Posts Tagged ‘Michael Mann’

This week’s releases include: a sci-fi tour de force; a famous, tragic love story; a plunge into darkness; the true story of a kind-hearted drug dealer; the ultimate public, political betrayal; an entrancing mafia tale; a new Charlie Brown narrative; an amazing crime drama; an appalling future; an HBO series about the New Orleans; and a documentary that demonstrates one man’s trash is another’s treasure. (more…)

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Heat was a revelation – it was the first time heavyweight actors Robert De Niro and Al Pacino took the screen together (they’ve since repeated the milestone event in Righteous Kill). Though they only shared the screen for one incredibly performed conversation, the cat and mouse drama still lived up to all expectations.

Neil McCauley (De Niro) is an expert thief with a cutthroat philosophy: don’t become attached to anything you can’t walk away from in 30 seconds if the cops get too close. His crew (Val Kilmer and Tom Sizemore) gains the attention of Detective Vince Hanna (Pacino) with a series of professional robberies that culminate in a shootout outside a federal bank. However, both men have met their match and are determined to win at the expense of their personal relationships.

In addition to the stellar performances put forward by Pacino and De Niro, Kilmer records one of the best portrayals of his career. In fact, there is not a single weak performer amongst the entire cast, which also includes Jon Voight, Ashley Judd and Natalie Portman.

At just under three hours, writer/director Michael Mann ensures there is never a dull moment whether through daylight shootouts, struggling relationships or life-changing decisions. While Heat is at heart a crime drama, it is captivatingly heavy in the drama department, taking full advantage of the calibre of actors involved. Characters are constantly facing difficult decisions, often forcing them to choose one love or another.

Blu-ray special features include: additional film content, commentary by Mann, 11 additional scenes and five documentaries: “True Crime,” which recalls the lives of the story’s inspirations; “Crime Stories,” which explores the film’s history and start; “Into the Fire,” a production featurette; “Pacino and De Niro: The Conversation”; and “Return to the Scene of the Crime,” revisiting the real-life Los Angeles filming locations years later.