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  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Universal Home Video
  • Release Date: Jan. 10 2012
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0038ZITHK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,262 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rottenberg's rotten book review on Aug. 1 2003
Format: DVD
Al Pacino is Carlito Brigante, a small-time hood whose brush with gangster-greatness earned him a 15 year upstate stint. The film tells the story of his last chance to go straight, now that his coke-addicted ace of a lawyer (Sean Penn doing a deliciously evil Dirshowitz parody) has has sprung him out. Released after 5 years on a technicality, Carlito feels redeemed - rehabilitated, reassimilated and soon, gonna be relocated, he tells the judge who must now release him. Though out in a fraction of the time he faced, Carlito was scarred enough by his experiences that he must now go straight. He takes over a tony Spanish Harlem nightclub, setting himself on becoming an honest businessman. He even courts the girl he left behind - played by Penelope Ann Miller. Unfortunately, though his heart is in the right place, or because of that, Carlito is doomed to fail. Carlito is only one of many vile characters that Penn's character represents, but he feels honor bound to the lawyer for springing him. When one of Penn's more powerful clients - a mob boss waiting trial on Rikers - blackmails Penn into helping him escape, Carlito's debt drags him along. De Palma even throws in John Leguizamo as another small-time hood, meant to symbolize a younger Carlito perhaps, as a threat to Carlito's freedom and his life. As the forces surrounding and constricting Carlito's life intensify, he is struck between an unlikely chance at a lawful life, and a return to the old evil ways of "The Last of the Mo-Ricans". Just as the story looks to bring Carlito's decision to a head, Carlito finds himself the target of Penn's mob associates, and "Carlito's Way" degenerates into a high-powered cat-and-mouse-with-guns story that riffs on the famous stairway scene in "The Untouchables".Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenny J.J.I. TOP 100 REVIEWER on Dec 10 2007
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Lobascio on April 7 2004
Format: DVD
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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