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Carlito's Way (SE)
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Oct 5, 2005 By: Scott Weinberg
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Director:
Brian De Palma

Actors:
Al Pacino
Sean Penn
Penelope Ann Miller

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Carlito Brigante, former super-thus in the mean streets of NYC, returns to his old stomping grounds and tries to keep his life nice and legal ... but old friends and new enemies keep sucking the poor guy back into a lifestyle laden with guns, drugs, and pissed-off policemen.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I would be content to call Carlito's Way one of the truly underrated films in the Brian De Palma and/or Al Pacino filmographies -- but given the flick's shelf-life as a cable staple and video store favorite, it seems my assessment would be off just a bit. Carlito's Way may have been unjustly derided and dismissed upon its theatrical debut in 1993, but the movie's become a fan favorite of the highest degree over the past 12 years.

I don't know anyone who doesn't like Carlito's Way. Maybe my pals don't adore the flick as much as I do, but I've yet to meet someone not tickled by Sean Penn's weasely performance, Al Pacino's electric lead, or that crazy-cool chase through the NYC train station. It's a film swollen with excellent performances, memorable moments, and some serious ass-kickings. Plus it's got some fantastic supporting performances from fan favorites like Luis Guzman and Viggo Mortensen, arguably the best work ever from the lovely Penelope Ann Miller ... and, c'mon: John Leguizamo as "Benny Blanco from the Bronx"? Classic stuff, period.

If it's been a while since you last saw Carlito's Way, I wholeheartedly recommend you give the flick a revisit. And if you've never even seen it just one measly time, well shame on you, because you're missing out on a truly satisfying crime caper that moves like a rocket and ends on a pitch-perfect note. It's the sort of movie you like a lot more every time you see it ... and I've seen Carlito's Way at least eight times, so by now I just love the damn thing.

THE EXTRAS
Fans of the film (and I know we are many) will absolutely want to invest on the double-dip this time around, because there's a healthy helping of supplemental features to be found in Universal's "Ultimate Edition." (Very cool: The extra features offer optional subtitles in English, Spanish, or French.)

First up is De Palma on Carlito's Way, which runs about 5 minutes and features the director as he shares his thoughts on various aspects of the movie. (Topics include: Visualizing a Scene, John Leguizamo, The Real Thing, and The Critics). Special De Palma Quote: "Some of the most interesting criticism, you'll read on the web, y'know, from some film freak who just loves movies and gives you incredibly good insights..." (I guess Brian reads JoBlo's!)

Next up is a 8-minute block of deleted scenes that fans will definitely want to check out. Some of the picture quality is pretty bad ... but hey, they're deleted scenes that were probably just dug out of a vault somewhere!

The Making of Carlito's Way is a rather satisfying retrospective featurette that delivers interview segments with author Edwin Torres, producer Martin Bregman, screenwriter David Koepp, editor Bill Pankow, and director Brian De Palma. Running just over 34 minutes, this is a solid look back at the inception of (and reaction to) this fantastic flick.

Also included is an extensive photo gallery the 5-minute original promotional featurette, and the original theatrical trailer.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
A great crime story told by a master filmmaker; a sterling cast of actors playing some truly fascinating characters; and a bunch of cinematic set-pieces that are absolutely worthy of repeat viewings. Carlito's Way has made a whole lot of fans over the years, for a variety of reasons, and I believe that that fanbase will absolutely adore what this Ultimate Edition has to offer. It's not the most overstuffed DVD release of the year, but what's included is of an exceedingly high caliber.
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