“You ready? Here come the pain!”
“If you ever talk that sh*t again in front of her, I'm gonna' kill you.”
We get eight minutes of Deleted Scenes (there are ten and they basically run for about a minute each). The film quality is a bit poor, but it is nice to have more of Carlito and Dave talking at the beginning of the movie, a little more from Carlito on the street, Dave visiting his illustrious client, Gail and Carlito, Carlito in his club talking to Pachanga and Gail in the cab. None of them were particularly worth including (and some of them even look more like outtakes rather than alternate versions) but having more Al Pacino in this role is simply fantastic, particularly the brief addition to his voice-over narrative.
The Making of Carlito's Way is thirty-four minutes long and features excerpts from the original script (written in the first person as you can glean from the voiceover), plenty of interview footage with the writer Judge Edwin Torres (who talks about his indelible memory for dialogue and how his work was based on his real life experiences) and lots of detail into how the book became a movie. The producer, Martin Bregman, pops up to talk about how terrible the original draft was but how Pacino loved the character and pushed the movie into production and how they approached De Palma to direct it. De Palma relates his Cuban Scarface experiences to his Puerto Rican Carlito's Way production and discusses working with the great Pacino again and the screenwriter talks about some of the changes he made to the original material and how there was a lot of pressure to leave it open for a sequel. There are also plenty of behind the scenes shots and promotional stills. It is a very interesting featurette that has a great deal of information about this production and its journey from book to screen.
There are three photo galleries: a Portrait Gallery with seventeen promotional stills from the production (in both black and white and colour and covering the key characters), a Poster Gallery with seventeen variations on the poster art, including some interesting versions (one of which mirrors the black and white Scarface poster) and a Brian De Palma Gallery with thirty-five black and white shots from the production where he is either giving instructions to various cast members, including Pacino, or just watching his masterpiece evolve.
The Original Promotional Featurette runs at five minutes and is much more fluffy and much less informative than the new Making-Of. Voice-over man has a whale of a time pounding at you from the speakers but there are a few nice interview segments (still no Pacino) amidst this advertising endeavour.
Finally the Original Theatrical Trailer is nearly three minutes long and gives away almost the entire story and certainly most of the key sequences and dialogue moments. Trust me, it is worth avoiding if you want to enjoy this movie untainted for the first time.
“There's a line you cross you never come back from. Point of no return.”
Carlito's Way is in my top ten movies and with good reason: it has a superb cast on top form with an amazing script, a solid story and fantastic direction. What more could you want? Now it has been finally graced with a release that it deserves: a superior transfer, two excellent audio tracks and a wealth of extras that fans will simply love. A commentary would have been nicely but merely the cherry on a simply perfect cake. This one comes very highly recommended: if you haven't seen it then it is worth buying (trust me, no rental required), if you have seen it but haven't bought it then what are you waiting for? And if you have already got an earlier edition then it is definitely worth upgrading - after all, Carlito's Way deserves it.
“You think you're big time? You gonna' die bigtime.”
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