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DVD Review HTF REVIEW: Carlito's Way: Ultimate Edition

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    XenForo Template  Carlito's Way: Ultimate Edition Studio: Universal Studios Home Video Year: 1993 (2005 Release) Rated: R Aspect Ratio: 2.35x1, enhanced for 16x9 displays Audio: English DD 5.1, DTS 5.1; French DD 5.1; Spanish DD 2.0 Captions/Subtitles: English SDH; French and Spanish Subtitles Time: 2:09:04 Disc Format: DS/DL (DVD-18) Layer Switch: 1:09:09 (Side A) Case Style: Keep Case Just when I thought that I was out they pull me back in. The Feature: Okay, I realize that is the wrong movie reference, but it still applies. In Carlito's Way, Al Pacino (fresh from his Oscar win in Scent of a Woman) is Carlito Brigante, a former drug dealer whose conviction is overturned on a technicality thanks to the efforts of attorney David Kleinfeld (Sean Penn, doing a coked-up version of Art Garfunkel). Carlito says that he wants to go straight. He even has a friend in the Bahamas who will go in with him on a rental car business. All Carlito needs to do is to come up with $75,000. Carlito's former associates scoff at the notion. But attorney Kleinfeld, who seems to have an angle, offers Brigante a job running a night club to help Carlito towards his goal. That's what friends are for, right? Right. In an unfortunate turn of events, Carlito comes across the seed money for the night club venture, and is able to buy interest into the club--but he still wants to accumulate enough money to get to that island and rent those cars. It is the middle of the disco era. The nightclub scene is happening. In the club, Carlito comes across his old girlfriend Gail (Penelope Ann Miller) and meets the new breed of gangsters, including Benny Blanco (John Leguizamo), who have heard of Carlito but do not respect him (the feeling is mutual--a vicious circle that leads to problems). Carlito pursues Gail, but she is reluctant. Kleinfeld is in over his head wiith a mobster client and his sons. The mobster wants help in escaping from prison; he also thinks that Kleinfeld stole $1 million from him. This is not a good combination. You never betray the mob. And in the world of Carlito Brigante, you never betray your friends Directed with great cinematic style by Brian De Palma, and with a screenplay by David Koepp, Carlito's Way is a drama and a thriller, with well-developed characters, and great pacing despite its length (this is one of those 2.5 hour movies that feels like it is an hour shorter). While it may be hard to care for someone who kills people to survive, the brilliance of Al Pacino's acting is that you can feel sympathetic to his character without being overly judgmental. Penelope Ann Miller displays the perfect degree of vulnerability. And Sean Penn is totally believable as the drugged out attorney whose world is crumbling around him. The Feature: 4 / 5     Video: The video transfer of Carlito's Way is generally pleasing, a distinct improvement over the original 1998 non-anamorphic release (I do not have the last reported anamorphic release for comparison). Colors and blacks, particularly in the night club scenes, are spectacular. There are hints of grain, and occasional edge enhancement. But they are not distracting from the excellent camerawork. Not bad. Video: 4 / 5     Sound: The new "Ultimate Edition" adds a half bitrate DTS track over the prior Collector's Edition. Carlito's Way was one of the early DTS theatrical features. Although Universal has authored the disc to make it difficult to switch between the DD and DTS mixes, it is pretty clear that the DTS mix is different. It sounds good, with lots of trashy disco music and gunfire to make it exciting. Sound: 4.5 / 5      Extras: Supplements in this Ultimate Edition are on the flip side of the feature, and include: Brian De Palma on Carlito's Way (5:27) Deleted Scenes (8:15) The Making of Carlito's Way (34:35) Photo & Poster Gallery Original Promotional Featurette (5:14) Original Theatrical Trailer (2:41) For me, an ultimate edition would include a commentary track or two, and not recycle a documentary from the previous release with only a few extras over that. Extras: 4 / 5     In Conclusion: Carlito's Way gets better every time I see it. While this "Ultimate Edition" is little more than a tie-in to the straight-to-video sequel coming out in the next couple of weeks, it is a definite improvement over the original 1998 issue. Overall Rating: 4 / 5     Release Date: September 13, 2005
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    Nice review Steve. Not picking this one up though as I already picked up the first re-release of this film. Universal should have made that one the Ultimate Edition in the first place. I can live without the DTS track for this film.
     
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    Steve: The only thing your review is missing....is the phrase "HTF Review:" in the title! [​IMG]

    People may not realize what the thread is about. [​IMG]
     
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    Too funny. I was looking for the review thread, and I could not find it! I have asked for this to be corrected.

    Thankfully, it is linked from the site's main portal, which we all use--right?

    - Steve
     
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    Love this film. Was Sean Penn nominated for his performance? If not, he should have. His hairdo alone should've guaranteed his nomination.

    Will pick this up since I still have the 1998 release.
     
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    Sean Penn was nominated for a "Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture" Golden Globe Award for Carlito's Way.
     

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