Carlito's Way

Carlito's Way

Al Pacino
Director: Brian De Palma Cast: Al Pacino
Al Pacino
, Sean Penn
Sean Penn
, Penelope Ann Miller
Penelope Ann Miller
Brian De Palma


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Brian De Palma's underrated masterpiece Carlito's Way finally gets a Collector's Edition DVD treatment by Universal, although fans who've been awaiting an extras-packed disc might find themselves being sorely disappointed with what's been released. Technically, the disc looks and sounds exactly like the previous 1998 release, with the exceptions of a sorely needed anamorphic transfer of the 2.35:1 widescreen picture and the addition of a French 5.1 and a Spanish 2.0 Mono tracks, which go alongside the original 5.1 English mix. The main bonus feature of the disc is "The Making of Carlito's Way," a meaty documentary that includes chats with director De Palma, book scribe Edwin Torres, writer David Koepp, and producer Martin Bregman. Clocking in at 30 minutes, the various interviews provide great insight to the making of the film as discussions range from the origins of the character to the hardships needed to bring the stylish tale to the big screen. Given the initial bad reaction to the film and Universal's first slim DVD treatment, it's refreshing to finally hear some of the heavy-hitters talk about Carlito in hindsight. Rounding out the disc is the only other extra listed on the back of the box: the Photo Gallery. Made up of three different sections, it includes a throwaway Portraits Gallery, a cool Brian De Palma section dedicated to shots of the director on the set, and a packed, although suspicious, Posters Gallery, whose unlabeled designs don't quite represent any international one-sheet or are listed as being early mock-ups. With the inclusion of the original theatrical trailer and a few throwaway recommendations, that's pretty much it for the disc. For a "collector's edition" in this day and age, it's sad to see Universal put so little time into this release. Previous owners of Carlito's Way will undoubtedly be enticed by the new featurette, but there's little to nothing else worthy of notice in this re-release for which to jump for joy.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/02/2003
UPC: 0025192145926
Original Release: 1993
Rating: R
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:25:00
Sales rank: 2,177

Special Features

"The Making of Carlito's Way" featurette; Photo and poster gallery; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Al Pacino Carlito Brigante
Sean Penn David Kleinfeld
Penelope Ann Miller Gail
Luis Guzman Pachanga
John Leguizamo Benny Blanco
Viggo Mortensen Lalin
Ingrid Rogers Steffie
James Rebhorn Norwalk
Joseph Siravo Vinnie Taglialucci
Richard Foronjy Pete Amadesso
Jorge Porcel Saso
Adrian Pasdar Frankie
Anthony Catanese Bodyguard
John Hoyt Club Bouncer
Elliott Santiago Knifeman
Bonnie Timmermann Actor
Angel Salazar Walberto
Al Israel Rolando
Rick Aviles Quisqueya
Jaime Sanchez Rudy
Paul Mazursky Judge Feinstein
Tera Tabrizi Club Date
Caesar Cordova Barber
Jon Seda Dominican
Frank Ferera Manzanero
Chuck Zito Club Bouncer
Steven Puente Club Bouncer
Tony Cucci Club Bouncer
Michael Hadge Diamond Room Man
Richard Council Diamond Room Man
James Bulleit Louie
Mel Gorham Pachanga's Date
Rocco Sisto Panama Hatman
John Finn Duncan
Brian Tarantina Speller
Jaime Tirelli Valentin
Owen Hollander Cab Driver
John Michael Bolger Cop
Vincent Jerosa Cop
Luke Toma Cop
Gene Canfield Train Conductor
Sharmagne Leland-St. John Woman at Grand Central
Rene Rivera Bartender
Orlando Urdaneta Bartender
Christopher Bregman Club Patron
Joe Conzo Club Patron
Nelson Vasquez Blanco Associate
Vincent Pastore Copa Wiseguy
Garry Blackwood Copa Wiseguy
Bo Dietl Casino Man
Michael P. Moran Party Guest
Frank Minucci Tony Taglialucci
Marc Anthony Band Member
John Ortiz Guajiro

Technical Credits
Brian De Palma Director
Willi Baer Producer
Jellybean Musical Direction/Supervision
Kristina Boden Editor
Gregory W.M. Bolton Art Director
Michael S. Bregman Producer
Martin Bregman Producer
Aude Bronson-Howard Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephen H. Burum Cinematographer
Nancy Deren Set Decoration/Design
Patrick Doyle Score Composer
Ortwin Freyermuth Executive Producer
Jeffery Hornaday Choreography
David Koepp Screenwriter
Michael Laudati Makeup
Les Lazarowitz Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Odabashian Sound Editor
Bill Pankow Editor
Leslie Pope Set Decoration/Design
Chris Soldo Asst. Director
Judith Stevens Associate Producer,Production Designer
Louis A. Stroller Executive Producer
Richard Sylbert Production Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Close to the Ground [5:02]
2. A Free Man [12:39]
3. The Legend's Cousin [9:58]
4. Saso's Place [4:20]
5. Benny Blanco From the Bronx [4:33]
6. One Face That Still Knows You [8:49]
7. Taglialucci's Plan [5:11]
8. A Standup Guy [8:01]
9. Gail's Job [4:53]
10. A Problem With Benny [8:09]
11. Kleinfeld's Dilemma [5:43]
12. If You Can't Get In... [7:18]
13. That Bad Drinker Face [5:02]
14. Crossing the Line [3:58]
15. The D.A.'s Tape Recording [11:34]
16. One Last Piece of Business [7:08]
17. Amadesso's Angle [5:08]
18. One the Run [5:50]
19. Paradise Lost [10:29]
20. End Titles [5:06]

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