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[Released] Heat Theatrical Version
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Ok just to get this out of the way, this is a restoration of the original version of Heat prior to the changes that Michael Mann made to the video and audio when it was released on Blu Ray. It is not in any way representative of how it looks on 35mm - it was never intended to be. It's graded to the DVD, not everyone will be happy about that but it is what it is and I'm happy with it.

The starting point for this project was the Japanese Blu Ray, which is not cropped like some of the later releases and is AVC encoded. The blu ray footage was decoded in Avisynth, with some edge enhancement reduction, then edited where necessary so that it matched the laserdisc frame for frame. The missing scene was sourced from the DVD. The entire movie was then color matched to the DVD release using DrDre. I used around 700 different LUTs to do the grading and black levels were corrected where necessary. The whole thing took around 6 months. The footage was then upscaled to 4K in Topaz and taken back down to 1080P, then regrained in Phoenix. 

Thank you to @williarob and @zoidberg for capturing the laserdisc. Thank you to @Evit for the Italian audio tracks.
  • BD50 with animated menus, background video, pop up menus and resume function
  • 1080P AVC Video
  • English 2.0 Laserdisc PCM
  • English 5.1 Laserdisc AC3 (dialnorm not removed)
  • English 5.1 DVD AC3
  • French 5.1 DVD AC3
  • German 5.1 DVD AC3
  • Italian 5.1 DVD DTS
  • Italian 5.1 DVD AC3
  • Audio Commentary by Director Michael Mann
  • Three Part The Making of Heat
  • Pacino and De Niro: The Conversation featurette
  • Return to the Scene of the Crime featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • 3 x Theatrical Trailers
  • 2016 Panel: Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences
  • 2015 Panel: Toronto International Film Festival

PM me for the links, contributing/long term members only please. Contributing means active members of the forum who post and/or make their own projects.

High Resolution cover and disc art available from @Pineapples101 Here.


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Just to clarify this is a project that I have made for myself which I am choosing to share. If you don't like the project, if you think it should have been done differently then feel free to keep that to yourself and consider doing your own project.
Awesome, can't wait to see this. Congrats on finishing it, alleycat.
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Where there any changes made to the BD version other then audio and color timing?
*edit* never mind, re-read the part about the missing scene

Curious to check this out as I've only seen the blu-ray.
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Really like the color grading. Really impressive.
Project creator.
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Are there any differences between this and V2?
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(2022-04-08, 06:05 PM)Hitcher Wrote: Are there any differences between this and V2?

Yes there were a few tweaks to bits that I spotted on a rewatch, the AC3 LD track was redone and V2 was prior to the Topaz upscaling.
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Holy Drokk. This is insane.
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Hi @alleycat

Congrats on the project! Glad to see the theatrical cut restored.
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I hate all the changes, especially the audio.
Mann is worse than Lucas.
Amazing work thanks
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English 5.1 Laserdisc AC3 (dialnorm not removed)
English 5.1 DVD AC3

Which is which?

I'm using MKVToolNix to convert to MKVC but they're not labelled.

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