MGM and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment sent me the new In the Heat of the Night Blu-ray for review on my movie blog. It’s an old movie, but I have not seen the film or TV series before. The film is about an African American police detective trying to solve a murder in a racially hostile southern town. The action scenes are weak, but I thought the story was excellent and it kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the story. I can see why the film won an Oscar for Best Picture in 1967. In the Heat of the Night is available now on Blu-ray.
5 Things About the In the Heat of the Night Blu-ray
- His name is Mr Tibbs
The story begins with a murder in a southern town. The main character, Virgil Tibbs, is arrested because he’s a black man waiting to leave town at the train station. But as it turns out, Mr. Tibbs is actually a Philadelphia police officer. In fact, he’s the best homicide detective in his police force. Virgil reluctantly agrees to help the local police. Unfortunately for Virgil, the town is full of racists who would love to kill him. To make matter worst, the local police is incompetent and has never investigated a murder before.
- Some of the action scenes didn’t look that great
Unlike today’s movies, In the Heat of the Night lacked the carefully choreographed action scenes. At times, the fight scenes look like the ones staged in a school play. In addition, some of the background music was also awful.
- The movie is unrated
In the Heat Of the Night is not rated. I assume this is because the film was released before the age of ratings. In my opinion, the 110-minute movie would probably receive a PG rating for racial tension.
- In the Heat Of the Night stars a young Sidney Poitier
The star of the movie is Sidney Poitier. I thought he did a great job playing Virgil Tibbs, the main character. The film also featured Rod Steiger (Gillespie), Warren Oates (Sam Wood), Lee Grant (Mrs. Colbert), Larry Gates (Endicott), James Patterson (Mr. Purdy), William Schallert (Mayor Schubert), Beah Richards (Mama Caleba), Peter Whitney (Courtney), Kermit Murdock (Henderson), Larry D. Mann (Watkins), Matt Clark (Packy), Arthur Malet (Ulam), Fred Stewart (Dr. Stuart), and Quentin Dean (Delores). In the Heat of the Night was directed by Norman Jewison.
- The Blu-ray includes several extra features
In The Heat of The Night Blu-ray includes the movie on Blu-ray, but no DVD or digital HD versions. Special features include:
- Commentary with Norman Jewison, Lee Grant, Rod Steiger and Haskell Wexler
- Turning Up the Heat: Movie-Making In the 60’s
- The Slap Heard Around The World
- Quincy Jones: Breaking New Sound
- Theatrical Trailer
More info: In the Heat of the Night Blu-ray