Excerpt: So, cut to 2012, and Criterion has given this tale of 1890s Wyoming’s anti-immigrant cattle wars another chance on Blu-ray, giving full deference to Cimino’s vision with this 216-minute director’s cut.
Excerpt: Heaven’s Gate is one of the most legendary, and possibly one of the most infamous, films in the history of the medium. Essentially a western, the film is notable for not just its immense cast and lush photography, but how it changed the filmmaking industry for the worse and, to most film fans and...
Excerpt: As a student of film one of the most continually intriguing aspects of Hollywood production history is the "flop", I've always been interested in some of Hollywood's biggest mistakes, whether it were linked to inflated budgets, inflated egos, or simply a terrible script, badly directed vanity piece.
Conclusion: Colossal fail or misunderstood masterpiece? Most will probably place Heaven's Gate somewhere in between those extremes. Michael Cimino's sprawling epic certainly has a number of intriguing qualities to it, but doesn't add up in a very satisfying fashion.
Conclusion: Neither the unwatchable failure its reputation would suggest nor the masterpiece it wants to be, 'Heaven's Gate' is an ambitious, often fascinating, even more often frustrating Western epic with big ideas on its mind, but that never completely comes together.
Conclusion: In one of the supplemental features included on this Blu-ray release, Michael Cimino states that Criterion's new restoration and reconstruction of Heaven's Gate is a miracle. I wholeheartedly agree.