Body Heat
The Ladd Company / 1981 / 109 Mins / Rated MA


MOVIE
Body Heat is a story filled with sex & murder. It revolves around a lawyer named Ned Racine (John Hurt) who meets a sexy married woman named Matty Walker (Kathleen Turner) and he is instantly attracted and so a steamy affair begins between them. But this is where the movie starts to twist. 

Matty puts a proposal for Ned to kill her prominent husband and then run off together with the money. And live it up, it all sounds very sweet, but after Ned knocks off Matty's older hubby he begins to realize he is getting in to deep and he is being setup by Matty. Poor guy! 

The movie is actually and 80s attempt at the 40's style of movie, Film Noir and although it doesn't seem as good as those movies in the 40's it's still a gallant attempt at the genre.

VIDEO
The movie itself was made in 1981 and the print looks to have been restored somewhat, although there is still a lot of noise in the picture, mainly speckles. The rest of the movie itself seems pretty average, there is the occasional scene where the movie did seem to be some slight variation in picture quality. But on the whole most of the picture did hold it's own, the darkened scenes seemed very good as well.

Body Heat is framed at 1:85:1 and is 16:9 enhanced.

This is an Single Sided, Single Layer disc.

AUDIO
The movie has been re-mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1 sound I did play it originally on an AC-3 receiver but I was quit disappointed in the whole 5.1 soundtrack, Sometimes the sound seemed muffled, and if there was some ambient noise it did seem hard to hear the dialogue. I switched over to my Dolby Pro-Logic Surround unit and while the soundtrack was down mixed to DPL it did seem a little better and although it still was pretty crap it sounded a little clearer than the DD5.1 version. Maybe I had a dummy disc.
EXTRAS
Not much really on this disc, scene access, theatrical trailer and some production notes. Pretty disappointing really.
FINAL THOUGHTS
While the movie was quite an interesting watch, I did seem a little disappointed in the sound of the movie and the extra's it contains, although I was reasonably happy with the visuals from movie considering it's age. But if your wanting to get another movie to add to your DVD collection and show off it's potential I would suggest something better like Godzilla or Contact.

16:9 ENHANCEMENT DISC RATING

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REVIEW EQUIPMENT

Display: 48" Sony RPTV.
DVD Player:
Panasonic A350 Player using S-Video Cables.
Receiver:
Pioneer VSX-D508 Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround.
Speakers:
Accusound speaker system.

Copyright 2000 by [Roger Ward].
Revised: 24 May 2000 23:34:37 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating MA15+
Running Time: 109 minutes
Case Type: Snapper Case
Release Date: 7/10/1998
Catalog Number: 20005
List Price: $29.95
Distributor: Warner Bros.
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: Label Only
Disc Format: SS-SL
Chapters: 30
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: WAMO
VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS
Aspect Ratio: 1:85:1
Anamorphic: Yes
Film Format: 35mm
SOUND SPECIFICATIONS
Dolby Digital:

5.1 Surround

DTS: None
PCM Stereo: None
Other: None
Languages: English
Subtitles: Yes
SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary: None
Theatrical Trailer: Yes
Teaser Trailer: None
TV Spots: None
Dolby Trailer: None
Documentary: None
Cast & Crew Bios: None
Deleted Scenes: None
Music Videos: None
DVD Rom Content: None
Collectable Booklet: None
Scene Access: Yes
Animated Menus: Yes
Production Notes: None
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