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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 unrecognisable 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 as commercially successful as those two movies, it is a genuinely compelling work graced with a fine performance by Pacino and a surprising one from Penn. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Jenny J.J.I. TOP 500 REVIEWER
This film is often seen as the follow up to Brian De Palma's `Scarface (Widescreen Anniversary Edition), and while the films share a logical line of progression and the same director and star, they're not related really. The recent viewing of this movie for the first time since it was released in the mid 90s confirmed my long held beliefs: this is some of Mr. Pacino's best work on film along with great performances from Penelope Ann Miller (his love interest) and Sean Penn (Carlito's lawyer).

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Every Time I Want Out---They Pull Me Back In April 7 2004
Ten years after director Brian De Palma first teamed with actor Al Pacino, for the landmark gangter epic Scarface, Carlito's Way is another powerful film.
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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4.0 out of 5 stars I HAD TO CHECK MY DAY PLANNER... April 21 2004
and make sure it wasn't 1975 and I was late for high school. DePalma's got the mood and atmosphere so exact I was certain I could still get Chrysler stock at $3.00 a share. CARLITOS WAY is another Pacino character development exercise that probably would be better remembered had it not come on the heels of his Oscar winning work in SCENT OF A WOMAN. What is unforgettable is Penelope Ann Miller's stage/pole dance sequence (I can't listen to Cheryl Lynn's "Got To Be Real" the same way again). A lot of familiar faces from other Pacino work and the usual great half dozen quotable lines. Sean Penn deserved a Best Supporting Actor nomination...the high perm alone should have nailed it for him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Performance from Pacino!!! April 19 2004
Al Pacino plays Carlito Bregante, an ex-con who is very famous for his previous crimes but is trying to lead a straight life. This is an excellent movie for anyone but a definite must see if you are an Al Pacino fan. Carlito slowly gets pulled back into the life he lead before because he is trying to help the people he cares about. I'm not gonna tell the whole story because I dont want to ruin it for those who havent seen it. But this is a great movie and I recommend it for everyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pacino and Penn give great performances June 10 2004
By jc
almost a sequal to scarface..Carlito Brigante is Tony Montana after doing 15 yrs and having a change of heart...I cant beleive there wasnt some thinking on those lines from the actor and director of both movies...Sean Penn nearly steals this movie as David Kleinfeld Carlitos lawyer is more crooked than the crooks he defends..and Luis Guzmán as Pachanga shows why hes one of the best character actors working today...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great to add to the collection!
If you think you are big time then get this movie!
Published 14 days ago by DRP05
4.0 out of 5 stars The picture quality is excellent and I am otherwise satisfied with the...
The audio is slightly behind the picture. The picture quality is excellent and I am otherwise satisfied with the product.
Published 1 month ago by Janet Severin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just a great movie. Al Pacino at his best.
Published 3 months ago by Michael Farant
5.0 out of 5 stars good shape
It was received in excellent shape, anxious to Watch the movie, i enjoy those kinds of movies, thank you very much
Published 5 months ago by Kathleen Costigan
3.0 out of 5 stars DVD freezes
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 9 months ago by Kim Bohun
1.0 out of 5 stars What is so Wonderful about this movie?
This is not that great of a movie. I dont know why people are making such a big deal out of this movie. Read more
Published on July 17 2004 by J. Worth
5.0 out of 5 stars The best film of Brian de Palma
The facts derivated from the story put us before a man who wants to get away his destiny , but (in a mgnificent shakesperian mood), nobody can escape from his past. Read more
Published on May 1 2004 by Hiram Gomez Pardo
1.0 out of 5 stars I love everyone in this movie.. this movie is a bad NOVELA
I LOVE everyone in this movie. Pacino, Penn, Viggo, Luis Guzman, Leguizamo; and Brian DePalma is the BEST. Read more
Published on April 24 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars A lighter Al Pacino.
'Carlito's Way' is Al Pacino is a much lighter role than usual. Here, he is a former gangster trying to get rid of his past, but is then slowly pulled back into it. Read more
Published on April 10 2004 by Dhaval Vyas
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