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Heat: Director's Definitive Edition (1995/Regency/Fox Blu-ray Set)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: B+ Film: B+

One of the best back catalog releases on Blu-ray this year so far is by far this beautiful restoration of Michael Mann's modern heist classic Heat (1995), which stars Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Ashley Judd, Tom Sizemore, Jon Voight, and a very young Natalie Portman. A huge influence on the films of Christopher Nolan (specifically The Dark Knight), Heat is one of my personal favorite crime dramas and I'm definitely a fan of this longer Director's Cut and new presentation of the film on Blu-ray disc.

Set against the backdrop of Los Angeles, a gang of armed thieves led by Neal MacAuley (De Niro) are hitting serious targets that include major banks, vaults, and armored cars. One of their operations, an armored-car robbery, goes bad, putting LAPD homicide detective Vince Hanna (Pacino) on the mission. An expert in his field, Hanna knows it will take a lot to bring these dangerous, armed thieves down, and it will end one of the most elaborate gun battles in cinema history when the thieves reach their maximum target.

Presented in crisp 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and a lossless, English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 track, this new presentation was overseen by Michael Mann and is his refined vision for what the film should look and sound like. There was a release a few years ago in the same format (see below), but this one has been tinkered with a bit and overall is a bit darker than previous releases but more keen to detail. A 4K 2160p release in the future, however, is inevitable.

A digital UV copy of the film is also included, but no standard definition DVDs.

Special Features include...

NEW - Academy Panel reuniting Mann, Pacino and De Niro and moderated by Christopher Nolan

NEW - Toronto International Film Festival Q&A with Mann

Feature Length Audio Commentary by Michael Mann

The Making of Heat

True Crime

Crime Stories

Into the Fire

Pacino and De Niro: The Conversation

Return to the Scene of the Crime

Additional Footage

Deleted Scenes

Theatrical Trailers

Surprise of a Lifetime

Two Actors Collide

Closing In

All in all, if you're a fan, I would pick up this modestly priced disc as its new transfer and new extras, make it a collector's item.

For more on the film, here's our coverage on the older Warner Blu-ray edition...


- James Lockhart



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