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Dead Heat (Divimax Special Edition)

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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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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

Product Details

  • Actors: Treat Williams, Joe Piscopo, Lindsay Frost, Darren McGavin, Vincent Price
  • Directors: Mark Goldblatt
  • Writers: Terry Black
  • Producers: Allen Alsobrook, David Helpern, Michael L. Meltzer
  • 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:
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    Restricted
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2004
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000YTPN4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,085 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dead Heat (Divimax Special Edition)" on IMDb

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By Stanley Runk VINE VOICE on January 4, 2006
Format: DVD
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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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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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. Armed with full auto Uzi's and hand grenades they take the loot then walk out the front door to meet SWAT and local officers that erupt into quite the gun battle. How ever we see in the first seconds that the hoodlums keep on firing even after they are hit over and over. (They aren't wearing body armor.) In the mean time the toll is being taken on the LAPD as officer after officer falls from the deadly hail. It takes the maverick team of detectives Roger Mortis and Douglas Bigelow to use unorthodox methods to take the unkillable twosome down. Roger is the button down detective and Doug is the leather jacket wearing muscle man with a quip for every case and a bullet for every dirt bag. While Roger takes their supervisors car to ram one of them flat, Roger steps out and shoots hitting the other's hand as he gets ready to throw a grenade, it falls at his feet and blows him up. When their coroner friend tells them that the two "disgusting" corpses have been there before, then things turn from strange to weird. It leads to a corporate conspiracy of resurrecting the dead and promises of immortality.

I must warn you it isn't a comedy though it is funny, to take the edge off the horror you do see. I liked the various characters we see but it does get solemn at times which is needed to put the edge back in the story and make it more real, as it goes from harsh to funny to horrible in the telling. At least one bit of footage cut out of the theatrical release and shown in the tv version has been put back in.
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This is the story of two L.A. detectives Roger Mortis ( Treat Williams) and Doug Bigelow ( Joe Piscopo) who are solving crimes caused by undead criminals caused by a mysterious medical company that has a machine that resurrects the dead into zombies. Roger unfotunately gets killed, but he gets brought back to life but only for 13 hours before he can decompose into dust, he must solve his own homicide and find the mastermind behind it.
A highly entertaining, gory and funny mixture of sci-fi, horror, action, buddy cop and comedy with great make-up and monster effects by Steve Johnson, Vincient Price and Darren Mcgavin ( A Christmas Story) co-star as the bad guys who own the medical company. There is also plenty of action, witty humor, a memorable Chinese butcher shop scene involving undead meat, gore, and a nice twist in the end. This DVD offers excellent picture and sound quality all thanks to Anchor Bay's Divamax, great extras such as deleted scenes ( Scenes that had to avoid the X rating when this movie came out in 1988), Commentary by the director and writer, Poster-and-still gallery, Original storyboard art, MIFED promo, Widescreen, theatrical trailer.
I recommend this movie to fans of zombie movies, action flicks and horror comedies.
Similar movies recommended: " L.A.
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