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cover: Scarface (1983-2d Anniversary Edition)

Scarface (1983-2d Anniversary Edition)

Director(s): Brian De Palma

Theatrical Release: 1983

Cast: Al Pacino, Steven Bauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Robert Loggia, F. Murray Abraham

Genre(s): Drama, gangs/mafia/triad/yakuza, crime, culture, classic, Thriller, Dean's List

Countries: USA


Location in store: American Directors > Brian De Palma

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Running Time: 170m.

Howard Hawks' 1931 Scarface ran a tight 99 minutes, making its "crime does not pay" point with directness and efficiency. Brian De Palma's 1983 remake of Scarface ambles along at 170 minutes, making its "drugs are bad for you" point over...and over...and over....Al Pacino stars as Tony Montana, an exiled Cuban criminal who goes to work for Miami drug lord Robert Loggia. Montana rises to the top of Florida's crime chain, appropriating Loggia's cokehead mistress (Michelle Pfeiffer) in the process. Howard Hawks' "'X' Marks the Spot" motif in depicting the story line's many murders is dispensed with in the 1983 Scarface; instead, we are inundated with blood by the bucketful, especially in the now-infamous buzz saw scene. One carry-over from the original Scarface is Tony Montana's incestuous yearnings for his sister Gina (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio). The screenplay for the 1983 Scarface was written by Oliver Stone. - Hal Erickson (allmovie.com)

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2-DVD Anniversary Edition Special Features:

! Def Jam presents: Origins of a Hip-Hop Classic - interviews with today's biggest hip-hop artists and how this classic film has influenced their lives & music

! Scarface: The Rebirth - Disrector Brian DePalma, Al Pacino, producer Martin Bregman & screenwriter Oliver Stone examine the history of Scarface from the original 1932 classic to the shooting script

! Scarface: Acting - the filmmakers, Al Pacino & other cast members share behind-the-scenes stories & offer insights into how they created these legendary characters

! Scarface: Creating - a fascinating look at the making of Scarface and the controversies and struggles that plagued the filmmakers. Beginning with location changes, filiming the chainsaw scene, battles to gain an "R" rating & more.

! Scarface: The TV Version - a revealing & hilarious montage of film clips comparing the theatrical version to the network version of Scarface

! Deleted Scenes

! Remastered in 5.1 Dolby Digital

1 DTS for better-than-the-original sound and picture quality

! Anamorphic widescreen format (Aspect ratio 2.35:1)
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