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  • The Last Of The Mohicans [1992] The Last Of The Mohicans | DVD | (01/06/2006) from £7.49  |  Saving you £11.50 (60.60%)  |  RRP £18.99

    The Last of the Mohicans is a large-scale adventure set during the colonial conflicts between Britain and France 20 years before the American War of Independence. Based loosely on the novel by James Fenimore Cooper, but actually inspired by director Michael (Manhunter, Heat) Mann's boyhood love of the 1936 film of the same name, this is rousing, romantic stuff. As "Hawkeye", a white raised by the last of the Mohican tribe, Daniel Day-Lewis delivers a performance which, had he followed it up, could have established him as an action hero for the 1990s and beyond. Despite an under-written role Madeline Stowe convinces as the heroine. The remaining cast are uniformly excellent. Filmed amid the spectacular mountains, rivers and forests of North Carolina by Mann's regular cinematographer, Dante Spinotti, the film is a visual joy, while Trevor Jones' majestic, spine-tingling score (with additional music by Randy Edleman) is one of the finest of the decade. Taking time to establish the motives of British and French colonists and the various native tribes, as well as the varying opinions and characters within these groupings, Mann offers much greater balance and complexity than The Patriot (2000), yet never looses sight of the object here: telling a stirring yarn laced with bold action set pieces and passionate romance. On the DVD: The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 image is a massive improvement over VHS, but still shows considerable grain in many scenes, possibly a result of the film being shot in low, natural light and containing many very dark sequences. The Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is very powerful, though little use is made of the rear channels, and in some scenes the sound effects all but drown out the dialogue. Isolated scores are usually only found on feature-packed special editions, so the inclusion here is a welcome surprise--and testament its popularity. The only other extra is an anamorphic 2.35:1 presentation of the immensely stirring theatrical trailer. --Gary S Dalkin

  • Heat (Remastered) [Blu-ray] [1995] Heat (Remastered) | Blu Ray | (06/02/2017) from £7.98  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Having developed his skill as a master of contemporary crime drama, writer-director Michael Mann displayed every aspect of that mastery in this intelligent, character-driven thriller from 1995, which also marked the first onscreen pairing of Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. The two great actors had played father and son in the separate time periods of The Godfather, Part II, but this was the first film in which the pair appeared together, and although their only scene together is brief, it's the riveting fulcrum of this high-tech cops-and-robbers scenario. De Niro plays a master thief with highly skilled partners (Val Kilmer and Tom Sizemore) whose latest heist draws the attention of Pacino, playing a seasoned Los Angeles detective whose investigation reveals that cop and criminal lead similar lives. Both are so devoted to their professions that their personal lives are a disaster. Pacino's with a wife (Diane Venora) who cheats to avoid the reality of their desolate marriage; De Niro pays the price for a life with no outside connections; and Kilmer's wife (Ashley Judd) has all but given up hope that her husband will quit his criminal career. These are men obsessed, and as De Niro and Pacino know, they'll both do whatever's necessary to bring the other down. Mann's brilliant screenplay explores these personal obsessions and sacrifices with absorbing insight, and the tension mounts with some of the most riveting action sequences ever filmed--most notably a daylight siege that turns downtown Los Angeles into a virtual war zone of automatic gunfire. At nearly three hours, heat qualifies as a kind of intimate epic, certain to leave some viewers impatiently waiting for more action, but it's all part of Mann's compelling strategy. Heat is a true rarity: a crime thriller with equal measures of intense excitement and dramatic depth, giving De Niro and Pacino a prime showcase for their finely matched talents. --Jeff Shannon

  • Heat [1995] Heat | DVD | (25/04/2005) from £3.50  |  Saving you £7.95 (49.70%)  |  RRP £15.99

    An epic tale of crime and obsession and two men on opposite sides of the law. When Al Pacino and Robert De Niro square off Heat sizzles. Written and Directed by Michael Mann Heat includes dazzling set pieces and a bank heist that USA Today's Mike Clark calls ""the greatest action scene of recent times"". It also offers ""the most impressive collection of actors in one movie this year"" (Newsweek). Val Kilmer Jon Voight Tom Sizemore and Ashley Judd are among the memorable suppo

  • Heathers [DVD] Heathers | DVD | (10/09/2018) from £8.85  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Widely acknowledged as a true cult classic of modern American cinema, Heathers has captured the imaginations of troubled teenagers the world over with its acerbic satire of the sugar-coated high school movies of the 1980s... At Westerburg High School, an elite clique of snobby girls known as Heathers reign supreme. Smart and popular, Veronica (Winona Ryder, Stranger Things) is a reluctant member of the gang and disapproves of the other girls' cruel behaviour. When Veronica and her mysterious new boyfriend, J.D. (Christian Slater, True Romance), play a trick on the clique leader, Heather Chandler (Kim Walker), and accidentally poison her, they make it appear a suicide. But it soon becomes clear to Veronica that J.D. is sociopath intent on vengefully killing the school s popular students. She races to stop J.D., clashing with the clique's new leader, Heather Duke (Shannen Doherty), and leading to an explosive final confrontation with her troubled former lover. Directed by Michael Lehmann, Heathers pushed the teen comedy into dark and nightmarish territory and is distinguished by the career defining central performances of its stars Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. The film is presented here in an exclusive 30th Anniversary 4K restoration with a wealth of extra material, providing unprecedented insight into the making of this hilarious and shocking film. SPECIAL FEATURES: New restoration from a 4K scan of the original camera negative by Arrow Films Standard Definition presentation Original 1.0 mono and optional 5.1 Surround Sound audio Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing Audio commentary by director Michael Lehmann, producer Denise Di Novi and writer Daniel Waters Newly filmed interview with director Michael Lehmann A newly filmed appreciation by the writer, actor and comedian John Ross Bowie (The Big Bang Theory) Pizzicato Croquet, composer David Newman and director Michael Lehmann discuss the music of Heathers How Very: The Art and Design of Heathers, production designer Jon Hutman, art director Kara Lindstrom and director Michael Lehmann discuss the look of Heathers Casting Westerberg High, casting director Julie Selzer discusses the casting process for Heathers Poor Little Heather, a new interview with actress Lisanne Falk Swatch Dogs and Diet Coke Heads, an archival featurette with extensive cast and crew interviews providing an in-depth look at the making of Heathers Return to Westerberg High, an archival featurette providing further insight into the film s production Original trailers Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Robert Sammelin

  • Manhunter - Special Edition [Blu-ray] Manhunter - Special Edition | Blu Ray | (26/09/2011) from £10.98  |  Saving you £9.01 (45.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    When a vicious killer dubbed ‘The Tooth Fairy’ starts a killing spree killing entire families while they sleep the FBI enlist help from retired Detective Will Graham (William Petersen) who reluctantly agrees to help track down this ruthless psychopath. Will knows that he has the gift of being able to emphasise and talk to killers on their level, so he seeks advice from Dr. Hannibal Lecktor (Brian Cox) the last killer he caught before retiring. Meanwhile the killer (Tom Noonan) is becoming very close to a work colleague and has found the only kindliness he has ever known but this isn’t stopping him from planning his next massacre as he has already started to stalk his next victims.

  • Because I Said So [2007] Because I Said So | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £3.50  |  Saving you £15.90 (79.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Dianne Keaton stars as Daphne Wilder a mother whose love knows no bounds or boundaries. She is the proud mom of three daughters: stable psychologist Maggie (Lauren Graham) sexy and irreverent Mae (Piper Perabo) and insecure adorable Milly (Mandy Moore). In order to prevent her youngest from making the same mistakes she did Daphne decides to set Milly up with the perfect man. Little does Milly know however that her mom placed an ad in the online personals to find him. Comic mayhem unfolds as Daphne continues to do the wrong thing for the right reasons...all in the name of love. In a hilarious battle of strong wills the mother-daughter dynamic is tested in all its fierce wacky complexity. The girls help Daphne finally discover the truths and impossibilities of motherly love.

  • Heathers [Blu-ray] Heathers | Blu Ray | (10/09/2018) from £12.25  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Widely acknowledged as a true cult classic of modern American cinema, Heathers has captured the imaginations of troubled teenagers the world over with its acerbic satire of the sugar-coated high school movies of the 1980s... At Westerburg High School, an elite clique of snobby girls known as Heathers reign supreme. Smart and popular, Veronica (Winona Ryder, Stranger Things) is a reluctant member of the gang and disapproves of the other girls' cruel behaviour. When Veronica and her mysterious new boyfriend, J.D. (Christian Slater, True Romance), play a trick on the clique leader, Heather Chandler (Kim Walker), and accidentally poison her, they make it appear a suicide. But it soon becomes clear to Veronica that J.D. is sociopath intent on vengefully killing the school s popular students. She races to stop J.D., clashing with the clique's new leader, Heather Duke (Shannen Doherty), and leading to an explosive final confrontation with her troubled former lover. Directed by Michael Lehmann, Heathers pushed the teen comedy into dark and nightmarish territory and is distinguished by the career defining central performances of its stars Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. The film is presented here in an exclusive 30th Anniversary 4K restoration with a wealth of extra material, providing unprecedented insight into the making of this hilarious and shocking film. SPECIAL FEATURES: New restoration from a 4K scan of the original camera negative by Arrow Films High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation Original 1.0 mono audio and optional 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing Audio commentary by director Michael Lehmann, producer Denise Di Novi and writer Daniel Waters Newly filmed interview with director Michael Lehmann A newly filmed appreciation by the writer, actor and comedian John Ross Bowie (The Big Bang Theory) Pizzicato Croquet, composer David Newman and director Michael Lehmann discuss the music of Heathers How Very: The Art and Design of Heathers, production designer Jon Hutman, art director Kara Lindstrom and director Michael Lehmann discuss the look of Heathers Casting Westerberg High, casting director Julie Selzer discusses the casting process for Heathers Poor Little Heather, a new interview with actress Lisanne Falk Swatch Dogs and Diet Coke Heads, an archival featurette with extensive cast and crew interviews providing an in-depth look at the making of Heathers Return to Westerberg High, an archival featurette providing further insight into the film s production Original trailers Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Robert Sammelin FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector's booklet featuring new writing by Bidisha, Anna Bogutskaya and an archival interview with cinematographer Francis Kenny

  • The Last Of The Mohicans [Blu-ray] The Last Of The Mohicans | Blu Ray | (28/10/2019) from £12.98  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Michael Mann (Heat) brings James Fenimore Cooper's novel to the screen in this epic story of a woodsman, Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis) living amongst British colonists in mid-18th century America. Sharing the values of his adopted Mohican father, Chingachgook (Russell Means), Hawkeye is asked to lead two british sisters (Madeleine Stowe and Jodhi May) through dangerous territory to their father's fort at the height of the French-Indian war.

  • Ali - Two Disc Set [2002] Ali - Two Disc Set | DVD | (24/06/2002) from £3.36  |  Saving you £15.60 (78.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Ali is a substantial biopic that follows the career of Cassius Clay aka Muhammad Ali from 1964--when he took the world heavyweight championship from Sonny Liston--to 1974, when he took it back from George Foreman in Zaire. Along the way, the film looks at Ali's three marriages and his problematic involvement with the Nation of Islam, which inspires him to change his name, get rid of his first wife (Jada Pinkett Smith) and turn his back on old ally Malcolm X (Mario Van Peebles). For a fiercely independent person, Michael Mann's Ali has a knack of alienating those who genuinely love him, while chasing the approval of dubious father figures such as the Reverend Elijah Mohamed, Don King and President Mobutu. Although Ali is not a hagiography--Mann urging Will Smith to get into the many layers of Ali, from the mouthy public face to the quieter private person--the question of whether either of the Liston fights were fixed isn't even raised, and the fall of Ali's career is left out in favour of a climax that draws heavily from the documentary When We Were Kings. Mann is as interested in the politics as he is in the sport (which leaves actors like Ron Silver as the coach short-changed), offering occasional cutaways to the government spies and plants in the black movements. More knockout blows are offered in the speeches than in the ring. --Kim Newman

  • Public Enemies [DVD] Public Enemies | DVD | (02/11/2009) from £2.99  |  Saving you £17.00 (85.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • The Insider [2000] The Insider | DVD | (08/01/2001) from £2.29  |  Saving you £11.90 (74.40%)  |  RRP £15.99

    As revisionist history, Michael Mann's intelligent docudrama The Insider is a simmering brew of altered facts and dramatic license. In a broader perspective, however, the film (co-written with Forrest Gump Oscar-winner Eric Roth) is effectively accurate as an engrossing study of ethics in the corruptible industries of tobacco and broadcast journalism. On one side, there is Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe), the former tobacco scientist who violated contractual agreements to expose Brown & Williamson's inclusion of addictive ingredients in cigarettes, casting himself into a vortex of moral dilemma. On the other side is 60 Minutes producer Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino), whose struggle to report Wigand's story puts him at odds with veteran correspondent Mike Wallace (Christopher Plummer) and senior executives at CBS News. As the urgency of the story increases, so does the film's palpable sense of paranoia, inviting favourable comparison to All the President's Men. While Pacino downplays the theatrical excess that plagued him in previous roles, Crowe is superb as a man who retains his tortured integrity at great personal cost. The Insider is two movies--a cover-up thriller and a drama about journalistic ethics--that combine to embrace the noble values personified by Wigand and Bergman. Even if the details aren't always precise (as Mike Wallace and others protested prior to the film's release), the film adheres to a higher truth that was so blatantly violated by tobacco executives seen in an oft-repeated video clip, lying under oath in the service of greed. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

  • Hudson Hawk [1991] Hudson Hawk | DVD | (01/10/1999) from £12.95  |  Saving you £-6.96 (-116.20%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Bruce Willis's awful, 1991 vanity piece is an abuse of audience goodwill and a waste of a good cast and director (Michael Lehmann of Heathers). The story of Hudson Hawk, cowritten by Willis, concerns a cat burglar pressured into stealing precious art, including some from the Vatican. But the script is just a convenience upon which Willis piles his vaguely boorish brand of hip irony, assuming his audience will stay with him every step of the way. Certain, self-congratulatory scenes induce cringing--Willis and Danny Aiello, for instance, sing "Side by Side" (to brassy accompaniment on the soundtrack) every time they're working a job--but the overall effect is more irritating and baffling. Keep a good thought for Willis (an underrated actor better than the summer junk we usually see him in) by checking out his superior work in Pulp Fiction and his small but memorable role in Billy Bathgate. --Tom Keogh

  • Pillow Talk/Lover Come Back/It Happened To Jane [1959] Pillow Talk/Lover Come Back/It Happened To Jane | DVD | (21/01/2008) from £3.00  |  Saving you £11.99 (80.00%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Pillow Talk: Day is an uptight interior decorator forced to share a party line with an amorous playboy who ties up the line with his exploits while she is trying to conduct business. When the two accidentally meet he's taken with her beauty and pretending to be a wealthy Texan begins to court her mercilessly. Though flattered by this stranger's attention it's not long before she discovers his true identity. Now it's her turn to have a little fun...at his expense! Lover Come back: Jerry Webster (Hudson) and Carol Templeton (Day) are rival Madison Avenue advertising executives who each dislike each other's methods. After he steals a client out from under her cute little nose revenge prompts her to infiltrate his secret VIP campaign in order to persuade the mystery product's scientist to switch to her firm. Trouble is the product is phony and the scientist is Jerry who uses all his intelligence and charm to steal her heart! It Happened To Jane: Jane Osgood (Day) is a widowed mother who runs a struggling lobster business in coastal Maine while Harry Malone (Kovacs) is a wealthy businessman who has bought out the local railroad. He harbors big plans for it aiming to transform it into a luxury passenger train replacing the freight train the residents of the area depend upon. When a large lobster shipment of Jane's is rerouted and returned to her dead she decides to fight back and sues Malone with the help of her longtime friend and lawyer George Denham. This instigates a battle of increasingly epic proportions as Malone uses every trick in the book--as well as his massive bank account--to quell the resolve of the spitfire businesswoman; Jane for her part has public sympathy on her side. A reporter for the national news doing a story on Jane (Steve Forrest) begins to fall in love with her and she is forced to decide between the romantic journalist and her childhood friend George. The magical pairing of Lemmon and Day is augmented by the beautiful location photography in Maine and a stellar supporting cast including Mary Wickes Russ Brown and a rare film appearance from Kovacs.

  • True Blood Season 1 and 2 (HBO) [DVD] True Blood Season 1 and 2 (HBO) | DVD | (17/05/2010) from £11.49  |  Saving you £-37.19 (-62.00%)  |  RRP £59.99

    Vampires have come out of the coffin and are now living among us. Surviving on synthetic blood they no longer need human blood to survive. Or so it seems... The small town of Bon Temps Louisiana boasts a wide array of colourful locals. Meet Sookie Stackhouse (Academy Award winner Anna Paquin a sweet and innocent waitress who hides her powerful ability to read minds; Bill Compton (British actor Stephen Moyer) a 173-year-old vampire who's just moved back to town; Sookie's brother Jason (Aussie hearthrob Ryan Kwanten - Vinnie Patterson from Home And Away) a ladies' man who can't seem to stay out of trouble; tough-as-nails Tara Sookie's loyal best friend; Sam the owner of Merlotte's who tries to keep his feelings for Sookie to himself; Lafayette a man about town who's always cooking up something illicit and off the menu and a quirky cast of characters who each hide their dark secrets in the shadows of night in this series that's like no other. If you want to sink your fangs into more vampire TV and movies then check out some of these blood-sucking beauties: True Blood: Season 1: The first season of HBO's Charlaine Harris-adapated Sookie Stackhouse vampire series is a deliciously sexy and sensational TV debut. True Blood: Season 2: The second season features even more vampish undead tomfoolery from the Deep South HBO-style in this Play.com Exclusive edition with art cards! The Vampire Diaries Season 1: Developed by Dawson's Creek/Scream creator Kevin Williamson superb supernatural horror meets teen drama. Cirque Du Freak: Based on the popular books by Darren Shaw this fang-tastic fantasy film is a rollicking good adventure with a dark twist. New Moon: Adapated from Stephenie Meyer's sequel book this one howls quality with great performances from Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.

  • Heat [Blu-ray + UV Copy] [1995][Region Free] Heat | Blu Ray | (15/04/2013) from £32.37  |  Saving you £-12.38 (-61.90%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Having developed his skill as a master of contemporary crime drama, writer-director Michael Mann displayed every aspect of that mastery in Heat, an intelligent, character-driven thriller from 1995, which also marked the first onscreen pairing of Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. The two great actors had played father and son in the separate time periods of The Godfather, Part II, but this was the first film in which the pair appeared together, and although their only scene together is brief, it's the riveting fulcrum of this high-tech cops-and-robbers scenario. De Niro plays a master thief with highly skilled partners (Val Kilmer and Tom Sizemore) whose latest heist draws the attention of Pacino, playing a seasoned Los Angeles detective whose investigation reveals that cop and criminal lead similar lives. Both are so devoted to their professions that their personal lives are a disaster. Pacino's with a wife (Diane Venora) who cheats to avoid the reality of their desolate marriage; De Niro pays the price for a life with no outside connections; and Kilmer's wife (Ashley Judd) has all but given up hope that her husband will quit his criminal career. These are men obsessed, and as De Niro and Pacino know, they'll both do whatever's necessary to bring the other down. Mann's brilliant screenplay explores these personal obsessions and sacrifices with absorbing insight, and the tension mounts with some of the most riveting action sequences ever filmed--most notably a daylight siege that turns downtown Los Angeles into a virtual war zone of automatic gunfire. At nearly three hours, Heat qualifies as a kind of intimate epic, certain to leave some viewers impatiently waiting for more action, but it's all part of Mann's compelling strategy. Heat is a true rarity: a crime thriller with equal measures of intense excitement and dramatic depth, giving De Niro and Pacino a prime showcase for their finely matched talents. --Jeff Shannon

  • The Comeback - Season 1 The Comeback - Season 1 | DVD | (18/09/2006) from £6.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (65.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A former sitcom star Valerie Cherish desperately tries to revive her career. Valerie Cherish was once TV's ""It Girl."" Now it's a different story - and she'll do anything to get back in the spotlight. Desperate for a comeback she agrees to star in a new reality TV series allowing cameras to follow her every move as she lands a part on a new network sitcom. Episodes Comprise: 1. The Comeback 2. Valerie Triumphs At The Upfronts 3. Valerie Bonds With The Cast 4. Valerie Sta

  • Heat [Blu-ray] [1995] Heat | Blu Ray | (09/11/2009) from £10.09  |  Saving you £-11.15 (-62.00%)  |  RRP £17.99

    An epic tale of crime and obsession and two men on opposite sides of the law. When Al Pacino and Robert De Niro square off Heat sizzles. Written and Directed by Michael Mann Heat includes dazzling set pieces and a bank heist that USA Today's Mike Clark calls the greatest action scene of recent times. It also offers the most impressive collection of actors in one movie this year (Newsweek). Val Kilmer Jon Voight Tom Sizemore and Ashley Judd are among the memorable supporting players in this tale of a brilliant LA cop (Pacino) following the trail from a deadly armed robbery to a crew headed by an equally brilliant master thief (De Niro). Heat goes way beyond the expectations of the cops-and-criminals genre - and into the realm of movie masterpieces.

  • True Blood Season 1 (HBO) [DVD] True Blood Season 1 (HBO) | DVD | (26/10/2009) from £10.49  |  Saving you £29.50 (73.80%)  |  RRP £39.99

    True Blood: Season 1

  • Collateral - Double Disc Edition [2004] Collateral - Double Disc Edition | DVD | (17/01/2005) from £4.99  |  Saving you £18.00 (78.30%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Collateral offers a change of pace for Tom Cruise as a ruthless contract killer, but that's just one of many reasons to recommend this well-crafted thriller. It's from Michael Mann, after all, and the director's stellar track record with crime thrillers (Thief, Manhunter, and especially Heat) guarantees a rich combination of intelligent plotting, well-drawn characters, and escalating tension, beginning here when icy hit-man Vincent (Cruise) recruits cab driver Max (Jamie Foxx) to drive him through a nocturnal tour of Los Angeles, during which he will execute five people in a 10-hour spree. While Stuart Beattie's screenplay deftly combines intimate character study with raw bursts of action (in keeping with Mann's directorial trademark), Foxx does the best work of his career to date (between his excellent performance in Ali and his title-role showcase in Ray), and Cruise is fiercely convincing as an ultra-disciplined sociopath. Jada Pinkett-Smith rises above the limitations of a supporting role, and Mann directs with the confidence of a master, turning L.A. into a third major character (much as it was in the Mann-produced TV series Robbery Homicide Division). Collateral is a bit slow at first, but as it develops subtle themes of elusive dreams and lives on the edge, it shifts into overdrive and races, with breathtaking precision, toward a nail-biting climax. --Jeff Shannon

  • Heat [1996] Heat | DVD | (01/11/1999) from £5.00  |  Saving you £11.82 (62.20%)  |  RRP £18.99

    Having developed his skill as a master of contemporary crime drama, writer-director Michael Mann displayed every aspect of that mastery in Heat, an intelligent, character-driven thriller from 1995, which also marked the first onscreen pairing of Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. The two great actors had played father and son in the separate time periods of The Godfather, Part II, but this was the first film in which the pair appeared together, and although their only scene together is brief, it's the riveting fulcrum of this high-tech cops-and-robbers scenario. De Niro plays a master thief with highly skilled partners (Val Kilmer and Tom Sizemore) whose latest heist draws the attention of Pacino, playing a seasoned Los Angeles detective whose investigation reveals that cop and criminal lead similar lives. Both are so devoted to their professions that their personal lives are a disaster. Pacino's with a wife (Diane Venora) who cheats to avoid the reality of their desolate marriage; De Niro pays the price for a life with no outside connections; and Kilmer's wife (Ashley Judd) has all but given up hope that her husband will quit his criminal career. These are men obsessed, and as De Niro and Pacino know, they'll both do whatever's necessary to bring the other down. Mann's brilliant screenplay explores these personal obsessions and sacrifices with absorbing insight, and the tension mounts with some of the most riveting action sequences ever filmed--most notably a daylight siege that turns downtown Los Angeles into a virtual war zone of automatic gunfire. At nearly three hours, Heat qualifies as a kind of intimate epic, certain to leave some viewers impatiently waiting for more action, but it's all part of Mann's compelling strategy. Heat is a true rarity: a crime thriller with equal measures of intense excitement and dramatic depth, giving De Niro and Pacino a prime showcase for their finely matched talents. --Jeff Shannon

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