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.
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