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Much under rated epic,
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This review is from: Criterion Collection: Heaven's Gate [Blu-ray]  [US Import] (Blu-ray)
Cut to shreds on original release by a company scared of the 4 hour time, and hammered by critics at last people can see what Cimino wanted.
I saw it in 70mm when it was first restored for cinema showings back in the late 80s. A slow burner, but a magnificent look at the decline of the west, it looks magnificent and very authentic. A genuine masterpiece.
Blu Ray transfer is superb.
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Initial post: 6 Nov 2013 14:32:11 GMT
Actually, the studio DIDN'T butcher HEAVEN'S GATE. The critics slammed the original long version (Vincent Canby in the New Yorker: "Michael Cimino's approach to his subject is so predictable that watching the film is like a forced, four hour walking tour of one's own living room") and Cimino himself came up with the idea to cut it down, taking a full page out in Variety magazine to give his reasons. It's all in producer Steven Bach's brilliant book, FINAL CUT: DREAMS AND DISASTER IN THE MAKING OF HEAVEN'S GATE.
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