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Angel Heart (Special Edition) (1987)

Mickey Rourke , Robert De Niro , Alan Parker  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (265 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet, Charlotte Rampling, Stocker Fontelieu
  • Directors: Alan Parker
  • Writers: Alan Parker, William Hjortsberg
  • Producers: Alan Marshall, Andrew G. Vajna, Elliott Kastner, Mario Kassar, Robert Dattila
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 2004
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (265 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001US62I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,831 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Angel Heart (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Remastered print and sound
  • New interview and DVD introduction by director Alan Parker
  • New interview and sekected scene commentary by Mickey Rourke
  • Voduun Truths: A collection of five new documentaries on the facts, history and beliefs of Voodoo
  • Original behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Original production featurettes
  • Trailers

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Fans of this underrated occult-noir gem will be extremely satisfied with Lions Gate's special edition of Angel Heart. It is a great combination of a clean presentation, documentaries, detailed commentaries, and new/original promotional material. The key elements to Angel Heart's effectiveness are its dark, rich visuals and haunting soundscapes. Previous releases look and sounded OK, but this newly remastered DVD is nothing short of outstanding. The new anamorphic widescreen (1.85) presentation and 5.1 Dolby Digital sound successfully radiate Angel Heart's beautiful and unsettlingly aura of evil and passion. Director Alan Parker's interesting commentary is the same as on previous releases. What is new for this edition is scene-specific commentary by Mickey Rourke (runtime: 15 minutes). Though a full commentary would have been great, Rourke's limited anecdotes are a welcome addition. One of the more surprising and satisfying extras is a new, and very rare, 20-minute interview with Rourke about his experiences working with Parker and the shooting of Angel Heart. And for those looking to learn more about dancing with the Loas, there are five new documentaries about the Voodoo religion (total runtime: 60 minutes), including two extended dance sequences. This is the edition Angel Heart aficionados have been waiting for, and no souls had to be sold to get it. --Rob Bracco

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Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet. A private detective takes a hellish journey to 1950s New Orleans where he discovers an erotic and shocking world of murder, sex and voodoo rituals. 1987/color/112 min/NR/widescreen.

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140 of 145 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT... June 21, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This is an intriguing, unusual, beautifully directed, highly atmospheric film that successfully crosses any number of genre: film noir, thriller, mystery, and horror. The plot is simple. In the mid nineteen fifties, a mysterious and slightly sinister business man, Louis Cypher (Robert De Niro), hires Brooklyn gumshoe, Harry Angel (Mickey Rourke), for a missing person case. Angel's investigation, for which he is being paid a princely sum for the time, takes him from Harlem to New Orleans, as he looks for a former crooner named Johnny Favorite, who sometime during the early nineteen forties apparently welched on a business deal with Louis Cypher and hasn't been heard from since.
What happens when Angel gets to New Orleans will be infused with voodoo rites, ritual murders and taboo sex. The Big Easy is hardly that for our erstwhile detective, as he becomes susceptible to a series of initially puzzling flashbacks. Moreover, it seems that everyone with whom he meets, who had a connection to our missing crooner, ends up being savagely murdered. When he meets with a tarot card reader (Charlotte Rampling), it is just the beginning of the end for our increasingly disheveled gumshoe. His introduction to the gorgeous Epiphany (Lisa Bonet), a seventeen year old voodoo queen, later leads to a coupling that is played with singularly wild abandon. Both of these women have a connection to our mysterious missing person, Johnny Favorite, who, it turns out, may have given the Devil a run for his money in the evil department.
Robert De Niro is sensational in the highly stylized, role of Louis Cypher. He imbues the role with just the right amount of sardonic humor and restrained menace so as to make the character memorable. De Niro leaves an indelible imprint on every scene in which he is in.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Film: 5.0/5.0; Video: 4.0/5.0; Audio: 3.5/5.0

Obviously due to Mickey Rourke's well-earned success and critical acclaim with last year's "The Wrestler", we now receive a fairly expedient release of Alan Parker's "Angel Heart" on the Blu-Ray format, released on the long-defunct Carolco pictures from 1987.

First off I must mention that I am a big fan of this title. It is not a movie which will appeal to everyone, but I really enjoy the overall visual style and the feel (of impending doom) together with the scenery and the truly awesome music and sound cues which makes this a very original piece, and not in any way reminiscent of a typical 80s film. Coupled with a compelling story based on William Hjortsberg's novel "Falling Angel" and top-notch performances throughout makes this one well worth watching over again.

Ironically, this movie was released just before Mickey Rourke intensified his self-destructive process (which coincidentally is what makes "The Wrestler" so good as well, since it parallels Mickey's own strides in life over almost the same period of time covered in that film), a time which--according to his interviews--he was in the process of losing his house (the interviewer actually repeats himself over and over asking Rourke about "why he chose to make the film"). :)

I don't know if it was this pressure which brought out his performance, but nevertheless it is something to behold--especially near the end where he goes all out and almost loses his voice.

The rest of the cast is excellent as well. Lisa Bonet and Charlotte Rampling offer memorable performances, not mentioning the scene in which Bonet almost got kicked off "The Cosby Show" for doing. ;)

As for the technical quality of this release, it is quite decent.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Unconventional Detective Tale December 5, 2001
By Sara
Format:DVD
One of the greatest aspects about this film (to me) is that it is not quite a horror film, not quite a straight supernatural thriller and not totally a gritty detective movie either. It has elements of all three but does not stay consistently with the theme of any. The critics who called it "provocative and original" were correct because if nothing else, _Angel Heart_ is indeed those two things.
On the surface, the plot seems simple. A private investigator named Harry Angel (Mickey Rourke) is hired by Louis Cyphre (Robert De Niro) to find a big band singer from the 1940s, Johnny Favorite. Angel is hesitant at first but he accepts the job because it pays well. From the beginning of the investigation, Angel learns that Favorite must have had plenty of secrets to hide. I don't want to give too much of the plot away so if you want to watch the film without knowing much about its twists and turns, don't read on. Anyhow, it seems that Favorite had powerful friends who took him out of the hospital he was staying at after the war and he disappeared. Because he had been badly injured, his face was still in bandages when he left so it was possible that Johnny didn't even look like Johnny anymore. As Angel probes deeper and deeper, dead bodies begin to pile up and Angel gets involved with Epiphany (Lisa Bonet), a voodoo priestess who could well be underhandedly included in a diabolical scheme with Favorite. In the film, Angel leaves New York for New Orleans to learn more about the occult practices Favorite was part of. This differs from the novel in which the setting stays in New York throughout. By the last twenty minutes of the film, the audience will discover the dark truth about Johnny Favorite at the same time (or maybe before if you've been paying attention) Angel does.
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4.0 out of 5 stars magic
The atmosphere makes this movie worth repeated viewings. It's magical and transports the viewer, and the place it takes us is exciting and imaginative. Read more
Published 3 days ago by librich
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
as described it
Published 9 days ago by E. O
4.0 out of 5 stars Mickey Rourke and Lisa Bonet, back in the day.....
Finally I enjoyed this.
When this film came out many, many, moons ago, I didn't care for it.
Now, however I do, I can appreciate the storyline the acting, plot... Read more
Published 15 days ago by P. Andersen
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story.
Good story.
Published 21 days ago by Lee Urbanowicz
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I love this psychological thriller. One of the best movies I've ever seen!
Published 24 days ago by Darlene D. Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars ANGEL HEART
Great movie
Published 29 days ago by Alfreda Reyes
5.0 out of 5 stars love it!!
I love the movie when I first saw it and now after 27 yrs in the illuminati I understand the movie more and with this new edition and it very clear. Read more
Published 1 month ago by REAL ILLUMINATI N.W.O GOVERMENT MEM!!! 27 + YRS
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A different plot, and worth seeing if you haven't already.
Published 1 month ago by Kyzyl
5.0 out of 5 stars Always liked this movie
Always liked this movie, bought it very cheaply, it arrived quickly, well packaged and I'm very pleased with this purchase.
Published 1 month ago by webley
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Beyond words
When I see bad reviews of tis wonderful film, I have to wonder--"just what do you think is a good movie? Read more
Published 1 month ago by TD Ridner
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Who´s the guy who dies at the beginning of the movie?
I had somewhat similar questions. To find out, turn on the director's commentary to hear Alan Parker's explanation and comment of the opening scene.
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