Mickey Rourke has courted controversy almost his entire career, as far back as 1987 when he still had a handsome mug and Angel Heart
hit theaters. Several seconds of a blood-soaked graphic sex scene between Rourke and Cosby Show
darling Lisa Bonet had to be trimmed just to get the film an R rating. The dark mystery-thriller about a seedy Brooklyn detective (Rourke) hired by the mysterious Louis Cyphre (Robert De Niro) to track down a missing singer has become a cult favorite in the 22 years since its release. Recurring motifs and the symbolism of the characters’ names, rotating fans, mirrors, chickens and the song “The Girl of My Dreams” still keeps caffeinated film-student types up late at night as the movie moves from Harlem to New Orleans to the swamps of Louisiana. A dirty-print DVD has been available for years, but Lionsgate has remastered the voodoo classic in 16x9 widescreen with English 5.1 DTS-HD sound for a November 24 Blu-ray release. Special features include an introduction and interview with director Alan Parker, an interview and select scene commentary with Rourke, and a featurette discussing the facts and history of voodoo. It’s unclear if the BD will contain the theatrical version, the unrated version or both. Either way, Angel Heart
remains one of Rourke’s most challenging roles and features a devilish, underrated performance by De Niro.