XenForo Template Body Heat Release Date: October 7, 2008 Studio: Warner Home Video Packaging/Materials: Single-disc Blu-Ray case Year: 1981 Rating: R Running Time: 1h53m MSRP: $28.99 MAIN FEATURESPECIAL FEATURESVideo1080p high definition 16x9 1.85:1May be in standard definitionAudioDolby TrueHD: English 5.1, Dolby Digital: English 5.1, French 1.0, Spanish 2.0, German 1.0Audio standards may varySubtitlesEnglish, French, Spanish, German (movie and select bonus material) The Feature: 4.5/5 The temperature rises on an already hot day when downtown attorney Ned Racine (William Hurt) meets uptown housewife Matty Walker (Kathleen Turner). At first she seems like a lost cause - being married and all - but before long Ned's busting down doors to get to her and, more importantly, she's letting him. Trysting turns to scheming though and soon they have a plan to get rid of the husband and be together forever. There's only one problem - somebody hasn't been totally honest. Lawrence Kasdan's directorial debut is a classic film noir tale set and made in a more modern time, meaning there's lots of sex where there's usually just innuendo. Though reading between the lines in older films might be more fun, there's something to be said about the way "Body Heat" lays it all out there. And though it's graphic you can't say it's gratuitous; it makes it clear why Ned would fall so hard for the woman. Hell, as a viewer - fully aware of how these kinds of stories go - you're lulled into the same state of denial as Ned. Like the movie's femme fatale the movie's put together so well and so good at what it does that before you know it you've been had. That's not an easy thing, fooling today's viewer, making "Body Heat" all the more impressive and potent. It's a film that makes good on its genre at the same time that it does it one better. Video Quality: 4.5/5 Though the packaging lists the aspect ratio as 1.85:1 the absence of the telltale slivers of black bars indicates it's closer to 1.78:1. IMDB lists the aspect ratio as 1.85:1, meaning the image (if IMDB is to be trusted) has either been opened up a little or enlarged and cropped a little. In any case, the VC-1 encoded image looks very good, being generally free of blemishes, signs of edge enhancement and noise reduction. In fact the grain structure is readily apparent from the first shot of billowing smoke and it looks wholly untampered with. Black levels look very good as well. Though shadow detail is a little lacking at times, it's more than befitting the film's tone and content. Detail is excellent, beads of sweat, fine hairs and skin texture all being quite clear, though there are a couple shots that are soft overall. Daylight scenes were also shot with a hazy, filtered quality, which comes through beautifully with great dimension and depth. Audio Quality: 3/5 The Dolby TrueHD audio mix is a mostly center channel experience, with some surround activity providing support for the saxophone-heavy score. Dialogue is generally clear, though there are a couple instances of noticeable strain and more than a few times when I had trouble understanding actors' lines. LFE is non-existent, as one would expect from a film of this vintage, but even the couple instances where bass is in play are pretty subdued. In comparison the 640 kbps Dolby Digital 5.1 track sounds less expansive and flatter in its dynamic range, making the lossless track preferable. Special Features: 3.5/5 The special features carry over the items from the 2006 "Deluxe Edition" DVD. The documentary featurettes are well made and filled with great anecdotes. The "lifted" scenes have a little more replay value than most simply for the fact that they amount to more footage of Turner in provocative situations. Lifted Scenes: Five scenes totaling around 9m30s. The clips are titled as "In the Backseat," "Stewardess," "Practice Run," "First Murder Attempt" and "After the Attempt." Their removal from the film was mostly for pacing, though fans of Turner in particular will be glad to have them available again. "Body Heat: The Plan" (17m06s): Documentary covers the development and casting of the film, including interviews with Kasdan, Turner, Hurt and Ted Danson. "Body Heat: The Production" (16m16s): Interviews with cast and crew continue with challenges of shooting on location (in a place where it was cold when it was supposed to be hot), dealing with the sexual content, and discussions of pivotal scenes. Additional interview subjects include director of photography Richard Kline and editor Carol Littleton. "Body Heat: The Post-Production" (10m37s): Discussion of editing, scoring and theatrical release. Additional interview subjects include composer John Barry. Vintage Interviews (12m36s): 1981 intereviews with Hurt and Turner cover the requisite talking points. Theatrical Trailer (1m34s) Recap The Feature: 4.5/5 Video Quality: 4.5/5 Audio Quality: 3/5 Special Features: 3.5/5 Overall Score (not an average): 4/5 Early '80s film noir gets excellent video, decent audio and an acceptable special features package. The strength of the feature makes it a worthy addition to the library, though perhaps a harder sell for those who already own the DVD edition.