Heat -- written, directed and produced by Michael Mann (Collateral, Ali, The Insider) -- will celebrate its 10th anniversary on February 22, 2005 with the Warner Home Video (WHV) release of a Two-Disc Special Edition. This tale of big city crime and obsession marks the first time that legendary actors Al Pacino and Robert De Niro starred together on the big screen. Heat also features Jon Voight, Tom Sizemore, Val Kilmer, Ashley Judd, Amy Brenneman and Natalie Portman.
Dive into five all-new documentaries exploring every angle of the movie; from the real life cops and robbers who inspired the film, the breathtaking bank shoot-out sequence, the 20 year history of the screenplay, the Los Angeles locations, and the historic on-screen showdown between Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. Eleven never-before-seen deleted scenes and an all-new commentary by director Michael Mann round out more than four hours of additional entertainment. The double-disc DVD will sell for $26.99 SRP.
Michael Mann began his successful career in the 1970s working as a writer on several TV dramas, including "The Jericho Mile," for which he won an Emmy®. After making his movie debut as writer and director of Thief, starring James Caan, Mann hit the big time as the creator and executive producer of "Miami Vice," the successful TV show that ran for 5 years and made Don Johnson and his wardrobe famous. His other credits include The Last of the Mohicans, The Insider (for which he received three Oscar® nominations), Ali and most recently Collateral.
Screen powerhouses Robert De Niro and Al Pacino have delivered a $2.6 billion combined box office. De Niro, who has starred in more than 75 films, won two Oscars (The Godfather II and Raging Bull) and was nominated four other times (Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, Awakenings, and Cape Fear). He also starred in GoodFellas, Analyze This, Analyze That, Meet the Parents and its upcoming sequel Meet the Fockers. Pacino has been nominated for eight Academy Awards® and has taken home a Best Actor Oscar® for his work in Scent of a Woman. Among his many other films are The Godfather series, Serpico, Any Given Sunday, The Insider and The Recruit. Last year he was also nominated for an Emmy award as lead actor in the much lauded HBO miniseries "Angels in America."
The Two-Disc DVD Special Edition includes the following extras:
- Commentary by writer/director Michael Mann
- Three theatrical trailers
- 11 additional scenes
- Five new making-of documentaries featuring the cast and crew
- Return to the Scene of the Crime – Location Manager, Janice Polley, and Associate Producer, Gusmano Cesaretti, visit the real life LA locations used in the film
- Pacino and De Niro: The Conversation – Mann, cast and crew explore this historic on-screen showdown in the pivotal confrontation at Kate Mantellini's
- The Making of Heat: True Crime – Michael Mann and Chuck Adamson, Technical Advisor and real life inspiration for the Lt. Vincent Hanna character, discuss the Chicago crime scene and the events surrounding the real Neil McCauley (who Adamson took down in the late 60s) that inspired the film
- The Making of Heat: Crime Stories – Mann, cast and crew discuss the twenty year origin of the script, the film's genesis and the complexity of the characters portrayed on screen
- The Making of Heat: Into the Fire – Mann, cast and crew discuss training for their roles, filming in LA, shooting the climatic downtown heist and post production
The DVD will be available in widescreen format and will include English and French 5.1 sound and English, French and Spanish subtitles.
Neil McCauley (DeNiro) is an expert thief who has assembled a top-notch team of criminals whose latest string of heists has even impressed detective Vincent Hanna (Pacino). As Hanna becomes obsessed with bringing McCauley down and McCauley's crew prepares for the score of a lifetime, the two find that they are facing the toughest challenges of their careers, on opposite sides of the law.