    Suitable for 15 years and over   VHS Tape
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Jon Voight, Tom Sizemore
  • Directors: Michael Mann
  • Writers: Michael Mann
  • Producers: Michael Mann, Arnon Milchan, Art Linson, Gusmano Cesaretti, Kathleen M. Shea
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: 30 Dec 1996
  • Run Time: 163 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CTVX
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 284,484 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Having developed his skill as a master of contemporary crime drama, writer-director Michael Mann displayed every aspect of that mastery in this intelligent, character-driven thriller from 1995, which also marked the first onscreen pairing of Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. The two great actors had played father and son in the separate time periods of The Godfather, Part II, but this was the first film in which the pair appeared together, and although their only scene together is brief, it's the riveting fulcrum of this high-tech cops-and-robbers scenario. De Niro plays a master thief with highly skilled partners (Val Kilmer and Tom Sizemore) whose latest heist draws the attention of Pacino, playing a seasoned Los Angeles detective whose investigation reveals that cop and criminal lead similar lives. Both are so devoted to their professions that their personal lives are a disaster. Pacino's with a wife (Diane Venora) who cheats to avoid the reality of their desolate marriage; De Niro pays the price for a life with no outside connections; and Kilmer's wife (Ashley Judd) has all but given up hope that her husband will quit his criminal career. These are men obsessed, and as De Niro and Pacino know, they'll both do whatever's necessary to bring the other down. Mann's brilliant screenplay explores these personal obsessions and sacrifices with absorbing insight, and the tension mounts with some of the most riveting action sequences ever filmed--most notably a daylight siege that turns downtown Los Angeles into a virtual war zone of automatic gunfire. At nearly three hours, heat qualifies as a kind of intimate epic, certain to leave some viewers impatiently waiting for more action, but it's all part of Mann's compelling strategy. Heat is a true rarity: a crime thriller with equal measures of intense excitement and dramatic depth, giving De Niro and Pacino a prime showcase for their finely matched talents. --Jeff Shannon

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Robert De Niro and Al Pacino face off as thief and policeman, both obsessed with their professions. De Niro stars as Neil McCauley, the criminal mastermind in a gang of professional thieves (which includes Tom Sizemore and Val Kilmer), who unwittingly attract the attention of super-cop Vincent Hanna (Pacino). Hanna will not stop until he catches the gang in the midst of committing a crime, an obsession that alienates him from those he is close to.

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, blu-ray not brilliant 6 Dec 2009
This is one of my favourite films, and I now have it in three versions. I won't review the film as such, because others do it better, but mention has of course to go to the magnificent shoot-out. I could watch that again and again.

Anyway, to the blu-ray: The picture quality is better than DVD, but certainly not reference material. I was pretty disappointed by the sound, to be honest. I have a fairly decent system set quite loud, but found the dialogue to be quite indistinct at times. I also felt that the background music was simply too low in places. However, the shoot-out was pretty good, with glass tinkling at my feet, but the airport scene had the best effects, with massive LFE from taxi-ing planes and great directional effects from take-offs and landings.

Is it worth the upgrade? If you love the film like many do, you'll buy it anyway, as I did. I don't regret it, but feel that it can still get better, which means yet another upgrade in the future.
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161 of 177 people found the following review helpful
This release truly was a gargantuan disappointment. "Heat" is one of my all-time favorites and Michael Mann one of my favorite directors. I actually did not have huge expectations to this first incarnation of Heat on Blu-Ray--knowing the problems that exist on both the original 1999 DVD release (which I might add was pretty ok at the time, but not by today's standards) and the subsequent 2005 "Special Edition" (which had some interesting extras and commentary, but no change to the feature itself.)

But I mean honestly, I am in awe that not only does this disc have basically _the same_ audio track (re-encoded into Dolby TrueHD)--complete with the same muffled audio which for the most part totally lacks any kind of force, and dialogue which in some places is so low it borders on being ridiculous.
I can honestly say that it had no improvement, whatsoever, over the Japanese DTS edition which was released a couple of years back (which also is far from perfect.)

Ok, granted. The audio is not 100%--that I might be able to live with. After all--this is close to being my favorite movie. However, it also has received a *minimal* upgrade on the video side.

No, I am not referring to the inherent film grain. This disc has many scenes which look like they are taken straight off the original DVD and upscaled to 1080p. The lack of detail is most prominent when pausing the movie at certain scenes. Background detail also varies strongly throughout. Yes, it is a Blu-Ray and obviously it will look better than the DVD but I have a quite respectable stack of older movies which completely puts this release in the dust. The bitrate is for the most part around 15-22Mbit/s, peaking at just under 30 in some cases; but seldom reaching this point.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 5 Star Film - 3 Star Blu-Ray Conversion! 9 Jan 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I agree with almost every other review written here. This is one top class film - plot, cast, action, dialogue, character development... you name it, brilliant!

However, this is a prime example of poor quality Blu-Ray conversion, does not do the format much justice at all. Seems as though it has been rushed through the conversion process far too quickly.

1) The sound quality is lacking. This is particularly noticeable during loud action sequences, for example, even within the first 10 minutes during the fantastic 'secured car hold-up' scene - when the articulated lorry hits the van there is shocking sound quality: harsh and crackly, detracts from the film really. Gun shot sounds don't pack much punch either!
2) Picture quality is good but not what I'd expect from a Blu-Ray - particularly grainy in low light scenes (first noticeable in the enquiry Al Pacino's character makes after the hold-up).

Overall I am pleased because I now own my first copy of this film after a friend introduced me to it. But I am slightly disappointed that the film is not up to the usual high quality standard to be expected from a Blu-Ray! Hencce, 4 stars!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film let down by poor sound 26 Nov 2012
I've just bought the steelbook version of this, having previously owned the DVD. The picture quality is great, as you'd expect. Unfortunately the film is still dogged by poor sound levels. I must've adjusted the volume at least 30 times during the film - and even had to put subtitles on for some of it. Very disappointing - though not wholly unexpected to be honest. Heat - Premium Collection Steelbook (Blu-ray + UV Copy)[Region Free]
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stone cold classic 9 Jun 2005
By Mr. Warren M. Fisher VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Featuring cinema's greatest ever shoot-out, this remains among my favourite films of all time. Beyond the expertly staged action set pieces, lies a multi-layered plotline with a teeming cast of believable characters and mood of tragic portent. The existential torment of the charcters is played out against an LA landscape that is itself a character - indeed the city has never looked as stunning and alluring.
The disc comes jam-packed with extras to please the die-hard fan, including a series a exhaustive documentaries charting the creation of this landmark movie.
A visceral and emotional thriller that stands alone as a stone cold classic.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of The cinema greats 7 Nov 2009
By The usual suspect TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Heat is a formidable movie. Pacino + DeNiro + Mann = magic!

Super criminal versus super cop, both with knowledge that their lifestyles revolve around their chosen professions and nothing else is really allowed to get in the way. As the movie goes on we see what each will sacrifice in order to do what they do.

Possible the greatest shoot out ever? You decide but for me it is to date.

Transfer is good - not show off material, but well worth an upgrade. The DVD looks awful on a big TV - this does not.

The audio on the DVD wasn't up to much and I did struggle to hear Jon Voight but now we a TrueHD track that's crystal clear. I have my amp set to actively stop large peaks in the sound but if I turned it off I would guess that the shootout would have the neighbours around pretty sharpish!

Languages: English TrueHD; English DD; Castilian Spanish 5.1 French 5.1 German 5.1 Dolby surround; Brazilian Portuguese Stereo 2.0

Region Free

I hope Collateral is just around the corner too?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
A classic. I love this movie. It is a fantastic story with a briliant line up. De Nero is a bad guy but you cannot help liking him throughout. Read more
Published 27 days ago by David Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Slick and impressive crime drama
Michael Mann's 1995 film is more than just the long overdue screen appearance of Pacino and De Niro together. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr Baz
3.0 out of 5 stars A little warmth and a whole lotta cold.
Heat is not above criticism. I've put off reviewing this film for a long time as I know any negative comments will provoke an angry response from people who are blind to any... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Inspector Gadget
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic film.
This film is my favourite film of all time.

Regarding the film it's self, the characters within the film are out standing and storyline is great. Read more
Published 1 month ago by kr groves
5.0 out of 5 stars king of the bank robbery films
having seen this film more the 100 times in the last 19 years im posting a review to tell you heat fim lovers watch the film called TOWN its the second best bank robbery film ever... Read more
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