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Angel Heart (1987)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 40240159
UPC: 012236120483
UPC 14: 00012236120483
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Harry Angel is searching for the truth... Pray he doesn't find it.
Harry angel is a tough new york detective pitted against the most fearsome adversary possible. It is a provocative and chilling story entwined in the world of the occult, set in backwoods new orleans.

"...full of striking, sensual, and frightening images...  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide

Editor's Note
In Alan Parker's ANGEL HEART, based on the novel FALLING ANGEL by William Hjortsberg, a New York City gumshoe is hired to find an aging blues singer. Harry Angel (Mickey Rourke) follows clues from the ominous ghettos of Harlem to the witchy backwoods of Louisiana, where he takes up with Epiphany Proudfoot (Lisa Bonet), the beautiful young daughter of a voodoo priestess, whom he believes will be able to shed light on the growing mystery surrounding the missing musician. As Angel closes in on the truth of the case, his contacts start turning up dead. He begins to suspect he might be next.

Parker (MISSISSIPPI BURNING) threads a commentary on the limitations of modern Western society into his sensual, suspenseful thriller. As the story unfolds, Angel relies less and less on his failing, overwhelmed rational mind (and handgun) and more on Epiphany's ancient mojo. Rourke captures the unraveling protagonist perfectly, and Bonet adds an erotic and mysterious edge with her performance. Robert De Niro is both funny and malevolent as Angel's mysterious client, Louis Cyphre. Shimmering with a beguiling mist of the macabre, ANGEL HEART provides an unexpectedly haunting dose of gothic noir.


Video Features DVD, Special Edition

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Lions Gate
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/6/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 112 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1987
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 12048
Video UPC UPC: 00012236120483
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Angel Heart - DVD Review
By: Christopher Null DVD Reviews
Published on: 11/13/2009 6:42 PM
A decade before Hollywood got obsessed with urban volcanoes, asteroid impacts, and Steve Prefontaine -- offering us multiple movies about each topic -- the Big Bastardized Theme of the year was an inexplicable one: Voodoo. In 1987-88, three major voodoo-themed movies came out, including Angel Heart, The Serpent and the Rainbow, and The Believers. Each was tackled by a major director, and none of them made a huge splash critically or commercially. In fact, they all made pretty much the same amount at the box office -- slightly under $20 the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Charlotte Rampling
Video Cast Info Lisa Bonet
Video Cast Info Mickey Rourke
Video Cast Info Robert De Niro
Video Cast Info Alan Parker - Director
Video Cast Info Alan Parker - Writer
Video Cast Info Michael Seresin - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Robert Dattila, et al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Trevor Jones - Musical Score
Video Cast Info William Hjortsberg - Based On Novel By
Plot Summary
Harry Angel is a 1950s gumshoe hired by a dark stranger to search for the perpetrator of a string of grisly murders leading from New York to the voodoo cults of backwoods New Orleans. Each step Angel takes in this film noir nightmare brings him nearer to the heat of hell.

Professional Reviews

"...A mightily absorbing mystery that also represents the best sustained filmmaking of director Alan Parker..." 03/04/1987

Los Angeles Times
"...It is a movie cool to the eye....It is the film's cumulative atmosphere that builds its mounting sense of doom..." 03/06/1987 p.C1

Total Film
"...With spine-twisting atmosphere, oodles of sly wit and a nightmare-birthing ending..."

Sight and Sound
"...A definitive 1980s period piece..." 03/01/2001 p.62

Rolling Stone
"[Rourke] gives off a vibe of mangy cool..." 06/10/2004 p.103

Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's still a kick to see the two Method men lock acting antlers -- particularly with both at the peak of their pomp." 08/01/2006 p.110

4 stars out of 5 -- "ANGEL HEART grows richer with each viewing, especially in its autumnal palette." 09/01/2006 128

Ultimate DVD
4 stars out of 5 -- "ANGEL HEART duly remains a well-regarded Faustian puzzle of a film." 09/01/2006 p.213

Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
It has the unsettled logic of a nightmare, in which nothing fits and everything seems inevitable and - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Rourke,Mickey
Product attributeLabel:   Artisan Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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