Heat 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 262, July/August

WSR Score5
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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
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Michael Mann
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"Heat" is a crime thriller that takes place in a dazzling, twilight vision of Los Angeles. In the wake of a heist of an armored van, the crew of a fierce, professional thief (De Niro) and an obsessively driven LAPD detective (Pacino) are locked in deadly opposition as they vector toward each other. A true classic. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary by Director Michael Mann, Academy filmmaker panels (HD 01:03:23), the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival (HD 30:27); featurettes: "The Making Of Heat" (HD 59:12), "Pacino And De Niro: The Conversation" (HD 09:58) and "Return To The Scene Of The Crime" (HD 12:05); 11 additional footage deleted scenes (SD 09:44), theatrical trailers, and a Movies Anywhere digital copy.

The 2.40:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD Dolby Vision/HDR10 picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed on Eastman film stock in anamorphic Panavision® using the Arriflex 35-III, Cine SL 35, Panavision Panaflex Lightweight and Panavision Panaflex Platinum camera systems and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. Picture quality is terrific with an immensely satisfying cinematic appearance of epic scale. Shot on film, the imagery is absolutely captivating. The color palette is rich and warm with natural hues throughout. At times, colors really pop with stunning reds and other primaries. Flesh tones are perfectly natural throughout. HDR contrast is well balanced with deep, solid blacks and generally revealing shadow delineation. At times the picture is extremely dark and requires a display device capable of superb contrast and a dark viewing environment. When dark, lighting provides effective highlights, for a stylized look. Production design is excellent with realism throughout. Bright scenes are realistic and dynamic. Resolution is excellent, especially during closeups of facial features, hair, clothing, and object textures. While dated, the film exhibits virtually no film grain and exhibits a smooth, dynamic picture quality. The imagery is often reference quality. This is an impressive visual experience that impresses throughout. This is definitely a classic film with superb cinematography that is visually captivating throughout. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is quite dynamic, with effective atmospherics that enhance the realism. Sound effects are often powerful, with intense sub-25 Hz bass extension extended by the .1 LFE channel, such as in cars, helicopters, explosions, machine-gun fire, and jet planes. Surround envelopment is generally subtle but at times energized. The music score extends wide and deep with subtle surround immersion. Foley sound effects also are excellent and perfectly nuanced as appropriate. Dialogue is consistently intelligible, with excellent spatial integration, never unnaturally forward. This is an impressive holosonic® soundtrack with often incredible dynamics. (Gary Reber)