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This commentary track is only on the February 2005 Special Edition release.
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Screenwriter/director Michael Mann
Rating:7.9/10 (18 votes) [
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Reviewed by The Cubist on March 4th, 2005
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Mann contributes a characteristically solid audio commentary. He provides a lot of details into the backgrounds and motivations of the filmís characters. Surprisingly, there is very little overlap from the featurettes as Mannís comments start off strong but become more infrequent after the 90 minute mark.
Reviewed by Bickle, T. on May 19th, 2009
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Expect a lot of story details about the genesis of the film. But during the scenes youíre most curious about (ie the coffee shop, the post bank robbery shoot out), Mann delivers a plethora of solid, useful information.
Reviewed by Uniblab on November 2nd, 2009
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Unfortunately, Michael Mann's talents as a screenwriter/director don't necessarily carry over into his role as a commentator. There is indeed some interesting information, and he particularly succeeds in dispelling any notions of moral equivalence between the protagonists, that erroneously come up wherever the movie is reviewed or discussed. The sad thing is that these insightful tidbits get lost amid a huge amount of typical Michael Mann gibberish, whether it be a disproportionate display of his encyclopedic knowledge of both the police and criminal classes, superfluous descriptions of Los Angeles geography, and even thorough social and psychological profiles of his characters (?!)... Those aspects of his commentary frequently turn into plain scene narration/description, which is not something particularly pleasant to listen to for the movie's epic runtime.
Reviewed by badge on December 13th, 2009
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A nearly-three-hour commentary of HEAT would be a daunting task for anyone, so it's no surprise that this doesn't fire on all cylinders - Mann is clearly a literate, informed film-maker but his soft-spoken delivery doesn't lend itself well to an audio track this long. Surprisingly, given his technical perfectionism, he says almost nothing about the practical elements of the film and spends nearly the entire track discussing, analysing, and profiling its characters, their motivation, and decisions. It's more the kind of thing you'd hear actors talking about. He probably didn't want to repeat the information imparted in the DVD bonus features, but I still would've liked to have heard a bit about the genesis/development of the film and his directorial decisions...
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