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HTF REVIEW: Heat - Two Disc Special Edition



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#1 of 147 OFFLINE   Herb Kane

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Posted February 09 2005 - 04:28 PM


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#2 of 147 OFFLINE   ChrisMatson

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Posted February 09 2005 - 04:33 PM

Thanks for the thorough review. I was only going to upgrade for a noticeably improved A/V experience--looks like I don't have to.

#3 of 147 OFFLINE   Nick Graham

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Posted February 09 2005 - 04:36 PM

Well, I was kind of hoping for a new transfer, but the current one isn't that bad. The sound I assumed would be the same, as much as I (cue eyerolling) would like to have this movie in DTS. I wonder if the transfer on the Japanese DTS edition offers any improvements over its region 1 counterpart. Either way, I have a feeling I'll be picking this up.

#4 of 147 OFFLINE   Michael Reuben

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Posted February 09 2005 - 04:48 PM

Great review, Herb! I'm disappointed that the transfer is the same, but I'm not surprised.

As good as the disc looks, it can't hold a candle to the image I saw in the theaters. There are certain scenes I always check out -- first on the laserdisc, then on the DVD -- and no version to date has the detail to do justice to some of Mann's and Spinotti's more elaborate compositions. I guess we'll just have to wait for HD-DVD. Posted Image

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Posted February 09 2005 - 05:09 PM

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#6 of 147 OFFLINE   Jason Hennigan

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Posted February 09 2005 - 05:53 PM

I must say that I'm surprised and disappointed that there isn't an improvement in the presentation of the film over the first DVD. I had been planning on picking this one up, but without the improved presentation, I'll have to give it some more thought.

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Posted February 09 2005 - 06:01 PM

I picked it up today and will be watching it tomorrow. I'm curious to see if I like it better - I really didn't think that much of the film when I saw it in theaters. A lot of that has to do with Mr. Mann's out-of-control running time of three hours. I didn't have the other DVD, so I'm sure I'll be okay with this one. I just hope that, for me, it's a better viewing experience than ten years ago.

#8 of 147 OFFLINE   Dave H

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Posted February 09 2005 - 06:12 PM

I sold my previous version assuming this would be a new transfer --- Warner is usually very good about these things. I guess I'll have to find a cheap copy of the original release because I am not going to pay more money for extras. Posted Image to Warner!

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Posted February 09 2005 - 06:26 PM

Thanks for the review! It's a pity they didn't improve the A/V aspects but I will still get it for the extras.
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#10 of 147 OFFLINE   Mark Cappelletty

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Posted February 09 2005 - 06:27 PM

I cannot wait. Maybe my favorite movie of the 90s. Didn't mind the transfer before-- thanks for the heads-up, Herb!

#11 of 147 OFFLINE   Sean Patrick

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Posted February 09 2005 - 09:16 PM

this is bad news for people with large displays and projectors. the old dvd's transfer just doesn't hold up when blown up like that...VERY noisy.

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Posted February 09 2005 - 09:39 PM

Guess the IGN DVD article was wrong when they said it was remastered. Maybe it was remastered. This is good to know as I can keep my original version and save money to get others on my wish list that day (lots of them!). -

#13 of 147 OFFLINE   Shane Martin

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Posted February 09 2005 - 11:38 PM

After reading their review of Ray and the discussion following it, I'll take the word of our reviewers here over IGN.

#14 of 147 OFFLINE   Lev-S

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Posted February 09 2005 - 11:40 PM

Anybody elese think that the Original transfer seems to be a tad sharper and more colorful?
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#15 of 147 OFFLINE   Joe Kamsan

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Posted February 10 2005 - 12:23 AM

Thanks for the review, Herb. You just saved me some money. I'll wait until his title is release on the next format. I didn't double dip on Leon either. I think these studios are trying to milk us for as long as they can.

#16 of 147 OFFLINE   JonZ

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Posted February 10 2005 - 12:42 AM

Even without a new transfer, I was hoping improvments in compression/authoring technology would make for a better looking disc.

#17 of 147 OFFLINE   Mark Bendiksen

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Posted February 10 2005 - 01:43 AM

Well, I sold my old copy on Ebay a few months ago in anticipation of the 2-disc SE. I'll still buy it because his is one of my all-time favorites; I do wish they had revisited the transfer, though.

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Posted February 10 2005 - 02:50 AM

I had thought I read somewhere that there was an hour or so of deleted scenes. hmm ... bummer.

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Posted February 10 2005 - 03:11 AM

Looks like i'm keeping the DTS Japanese disc and adding this for the extras. I'm a whore for them. Thanks Posted Image

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Posted February 10 2005 - 03:23 AM

Sort of OT. One nit with your review Herb: This is not the first film to star both Pacino and DeNiro. They both were in The Godfather Part II, albeit never in the same scene together. Certainly, Heat is the first film in which the pair have acted on screen together. Just being picky.
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