Scarface blows onto Blu-ray
Say hello to my little remastered friend
Fans of Brian de Palma's 1983 orgy of blood and cocaine Scarface will doubtless be queuing round the block when the digitally-remastered Blu-ray version of the film is released on 6 September.
Craig Kornblau, Universal Studios Home Entertainment prez, enthused: "Nearly 30 years after it first exploded onto the screen, Scarface stands as a cultural icon with a passionate and growing fan base that continues to exert an enduring influence on not just moviemakers but artists across the entire pop-culture landscape.
"Now, for the first time ever, fans of this jewel in the Universal crown can enjoy Scarface with the spectacular picture and sound quality that only Blu-ray provides."
The Blu-ray promises 7.1 audio, the usual bonus material, and, delightfully, the "Scarface Scoreboard", allowing you to "keep track of the number of times the 'F' word is used and monitor the bullets fired".
Friends of Tony Montana can also avail themselves of a Special Limited Edition, boasting "collectible SteelBook packaging, ten exclusive art cards, a digital copy of the film and a DVD of the original 1932 Scarface".
Or, if you've made a few bob in the nosecandy business and have binliners of cash lying about, why not consider the "elegantly hand-crafted Scarface-themed humidor" - a limited edition of 1,000 worldwide with "each individually numbered humidor... embellished with custom medallions inspired by the iconic film and includes a certificate of authenticity".
It's not clear whether the humidor actually comes with a copy of the film, but if you've got the $999 asking price then a few extra bucks for the Blu-ray probably won't bother you too much. ®
Prescient of them to record 7 channels of audio in 1983.
Or is this just the normal take an original mono/stereo track and put all the background on the rear channels effect?
Massively overrated; hamming it up shouty shouty Pacino. Watching fifteen minutes of the Godfather 2 *on repeat* for two hours would be a better way to stimulate your cine-senses.
What is the value of a 360p trailer for a Blu-Ray release?
They should stick the censored TV version audio track on the disc too, they're hilarious.
"How did you get the scar tough guy, eating pineapple?"
Better movies were done before and after. Pacino has made a better movies. De Palma has made a better movies. I saw it, I fairly enjoyed it, but I would be hard pressed to use the word "inspiration" in any sense near this movie...