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Michael Mann Recuts Heat for Blu-ray

Posted August 17, 2009 05:51 AM by Juan Calonge

Warner Bros.Warner Home Video has revealed the full details for its Blu-ray release of 'Heat'. As expected, the special features include all the content available on the 2005 two-disc edition, but there is something new. The Blu-ray will feature "New content changes supervised by director Michael Mann." The exact nature of those "changes" is unconfirmed, but the Blu-ray release lists a running time of 170 minutes, It can be noted that, whereas the previous DVD versions were 172 minutes long.

Special features include:
  • Commentary by writer/producer/director Michael Mann
  • 11 additional scenes
  • Five documentaries:
    • True Crime: Recalling the real-life Chicago Cop and criminal whose exploits inspired the movie
    • Crime Stories: 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: revisiting the film's real-life L.A. locations years later
  • Theatrical trailers



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Carador
  Aug 17, 2009
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Finally, a definite first day buy for me

lforigno
  Aug 17, 2009
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a recut??? I love Michael Mann but hope that he did not kill any scene because of this cut.

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Irrob
  Aug 17, 2009
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Two minute cut. I can live with it if the director approved it. Mr. Mann clearly knows what he's doing.
discking
  Aug 17, 2009
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I'm getting really tired of director's using the Blu-Ray release of a film to withdraw the cut that everyone had liked, and replace it with some other version. If both are on the same disc, fine. But a number of films have vanished in the form that fans had been waiting for in Blu-Ray. Tony Scott's "Revenge" is a prime example of a great film that was destroyed by its own director for Blu-Ray.
GoodToGo
  Aug 17, 2009
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Very interesting, cant wait for it

sonnyworld85
  Aug 17, 2009
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I'm sure Michael Mann won't be cutting anything crucial in the two minute cut. Either way this is a day one purchase for me!

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thedarkangel1975
  Aug 17, 2009
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This could be interesting.


Discking, Revenge was bad no matter the cut or not.

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davidthenikonuser
  Aug 17, 2009
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Oh no! Recut! Anyone remember The Last of the Mohicans recut? Many great lines and violence where cut out. I really think both versions should be on the disc so the fan can pick which to watch. I'll still check it out and hopefully it's good.

slimdude
  Aug 17, 2009
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Why edit the film at all, and just release the movie in its original theatrical, or Director's Cut version (if applicable,) to the audience preference. What's the purpose? Leave the movie in it's original content, and release it on Blu-ray, without any additions, or deletions of scenes. Heat is already a fantastic movie as is, so why ruin it with contemplating alterations to the film!

Mobe1969
  Aug 17, 2009
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Revisionist directors are starting to tire me. Especially when the original is discarded
discking
  Aug 17, 2009
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I see a growing collectors market for murky DVDs of "original" and no longer available versions of many films. Like the Exorcist, for example. No matter its techical flaws, the now very old DVD of the original theater cut of the film is still the best. Then of course, years from now, we'll get to buy the films all over again when the "classic" versions are issued on Platinum Ray Super Ultra Ultimate HD, or whatever...

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Blu Titan
  Aug 17, 2009
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Heat is great, andI will be buying it. I wonder why Mann felt the need to cut two minutes of the movie.
davcole
  Aug 17, 2009
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Why do I sense this will be a director's cut with no theatrical version? It seems Michael Mann is one of those director's who makes a director's cut and only allows that version to be released as opposed to having a choice of both.
ShowbizPizza
  Aug 17, 2009
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Michael Mann really worries me sometimes. As someone pointed out, he's released so many versions of The Last of the Mohicans that I can't even remember what the original version was like. He would constantly both add new scenes, and delete/shorten old scenes. I hope Heat isn't the same way. It's like the guy doesn't even like his own movies he makes (read all about The Keep - that will never see the light of day again).

The question is, why is he taking out 2 minutes of the movie? If there is something he didn't like about it, then why didn't he do that with either of the previous dvd releases of Heat? He's quickly turning into George Lucas.

TenEightyP
  Aug 17, 2009
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Discking, I completely agree with your comment. Although can't comment on Revenge as I have not seen it.

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prkprkprk
  Aug 17, 2009
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It says the movie is 188 minutes on the runtime on the blu-ray.com page.
salan
  Aug 17, 2009
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With all due respect... Michael, don't cut it. Please.

Freis968
  Aug 17, 2009
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Surely, the 2 cut mins will be included in the Special Features!!!

I loved every second of the movie, I am getting a bit worried about this!

jimmybobo
  Aug 17, 2009
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If he cuts anything make it some of the kissy-kissy scenes.

trystero
  Aug 17, 2009
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Well, crap: time to go cancel my pre-order. Mann has already burnt me once by including only the (considerably weaker) director's cut on the R1 DVD editions of _The Last of the Mohicans_ - I had to get the R2 disc in order to have the superior theatrical cut.

And here we go again: regardless of whether the new cut is any good in its own right, it's not the movie I wanted on Blu-ray. So I'll wait and see what's on the disc before I consider buying. If they include the theatrical cut, I'll happily spend the money; if they don't, I won't.

I've already steered clear of Warner's _Amadeus_ Blu-ray release for the same reason. But I hope I don't have to ignore this release of _Heat_.

Strannix136
  Aug 17, 2009
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I'll get it, regardless of what he's done. Now, I wish he'd get to work on Thief.
davcole
  Aug 17, 2009
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I think what's key isn't so much that he recuts it to better suit his vision, but that he allows for both versions of the film.

He recut LAST OF THE MOHICANS and the theatrical version was never made available on DVD. Same with the BD of MIAMI VICE.

slimdude
  Aug 17, 2009
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I believe in the old cliche: If it's nothing wrong with it, leave it alone. Michael Mann, I hope you're reading this!

indiephantom
  Aug 17, 2009
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Won't be getting this.
bfellow
  Aug 17, 2009
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Maybe he cuts out the ending... where it just goes black.

Also, he replaces the guns with walkie-talkies as well.

Sponge-worthy
  Aug 17, 2009
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I could see pulling two minutes out of the DeNiro/Brenneman relationship. Their scenes were the weakest links in the film.

troyman21
  Aug 17, 2009
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I've always wanted to see this movie. Hopefully, not a whole lot is cut out in this cut. I might pick this up...

chaos1979
  Aug 17, 2009
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It's a perfect movie as is. Hope the 2 min isn't noticeable.

Blu-Me
  Aug 17, 2009
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Please force Warner to use DTS-HD MA on this one!! Day one pick up for me regardless as this movie is up in my all time faves. This is a GREAT year for Blu and me. Braveheart, Heat, Forrest Gump, Gladiator...yes!!!

Born2BeBlu
  Aug 17, 2009
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Just as long as these cuts do NOT involve the face-to-face between DeNiro and Pacino or the incredible downtown L.A. shootout, which is still one of the best in film history!

Mr. Joshua
  Aug 17, 2009
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Very cool....

mishal
  Aug 17, 2009
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Already in my wish list. Will be getting this.

Timinator69
  Aug 17, 2009
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oH boy I can't wait for this! The street battle outside the bank with all 6 channels blasting in hi-def is enough reason to replace my old dvd. But like others have said, I don't want it to be some abreviated version, however if it's only a couple of minutes I won't lose any sleep.

RickD
  Aug 17, 2009
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If it doesn't contain the theatrical cut, I will be highly disappointed.
supercutz
  Aug 17, 2009
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Ugh, this bluray better have both versions or else I'm not buying it. As others have said, I do not (and never will) like the tampering of movies.

vicmackey187
  Aug 17, 2009
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Guess I'll have to hold on to the HEAT SE DVD as well... Count me in as one of the people who didn't like the MOHICANS directors cut
blame_thatcher
  Aug 17, 2009
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Michael Mann really is losing the plot. I've already lost a lot of respect for him due to the rudeness and ill-tempered manner he displays in interviews, and his new reliance on awful digital cinematography. Get your head together, Mann!!
guitardave
  Aug 17, 2009
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Shame the sound's not DTS, but hey, I'll be buying this immediately that it's available - love the film! Not bothered by a couple of missing minutes, let's not forget it's nearly a 3 hour film. If there's a scene or two that didn't feel right to the director, why not let him trim some fat off?

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Titanicfave
  Aug 17, 2009
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Day 1 pick up, that's a nice affordable price!

GreatWhite83
  Aug 17, 2009
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Blu ray is fast becoming confusing in my eyes, I thought a directors cut is usually, extra scenes, more gore, more swear words etc etc, more funnier, more rude etc etc. Directors cut is now cutting a movie?? does not make any sense. Im really annoyed with blu ray at the moment. First there was no lossless audio (sometimes still is) then there was including film extras on dvd, or a commentary on dvd.

I hope holographic disc comes out sooner now, so you could have the best picture, best audio, alternate movie versions etc etc all on one disc. maybe also support for up to 6k resolution. HDMI 4.0 will support 4k.

Or if blu ray get moving on that 200gb or 400gb prototype.

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DAMNSAM77
  Aug 17, 2009
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great movie, first day for me

taggart
  Aug 17, 2009
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As long as he doesn't cut Pacino's "....you can NOT watch my television" line, I'm good with it.

"Ralph, sit down!"

squall_line
  Aug 17, 2009
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What some people failed to notice is that, even though it's two minutes shorter, it includes ELEVEN NEW SCENES. That means Mann is cutting a LOT more than 2 minutes out of the previous versions, he's potentially cutting a full 15-20 minutes out to add 13-18 more minutes of new scenes.

Wholly unacceptable, IMHO. I'd rather hang on to and watch a 2-tape VHS copy than pay for a BD that doesn't include the original theatrical cut.

Minimejer05
  Aug 17, 2009
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Wonder what the recuts are gonnabe like.

nazdar
  Aug 17, 2009
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Dirrrrector Cuts are are are aalllwwayyyss an or a big, big (or small), impotent imprmt 'n the orgnl f'm
shodan
  Aug 17, 2009
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Considering how he ruined Last of the Mohicans, this is not good news. There better be an option to watch either cut.

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Gremal
  Aug 17, 2009
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There is a scene where Ashley Judd was clearly not working and she could barely keep a straight face. One can only hope Mann edited that better. I don't know what her problem was during filming, but she nearly ruined every scene of hers in Heat.

vizunary
  Aug 17, 2009
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hopefully it's not going to be like "Payback" and end up a completely different film, that was crap and i still want my money back!
Jerome
  Aug 17, 2009
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the 11 deleted scenes are not new, they were on the SE dvd released a few back years

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Barnolde
  Aug 17, 2009
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In Mann we trust!

Xtrem3
  Aug 17, 2009
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wooww heat wait so long for that,,alien quadrilogy this year and santa is nice to me:)

Kinsella5
  Aug 17, 2009
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Good lord, all the negative posts about Mann re-cutting the film. Since no one knows WHAT he is re-cutting, perhaps taking something brief out, and adding something brief back in, or changing a few scenes, let's all wait until we actually know more. Also, it isn't as if he is cutting 20 minutes or so from the film, we are talking about TWO MINUTES and we don't even know what the scenes are. I loved the film, every second on if, yes, even the Natalie Portman thread of the film which really wasn't needed, and the Blu-ray release is going to be awesome hands down, but let's all wait before we start bashing it. I suspect every single person who has already jumped on the negative bandwagon will be picking it up regardless.

Hudson
  Aug 18, 2009
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"And here we go again: regardless of whether the new cut is any good in its own right, it's not the movie I wanted on Blu-ray. So I'll wait and see what's on the disc before I consider buying. If they include the theatrical cut, I'll happily spend the money; if they don't, I won't."

So wait, you want the inferior version of the movie, not the full directors cut the way it should be?

What kind of dumb statement is that? So you mean to tell me that with all the added Footage in Last of the Mohicans, which was ADDED FOOTAGE ONTO THE THEATRICAL release, you thought it made the movie worse?

Are you stupid? Just curious. I suppose you bought the non director edition of the Watchmen too right?

There is ONE Last of the Mohicans that matters on DVD, the extended Director's Cut. How hard is that to understand.

I suppose you morons only bought the theatrical version of Lord of the Rings too right?

nincollector
  Aug 18, 2009
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If they include the original cut on the same disc - would be fine with me, but I highly doubt this will happen. Most people moan about Mann's DC for "The Last of The Mohicans", which was inferior to the Theatrical Cut (TC). But "Manhunter" was much better in DC, than the TC regular release. With "Ali" I can not be sure which one is better, and with "Miami Vice" the DC kicks the living hell out of TC. All in all, I would much rather prefer to have both cuts on the same disc, otherwise - we may be in for an interesting experience.
kevinbr100
  Aug 18, 2009
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why change anything? it was a great film as is. hopefully he doesnt cut anything from the heist shootout scene, it may be long, but its great as is, gives you the feeling its really happening

nazdar
  Aug 18, 2009
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it's an honor to have my 'joke' be voted off by you humorless worms. I can smell you downwind!

Mahatma
  Aug 18, 2009
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It's refreshing to see directors cutting things out of a movie rather than the usual adding things which often don't add to a film and breakes it's rythm.See apocalypse redux.Should be called redundant rather than redux;)

Never liked this movie.Thought it was rather superficial which is rather typical Mann.Maybe it will get better with this:)

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Wdm81
  Aug 18, 2009
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So he's adding the scene with Jabba back in?

Should be cool
retablo
  Aug 20, 2009
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As posted in the forums, the DVD was NOT 172 minutes. Check the disc and it comes out to 2:50:30. Which is 30 seconds over 170 min. The packaging was wrong.


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