Heat (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] (1995)
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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.
Having developed his skill as a master of contemporary crime drama, writer-director Michael Mann displayed every aspect of that mastery in Heat, an 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 an alternate DVD edition.See all Product Description
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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!
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.
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.Read more ›
'The Deer Hunter' brings Robert De Niro to Vietnam as a leader of a steelworker group. There is so much energy in all the characters that get involved in the deep story. They get captured by the viet Cong. I don't want to spoil it but it's a very emotionally powerful film which brings all the characters to extreme limits.
'The Deer Hunter' won 5 Oscars.
'Goodfellas' has to be the best gangster film I have seen. Im not a major fan but this was just ace. Ray Liotta tells the story about how he always wanted to be a gangster. As he grows up he becomes well known, influencal and gets involved with the big cats including Robert De Niro as Jimmy.
The gangster feeling goes so far and all the crimes in it are so real and exciting. In the end you find out the real end to these gangsters. Robert De Niro plays amazingly and not surpisingly the film got 6 Oscor nominations.
In 'Heat' Robert De Niro is a master thief against Al Pacino as the LA cop. The cast is so amazing that it has to be the best cop film of the 90s. The action sequences are superb and Pacino's furious, aggitated character makes the police investigations so thrilling. Robert De Niro playing the baddest of the bad has superb intelligence and lets nothing get in the way of him.
The best Boxset to come with 3 excellently directed, casted and acted films.
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One off the best films ever made and the near hour long car chase scene is amazingPublished 8 days ago by Chris Tatum
Perhaps the film just doesn't date well, but I was pretty disappointed with this film, given that it's considered by many as one of the great heist films.Published 2 months ago by LPiddy
Great film at a great price. Bother dealer and film highly recommended .Published 2 months ago by J. Brompton
Brilliant film. Really enjoyed it even though it is quite old. Al Pacino and Robert de Niro are both brilliant actors.Published 3 months ago by Shady
The only weak point of this movie was Natalie Portman's overcooked performance. It's a brilliant movie, that I could return to again, and again, as the years go by.Published 3 months ago by Online Shopping
One of my top 10 films of all time. Received in good time and played soon after getting it! Excellent.Published 4 months ago by Raymond Hall