Heat (Blu-ray)

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Character driven masterpiece

on 4/4/2012

I don't know I missed seeing this terrific film when it first came out, but somehow I did. It's a brilliantly written, beautifully acted, deeply involving cops and robbers story, starring Al Pacino as police Lt. Vincent Hanna, a loud-mouthed sleuth with an ex-wife (and a not-happy current spouse) who always gets his man, and Robert De Niro as Neil McCauley, extremely skilled professional heist man. Both are rather thoughtful and analytical and there's a great scene where they sit down in a coffee shop and wax philosophical about their antagonistic relationship. The scene in which the good guys are surveiling the bad guys, only to discover that they are being examined through binoculars in turn, is also first rate. Val Kilmer plays a thoroughly scary shooter -- who, quite unexpectedly, appears to escape in the end. There are numerous interpersonal relationships, between Kilmer and his long-suffering wife (Ashley Judd) who warns him away, between Hanna and his wife and his messed-up stepdaughter (Natalie Portman), and between McCauley and a completely innocent bystander whom he comes to care for but whom he is also willing to leave behind on thirty seconds notice. All the numerous supporting roles are also very nicely done. Read More

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Product Overview

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 211504388
UPC 883929073337
UPC 14 00883929073337
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 10/2/2012
Rating Rating
Keywords
Detectives
Essential Cinema
Infidelity
Outlaws
Recommended
Suspense
Theatrical Release
Thieves
Thriller
Editors Note
Note Robert De Niro and Al Pacino are finally together on screen in this riveting story about an intense rivalry between expert thief Neil McCauley (De Niro) and volatile cop Vincent Hanna (Pacino). McCauley will stop at nothing to do what he does best and neither will Hanna, even though it means destroying everything around them, including the people they love. With a solid supporting cast that includes Val Kilmer, Jon Voight, Ashley Judd, and Natalie Portman, HEAT is a truly epic crime story.
Plot Summary
Summary "Never have anything in your life you can't walk out on in thirty seconds" is the motto of expert thief Neil McCauley (De Niro). After his next break-in, McCauley plans to retire from his outlaw life and move to New Zealand. However, Vincent Hanna (Pacino), a Los Angeles police detective, obsessively tracks McCauley's gang of thieves, who have left three security guards dead in an armored truck robbery. As the detective gets closer to tracking them down, the crooks plan another big heist, this time at a bank. Hanna soon gets a lead that helps him determine the identity of the criminal mastermind who engineered the thefts, and discovers McCauley is a man as driven and relentless as the detective himself.^Although he doesn't have enough evidence against the thief to make an arrest, Hanna convinces McCauley to join him for coffee, at which point the two engage in casual conversation and discover that their lives are remarkably similar. However, each man makes it clear he'll kill the other if necessary. Though they know the police are closing in on them, McCauley and his men risk going through with the bank job. A violent shoot-out and car chase result, but the criminals escape. Hanna continues to pursue them unceasingly, at the expense of his already-crumbling marriage. Eventually Hanna and McCauley face each other for the last time in a thrilling showdown at the Los Angeles airport.^With HEAT, director Michael Mann achieves the nearly impossible task of making three hours go by in a flash with his use of the hand-held camera for action scenes and a moody score that echoes the characters' emotions. Val Kilmer, Ashley Judd, and others play characters that are also crucial to the plot, but never distract from the central conflict between McCauley and Hanna. The acting is outstanding, the story is riveting and the action scenes are breathtaking. Both De Niro and Pacino are perfect as two men driven to sacrifice nearly everything for their respective professions. With edge-of-your-seat action and insightful drama, HEAT is a crime film at its most intense and personal.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Maybe we should both do something else, pal."--McCauley (Robert De Niro) to Hanna (Al Pacino) over coffee|"I don't know how to do anything else."--Hanna |"Neither do I."--McCauley|"I don't much want to either."--Hanna |"Neither do I."--McCauley
Quote "It's like you said. All I am is what I'm going after."--Hanna, to his estranged wife
Quote "Never have anything in your life that you can't walk out on in 30 seconds if you see the heat around the corner."--McCauley
Reviews
Premiere "...Gobs of talent are amassed..." 12/01/1995 p.35
Rolling Stone "...This spellbinder vibrates with style, substance and humor, plus voluptuous camera work..." 12/28/1995 p.138
Sight and Sound "...[HEAT] serves to bolster the case for Michael Mann as the key American auteur of the last ten years..." 02/01/1996 p.43-4
USA Today "...A film that deserves Oscars for photography, editing, sound and arguably scoring....Heat is packed with unforgettable subcharacters..." -- 4 out of 4 stars 12/15/1995 p.1D
Entertainment Weekly "...[Mann's] .357 Magnum opus....Macho-intellectual chutzpah..." 06/21/1996 pp.72-3
Variety "...Stunningly made and incisively acted by a large and terrific cast....[HEAT] stands apart from other films of its type by virtue of its extraordinary rich characterizations..." 12/11/1995
Los Angeles Times "...A sleek, accomplished piece of work, meticulously controlled and completely involving. The dark end of the street doesn't get much more inviting than this..." 12/15/1995 p.F1
Chicago Sun-Times "...There is absolute precision of effect here, the feeling of roles assumed instinctively..." 12/15/1995 p.37
Total Film "[With] stunning cinematography, capturing an off-kilter LA, all metallic grey and widescreen sheen." 04/01/2004 p.137
Directors
Michael Mann
Actors
Robert De Niro
Val Kilmer
Al Pacino
Cast & Crew
Wes Studi - Star
Natalie Portman - Star
Amy Brenneman - Star
Ted Levine - Star
Ashley Judd - Star
Mykelti Williamson - Star
Diane Venora - Star
Robert De Niro - Star
Jon Voight - Star
Tom Sizemore - Star
Val Kilmer - Star
Al Pacino - Star
Michael Mann - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1995
UPC 00883929073337
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 170 minutes
Color Color
Features
Aspect Ratio 1.95:1
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
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