Carlitos Way Collectors Edition

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A hood trying to go straight is drawn back to crime by his sleazy lawyer.


Studio Universal
SKU 40227008
UPC 025192145926
UPC 14 00025192145926
Format DVD
Release Date 9/2/2003
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Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Name Pacino,Al
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Name Brian De Palma
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Cast & Crew
Al Pacino - Actor
Luis Guzmann - Actor
Penelope Ann Miller - Actor
Sean Penn - Actor
Edwin Torres - Based On Novel By
Brian DePalma - Director
Stephen H. Burum - Director of Photography
Patrick Doyle - Musical Score
Martin Bregman, et al. - Producer
David Koepp - Screenplay
Bill Pankow - Editor
Brian De Palma - Director
Gregory Bolton - Art Director
Ingrid Rogers - Actor
John Leguizamo - Actor
Kristina Boden - Editor
Louis A. Stroller - Executive Producer
Luis Guzman - Actor
Martin Bregman - Producer
Patrick Doyle - Original Music By
Stephen H. Burum - Cinematographer
Viggo Mortensen - Actor
Vincent Pastore - Actor
Golden Globe (1994) Sean Penn, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor,Penelope Ann Miller, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress,Penelope Ann Miller, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture,Sean Penn, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominee (1994) Golden Globe, Sean Penn, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture,Golden Globe, Penelope Ann Miller, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review Technically, Carlito's Way is a combination of the innovative and the banal. The camerawork is invigorating, if sometimes too exotic. DePalma makes good use of the steadicam during the chase sequences, and this heightens whatever tension is present. Jellybean Benitez, a former DJ and club manager, is the music supervisor, and his choice of about a dozen mid-seventies hits helps to establish the time-frame. Patrick Doyle's score, however, is horribly out-of-place.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The acting here, by Sean Penn, is a virtuoso tour de force--one of those performances that takes on a life of its own... [the movie] is first and last a character study, a portrait of a man who wants to be better than he is...
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
Review After the disastrous "Bonfire of the Vanities", director Brian De Palma recovered his career by making a sure-fire, more conventional film: a crime drama starring Al Pacino. While no one will put "Carlito's Way" in the same category as "The Godfather", it is a slightly better film than it has been given credit for. There is much dramatic tension, the presence of Sean Penn adds pathos, and the disco-era soundtrack is good...Sean Penn is well-cast for his character, initially smug but soon decaying into a psychopathic cokehead. Miller is lovely but looks unhappy throughout, adding to the 'onset of doom' feeling that permeates the film. Penn and Miller received Golden Globe nominations for their performances...I'll always take a disco soundtrack over a John Williams score, but someone should have told Jellybean Benitez that Cheryl Lynn's hit "Got to Be Real" was from 1979...The best part of "Carlito's Way" is the dramatic tension. Pacino has to resort to gunplay on several occasions, and admittedly these are the best scenes.
Reviewer Brian Koller
ReviewRating 8
Review Carlito's Way is a good film, but it's burdened with the expectations that come naturally when two great creative forces join together. Back when DePalma directed Body Double (1984), he was accused of copying the suspense-building style of Alfred Hitchcock (you could do worse), but now his brand of intense pacing, camera movement, and classical music scores can safely be called his own...Carlito's Way is character-driven, and that is the main reason the movie did not succeed by Scarface standards. But taken as it was intended--that is, as a very different type of picture--it does hold up nicely. And the action scenes, which are limited to just three elaborately staged set pieces, have the trademark DePalma pacing and punch that make The Untouchables such an exciting ride, especially in that film's white-knuckler train station scene. DePalma uses a train station again for the final chase scene in Carlito's Way, his most elaborate and exciting set piece to date, and one that took six months to complete.
Reviewer Ken Dubois
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Actor Pacino,Al
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Joel Siegel, Good Morning America This is Brian De Palma at his best.
Clint Morris, MovieHole One of Pacino's best. A first rate crime thriller.
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid ...the film's climax practically surpasses Hitchcock and even gives Scorsese's GoodFellas a run for its money.

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