Carlito's Way

Carlito's Way

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Director: Brian De Palma

Cast: Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Penelope Ann Miller

     
 

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Brian De Palma's underrated masterpiece Carlito's Way finally gets a Collector's Edition DVD treatment by Universal, although fans who've been awaiting an extras-packed disc might find themselves being sorely disappointed with what's been released. Technically, the disc looks and sounds exactly like the previous 1998 release, with the exceptions of a sorely

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Brian De Palma's underrated masterpiece Carlito's Way finally gets a Collector's Edition DVD treatment by Universal, although fans who've been awaiting an extras-packed disc might find themselves being sorely disappointed with what's been released. Technically, the disc looks and sounds exactly like the previous 1998 release, with the exceptions of a sorely needed anamorphic transfer of the 2.35:1 widescreen picture and the addition of a French 5.1 and a Spanish 2.0 Mono tracks, which go alongside the original 5.1 English mix. The main bonus feature of the disc is "The Making of Carlito's Way," a meaty documentary that includes chats with director De Palma, book scribe Edwin Torres, writer David Koepp, and producer Martin Bregman. Clocking in at 30 minutes, the various interviews provide great insight to the making of the film as discussions range from the origins of the character to the hardships needed to bring the stylish tale to the big screen. Given the initial bad reaction to the film and Universal's first slim DVD treatment, it's refreshing to finally hear some of the heavy-hitters talk about Carlito in hindsight. Rounding out the disc is the only other extra listed on the back of the box: the Photo Gallery. Made up of three different sections, it includes a throwaway Portraits Gallery, a cool Brian De Palma section dedicated to shots of the director on the set, and a packed, although suspicious, Posters Gallery, whose unlabeled designs don't quite represent any international one-sheet or are listed as being early mock-ups. With the inclusion of the original theatrical trailer and a few throwaway recommendations, that's pretty much it for the disc. For a "collector's edition" in this day and age, it's sad to see Universal put so little time into this release. Previous owners of Carlito's Way will undoubtedly be enticed by the new featurette, but there's little to nothing else worthy of notice in this re-release for which to jump for joy.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
A big popcorn movie with a Puerto Rican accent, Carlito's Way has plenty of sex, drugs, and Latin rhythms. Carlito (Al Pacino), a legendary Puerto Rican drug lord in New York City, lands back on the mean streets after a prison term and tries to go straight. The always-bigger-than-life Pacino, on familiar ground as a big-league criminal with a good heart, is intense and melancholy, longing to escape his past with his stripper girlfriend (Penelope Ann Miller). Director Brian De Palma, who teamed with Pacino for a more outlandish look at a life of crime in the gangsta' classic Scarface, delivers his trademark meticulously choreographed action and suspense sequences, along with some violent thrills. But Sean Penn is the real gem here. His performance as Carlito's coked-up and corrupt lawyer, complete with a bald spot on the top of his curly head, must be seen to be believed.
All Movie Guide
By the early '90s, the initial controversy surrounding Brian De Palma' violent remake of Scarface had evaporated and the film had become something of a high-profile cult classic. A re-teaming of the film's director and star Al Pacino, Carlito's Way was marketed as its followup -- and it is, though not necessarily in the way most would expect. While Scarface starred Pacino as a character whose all-encompassing appetite leads him to climb higher and higher in the underworld, in Carlito's Way he plays a world-weary character seeking only to get out. In place of the drug-fueled mania of Tony Montana, Pacino uses silence and knowing looks to convey a miles-deep sadness. It's a masterful performance in a film that has much to recommend it, in particular a handful of deftly-executed set pieces, a tremendous feel for its disco-era setting, and a terrific supporting cast (Luis Guzman, John Leguizamo, and especially Sean Penn). But ultimately it's the elegiac mood of the film that stays longest in the memory, as De Palma and company escalate B-movie material into a meditation on aging and fate. Severely underrated at the time, this is a film that just looks better as the years go by. (In fact, Cahiers Du Cinema would later pronounce it the best of the decade.)

Product Details

Release Date:
09/02/2003
UPC:
0025192145926
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:25:00
Sales rank:
26,033

Special Features

"The Making of Carlito's Way" featurette; Photo and poster gallery; Original theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Al Pacino Carlito Brigante
Sean Penn David Kleinfeld
Penelope Ann Miller Gail
Luis Guzman Pachanga
John Leguizamo Benny Blanco
Viggo Mortensen Lalin
Ingrid Rogers Steffie
James Rebhorn Norwalk
Joseph Siravo Vinnie Taglialucci
Richard Foronjy Pete Amadesso
Jorge Porcel Saso
Adrian Pasdar Frankie
Anthony Catanese Bodyguard
John Hoyt Club Bouncer
Elliott Santiago Knifeman
Bonnie Timmermann Actor
Angel Salazar Walberto
Al Israel Rolando
Rick Aviles Quisqueya
Jaime Sanchez Rudy
Paul Mazursky Judge Feinstein
Tera Tabrizi Club Date
Caesar Cordova Barber
Jon Seda Dominican
Frank Ferera Manzanero
Chuck Zito Club Bouncer
Steven Puente Club Bouncer
Tony Cucci Club Bouncer
Michael Hadge Diamond Room Man
Richard Council Diamond Room Man
James Bulleit Louie
Mel Gorham Pachanga's Date
Rocco Sisto Panama Hatman
John Finn Duncan
Brian Tarantina Speller
Jaime Tirelli Valentin
Owen Hollander Cab Driver
John Michael Bolger Cop
Vincent Jerosa Cop
Luke Toma Cop
Gene Canfield Train Conductor
Sharmagne Leland-St. John Woman at Grand Central
Rene Rivera Bartender
Orlando Urdaneta Bartender
Christopher Bregman Club Patron
Joe Conzo Club Patron
Nelson Vasquez Blanco Associate
Vincent Pastore Copa Wiseguy
Garry Blackwood Copa Wiseguy
Bo Dietl Casino Man
Michael P. Moran Party Guest
Frank Minucci Tony Taglialucci
Marc Anthony Band Member
John Ortiz Guajiro

Technical Credits
Brian De Palma Director
Willi Baer Producer
Jellybean Musical Direction/Supervision
Kristina Boden Editor
Gregory W.M. Bolton Art Director
Michael S. Bregman Producer
Martin Bregman Producer
Aude Bronson-Howard Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephen H. Burum Cinematographer
Nancy Deren Set Decoration/Design
Patrick Doyle Score Composer
Ortwin Freyermuth Executive Producer
Jeffery Hornaday Choreography
David Koepp Screenwriter
Michael Laudati Makeup
Les Lazarowitz Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Odabashian Sound Editor
Bill Pankow Editor
Leslie Pope Set Decoration/Design
Chris Soldo Asst. Director
Judith Stevens Associate Producer,Production Designer
Louis A. Stroller Executive Producer
Richard Sylbert Production Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Close to the Ground [5:02]
2. A Free Man [12:39]
3. The Legend's Cousin [9:58]
4. Saso's Place [4:20]
5. Benny Blanco From the Bronx [4:33]
6. One Face That Still Knows You [8:49]
7. Taglialucci's Plan [5:11]
8. A Standup Guy [8:01]
9. Gail's Job [4:53]
10. A Problem With Benny [8:09]
11. Kleinfeld's Dilemma [5:43]
12. If You Can't Get In... [7:18]
13. That Bad Drinker Face [5:02]
14. Crossing the Line [3:58]
15. The D.A.'s Tape Recording [11:34]
16. One Last Piece of Business [7:08]
17. Amadesso's Angle [5:08]
18. One the Run [5:50]
19. Paradise Lost [10:29]
20. End Titles [5:06]

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Carlito's Way 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
De palma is my favorable director due to this movie.I think this film was falsely underrated by critics. When I first saw this film I Thought it was to good to be true. SO I had to watch it 5-6 times more to convince myself I wasnt dreaming. There are realy some masterpiece action and suspense scenes (De palma's handcraft is best than ever) like the ones in the pool club or at the railway station.The tracks and the party atmosphere of the film make you really nostalgic about the'70 with the disco clubs mirror balls free sex, etc. The story line is great from the beginning (which starts like a real good film noir ...at the end). the dialogs and the slang expressions are funny and realy entertaining. the love story is beautiful and so is ann miler. The last scene in which the coloured poster becomes alive with the song ''you are so beautiful'' is a sheer classic.I can only say this was maybe the best film I've ever seen (and I've seen a lot).
Guest More than 1 year ago
When first watching it, I thought it was going to be another story about a stereotypical latino drug lord, but as I began to watch I learned that it wasn't so. I felt this movie was better than Scarface because 'Carlito' a.k.a. Charlie (Al Pacino) is an ex drug lord trying to change his ways. The movie begins when he gets out of jail and shows his struggles with keeping his life clean. I felt a sort of empathy with Charlie because the movie was filmed in my neighborhood of Spanish Harlem. If you are looking for a movie that has music, betreyal, honor, love, mobs, drugs, clubs, thugs and friendship i recommend this movie. If you are looking to watch a movie that has more depth than just an ignorant and senseless person selling drugs and killing out of control watch this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
De Palmas best picture ever! Pacinos at his best. A film I've watched over and over again. The sceens, the music, the acting. Penn is a wonderful surpporting actor. This is a must watch and must have movie. It's the reason we watch movies and enjoy them. Carlito's Way...is in the Top 5 movies of all time!
Sith More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite movies. It describes the story of an aging gangster trying to escape his past, but seemingly, no matter what he does he is forever connected to that world and can never quite leave it in the past.
SpecialK201 More than 1 year ago
I can never get tired of this movie. Al Pacino is an outstanding actor!
stockton209er More than 1 year ago
THIS STORY NOT ONLY TOOK US BACK TO A DEPALMA/ PACINO REUNION, BUT IT ALSO INVOLVED THE JOURNEY INTO THE WORLD OF A MAN WHO HAS BEEN THERE AND DONE THAT IN THE CRIMINAL SENSE, AND NOW WANTS TO LIVE A STRAIGHT LIFE. THE TEMPTATIONS OF THE STREETS ARE CONSTANT AND HIS CLOSEST FRIEND IS ALSO A CARELESS WRECK OF A LAWYER( WONT SAY IF YA HAVENT SEEN) BUT LOVE SEAN PENN AND THE GREAT ALFRED PACINO FOR DELIVERING A STORY IN WHICH I LOVE......AND BY THE WAY GOTTA LOVE JOHN LEGUIZAMO IN A UP N COMING ROLE......
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