"They inssited in creating a myth... I didn't shatter any myth" Cimino
14 December 2013
Excerpt: This edition is not only beautiful but filled with very insightful extras. The most notable is the very interesting and enriching interview with Michael Cimino and the original script for shooting the movie. The addition of the script is priceless, though not as detailed as The Godfather 40th anniversary edition (with all the shot lists and take remarks),It does give insight to the film making process. Dr. Svet Antanasov review is spot on and there isn't much to add.
Unbelievable, Unconventional Western- Not to Be Missed in Director's C
5 August 2013
Excerpt: A breathtaking western epic for the ages in Director's Cut form. No wonder Criterion must have been chomping at the bit to take this project. I can't even imagine how awful this film must have been with the original butcher job the studio put to it back in 1980. Too bad this film really still doesn't seem to have caught a major audience- even on blu ray.
Heaven's Gate ...old guy sees it first time March 2013 on Criterion
Bob North, blu-ray.com
13 March 2013
Excerpt: Serious Criterion user here. I have been viewing the movies since the 1950s. Don't want to drop movie names. I have not missed too much, but I missed this. I just did not pay attention. I was very busy in 1980s. Eventually I picked up the gripes about this movie that was somehow over the top "excessive." Is that what they said? Cimino's Deer Hunter was so painful for me that I almost could not handle it... and I never got over the pain.
Excerpt: I've been a fan of Heaven's Gate since I first saw it on VHS. I bought the DVD and now the Blu-ray. I think people's assessment of DVDs are a little tainted, for when people write that the Blu-ray is much better than the DVD, that's mainly because they are comparing Blu-ray to an upsampled DVD played on their HDTV. To make a fair comparison, you have to watch Blu-ray on HDTV and DVDs on standard definition CRTs.
Conclusion: A giant of the western genre now finally restored to Michael Ciminos satisfaction and presented in HD sadly the transfer is a muddy sepia in sections (particularly for the first half) and it ages the film with musical aspects similar to The Deer Hunter being strummed throughout. This said,there is no doubting the ambition and scope of this production and the like of which you will never see again. Its a grainy and sepia 5 stars!