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Utilizing grandiose settings and superb performances from the likes of Al Pacino and Sean Penn, this story of a former drug lord trying to go straight is acknowledged as one of Brian De Palma's strongest directorial efforts. Warner's DVD edition is solid but leaves a lot of room for improvement. The sound quality is excellent thanks to a Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track, which comes into its own as both the violence and the emotional impact of the movie increase. Less satisfactory is the fact that the film has ...
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Utilizing grandiose settings and superb performances from the likes of Al Pacino and Sean Penn, this story of a former drug lord trying to go straight is acknowledged as one of Brian De Palma's strongest directorial efforts. Warner's DVD edition is solid but leaves a lot of room for improvement. The sound quality is excellent thanks to a Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track, which comes into its own as both the violence and the emotional impact of the movie increase. Less satisfactory is the fact that the film has merely been letterboxed rather than anamorphically transferred, a deficiency most noticeable during the film's unforgettably explosive Grand Central Station finale. The quality and quantity of special features are also somewhat disappointing. The production notes simply leave viewers wanting more, and the biographies of De Palma and his leading actors are competent but hardly groundbreaking. At least the arresting original theatrical trailer is included, but viewers are still left wishing for more background on the film's conception and production and more input from the heavyweight talent involved. Given that De Palma is so admired for the baroque quality of his work, it's odd that DVD technology has not been fully exploited for one of his most dazzling films. Carlito's Way is undoubtedly a classic, but this disc is certainly not the equal of the film.
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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.)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/1998
  • UPC: 025192022227
  • Original Release: 1993
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 2:25:00
  • Format: DVD

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
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 Benitez 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
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Scene Index

Menu Group #1 with 17 chapter(s) covering 02:23:54
0. Menu Group #1 with 17 chapter(s) covering 02:23:54
1. Close To The Ground (Main Titles). [8:34]
2. A Free Man. [9:08]
3. The Legend's Cousin. [7:38]
4. Saso's Place. [2:19]
5. Benny Blanco From The Bronx. [4:20]
6. One Face That Still Knows You. [1:24]
7. Tagialucci's Plan. [3:09]
8. Gail's Job. [4:25]
9. Crossing The Line. [4:23]
10. One Last Piece Of Business. [5:11]
11. Amadesso's Angle. [8:01]
12. Carlito On The Run. [7:58]
13. Standoff On The Subway. [7:04]
14. Guns At Grand Central. [8:16]
15. Paradise Lost. [7:38]
16. You Are So Beautiful (End Titles). [4:07]
17. Chapter 17 [8:17]
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Menu

Side #1
Side #1
Production Notes.
Cast And Filmmakers.
Theatrical Trailer.
Spoken Language.
Captions And Subtitles.
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    carlitos way

    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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The best movie ever!

    I can never get tired of this movie. Al Pacino is an outstanding actor!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great Movie

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    'One of the Best Films ever made'

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    NOT ANOTHER SCARFACE!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    just perfect

    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).

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