- Actors: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Jon Voight
- Directors: Michael Mann
- Producers: Michael Mann
- Format: PAL, Dolby, Widescreen
- Language: English, German, French
- Subtitles: English, German, Portuguese, Danish, Hebrew, Norwegian, Finnish
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 2
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- DVD Release Date: 25 April 2005
- Run Time: 163 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (398 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0007TKRG6
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,967 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Heat (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] (1995)
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Michael Mann directs this thriller starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. Thief Neil McCauley (De Niro) and policeman Vincent Hanna (Pacino), both obsessed with their professions and determined to achieve big things, find themselves caught in a cat and mouse chase as McCauley sets plans in motion for one last heist before his retirement. When Hanna gets assigned to the case of the notorious thief, he dedicates himself to making McCauley's arrest the pinnacle of his career. The all-star cast also includes Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore and Jon Voight.
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 --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.See all Product description
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Big time thief Neil McCauley (DeNiro) is after one last major score before he retires, but hot on his tail is Vincent Hannah (Pacino), a cop equally and methodically as driven as he is himself.
In the build up to Heat's release, much was made of it being the first on screen pairing of DeNiro and Pacino. A mouthwatering prospect for sure, it proved to be worth the wait and unfolds as a lesson in restrained acting with two modern greats affording each other the respect that was due. What we didn't realise in the build up to the film's release, was that it would prove to be one of the greatest cops and robbers movies of all time, brought to us by an auteur director whose kink for realism and commitment to research stands him out from much of the modern directing pack.
Rarely does a film come together as one, where all the cogs of the engine are in tune, but Heat is one such picture. From cast performances to visual aesthetics, to screenplay and actual substance of story, Heat is as meticulous as it is thrilling. There are a myriad of characters brilliantly stitched together in one de-glamorised City of Angels, as plot develops, and each character and their crumbling relationships come under inspection, we are witnessing a coarse viewpoint of human nature, where people's lives are ended or defined by their choices. Everywhere you look, here, there are folk cracking under the strain of being exposed to high end crime, dreams, hopes and happiness are unlikely to be achieved, and this is on both sides of the law.
For Heat, Mann fuses the tonal and visual ticks of Manhunter with that of the adrenalin rushes from Last of the Mohicans, with the former gorgeously born out by Spinoti's pin sharp photography, the latter thrillingly realised by Mann's skill at action set pieces. Once again word of mouth about the key heist and shoot out in the film led to high expectation, and again there is no disappointment. L.A. becomes a battle ground, rapid gunfire punctures the air, cars swerve and crash, bodies fall, visually and aurally it drags you to the edge of your seat, an extended action sequence fit to sit with the best of them. The kicker as well is that because Mann has been so detailed in his characterisations, we care about what happens to all parties, we understand motives and means. Which in a film with such a huge support cast is quite an achievement.
There is enough in Heat to fill out a dozen other cops and robbers films, fans of neo-noir and crime films in general are spoilt supreme here. It's not rocket science really, put a group of great actors together, give them an intelligent script to work from and let them be guided by a director who will not sit still, and you get a great film. Heat, the ultimate predator and prey movie, where from beginning to end it refuses to be lazy or cop out, and energy and thought seeps from every frame. 10/10
The sound roproduction is appauling and ruins a great film, with the dialogue almost illegible at times.
The picture quality only slightly better than standard DVD does not do the film justice and what should have been a 5 star film only deserves 3.
It is a bit better than the normal DVD film version but not significantly so to justifie buying it on BluRay, this is not in my opinion a 1080HD film transfer with the 2-45min film missing significant detail in both picture and sound.
If you have a BluRay i am sure many many will buy it expecting great things, but expect to be disappointed.
Such a shame