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Heaven's Gate Blu-ray

United States
The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1980 | 217 min | Rated R | Nov 20, 2012

Heaven's Gate (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (24.29 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)

Subtitles
English SDH

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50GB Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (2 BDs)

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Video 4.8 of 54.8
Audio 4.7 of 54.7
Extras 4.5 of 54.5
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Romance21%
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Heaven's Gate

 (1980)

Heaven's Gate Blu-ray comes close to perfection with top scores all around making it one of the best Blu-ray's ever

A Harvard graduate relocates to Wyoming as a federal marshal; there, he learns of a government-sanctioned plot by cattle barons to kill the area’s European settlers for their land. The resulting battle is based on the bloody real-life Johnson County War of 1892.

For more about Heaven's Gate and the Heaven's Gate Blu-ray release, see Heaven's Gate Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 5.0 out of 5.

Starring: Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken, John Hurt, Sam Waterston, Brad Dourif, Isabelle Huppert
Director: Michael Cimino

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Heaven's Gate Blu-ray, Video Quality

  5.0 of 5

Presented in its original aspect ratio of 2.39:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

The following text appears inside the booklet provided with this Blu-ray release:

"Because the original negative of the film was cut down to 149 minutes during its theatrical release in 1981, it could not serve as the basis for this restoration of director Michael Cimino's preferred 216-minute version. Fortunately, the long version had been preserved in the 35mm YCM color separation masters (protection elements capable of precisely reproducing the color in the negative film). Supervised by Cimino, this new digital transfer was created at Colorworks in Culver City, California, by scanning each separation element at 2K resolution on a Scanity, then digitally recombining them to reproduce the color of the original negative. In addition, slight trims and alterations were made to certain scenes and the intermission was removed, allowing the filmmaker to finally have his vision presented as he originally intended. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, scratches, splices, warps, jitter, and flicker were manually removed using MTI's DRS and Pixel Farm's PFClean, while Image Systems' Phoenix was used for small dirt, grain, and noise reduction.

Transfer supervisors: Michael Cimino, Maria Palazzola.
Colorist: Sheri Eisenberg."

The new, restored and supervised by director Michael Cimino high-definition transfer is a thing of beauty. Anyone who has previously seen Heaven's Gate only via the R1 DVD release, which MGM produced back in 2000, is essentially going to experience an entirely different film now with the Blu-ray release. Not only are detail and clarity dramatically improved, but the film's color-scheme is very different. There are major adjustments and corrections practically everywhere. In fact, the original negative of Michael Cimino's preferred version of the film, which was severely cut for the film's 1981 release, was apparently very seriously damaged and thus could not be used for the new 2K restoration. However, the colors in the original negative were restored under the direct supervision of the director and then used to regrade the new master. Needless to say, many of the panoramic sequences which the great Vilmos Zsigmond lensed now look simply stunning. The film's unique dreamy look is now also far more consistent. The darker sequences, in particular, convey a type of depth that has always been missing from the various poor DVD releases the film has had in different regions. There are no traces of excessive sharpening or degraining. There are no serious compression issues to report in this review either. All in all, considering the condition of the elements Criterion had to work with, this new restoration and reconstruction of Heaven's Gate is indeed a tremendous accomplishment. (Note: This is a Region-A "locked" Blu-ray disc. Therefore, you must have a native Region-A or Region-Free PS3 or SA in order to access its content).


Heaven's Gate Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  5.0 of 5

There is only one audio track on this Blu-ray disc: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. For the record, Criterion have provided optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature. When turned on, they appear inside the image frame.

The following text appears inside the booklet provided with this Blu-ray release:

"The new 5.1 surround soundtrack was remastered and restored at 24-bit from a 6-track magnetic mix, under the direct supervision of Cimino, with an emphasis on improving the audibility of dialog. Clicks, thumps, hiss, and him were manually removed using Pro Tools HD. Crackle was attenuated using AudioCube's integrated station."

The new lossless track, which was also supervised by Michael Cimino, also impresses. There is an excellent range of nuanced dynamics that open up the film very well. The music as well as the shootouts all get a tremendous boost. The massive battle at the end of the film, in particular, should raise some eyebrows -- not because the dynamic movement is likely to test one's audio equipment, rather because from the gunshots to the sound of falling horses to the burning wood, everything sounds incredibly real. The dialog is crisp, clean, stable, and easy to follow. Most viewers, however, will likely want to use the English subtitles as various characters speak with thick Slavic accents.



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Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate Heading Back to French Cinemas - February 14, 2013

The newly restored version of Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate is heading to French cinemas thanks to local distributors Carlotta Films. Fans of Cimino's controversial epic film will be able to see it starting February 27th.

This Week on Blu-ray: November 20-27 - November 17, 2012

One of the week's most highly anticipated Blu-ray releases is also one of its most notorious: Heaven's Gate. In distributing director Michael Cimino's epic follow-up to his Academy Award-winning The Deer Hunter, the Criterion Collection is giving viewers a chance ...

Criterion Blu-ray in November: Godard, Pasolini, Kurosawa, Cimino - August 15, 2012

The Criterion Collection has announced four titles for Blu-ray release in November. On November 6th, the independent studio will release Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa, 1950). A week later, on November 13th, it will release Weekend (Jean-Luc Godard, 1967) and Trilogy ...

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