42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on 8 March 2005
Scarface is one of those rare, rare film experiences you'd be hard-pushed not to enjoy. Brain De Palma's 1983 remake of the 1930's flick had all the ingredients of a classic: a great script, a defining soundtrack and a leading actor in his all-time prime. Al Pacino's performance as Cuban gangster Tony Montana has now almost received iconic status among film fans. Few would deny that Pacino's take on cocaine-snorting Montana is not one of his career best. Scarface is seen nowadays as one of the top gangster films, maybe not in the same ilk as say The Godfather, but still a thoroughly entertaining piece of cinema. This 2 Disc Special Edition, although not loaded with features, still should be part of any respectable DVD collection out there.
For those unfamiliar with the story, Scarface follows the path of Tony Montana, a charismatic Cuban refugee, who arrives in Miami looking for the American dream. Tony's up-front and tough personality makes him go right to the top of the cocaine underworld. However, no one, as they say, stays at the top forever. There are consequences to his success, and as Tony learns, money and power can't give you everything. A special mention should go to Michelle Pfeiffer, who superbly plays Tony's love, in what was her first major film role.
The sound and picture quality was in my eyes the highlight of this DVD package. The new digital transfer was near flawless, and the comparisons between this and the old VHS are unbelievable to be honest. Hearing Pacino talk so clearly in that hilarious accent of his was a delight and the famous 'Say Hello To My Leetle Friend' ending blows you away with all the sound.
The extras shown on disc 2 are not in abundance, but what you get here is quality not quantity. You have some decent documentaries with recent interviews with Pacino, De Palma and scriptwriter Oliver Stone. I must stress they are not very long, but don't let that put you off. You get some really fascinating information about the making of the film (including Stone's trip to South America!), that more than satisfied me.
Scarface is a tremendously powerful, violent and moving film which is made by a really talented team on and off camera. It is loaded with famous scenes throughout which Pacino makes his own, once you see Scarface you'll never forget it. If you are wanting to own a genuinely brilliant piece of 80's cinema, you have came to the right DVD package. Do yourself and your collection justice. You won't look back.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 December 2011
I have just received my special edition scarface blu ray box set and am very impressed. All of the contents are of a very high quality, the box contains high quality picture postcards of the main cast, Tony Montana's "green card" a Tony Motana dollor along with a booklet of the famous scenes, and, a money clip engraved with the initials T M (in the style on the back of his chair). All this and three copies of the movie, blu ray, dvd and digital, all presented in a cuban wood effect cigar box. I was lucky enough to get this on a black friday lightning deal, however, that being said in my opinion well worth the full ticket price.
on 24 March 2010
Scarface The World is Yours
This seminal eighties gangster movie is both a product of its time and a put down of the industry that created it.
All Pacino excellent in a largely repulsive role, he by his own admission plays Tony Montana in 'two dimensions',
He is supported very ably a profane script (which no apology should be made for-if you can't cope with the 'F' word, don't buy this.
His co-stars across the board are excellent-Michelle Pfeiffer, then a rising star, Steven Bauer, again on the rise.
The older stars predominately working actors whom got given a larger audience through their exposure on Scarface.
Mark Margolis as Alberto, Robert Loggia as Frank (Montana's sponsor), the late Paul Shenar as Alexander Soza , Pacino's friend and enemy. Mary Elizabeth Mastronatio as Gina, Tony's sister.
Beautifully lit by John A Alonzo, edited and embroiled in controversy (much as Pacino's Cruising had been three years earlier), this gangster movie has grown in stature , after a critical hammering.
After 1st seeing this movie on video, then wide screen video, and then DVD and finally blu ray.
Which finally does John A Alonzo's lighting some real justice and Brian De Palma's direction justice.
This cigar box set is worth buying if you are die hard Scarface fan, in a faux cigar box set-containing photograph
This, a money clip and a Green card .
Three versions of Scarface (blu ray, digital and DVD of 1932 original).
Well worth looking out for but don't pay silly money for it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 January 2012
Scarface is a classic movie that every adult should watch at some time and enjoy.
i wanted to watch the movie in blue ray ,i have the movie on dvd and for a film this good it is well worth buying again.
the movie has been transfered to blue ray very well ,the picture is sharp and colour ful and it is like watching a new film,if you have it on dvd.
i brought this blue ray from a well known supermarket because i just wanted the blue ray not the dvd and digital on this set .well worth buying 5 stars.
on 26 September 2014
the time is 1980, the place Miami. An influx of Cuban refugees. One of them, Tony Montana, played brilliantly by Al Pacino, is destined to become one of the biggest crime lords of that time. It starts in the refugee camp. Along with his friend, Manny, played by Steven Bauer, they undertake a contract killing to obtain a green card. He quickly climbs up the ranks, and is soon running his own crime ring.
This film is violent and deserves it's 18 rating, but it's about gangsters. It's supposed to be violent. Just don't watch the TV version! It's possibly Al Pacino's best film.
There has been some bad reviews for this blu ray release. While it is not as good as new releases, in terms of quality, it is still good, having good black levels and natural looking colours. There is a very fine layer of grain in some of the interior shots, but not enough to distract the viewer, and it is very possible that this is how it looked in cinemas, so it would be the source material, not the blu ray transfer. The outside shots are bright and have strong colours, being shot in Miami.
The transfer is in the original aspect ratio of 2.35:1. And the sound is in 5.1.
Overall, this blu ray release is better than the dvd. If you've never seen this film, buy this blu ray and enjoy!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2004
Well on of Al Pacino's greatest films ever.Plenty of action in this.Great storyline.A classic.One of the best accents ever as well.This film rocks from start to finish.
This film is a great conversion from the even older version about an American involved in the Mafia.It keeps true to the old version and is even better!
The extras on this DVD are great and at moments funny.You get to see when Scarface was put on TV and all swearing had to be cancelled out (there is ALOT of swearing in Scarface)!There's also interviews and even a hip-hop section!
Briefly:This film is great and if you don't mind swearing and violence then this film is for you!If you get quezy at the sight of blood or can't stand swearing then avoid this at all costs.Still a fab film!
23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on 23 September 2011
I'm not going to review this moive as everyone knows it's an oustanding film. I would like to just quickly comment on that the picture quality and 7.1 dts sound is stunning. It would of been nice in some night time scene's to see abit more attention to detail with grain's and dark black's. But that is very, very slight complaint. Extra's are good not oustanding but very solid.
However, this moive review is really to question the people that have discredited this movie. The people who rate this poorly state that it is over the top and too violent etc etc. But if they actually had a brain cell, they would realise that the whole point of the film, is for that very reason. Going from the music, to the fashion, to al pacino's voice, to the violence, that cocaine is like gold. The whole movie is a metaphor for the time in Miami in the 80's, time of excess.
Find it quite embarassing for people to slag of an oustanding movie, when they havent got a clue in the reasons why it's a so called 'bad movie'.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 29 March 2004
Scarface, introduces Antonio Montana (Al Pacino), a Cuban immigrant with an untraditional perspective on achieving the American dream.
Montana starts as a low level thug, who works his way up the organised crime chain.
Slowly he begins to create a reputation for himself, however his determination is never far apart from his rashness and overconfidence.
Despite being nearly three hours long this films does not seem to drag, for this credit must be given to both Pacino ability to carry the film with a memorable performance and the script itself
Despite being contoversial at the time for its violence, there are far more violent and disturbing films available on DVD (Last house on the left springs to mind)
The films greatest strength is the acting of Pacino who provides some memorable lines.
His character was reasonably complex, just when a viewer begins to feel sympathy for him, he makes everyone remember why gangsters don't make good friends.
Al Pacino gives an unforgettable performance as Tony Montana.
From the start he begins to set his sight on bigger and better things, eventuallty reaching the top of the crime world.
Scarface is really a must see film if you have any interest at in crime/gangster style films or if you are a Pacino film.
If you have seen Pacino's other gangster films such as Carlito's Way, Donnie Brasco and the Godfather trilogy - I guess you probably have seen this one as well, but if you have not then i thouroghly recommend this. I bought the orginal version on DVD - not this special edition however the quality of the film itself can easily justify a purchase.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 18 August 2000
This has to be one of the greatest gangster movies ever made, which follows the rise and ultimate downfall of Tony Montana a young Cuban who chases the American dream and finds it to be a nightmare. The fact that the film has been described as violent, cold and morally bankrupt is the very reason to watch this masterpiece, which pits Montana against the system he so succinctly describes in saying "first you get the money, then you get the power, then you get the women". The huge backdrops, buildings, awful clothes and terrible music seem to magnify what a small and helpless character Montana is in the scheme of things. Al Pacino does a fantastic job playing the ambitious Montana, and does it with such gusto you believe he is Cuban. The supporting cast are great, notably Robert Loggia. On my first viewing of the film I was so moved by it, that the dialogue has permanently seared itself into my brain. If you love a quotable movie, this is it. The film hijacks the TWA advertising blurb "the world is yours" for all the wrong reasons, which is repeated throughout the film especially in my favourite scene where Montana looks up to the night sky and see an airship emblazoned with the words. And finally you should really try Montana's chat up technique, its guaranteed to deliver you with a slap in the face, as my mate discovered in pub the other day. As the drug dealer said in Deep Cover "buy it!".
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 December 2013
I'm not going to review the film as it's already well known what an epic masterpiece it is. It's influence on people is undeniable. I had seen the film many times before but seeing it on Blu Ray was the best experience. Add to that, the hours of bonus features the disc contains...it really is the best way to own Scarface! The world is yours!