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Scarface (Limited Edition)
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Oct 4, 2011 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Brian De Palma

Actors:
Al Pacino
Michelle Pfeiffer
Robert Loggia

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Tony Montana and Manny Ribera are two Cuban immigrants who end up in Miami at a time when the drug market was a booming. Tony quickly moves up the ranks working for a high end drug cartel and before long lets money, power and greed start to take over.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Al Pacino has been around for quite awhile now, and of all the iconic roles he's given us over the years, Tony Montana is certainly one you don't forget. Pacino may be hit or miss lately, but when I really started appreciating movies, it was the early nineties and Pacino was rocking the silver screen with SCENT OF A WOMAN, HEAT, THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE and CARLITO'S WAY. People sometimes criticise as well joke about Pacino always yelling three quarters of his dialogue (not unlike Samuel L. Jackson) but for me that's always been part of his character's allure. Tony Montana is no different, but his story of greed, narcissism and power is truly something to behold on Blu-ray and certainly stands the test of time.

The only downfall to films of this nature are that we all know things will end badly for Tony, which of course they do, but no character goes out in a better blaze of glory! Pacino delivers over the top lines that might sound cheesy if voiced by someone else, but that's not the case here. I believe everything Tony Montana says, and so does everyone else in the room. There are brooding moments of insight here, particularly the final time Tony's having dinner at the restaurant. He begins to understand that there's not much left to the world when you've got everything, and that in having everything you can still have nothing at all. It's easy to look past these small tidbits as we wait for the next big line, gunfight or battle, but they're there and it's moments like these (along with Tony's harsh but strangely just moral code) that help ground this film in reality.

SCARFACE is still a hell of a lot of fun all these years later, and though it's not my favourite Pacino role, seeing him bust out that gun at the end, roll his face down in a mountain of coke and scream out "say goodnight to the bad guy" in a drunken rage are all still very much epic pieces of cinema. CARLITO'S WAY was a fantastic reunion between Pacino and director Brian De Palma, still one of my all time favourite Pacino roles and all around solid gangster flicks, but this film paved the way for that one and countless others as there's not a single person out there who can't say they've seen SCARFACE's legacy live on in pop culture at least once. This flick may not be as slick looking and up to date as HEAT or DONNIE BRASCO but make no mistake, Tony Montana is pure gold meng, and he's here to stay.
THE EXTRAS
The Scarface Phenomenon: Here we get cast, crew and other celebs like Eli Roth sharing their thoughts and views of Scarface now compared to when it was first released. Apparently people were appalled by the film back in the day, yet nowadays Roth can show a demented chick with a scythe killing a naked chick and bathing in her blood and nobody cares. My how times have changed.

Deleted Scenes: For a three hour flick you wouldn't think there'd be nearly twenty-five minutes worth of cut scenes, but I'll take as much Tony as I can get.

The World of Tony Montana: This quick look into the world and lifestyle of Tony Montana is aided by intel and collaboration from cops and former DEA agents. Funny how none of them touch upon the subject of bribes though.

The Rebirth: Producer Martin Bregman shares how he came up with the idea to remake the film while watching the old one on TV at three am while unable to sleep...and probably high on coke.

The Acting: Here we explore the acting chops of Tony himself, Al Pacino. No question, this is Pacino's flick and he shines in it like no other. I hate hearing rumours of a remake because Pacino is the only Tony Montana.

The Creating: Here we find out that Miami was the place they wanted to shoot the film but due to complications, they weren't allowed. The powers that be in Miami felt the film would hurt tourism as it made everyone out to be cocaine peddling maniacs.

The Making of Scarface: The Video Game: Not sure what this game will amount to but the voice talent is there as is the enthusiasm so maybe Tony Montana will indeed rise from the dead.

Previews: There's a slew of trailers, some BD-Live content, a DVD Copy of the original SCARFACE (as well as a watered down TV version of the feature) and a Digital Copy. This tight package also just happens to be boxed in a limited edition platinum case.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Stories about drug dealers, murder, money and power will never get old, but again, the sad thing about them is no matter how much you may like the anti-heroes involved they all end up face down in the dirt by the end of the film. Is this Hollywood's way of campaigning against drugs? Who knows, but for once I'd like to not say goodnight to the bad guy. Of course, I've always been a sucker for the underdogs.

Extra Tidbit: One of my favourite Tony Montana lines, " Manolo, shoot that piece of shit!"
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