Based on the novel by Chad Taylor, Heaven stars Martin Donovan as Robert Marling, an architect who is on the verge of losing his wife (Going) and son (Michael Langley) due to his out-of-control gambling and drinking. When he helps a friend remodel a nightclub, he meets Heaven (Edwards), a transsexual stripper who is haunted by frightening visions of the future that (s)he shares with Robert as well as with his/her therapist. The therapist is also treating Robert and uses his/her premonitions to manipulate Robert and his wife.
Viewed through the component video output, the non-anamorphic DVD exhibits fully saturated, naturally rendered colors with accurate fleshtones, rich hues, and deep, pure blacks. Images are sharp with nicely rendered detail and definition. Contrast and shadow delineation are pleasant, with good visual information in the darker scenes. The picture is stylized with various filtered colors, but the 2.35:1 picture somewhat lacks natural clarity, and minor artifacts and aliasing problems are apparent.
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