Michael Mann's Heat is a study in wonderfully pure action filmmaking with hints of influence from Japanese new wave yakuza directors like Suzuki and Shinoda, shot before Tarantino perfected the homage with Kill Bill. But did you know before that Mann made a simplified version of Heat for NBC? Worth it for the Grand National.
It's strange to view the this video of the made-for-NBC L.A. Takedown having watched the Heat version multiple times. As Atencioblog points out:
This is a very good (and rare) examples of two levels of filmmaking applied to the same scene. The plot and situations are nearly identical, but the execution couldn't be more different.
The more modern version is clearly better, but it doesn't have a Buick Grand National.
For comparison, here is the more modern version sans the awesome ride but inclusive of at least one more Ford station wagon.