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Red Heat 4K UHD Review

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“Red Heat” flames out.

In 1988’s “Red Heat” a Russian Detective Captain (Ivan Danko) travels to Chicago to track down a fugitive Russian drug smuggler (Viktor Rosta). While there, Danko partners with an American Detective Sgt. Ridzik to carry out the job. That’s about all that really happens.

“Red Heat” is your prototypical by-the-numbers R-rated 80s action movie. It’s filled with shootouts, action set pieces, fights, a drug plot, annoying wisecracks (Belushi is borderline obnoxious here), non-PC “jokes” and an odd pairing buddy cop angle. Basically, what you see is what you get. For some, this may be exactly what the Doctor ordered. For others, you may be bored to tears by the sheer mediocrity of it all. As for myself, I definitely fall in the latter category.

One would think that a movie with this much talent would be something special. Not only do you have action veteran Walter Hill directing and co-writing, but the cast contains the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Belushi, Gina Gershon, Peter Boyle, Laurence Fishburne, Brion James and Ed O’Ross. Alas, everyone’s talents go to waste here in what is essentially one long drawn out chase movie to find Viktor. It’s no surprise then that you don’t often hear this movie mentioned in the pantheon of both Arnold and Hill’s filmographies. Even Arnold is fairly bland and robotic here as the movie doesn’t really suit his skills all that well.

Truth be told, the only real exciting moment here is the intense and ridiculous climactic bus chase. If only the rest of the movie had scenes on that level.

Video/Audio:

Presentation:1.85:1 2160p. How does it look? Expect a quality 4K disc that certainly looks sharper than the Blu-ray release

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This 5.1 track offers up layered sound.

Extras:
* Blu-ray copy
* Digital copy
* “Red Heat” theatrical trailer
* An 18 ½ minute making of TV special
* “I’m Not A Russian But I Play One On TV”- An interview with actor Ed O’Ross who plays Viktor
* “A Stunt Man For All Seasons”- A featurette on the late stunt coordinator Bennie Dobbins.
* “East Meets West”- An extra about Carolco
* “Political Context Of Red Heat”- The title says it all.
* “Arnold Schwarzenegger- The Man Who Raised Hollywood”- A 15 ½ minute featurette on Arnold

November 9, 2019 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , ,

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