Excerpt: Is it possible to redeem Heaven�s Gate ? I hope so. Certainly, the great critic Philip French, who has recently retired, made it his mission to get everyone to see what a fine film it was and it looks like his efforts might have finally paid off � although I note his successor, Mark Kermode, is not likely to carry on good work.
Conclusion: French label Carlotta Films' Limited Edition Blu-ray release of Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate is a thing of beauty. It is the most elegant Blu- ray release I have seen produced in any region. I think that fans of the film residing in Region-B territories who could not take advantage of Criterion's release will be very pleased once they see what Carlotta Films have done to celebrate and promote the film's recent restoration and reconstruction. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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 critics, it’s the last film of Michael Camino’s career that was noteworthy.
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. This is indeed a spectacular presentation of the definitive director's cut of Heaven's Gate , a glorious film and a true masterpiece of American Cinema which has been misunderstood and undeservedly dismissed by different people during the years.