Actor Al Pacino gives a powerhouse performance in 1983's Scarface. Paciino plays Tony Montana, a Cuban refugee hoodlum, who quickly rises to the top of Miami's cocaine industry. On his way to the top, Tony uses any means at his disposal to get there, no matter who he hurts or betrays in the process. Pacino takes hold of the character and never lets you forget that he is "Scarface". The supporting cast is wonderful too. It features Steven Bauer, as Tony's right hand man, "Manny" Ray. Michelle Pfeiffer is Tony's girl, Elvira, and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, in a role early in her acting career, plays Gina, Tony's sister.
The hard-edged script for the film is written by Oliver Stone, who holds nothing back, as usual Directed by Brian De Palma, the movie doesn't flinch at all to tell its story. The film remains a favorite of mine and will leave you with quite a lasting impression. A "remake" of 1932's SCARFACE, in name only, the film is a great character study that's nearly flawless.
To mark the film's 20th anniversary, Universal decided to reissue yet another DVD version of the film. As someone who thought the "collector's edition" already provided great insight into how the film was made--unless they included an audio commentary--why bother? All I can is, I have bad news and good news, in that regard about the 2 disc set. Sadly, there is still no audio commentary track, but the retrospectives in this set, are still worth a look. The set has 88 minutes worth of well produced documentary material Rebirth of the film, the acting in the film, making Scarface, a look at the TV version and the edits that were made, and a look at the film's influences in "Def Jam presents The Origins of a Gangsta". The same 22 minutes worth of deleted scenes from before are here again. Cast and crew notes, and a 5.1 sound mix that sounds great, and is worth the price alone, round out the set.
The 2 disc set is recommended--even without an audio commentary