Angel Heart

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Oscar® nominee Mickey Rourke (THE WRESTLER) is Harry Angel, a down-and-out Brooklyn detective who is hired by the mysterious Louis Cyphre (Oscar® winner Robert De Niro, RAGING BULL, THE GODFATHER: PART II) to track down a singer named Johnny Favorite on an odyssey that will take Angel through the desperate streets of Harlem, the smoke-filled jazz clubs of New Orleans, and ultimately to the swamps of Louisiana and its seedy underworld of voodoo in this cult thriller that i… More >>

Angel Heart

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  1. Great movie I already had regular DVD had to get the blu-Ray version really supenseful
    Rating: 4 / 5

  2. Set in the mid-1950s, sleazy private investigator Harry Angel (Mickey Rourke) is hired by mysterious Louis Cyphre (Robert De Niro) to find a singer who owes him money. Enticed by a $5000 retainer, Angel’s search leads him to a hospital which covered up the singer’s release years ago, and then to New Orleans and bayou country where Angel’s probe leads to voodoo worshipers and a trail of brutal ritualistic killings. Along the way, Angel manages a brief but raw encounter with the singer’s young, sexy daughter played by Lisa Bonet.

    The movie is entertaining to watch if you don’t mind a little brutality and gore now and then, and has an interesting plot twist of deja vu and self-discovery. I did think that the glowing, piercing eyeball display on several characters at the end was silly and unnecessary, since an assoociation with the darker side of things had already been established. While De Niro’s character appears mostly at the beginning and end, Rourke carries the film and gives the movie it’s vitality. Charlotte Rampling also appears in a minor role.

    The blu-ray transfer is mosly excellent but with typical grain in the blue/grey skies. Special features include comments by Rourke and director Alan Parker.

    Tidbits: Following this 1987 film, Rourke moved on to do the sleazy Barfly with Faye Dunaway. Alan Parker, who had previously directed Midnight Express, completed the successful Mississippi Burning the following year.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  3. Film: 5.0/5.0; Video: 4.0/5.0; Audio: 3.5/5.0

    Obviously due to Mickey Rourke’s well-earned success and critical acclaim with last year’s “The Wrestler”, we now receive a fairly expedient release of Alan Parker’s “Angel Heart” on the Blu-Ray format, released on the long-defunct Carolco pictures from 1987.

    First off I must mention that I am a big fan of this title. It is not a movie which will appeal to everyone, but I really enjoy the overall visual style and the feel (of impending doom) together with the scenery and the truly awesome music and sound cues which makes this a very original piece, and not in any way reminiscent of a typical 80s film. Coupled with a compelling story based on William Hjortsberg’s novel “Falling Angel” and top-notch performances throughout makes this one well worth watching over again.

    Ironically, this movie was released just before Mickey Rourke intensified his self-destructive process (which coincidentally is what makes “The Wrestler” so good as well, since it parallels Mickey’s own strides in life over almost the same period of time covered in that film), a time which–according to his interviews–he was in the process of losing his house (the interviewer actually repeats himself over and over asking Rourke about “why he chose to make the film”). 🙂

    I don’t know if it was this pressure which brought out his performance, but nevertheless it is something to behold–especially near the end where he goes all out and almost loses his voice.

    The rest of the cast is excellent as well. Lisa Bonet and Charlotte Rampling offer memorable performances, not mentioning the scene in which Bonet almost got kicked off “The Cosby Show” for doing. 😉

    As for the technical quality of this release, it is quite decent. The film does show its age in certain scenes and background detail, but it is overall quite acceptable. Not much tinkering has been done to make it artificially sharper or “smoother” using DNR, edge enchancement, et al.

    The sound (which is afforded a DTS HD Master Audio track) is quite good as well. Obviously the music really benefits (Courtney Pine’s saxophones sound glorious). One small negative point is that it has a little muddy bass (which the original DVD also had), and some scenes did not deliver as much punch as I would have wanted to. Other than that, it was given a quite respectable treatment overall.

    Dialogue was also intelligible throughout the feature–better so than many newer 90s releases which have made it onto Blu-Ray.

    All in all, I can highly recommend this title if you are looking for something a little out of the ordinary. It has quite a few memorable scenes and the performances and music alone makes this a strong buy.

    One of Alan Parker’s best.

    (On an a related note, I see to my horror that this is scheduled for a remake to be released in 2011. Why do these so-called “moviemakers” always feel the need to subject the most unique & iconic masterpieces to this abhorrent practice? Create something thoughtful & original instead. Oh wait, you’re unable to as that would require some ounce of talent. My bad.)
    Rating: 5 / 5

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