A newly restored version of Alan Parker’s 1987 neo-noir classic Angel Heart is coming to 4K UHD, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital on October 14th 2019 courtesy of Studiocanal.
Silver Salt carried out an “ambitious” restoration of the film which included a over 200 hours of manual frame-by-frame fixes carried out, to ensure the film matches how it would have looked upon original release.
Senior colourist, Steve Bearman utilised the additional range of HDR to optimise the distinctive neo-noir aesthetic of the film, with heavy contrast between light and shadow adding to the general menace on screen, with the additional sharpness and contrast lending itself especially well to the HDR and Dolby Vision.
Special attention was also given to all the effects which occur throughout the film. This process followed a semi-automated digital pass which had removed persistent dirt and sparkle, and applied general stability.
The restoration has been personally approved by Parker.
Angel Heart stars BAFTA winner and Academy Award nominee Mickey Rourke in his seminal leading role amidst his catapult to fame, with a special performance from iconic Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro.
Adapted from the William Hjortsberg novel Falling Angel, the film follows private investigator Harry Angel (Rourke) who is hired by Louis Cyphre (De Niro) to track down a singer named Johnny Favorite.
The investigation soon takes an unexpected and sombre turn as Angel uncovers the fate and identity of Favorite, with horrifying consequences for all involved.
From the mean streets of New York to the backwoods of New Orleans, Harry finds himself being dragged into a world of sex, murder, voodoo and death. This is no ordinary case, and Harry is no ordinary detective.
The new Home Entertainment release will include a special 48-page booklet written by Alan Parker offering audiences a glimpse behind-the-scenes.