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Heat 1995

A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist.

Starring:
Al Pacino, Robert De Niro
Runtime:
2 hours, 50 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Action & Adventure, Crime
Director Michael Mann
Starring Al Pacino, Robert De Niro
Supporting actors Val Kilmer
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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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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By E. Smith TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Dec. 2009
Format: Blu-ray
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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Format: DVD
This is quite simply one of the finest movies of the last 20 years. The acting, direction, production and cinematography are all of the very best quality. This movie is well known for 2 things in particular. Firstly, for a while it was the only film in which Pacino and De Niro shared the screen *at the same time*. That has since been done again in Righteous Kill, but that was a vastly inferior movie to this. Secondly, as has been pointed out elsewhere, it contains the best heist shootout scene ever filmed. Along with the opening 20 minutes of Saving Private Ryan, this scene is one of the most intense use of firearms you'll ever likely to see on screen, with the phenominal sound of high powered rifles echoing off the buildings of downtown LA - if you have a home cinema system, turn it up for this scene, the background music is faded as the shooting begins and it is an audio assault on your ears. Fantastic atmosphere.

However away from those two well known facts about this film, there's more to it. Pacino's portrayal of the sociopath cop is so perfect, it almost makes De Niro's performance - which is excellent in it's own right - seem a bit average. Some have criticised it for being too long - I can only imagine that they didn't get it. In fact, even after nearly 3 hours, I was wanting to know more about the characters and the fascinating dynamic between Hanna (Pacino) and McCauley (De Niro).

If you like popcorn cop or action movies like Lethal Weapon and Mission Impossible (and that's not meant as an insult - the type of movie that Heat is, can be an acquired taste), you will probably find this heavy going. But if you like fine acting, realistic action scenes and fine attention to detail, you need to make this part of your collection. It's one of those movies like Shawshank Redemption, that you can watch many times over and enjoy the scenes you knew were coming and the parts you forgot were there. Oh, and for less than a fiver, it's an absolute steal.
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Format: DVD
It's taken me years to pluck up the courage to this masterpiece. Much hyperbole has been written.. and it's all true. The re make of LA takedown and based on real life events in Chicago, Heat is Shakespearian dissection of it's two leads. Neil Mc Cauley (De Niro) is a cold blooded ruthless perfectionist, a man alone but not lonely, someone cool , not showey and prone to sudden acts of brutality or kindness. Vincent hanna (pacino) is his foil, a manic lunatic of a cop obssessed with tracking his prey, 2 marriages down and the third one crumbling, his suffering wife has to share him with all the filth of the city. A robbery goes wrong where the security guards are all shot courtesy of new team member Wayne Grove. Pacino is brought in to hunt the team down. Through bugging Slick (Tom Sizemore) he latches on and monitors the gang as they prepare their Opus magnus. He admires his nemesis so much that he has a coffee with him in what must be one of the most classic pieces of modern cinema. Both are a mirror image of each other. De Niro must do his job and Pacino will do his. Neither can change their spots, De Niro has to choose between his woman or settling some scores, Pacino must choose between his faltering marriage and troubled step daughter but can't resist the lure of the hunt. The character exposition is as good as ever commited to celluloid, the final shoot out is scarily realistic, the city looks beautiful is Mann's cerulean blue also seen in "Collateral" the cast is superb, Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Ashley Judd, Hank Azaria, and even good old Senator/President Palmer Dennis haybert. Even good ol' Bubba from forest gump crops up as Pacino's colleagues. This is about as good as cinema gets believe the hype and own the film.
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