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"Carlito's Way" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

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Synopsis

Carlito Brigante (Pacino) is released from jail after serving only five years of a 30 year sentence thanks to his clever lawyer, Kleinfeld (Penn). He vows to go straight and to leave behind his life of crime. However, Carlito finds this task easier said than done. His nephew immediately draws him back into trouble at a drug deal gone wrong. Carlito uses the money from the drug deal to buy into a nightclub and we watch as his friend and lawyer Kleinfeld becomes more and more corrupt and coked out. Kleinfeld convinced Brigante to help him out in rescuing a mob boss from jail. Everything goes south from there and Carlito decides to make a run for Florida and the promise of a new life.

 

Specifications

  • Universal
  • 1993, Color, Rated R, 2 Hr 25 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: VC-1
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Penelope Ann Miller, John Leguizamo, Luis Guzman
  • Directed by Brian De Palma
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Nudity
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

I missed Carlito's Way on it's first go around. I was probably too young when it came out. This being my first time seeing it, I felt the movie has held up pretty well. Carlito's Way is De Palma and Pacino's second time working together, the first being Scarface. While not quite the classic that Scarface is, Carlito's Way is an excellent movie. Great performances by its all-star cast and an interesting story of a mobster looking for a change. Definitely check out this fresh new blu-ray whether or not you've seen it.

Technical

This new VC-1 encoded transfer is full of detail and excellent color fidelity. The audio was very good as well. The viewer is dropped into the movie surrounded by a wonder score by Patrick Doyle. Tons of depth to the soundstage, I could have listened to that first scene many times over.

Extras

A making of featurette, short bit on casting and filming, and some deleted scene.