Michael Mann’s Heat 4K UHD release date announced

Michael Mann, Heat, Heat 4K UHD, Blu-ray

Michael Mann’s classic crime drama Heat will celebrate some significant events this year. First, Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, and Michael Mann will reunite at this year’s Tribeca Festival for the first public premiere of the new 4K Ultra HD version of the 1995 film on June 17. Second, the Heat 4K UHD release will come to the home market on August 9.

Along with writer-director Michael Mann and producer Art Linson, the film’s stars will attend the screening on June 17, followed by an on-stage conversation moderated by journalist and filmmaker Bilge Ebiri. For more information, please visit www.tribecafilm.com.

This special screening celebrates the release on August 9 of the 20th Century Studios film on 4K Ultra HD Disc for the first time. The remastered film includes previously released audio commentary with Director Michael Mann, Q&As, deleted scenes, and extras.

Also, on August 9, Mann’s first novel, Heat 2, which tells an original story woven from the lives of the characters in Heat, both before and after the events depicted in the movie, will be published.

Heat 2 kicks off just one day after the movie’s events as it follows a wounded Chris Shiherlis (Val Kilmer) desperately trying to escape Los Angeles. “The story moves to both the six years preceding the heist and the years immediately following it, featuring new characters and new worlds of high-end professional crime, with highly cinematic action sequences,” reads Deadline‘s description. “The venues range from the streets of L.A. to the inner sanctums of rival Taiwanese crime syndicates in a South American free trade zone, to a massive drug cartel money-laundering operation just over the border in Mexico, and eventually to Southeast Asia. Heat 2 explores the dangerous workings of international criminal organizations with full-blooded portraits of its male and female inhabitants.”

The sequel novel will also dive into the lives of Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) and Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro), with flashbacks revealing just how they became the men they are in the 1995 movie. “When I was writing the film, it was imperative for me to create complete life stories about all the characters and to know everything about them,” Mann said, “Including Neil McCauley’s early institutionalized years when he lost track of his brother, before he parachuted into the streets, young, angry and dangerous. And the novel shows a McCauley very much attached and the dramatic events that resulted in his proclamation that “if you’re making moves on the street, have no attachments, allow nothing to be in your life that you cannot walk out on in thirty seconds flat if you spot the heat around the corner.” Heat 2 will also explore Hanna’s early cases and how he became a hunter of men, in addition to the rest of the Heat characters.

As for the Heat 4K UHD release, you’ll find the film’s official synopsis and Blu-ray details below:

Al Pacino and Robert De Niro dually power the momentum and large scale of this groundbreaking film written and directed by Michael Mann. In the wake of a precision heist of an armored truck, an obsessive detective (Pacino) begins to hunt ruthless, professional thief Neil McCauley (De Niro) through the streets of Los Angeles. As the stakes escalate, their lives start to mirror and unravel, and McCauley’s crew initiates its most dangerous and complex heist. Co-starring Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Ashley Judd, Amy Brenneman, Diane Venora, Natalie Portman, and Jon Voight, Heat delivers hard-hitting action, gripping suspense, and stunning performances.

Bonus Features

4K Ultra HD

  • Director’s Audio Commentary 

Blu-ray Disc One 

  • Heat In High Definition 
  • Director’s Audio Commentary 

Bonus Blu-ray Disc Two 

  • Q&A With Michael Mann 
  • Q&A With Christopher Nolan 
  • 3-Part Making-Of Documentary 
  • Deleted Scenes 
  • Pacino and De Niro: The Conversation 
  • Return To The Scene Of The Crime

Source: Disney Media & Distribution

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