De Niro, Pacino, Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Jon Voight just to name a few star in Heat. Now available on Blu-ray in a steel case packaging, this is one hell of a complex drama and action movie. Set in L.A, Heat features the same lush photography and sets director Miami Vice Michael Man is famous for. Pacino and DeNiro alone are worth it but the chases and shootouts also kick ass.
There have been sound and transfer quality complaints about the 2009 Blu-ray version of Heat but I found none of these complaints applied here aside from a slight shift in lighting and skin tones during the De Niro encounter.
De Niro is Neil McCauley, a heist expert with a pretty tight and almost well-oiled gang. Pacino is Lieutenant Vincent Hanna and he is investigating the latest heist which left 3 security guards dead after a rent-a-gangster went nuts. McCauley is planning a couple of other heists and trying to sell the bonds he stole to the original bearer unaware the bearer has some serious muscle.
There are quite a few secondary storylines in this action movie. Mann is able to keep everybody and everything flowing and easy to keep track of. He is also more than able to keep a viewer riveted all 170 minutes of this cop action drama. This because the main story changes center a few times as it progresses.
Look for Danny Trejo (Machete, From Dusk Til Dawn) in a very minor role and a very young Natalie Portman as the step-daughter.
Special features for Heat Blu-ray Steel Case are the same as for the 2009 release: New content changes supervised by director Michael Mann; Commentary by Writer/Producer/Director Michael Mann; 11 Deleted Scenes (listed for some reason as additional scenes); True Crime: Recalling the Real-Life Chicago Cop and Criminal Whose Exploits Inspired the Movie; The Screenplay s 20-Year History and How the Movie Finally Got Greenlit; Into the Fire; Filming in L.A., Cast Training, Shooting the Climactic Downtown Heist and Post-Production; Pacino and De Niro: The Conversation: Anatomy of This Historic On-Screen Showdown; Return to the Scene of the Crime Years Later.