Sometimes it takes a while for the spark to fly: Original US reviews for “Heat” were positive but slightly muted. In other countries, such as Germany, the press was more euphoric. And ever since, the reputation of this action thriller by Michael Mann has been growing stronger and stronger. The theatrical remake of the TV movie Showdown in LA is now considered one of the best remakes ever, influencing the aesthetics of works as diverse as the Grand Theft Auto video game series and Christopher Nolan’s Batman stroke of genius.The Dark Knight”.
It is surprising that a film of this caliber has not yet been released in 4K quality – and yet it is currently the unspectacular state of home cinema things. But: In a few days, the first face-to-face cinematic meeting of screen icons Robert De Niro and Al Pacino is finally coming out in UHD: On August 18, 2022, Disney will release Heat for the first time on 4K Blu-ray!
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“Heat” is presented on the 4K Blu-ray in the so-called “Director’s Definitive Edition”., which was first released in 2009 and is Mann’s preferred film version. The differences to the theatrical version are marginal: a dialogue scene was recut, in another scene Mann adjusted the soundtrack to his liking.
The 4K edition of “Heat” is a long-awaited release for many film fans, after all, the influential action thriller with a big dramatic touch has had a rocky home theater past: The first Blu-ray edition was scolded by critical fans because of its image transfer, which was relatively close to DVD qualitywho expected more from the modern classic featuring one of the most thrilling shootouts in cinema history.
In 2017 it became known that the 4K master of “Heat” had been resampled – but “only” a Blu-ray edition based on this sampling, approved by Mann, was released. There was initially no 4K edition. In 2021, a home cinema release in ultra-high definition quality was finally announced – which was ultimately postponed to this year without giving specific reasons. It is possible that they wanted to wait for the publication of Mann’s novel “Heat 2” to release the newly restored 4K version.
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In addition to the 4K image in the HDR10 quality standard, the disc, which will be released in August, also has the English sound in the powerful DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sound format and the German sound in the DTS 5.1 sound format. Technically, this is below the acoustic standards of today’s genre representatives, but on the sound level, Mann got more out of a 5.1-channel sound than many filmmakers do today from soundtracks with even more channels. We’ll finally hear for ourselves in a few days whether the 4K disc knows how to implement this adequately.
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