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In the Heat of the Night [Blu-ray] (Bilingual) [Import]

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  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • Release Date: Jan. 14 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GICP84W
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In the Heat of the Night [Blu-ray]

This 1967 film took home lots of Oscars for its fascinating drama about a Philadelphia detective (Sidney Poitier) who assists a redneck Southern sheriff (Rod Steiger) in solving a murder. A study in racism that ebbs a bit through the collective and shared need between a black man and a white man who don't want to be working together, In the Heat of the Night continues to strike a chord today. Steiger is a mass of snarling danger, Poitier a bundle of nerves covered in class. Norman Jewison (Moonstruck) directs with a keen feeling for the cultural and social atmosphere of the setting. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Shirley on May 17 2003
Format: DVD
This review refers to the MGM DVD Contemporary Classics edition of "In the Heat of the Night"....
"In the Heat of the Night" is a classic and esstential film, that should be a part of every film library. The gripping performances by the likes of such class actors as Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates and Lee Grant, the expert direction by Norman Jewison, the camera angles and the music(Quincy Jones) will hold you hostage every second of this compelling story.
It is the mid 1960's and a murder has occured in the small town of Sparta, Mississippi.Virgil Tibbs, a black homicide investigator(Poitier),from the North, who happens to be passing through town, gets caught up in the town's rush to judgement in finding the killer. First he is automatically assumed to be the first and only suspect by the bigoted towns people, then is coerced into staying and helping out on the case when Chief of Police Gillespie(Steiger), realizes who he is.
Each with their own form of prejudices, Tibbs and Gillespie have very differnt ideas about solving the case. They find it is important to put those feelings aside and work together though. Together they fight off the town bigots, and put the pieces of the puzzle together, meeeting adversity every step of the way. The twists and turns of the story will draw you in and keep you.
It is an excellent mystery as well as character studies, and most definatley deserved all the accolades and awards it was honored with. Among the awards it took home at Oscar time were Best Picture(1967), Best Actor(Rod Steiger) and Best Screenplay among others.
I was prepared to go 5 stars on this film, and the film on it's own deserves that at least. The picture has been beautifully transfered to DVD.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nix Pix on June 9 2004
Format: DVD
"In The Heat of the Night" is the racially charged melodrama that made Sidney Poitier a star. Poitier is Det. Virgil Tibbs, an out of state detective assigned to investigate a racially motivated crime in the deep South. Tibbs' initial congenial good nature immediate brand him a push over by both his fellow officers and the populous. But Tibbs is a man of conviction. He immediately runs into interference from Police Chief Bill Gillespie (Rod Steiger), a bigoted and pompous law man who begins to change his ways when it turns out that Virgil's hunch on the case might just turn out to be true. Both the central performances of Poitier and Steiger, and the unlikely bond and ultimate friendship that ensue, are electrifying reasons to revisit this powerful drama of the 1960s. Lee Grant, Beah Richards and Warren Oates costar. In the late 80s "In The Heat of the Night" became a prime time television series starring Caroll O'Connor. But by then much of the tempestuous and confrontational aspects of its subplot had been removed.
MGM/UA gives us a non-anamorphic widescreen DVD. Colors are severely dated with a lot of fading present throughout the print. Age related artifacts are everywhere and sometimes distract. Black levels are often weak. Pixelization is primarily responsible for an unstable image. The audio is mono and badly dated as well, strident and poorly balanced. There are no extras.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J on June 14 2004
Format: DVD
In 1967 Poitier made this movie and Look Who's Coming to Dinner. Both were extremely well received and this won academy awards for best picture and best actor. Poitier's career slid downhill from here almost immediately. That his status as The Greatest Black Actor Ever hasn't diminished nearly 40 years later is a testament to his excellence and influence in the late 50's and the 60's up until '67. The movie is nearly perfect. Rod Steiger gives the performance of his career. Poitier is excellent, of course. The story is good but the movie is really about the racial tensions and two men forced to work together despite their desire not to be in the same room together. Also at hand is a backward and archaic South being slowly dragged kicking and screaming into postwar 20th century.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Lopes Kerry Lopes on Oct. 26 2013
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Everything was wonderful. The choice of actors, the setting, the acting itself. You just cannot get the feeling you get from old movies like this one anymore. The atmosphere is distroyed in new movies with the HD, and blue-ray. Don't get me wrong, it works on most new movies, I just wish more producers would make attempts to bring back this old feeling that you get from In the Heat of the Night.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. Travers on June 6 2004
Format: DVD
In 1967, Sidney Poitier again stirred the red-necks with "In the Heat of the Night", where he plays Virgil Tibbs, a competent Philadelphia cop stuck overnight in a Mississippi town. It must be 110 degrees at night. The white boys sweat like stuck pigs while Virgil is as cool as a cucumber in a Savoy Row suit. The sheriff, Rod Steiger, is discomfited by circumstances in which Tibbs is "lent" to him to solve a murder that happens to occur when he is there. In working together, layer after layer of characterization is stripped away in marvelous fashion, through the skill of director Norman Jewison (who tells everybody he is not a Jew, he is Methodist), until understanding between the two men become a metaphor for the healing of a divided America. Very good stuff.
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