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Red Heat [Blu-ray] (1988)

Geza Balkay , Marjorie Bransfeld , Walter Hill  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Geza Balkay, Marjorie Bransfeld, Richard Bright, Roger Callard, Luis Contreras
  • Directors: Walter Hill
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: November 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002MJV7HW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,494 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Arnold Schwarzenegger (TERMINATOR 2) is Captain Ivan Danko, a by-the-book Russian detective who partners with a fearless but undisciplined American cop (James Belushi) to track down Russia’s deadliest drug smuggler through the mean streets of Chicago in this adrenaline-fueled action thriller.

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mayhem and Carnage and Arnold! April 11, 2000
Format:DVD
Arnold Schwartzenegger in the role of humorless, ultra-disciplined Soviet police-captain Vanya Danko, teamed with Chicago PD screw-up Art Ritsek (Jim Belushi), to track a Georgean drug kingpin... this is one of Arnold's greatest, but least-appreciated, action-films. The best scenes take place in Russia, in the banya (public bath), over the rooftops around Red Square, in the mafiya cafe. Arnold's Russian, spoken with his Austrian accent, is pretty terrific! What impressed me was the film's close attention to detail: Even Danko's handwriting and numbers were authentically Russian-style. The machismo of the personal battle between Ivan Danko and the smuggler was intensely Russian, as was Danko's unswerving conviction of Soviet superiority. His terse correction of the hotel clerk's question "Is [Viktor] another Russian, like you?" Danko: "Soviet.", is right-on -- Georgeans are not Russians, although many Americans don't know that. The scripting of a Georgean as the loathesome criminal is actually quite revealing, and surely a reflection of the film's "official" Russian input . Despite the grimness of the plot and Arnold's character, there is plenty of dark humor, mainly provided by Belushi's portrayal of undisciplined officer Ritsek. The humor frequently contrasts the strictly indoctrinated Soviet structure with the (to Danko) near-anarchy of American freedom. Much of the mayhem and carnage wrought during the process of Danko's personal war defies credibility; as Ritsek puts it: "Why aren't there any cops around when you need one!" The action genre's obligatory high-speed chase scene was ludicrous, yet appropriately Russian (everything Russian always seems so much "bigger"...). Read more ›
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hillarious and Action Pacted January 23, 2001
By Blaine
Format:VHS Tape
Schwarzenegger and James Belushi make a great team in this crazed action film. Schwarzenegger plays the serious Captain Ivan Danko, a Russian detective. Opposite him, James Belushi, is the comical cop, Art Ridzik, always good for a laugh. Who could guess what would happen when these two got stuck together?
On the downside of the film the beggining is all Russian. You'll be forced to read English subtitles not able to enjoy any of the visuals, until around ten to twenty minutes into the film. Unless of course you speak Russian.
The final word. If you're looking for something to do on a boring afternoon, I recommend sitting back and enjoying Red Heat.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as 1st release January 7, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Don't bother wasting your money if you think you are upgrading like I did. The earlier ARTISAN release is still much better than this special edition. The image is better and ALSO the sound. I don't know what Lions gate thought they were doing, but remastered? no. I compared both several times before writing this even though I only had to compare once. Might as well wait for a HD DVD to come out, this is a waste unless you want the additional features.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Our Governator in Blu - awesome price November 8, 2009
Format:Blu-ray
Cannot beat this deal for a fun 1980s film in BD that actually came across as good as can be without Lionsgate dumping too much money into it.

The clarity gave a decent showing - even with the amount of skin tones being shown by our fearless leader in that beginning Russian spa scene. The color was vivid, maybe too much so once they hit the snow with the flesh tones and fake injuries contrasting against the white. But the credit (pink colors) looked clear with no grain at all, and admittedly that DNR thingy (or whatever they call the removal process for some of these upgrades) did not blur/fuzz things at all. The Chicago street scenes looked good and the background signs are actually readable now. The DTS is mostly channeled to the front three, but they managed to add some decent bass here and there.

The supplements are from the 2004 edition in low def, but it is always nice to see that stunt man memorial featurette, recommend that if you pick only one to watch. The included TV spots and such are always nice for a before and after comparison on quality. For what they put into this, and the price being offered I feel you won't be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
The film was funny just before the fall of the Berlin Wall, but I must say it has become hilarious today after the fall. It is not even a real caricature because there is a nostalgic dimension to it. Nostalgic about a time when things were simple in the world where there was us and there was them. We were necessarily on the right side by identifying with the side we were geographically on. And the rest was only politics.

But with the distance, there is no us and no them, there is only one global mess and we all have to live in it, parakeet or not, East-German watch or not, Georgian mafia against Chicagoan mafia. And now this mafia or these mafias have turned into terrorist armies. All over the world the game - because it is a game, a killing game - is no longer Miranda versus totalitarianism. It is kill them first versus totalitarianism.

These mafiosi are choir boys when compared with the Ben Laden and the Prabhakaran of today, and note I took two dead examples for whom there were no Miranda rights. These people are responsible for thousands of people killed, hundreds of thousands of people mutilated by mines or other assault weapons. They have no rights any more. They lost them when they decided to enter a war against humanity, a war of pure violence and crime.

The film is showing that so well including with allusions to Dirty Harry or Dr Zhivago. These people do not sell drugs to make money but they are selling drugs to break the law, make money and kill anyone they can come across on their way. They kill for the pleasure of killing. When the Berlin Wall fell, the Soviet system came down, and we were liberated of the good terrorists who were fighting for the liberation of humanity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars red heat
i great action movie is a good buy, both actors are in excellent coditions you can see a very good caracters combination James Belushi cover the enviroment of this movie, Arnold... Read more
Published 29 days ago by D. M. Cordero
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT film for both Arnold as well as Jim Belushi - both superb...
While rather implausible in a "reality" sense; nonetheless, it is quite an entertaining film & that's what it's all about, anyway! Read more
Published 1 month ago by john
4.0 out of 5 stars Why I like this movie
This movie is about Captain Ivan Danko (Arnold Schwarzenegger) who is a Russian and a highly disciplined detective, then we have Detective Art Ridzik (James Belushi) who is a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by donna
5.0 out of 5 stars That Was Good Movie.
Me And My Wife Love To Watch That Movie We Were Laughing So Hard It was Good Comedy That Is The Best One.
Published 2 months ago by AUBREYGAMMON3
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
this is a great movie it is funny and action pack.need to get this if you are a fan of AS and JB.
Published 2 months ago by Shawn Osborn
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Red Heat is good Arnold is always Arnold & Belushi is good as well too misfit from diff country working together
Published 3 months ago by GORDON R CARTER
3.0 out of 5 stars golden days of Arnold
I remember this movie as a kid and it didn't disappoint. Not Oscar type movie, but is any Arnold movie really. Just plain 80's action movie.
Published 3 months ago by Rich Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars A good action film...
This film is a good example of an entertaining action film combining both action and humour, where the bad guys seem like they have come out of a Marvel comic. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Donblom
4.0 out of 5 stars a forgotten classic
Almost no one I know had seen this movie, which is tragic. Whoever decided to put Schwarzenegger and Belushi together in a buddy-cop action movie was a genius. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dujek
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Heat
Because this is a terrific film with dear editing, direction, cinematography, and acting! This is definetly a film you can watch over and over again!
Published 4 months ago by Kevin Hoskinson
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