BLU-RAY REVIEW

Heat, The

Featured In Issue 181, November 2013

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Sound3.5
WSR Score3
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(Studio/Distributor):
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number):
2286624
(MPAA Rating):
R / Unrated
(Rating Reason):
Pervasive language, strong crime content and some violence
(Retail Price):
$39.99
(Disc Type):
Single Side, Dual Layer (BD-50)
(Widescreen Edition):
Yes
(Full Screen Edition):
No
(Running Time In Minutes):
117 / 120
(Color Type):
Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access):
Yes
(Closed Captioned):
Yes
(Regional Coding):
A
(Theatrical Year):
2013
(Theatrical Release):
Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release):
No
(Disc Release Date):
10/15/15
(THX® Digitally Mastered):
No
(Director):
Paul Feig
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(Disc Soundtrack):
Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS HD Lossless 5.1
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In The Heat, uptight FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Bullock) and foul-mouthed Boston cop Shannon Mullins (McCarthy) couldn't be more incompatible. But when they join forces to bring down a ruthless drug lord, they become the last thing anyone expected...buddies. (Gary Reber)

Both the theatrical version (01:57:04) and the unrated version (02:00:20) are available. Special features include commentary with Melissa McCarthy, Director Paul Feig, the Original Mystery Science Theater 3000 Guys, and The Mullins Family; seven featurettes: Mullins Family Fun (HD 09:20), Acting Master Class (HD 08:28), Let's Get Physical (HD 06:31), Police Brutality (HD 06:43), Von Bloopers (HD 15:41), Supporting Cast Cavalcade (HD 07:44), and How The Heat Was Made (HD 19:44); 12 deleted scenes (HD 10:12); 13 extended scenes (HD 14:45); four alternate scenes (HD 03:41); upfront previews; BD-Live; and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture appears natural enough, though, at times there is a filtered appearance with soft focus. The color palette is naturally hued with warm and rich characteristics. Fleshtones are naturally rendered. Contrast is generally balanced with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is generally softly focused, with detail evident only during close-ups. While the picture is pleasing, the soft focus is a disappointment. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audioô 5.1-channel soundtrack, when dialogue focused, is undistinguished monaural. Atmospherics and sound effects play during action sequences, with .1 LFE support for emphasis and surround engagement for dimension. Dialogue is clean and consistently intelligible. The music score is well recorded and at times dynamic sounding. As this is a comedy, the overall focus is monaural but with a well-recorded music track. (Gary Reber)