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Dead Heat (Divimax Special Edition) (1988)

Treat Williams , Joe Piscopo , Mark Goldblatt  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Treat Williams, Joe Piscopo, Lindsay Frost, Darren McGavin, Vincent Price
  • Directors: Mark Goldblatt
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • 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: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2004
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000YTPN4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,566 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dead Heat (Divimax Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio commentary with Director Mark Goldblatt, Producers David Helpern and Michael Meltzer and Writer Terry Black
  • Deleted scenes
  • MIFED promo
  • Original electronic press kit
  • Poster and still gallery
  • Original storyboard art
  • DVD-ROM: original screenplay

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Violent criminals who can’t be killed are shooting up Los Angeles, and the investigation leads LAPD detectives Roger Mortis (Treat Williams) and Doug Bigelow (Joe Piscopo) to a mysterious pharmaceutical firm. But when Mortis is suddenly murdered, his coroner girlfriend and loose cannon partner discover the company’s ‘resurrection machine’ that turns Roger into the walking dead. Now the department’s most unstoppable cops must battle zombie hit men, a butcher shop gone berserk and the deceased industrialist (the legendary Vincent Price in one of his final film roles) who may hold the key to it all. But can Mortis solve his own homicide case before he completely decomposes? Darren McGavin (THE NIGHT STALKER), Lindsay Frost (THE RING) and Keye Luke (GREMLINS) co-star in this wild combination of explosive action thriller and gory zombie comedy directed by Mark Goldblatt (THE PUNISHER) and featuring grisly make-up effects and monsters by Steve Johnson (SPECIES).

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No Admittance My Ass! January 4, 2006
Dead Heat kinda fell into obscurity right away, so I don't think it even reached cult film status. This is one of those that you may have caught late at night in the old glory days of HBO. It's not a horror film, it's more of your typical buddy action/comedy in the vein of Tango & Cash, but with a few horror elements thrown in. Zombies are roaming around robbing jewlery stores and causing other assorted mischief due to a new resurrection machine. The zombies are pretty much normal looking people who are a pain in the ass to kill. Some are a little yucky and decomposed too. Treat Williams and Joe Piscopo are the cops on the case. Naturally, Williams being the straight cop and Piscopo being the wisecracking tough guy cop. I've always liked Williams, and though his performance is nothing to shout about, I enjoy his presence. Piscopo is another story. In general I do like Piscopo, but his role in this film is I guess a real love it or hate it affair. The humor of the movie is almost all set on him, yet he is probably the unfunniest wisecracking cop I have ever seen in a movie. He has absolutely no delivery and the jokes seem forced and just plain bad. It's strange coz he is so not funny that it actually becomes kinda funny. Funny for reasons other than intended. Plus, he's supposed to be a big, buff badass, yet he's always saying stuff like, "Oh, that's gross!", "That's really disgusting", and "I think I'm gonna throw up". These aren't tough guy lines, and he comes off sounding like a wuss. Steve Johnson's fx are pretty good. We have a mean looking mutant biker guy, a disintegrating woman, and a Chinese restaurant full of reanimated ducks and pigs and stuff. Williams' half melted face in the last 10 minutes looks good too. Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Buddy Cop Movie With Zombies; Does It Get Any Better? October 18, 2006
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This is the epitome of the type of movie Anchor Bay releases on DVD, crisp, clean, clear and celestial. Dead Heat is by far a cult movie that can be seen as both an action and horror movie. Our leads, LAPD detectives Roger Mortis (Treat Williams) and Doug Bigelow (Joe Piscopo) are investigating crimes, which are being committed by people who are deceased. When Roger is killed during the investigation, he is brought back to life, by the same element that is resurrecting these criminals, to solve the mystery.

The movie itself isn't suppose to be taken seriously, at least that is how I watched it. Joe Piscopo provides many one liners that are really funny, and one liners can be hard to pull off. Treat Williams also provides some dry and wry humor. It's cool that Vincent Price was in this movie, which gives it the official horror stamp of approval. There are plenty of dummies, fake blood, and cheesy effects to keep you going. It also has this buddy cop vibe to it, now it isn't Lethal Weapon or anything, but still a buddy cop movie. The sour cream on the taco is it was made in the 1980s! So if you love those late night cop movies and have a taste for things that are undead, you get them both in the same eighty-four minutes!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Buddy Cops Vs. Zombie Hoodlums! June 7, 2008
I had no idea this movie even existed until a few months before its release on DVD. I never saw it in theaters when it came out in 1988, and by the looks of its box office receipts I wasn't the only one that missed it (ahem). I was only 11 back then and it was an R-rated film after all, so there's my excuse. How it escaped my keen horror radar in the following 16 years is a complete mystery, however. You'd think that I would have caught it some late night on television or on video at least once in all those years, but DEAD HEAT proved as elusive for me as a successful movie career did to Joe Piscopo.

While Joe Piscopo may not have had a stellar career in movies, as soon as I found out that he was in DEAD HEAT and that the film is billed as half "buddy cop comedy" and half "zombie horror", that's all I needed to hear. I was sold. In a rare move for me, I bought the DVD without even having seen the movie. My instincts proved correct once again as I found out that zombies plus Joe Piscopo equals comedy gold! Actually, gold might be overstating it. Comedy silver? Maybe. At the very least, DEAD HEAT is pure comedy bronze!

It doesn't take long before it strays from your normal buddy cop formula in a big way. When Roger (Treat Williams) bites the big one in a doggie euthanasia room while fighting a hefty undead two-faced biker (don't ask me about the two faces, I don't get it either) and is resurrected shortly thereafter, it becomes a race against time as he and Doug (Joe Piscopo) try to find Roger's killer. Can they find his killer before his body decomposes and he turns into worm food? Can Doug keep from becoming a walking corpse himself? Who's behind this zombie crime wave? Did Joe Piscopo's career tank after SNL or what?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Laughed my arse off June 2, 2002
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I saw this in the theater way back when and I thought it was hilarious so I went and saw it again. Treat Williams is a cop who dies and yet he lives on and decomposes throughout the film. Piscipoe is not funny normally - this is the only time you'll ever see him being funny. The film was not well received and I think it has somewhat of a cult following since only a handful of people actually liked it. Haven't seen it in ages so I don't know how well it would hold up. I remember it being really cool though. This is what 80's movies were all about... being really terrible with cheesey special effects, but entertaining as all hell. I won't buy it until it comes to DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Film Of It's Own Kind
I don't know how to classify this movie. It's both brilliant and stupid, and it ends in a way that should be bittersweet but came off as heartwarming. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Abdel
5.0 out of 5 stars good
dead heat was a very interesting movie to watch the plot was pretty good so was the action all in all a good movie
Published 4 months ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars An oldie but a goodie
I am old movies buff and althoughit's not a classic, I had to pick this one up. I remember this movie from the reruns on cable but it was a great find to make it a keeper. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Donna J. Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars "You have the right to remain disgusting."
In 1987, movie producers were thinking about how Lethal Weapon captured lightning in a bottle, and wanted to continue the trend one year later. Their idea? Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jason Kleeberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic 80's
Fun cult classic,but do not take it to seriously.I loved the retro 1960 chevy impala convertible.A great Treat Williams movie.
Published 7 months ago by Janet E Quistberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
I would go as far as calling this one of my favorite all time movies, this is in my top 10. Believe me I have seen tons and tons of movies and I am a very serious collector. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Noah F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked film finally getting its due
When I first saw it in 1988 it was interesting and got more so as the story progressed. First we see two criminals who invade a jewelry store to rob it in broad daylight. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Night-Gaunt
2.0 out of 5 stars Joe Piscopo, Oh No!
I saw this movie back in '88 when it came out and for some reason I thought I remembered it as a fair film with some humor. Read more
Published 17 months ago by William
3.0 out of 5 stars Joey, we hardly knew ye
The April 16, 2011, review by David Baldwin beats me to the punch on much of what I have to say about the 1988 action-comedy-zombie film DEAD HEAT. Read more
Published 17 months ago by J. L LaRegina
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
great. great. great 80's buddy cop/horror it love it love it Vincent rocks..A great fun 80's romp. I remember seeing it in the movies and loved it then.
Published 18 months ago by chris schuster
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