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This item cannot be returned HEAT (DVD/SPECIAL EDITION/2 DISC/WS DS 5.1/DSS 2.0/ENG-FR-SP-SUB)-NLA ACTION/ADVENTURE HUNTERS & THEIR PREY--NEIL & HIS PROFESSIONAL CRIMINAL CREW HUNT TO SCORE BIG MONEY TARGETS (BANKS, VAULTS, ARMORED CARS) & ARE, IN TURN, HUNTED BY LT. VINCENT HANNA & HIS TEAM OF COPS. A BOTCHED JOB PUTS HANNA ON THEIR TRAIL WHILE THRY REGROUP & TRY TO PUT TOGETHER ONE LAST BIG 'RETIREMENT' SCORE. AL PACINO VAL KILMER
The true-life stories out of Michael Mann's childhood Chicago are the roots of this seminal crime drama 40 years later. That's just one of the tidbits from the 90 minutes of extras on a second disc. Most of the major talents (along with crime consultants) reminisce about the film a decade later with the usual quotient of praise versus interesting facts. Extra time for the film's showcase shoot-out and meeting between the two leads is well spent. Mann's commentary track is as serious as his movie and hard to get through. He's more relaxed in the extra features and is joined by his friends who became associates over the years (like cop-turned-actor Dennis Farina). The deleted scenes contain a few sequences that are implied in the film--the alarms taken out at the bank for instance--but there's nothing outstanding; it reinforces what good, prudent editing is used in the film. The transfer seems as good as the original DVD release. --Doug Thomas
- 11 additional scenes
- Three theatrical trailers
- Five new making-of documentaries featuring cast and crew:
- True Crime - Inspirations for the movie
- Crime Stories - History of the screenplay
- Into the Fire - Pre- and post-production
- Pacino and De Niro - Anatomy of the on-screen coversation scene
- Return to the Scene of the Crime - Revisiting LA ten years later
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A flawless cast is put through their paces by a director at the top of his game. Michael Mann is becoming a world class director, and getting better with each outing. He tells a BIG story here, with the dual star power of Pacino & DeNiro, and he tells his story BIG!
Three dimensional characters, terse and telling dialogue, superb direction as noted with complimentary excellence in cinematography, sound, special effects, etc. and a great script that makes the 2-1/2 hours fly by. This is the real deal. As good as it gets.
Don't miss this one, and get the surround sound cranked up and duck as the bullets and glass tear up your living room.
There are a number of subplots, each involving one of the principles in elements of his personal life. But whether it be DeNiro trying to come to terms with a woman who offers him a chance at a more meaningful and satisfying life, or Val Kilmer trying to figure out how to deal with his high-maintenance life style and a wife with a roving eye (played wonderfully by Ashley Judd), or Pacino trying to essay his way through the wilderness of his own conflictions and how they affect his relationship with his wife, we see these as entertaining sidebars and not the main show, which is the inevitable showdown between DeNiro and Pacino.
This is several movies in one; a wonderfully entertaining shoot-em-up action film, with more than enough pyrotechnics to satisfying the most demanding of fans; an absorbing character study of both DeNiro's and Pacino's contrasting characters and the ways in which they are very similar and at the same time very much different; and a morality play, in which we watch as DeNiro's figure has to make the choice between a life affirming and a life-extinguishing decision, one that then profoundly affects his own fate. This is a great movie, and one that confirms the fact that neither DeNiro nor Pacino have lost the magic touch; both are terrific here. Enjoy!
This is certainly one of Michael Mann's most extraordinary films, along with Last Of The Mohicans and Collateral. It's more of a psychological experience (with some operatic touches in the story) when you think about it. Vincent Hanna (Pacino) is a hot-headed Detective who is primarily obssessed with his career, which makes his personal life even more of a living hell. Neil McCauley (De Niro), on the other hand, is a calm professional thief who strictly believes in one rule: "Don't let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you feel the heat around the corner." That is, until a young woman comes into his life. These two figures of undeniable differences collide into what becomes an official operatic tragedy.
This is a complete work of art. It's just as epic as the Godfather saga (excluding the length). I love how all the sub-plots are connected with each other, and how we get to understand many of the supporting characters. I especially love the shots of Los Angeles: the scenes in where the skyscrapers are in the background blend in almost perfectly. I especially love Pacino's sarcastic dialogue ("'Cause she got . . . a GREAT A**!"). I even love Dennis Haysbert's own little storyline, and how it relates to an even harsher reality. And don't think that I'll leave out the famous shootout sequence in the middle of the film, because I'm smarter than that. This sequence has got to be one of the finest action sequences ever put on film. The lack of background music makes it all much more realistic, the assault rifles and their echoed sounds are truly authentic, the bullet holes are spot-on, and even the fear and panic of the L.A. citizens become a welcome addition. By the way, Kilmer's reloading should be something worth watching. Why? Because it's bad@**!
We've probably all seen Mann, Pacino, and De Niro's films more than once. This one I'll always rewatch until my DVD wears out. This is a classic film of the 90's. I can safely recommend this film to fans of Pacino, De Niro, Kilmer, Mann, action, suspense, drama, and even Moby.