Carlito's Way [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
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From the director of Scarface comes the critically acclaimed crime thriller Carlito’s Way. Oscar winner Al Pacino gives an electrifying performance as former drug kingpin Carlito Brigante, who is sprung from prison by his high-powered attorney (Academy Award winner Sean Penn). He stuns the New York underworld by vowing to go straight from a history of violence, but his plans are undermined by misguided loyalties and an outmoded code of honor. In a life-or-death battle, Carlito takes on the relentless forces that refuse to let him go. Co-starring John Leguizamo and Luis Guzmán, Carlito’s Way is a powerful, action-packed ride all the way to its explosive conclusion.
Al Pacino cuts a noble figure in this very enjoyable drama by director Brian De Palma (Scarface), based on a pair of books by Edwin Torres. Pacino plays a Puerto Rican ex-con trying hard to go straight, but his loyalty to his lowlife attorney (a virtually unrecognizable Sean Penn) and enemies on the street make that choice difficult. Penelope Ann Miller plays, somewhat unlikely, a stripper who has a romance with Pacino's character. The film finds De Palma tempering his more outlandish moves (think of Body Double or Snake Eyes) just as he did with the popular Untouchables and Mission: Impossible. But while Carlito's Way was not commercially successful and never rises to the level of greatness, it is a genuinely compelling movie graced with a fine performance by Pacino and a surprising one from Penn. The DVD release has a widescreen presentation, closed captioning, Dolby sound, optional French soundtrack, and optional Spanish subtitles. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Brian De Palma makes one of his best (and under-rated) films by letting the viewer be as self-aware of the on-coming clichés and pit-falls of the drama the story intones, just by the narration. The aged, contemplative voice of Carlito Brigante (Al Pacino) that chimes in more often than not, is as essential to the way the story unfolds as Henry Hill's was to `GoodFellas'- this guys been on the inside, he knows the ropes, he knows the stakes, he knows the nature of the beast that goes with the people he associates with, and now that he's out of prison, he doesn't want it anymore. Un-like a lesser film, we start to believe his intentions and reasoning's.
Carlito's just been released, thanks in part to his counselor David Kleinfeld (Sean Penn), five years gone in a thirty year sentence, and when he returns to the street many look at him as if he's changed hearing that he's retired. Carlito just wants to get some money together, open a car dealership of sorts with a friend in the Bahamas, and works in a nightclub right smack dab in the heart of the coked up late 70's. As Carlito's tale unfolds, so does Kleinfeld's, as an inmate who's a client of his makes a demand that he can't turn down, which in turn brings a perpetually reluctant Carlito along with him.Read more ›
Based on a pair of books by Edwin Torres, the film tells the story of Carlito Brigante, (Pacino) an ex-drug kingpin, who is tryng to go straight. After his Cokehead attorney David Kleinfeld (Sean Penn), gets him out of jail on a legal technicallity, all he wants is to live out his life with his girlfriend Gail (Penelope Ann Miller). This decision doesn't sit well with his former associates, who will do whatever it takes, to make him pay for his actions.
De Palma uses the same no holds barred style here, that he used on Scarface, for this gritty epic. Once again, Pacino becomes the character he plays and proves why he's one of this country's best actors. Penn is also very good here as well, as a man held hostage by his own shortcomings, even as he tries to help Brigante. The script from David Koepp (Panic Room, Spider-Man, and Jurassic Park) crackles with an intensity and raw power seldom seen and felt. De Palma capitalizes on the strengthes of the script with pitch perfect direction--Carlito's Way, along with Scarface, and The Untouchables, make for quite a De Palma crime trilogy.
First released as a "movie only" DVD, the collector's edition of the film, has just enough to hold a viewer's interest. "The Making of Carlito's Way" documentary has author Torres, De Palma, and others talking about the film. Sadly though, no cast member is present--and it shows, still documentary producer Laurent Bouzereau does a good job despite those limits. A fairly generous photo and poster gallery tops off the real extras. I would have liked to hear a commentary, or seen a deleted scene or two, to put the disc over the top.
Extra quibbles aside, Carlito's Way, is a must see.
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Movies with Al Pacino can only be a five start. Any stories acted by him are always top start ratings in my view. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jean Levac
The audio is slightly behind the picture. The picture quality is excellent and I am otherwise satisfied with the product.Published 17 months ago by Janet Severin
It was received in excellent shape, anxious to Watch the movie, i enjoy those kinds of movies, thank you very muchPublished 21 months ago by Kathleen Costigan
I love this movie, but the dvd freezes throughout the movie and, i did not keep the receipt to send it back. that is ok i guess, maybe it is just my dvd player.Published on Jan. 16 2014 by Kim Bohun
This is not that great of a movie. I dont know why people are making such a big deal out of this movie. Read morePublished on July 17 2004 by J. Worth
almost a sequal to scarface..Carlito Brigante is Tony Montana after doing 15 yrs and having a change of heart... Read morePublished on June 10 2004 by jc