Sunday, 3 July 2011

A-Z #88: Heat

You can pick up hundreds of DVDs for a round-pound each - it doesn't matter. It's never about quantity, it's about quality. A-Z is my way of going through my collection, from A-Z, and understanding why I own the films ... or you can tell me why I should sell 'em

#88 - Heat

Why did I buy it?

Without even watching it, I knew that the combination of Robert De Niro and Al Pacino would be epic. Add to this how Michael Mann was behind the camera - and I loved Collateral - I knew it was going to be immense. Finally, Nick James wrote a BFI Modern Classic on the film (which I purhcased) whereby, after a first watch, I knew the film would grow and grow to become better with each subsequent viewing.

Why do I still own it?

Multiple viewings. I could watch this 3-hour long film again and again. Michael Mann effectively remade a TV-film LA Takedown but with A-list actors and a huge budget making this film, possibly, the best remake ever to boot. I wrote a huge essay on the film a while back, so for more in-depth analysis click here, but it will forever remain in the collection only possibly changing if a sweet blu-ray edition is available and I have some spare income. The latter is more unlikely that the former.
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  1. If I get a Blu-ray player this will be the first film I would purchase. Mann's best film.

  2. It's a good one, just way too long than it really needed to be but Pacino and De Niro are always great. Good Review!

  3. All's I gots to say is, I need to give this another gander. Love it but it's been too long in between viewings. Of course, I say that about so many films...can I have 36 hours in a day, please?


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