Heat
Warner Bros. / 1995 / 164 Mins / Rated PG


MOVIE
Directed by Michael "My movies must run a long time" Mann, Heat is the basic story of two men. One is a decorated L.A cop and the other is a thief. Both are played wonderfully by Al Pacino and Robert De Niro respectively.

After the murder of security guards who were protecting an armored truck Vincent Hanna (Pacino) begins investigating the crime. His investigations lead him to Neil McCauley (De Niro). Now a game begins between the two as they try to better each other. One hoping to catch his man, the other hoping to get away. Along the way wer are treated to some wonderful acting by all parties involved as well as some of the most stunning action scenes put onto film.

The movie does drag somewhat in the middle but  considering it's running time there are always a few places some movie can drag. That's not to say the movie is boring but it does require a lot of your attention to get the most out of it.

VIDEO
The transfer on Heat is good, but not great.

This transfer is sharp throughout the entire length of the film which is good but the shadow detail sucks and as a lot of scenes in the movie are filmed at night it is slightly annoying.

There were no MPEG artifacts seen in the movie and film artifacts were few and far between. The colors were also under saturated sometimes to the point of looking pale. Could have been intentional by the director though.

Heat is framed a 2:35:1 and is 16:9 enhanced. 

This is a single-sided, dual layer disc. The layer change occurs at 78:43

AUDIO

Above average is the best you will get out of Heat. Encoded in Dolby Digital 5.1 in English and French, Heat has a very subdued soundtrack that is mainly based towards the front of the soundstage

The surrounds do get quite a workout and quite impressively during the shootout scene at the bank and near the end at the airport but for the rest of the movie the surrounds are used for subtle ambience and music.

Dialog was easy to hear.

EXTRAS

Yeah right. Good one Warner. No extras. Typical.

Subtitles: English, French, Dutch, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Closed Captioned.

FINAL THOUGHTS
A solid movie if somewhat slow at times. The disc is above average.

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: 19 Oct 2000 12:21:13 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating MA15+
Running Time: 164 Mins
Case Type: Snapper Case
Release Date: 7/2/2000
Catalog Number: 14192
List Price: $34.95
Distributor: Warner Bros.
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: Picture Disc
Disc Format: RSDL
Chapters: 52
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: WAMO
VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS
Aspect Ratio: 2:35:1
Anamorphic: Yes
Film Format: 35mm
SOUND SPECIFICATIONS
Dolby Digital:

5.1 Surround

DTS: None
PCM Stereo: None
Other: None
Languages:

English
French
Subtitles: Yes
SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary: None
Theatrical Trailer: None
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: None
Production Notes: None
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