directed by Lawrence Kasdan
USA 1981

Hot and sticky, though never less than sumptuously deodorized, this is a neon-shaded contemporary noir romance: all lust, greed, murder, duplicity and betrayal. As credulously myopic lawyer Ned and slinky femme fatale Matty progress from dirty talk to dirty deeds (a disposable husband, a contestable will), there's the pleasure of unravelling a confidently dense yarn for its own sake, alongside the incongruous experience of finding yellowing pulp fiction classily rebound, or hearing a '40s standard of romantic unease re-recorded with digital precision. Whether the movie-movie cleverness becomes as stifling as the atmosphere Kasdan casts over his sunstruck night people is all down to personal taste, but there's no denying the narrative confidence that brings the film to its unfashionably certain double-whammy conclusion.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE

 

Theatrical Release: April 1st, 1981

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DVD Comparison: 

Warner - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Warner (Deluxe Edition) - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC vs. Warner - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 

1) Warner - Region 1 - NTSC LEFT

2) Warner (Deluxe Edition) - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC MIDDLE

3) Warner - Region FREE - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Warner

Region 1 - NTSC

Warner (Deluxe Edition)

Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC

Warner

Region FREE - Blu-ray

Runtime 1:53:04 1:53:00 1:53:12

Video

1.74:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.87 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.98 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Feature 17.5 Gig, Single-layered 1080P, Blu-ray VC-1 encode

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate : Warner (original)

Bitrate: Warner (Deluxe Edition)

Bitrate: Warner (Blu-ray)

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUB: French (Dolby Digital 2.0) English (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUB: French (Dolby Digital 2.0) English TrueHD 5,1,English (Dolby Digital 5.1), DUB: French, Spanish, German (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None English, French, Spanish, None English, French, Spanish, German, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.74:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (2:37 / 4:3)

• Cast and Crew (text screens)

• Behind the Scenes (text screens)

 

NOTE: Full Frame version on opposite side of original DVD

DVD Release Date: November 19th, 1997
Snapper case

Chapters 30

Release Information:
Studio: Warner (Deluxe Edition)
 

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• 5 'Lifted Scenes' (9:29)

• Three New Featurettes

Body Heat: The Plan (17:05)

The Production (16:15)

The Post-Production (10:36)
• 1981 interview footage with Kathleen Turner and William Hurt (12:35)
• Theatrical Trailer (1:33)
 

DVD Release Date: October 24th, 2006
Keep Case

Chapters 30

Release Information:
Studio: Warner (
Blu-ray)  

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1

Feature 17.5 Gig, Single-layered 1080P, Blu-ray VC-1 encode

Edition Details:
• 5 'Lifted Scenes' (9:29)

• Three New Featurettes

Body Heat: The Plan (17:05)

The Production (16:15)

The Post-Production (10:36)
• 1981 interview footage with Kathleen Turner and William Hurt (12:35)
• Theatrical Trailer (1:33)
 

DVD Release Date: October 7th, 2008
Standard
Blu-ray case

Chapters 30

 

Comments NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Blu-ray - October 08': The screen grabs will indicate the new 1080P image is improved but not extravagantly so. But again, the resized screen captures don't tell the entire story. I see the most noticeable advancement in colors - especially skin tones. The comparison captures of Mickey Rourke are probably the most telling... but it does excel in every other category as well - more detailed, more information in the frame (top), marginally brighter and shows more film grain/less noise etc. . In toggling back and forth on my system from the Deluxe SD-DVD to the Blu-ray I could see significant improvement in those features. The film was shot with a softer focus than most - possibly relating it to the shadowy noirs of the past that it channels. Hence, detail is never excessively sharp. The Blu-ray looks so much more like film though and I'll wager much more accurate to its original theatrical intent.

In the audio front we get a new TrueHD track that I wouldn't call overly buoyant. The center channel (dialogue) will get the lion's share of work but occasional whistling wind and other subtle details make their way to the rears creating a typically noir-esque aura. John Barry's competent original score for Body Heat accentuates the mood and seems an absolute perfect fit for the plot and characters. We also get a 5.1 track (no simple stereo!) and three 2.0 channel DUBs. As expected there are optional subtitles - even in German which support the transfer's region FREE status.

Extras are all duplicated from the Deluxe Edition SD (SEE BELOW) and it's still a shame no commentary was produced as the film is certainly worthy. None of the supplement featurettes or deleted scenes are in HD. Bottom line is that Warner's 1080P disc is heads and tails above the older DVDs - both visually and aurally - and personally I found this a strong factor in bonding with the narrative structure. In short if you love the film, Body Heat, the Blu-ray is the edition to own just don't expect modern film crispness in the image - it wasn't made to look that way.

 - Gary Tooze

***


 

ON THE SD-DVDs: Although image differences don't appear as prominent as we have seen in other comparisons - they do exist. The old edition (came out back in 1997!) is cropped on all 4 edges, but most noticeably on the sides. The Deluxe edition is brighter, cleaner and smoother with far less digital noise, but skin tones are a shade redder. Overall, I definitely think it is an improvement. The new is also dual-layered and the previous single-layered.

Audio and subtitle options are the same with the the Deluxe edition sub font being less bold and not as intrusive. The original is in a dreaded snapper case where the Deluxe is in s standard keep case.

The attraction of the Deluxe Edition are the supplements - about 10 minutes worth of Deleted Scenes (5 of them) - three New Featurettes (Body Heat: The Plan (17:05), The Production (16:15) and The Post-Production running10:36). I enjoyed the 12-minute long 1981 interview footage with Kathleen Turner and William Hurt (12:35). They have also thrown in a theatrical trailer. There are no liner notes. I would have expected a commentary (possibly with Kasdan), but I guess it wasn't in the cards.

The film has strong atmosphere and performances - a great throwback from classic noir in an updated story. The Deluxe edition is priced to sell and we think it is a worthwhile purchase.  

 - Gary Tooze

 

 


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Distribution

Warner

Region 1 - NTSC

Warner (Deluxe Edition)

Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC

Warner

Region FREE - Blu-ray




 

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