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Scarface (1983) (2 Tapes) [VHS] (1983)

Al Pacino , Michelle Pfeiffer , Brian De Palma  |  X |  VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,072 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Robert Loggia
  • Directors: Brian De Palma
  • Writers: Armitage Trail, Ben Hecht, Howard Hawks, Oliver Stone
  • Producers: Louis A. Stroller, Martin Bregman, Peter Saphier
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Original recording reissued, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Rated: X (Mature Audiences Only)
  • Number of tapes: 2
  • Studio: Universal Studios Ho
  • VHS Release Date: March 15, 1988
  • Run Time: 170 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,072 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300183211
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,243 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This sprawling epic of bloodshed and excess, Brian De Palma's update of the classic 1932 crime drama by Howard Hawks, sparked controversy over its outrageous violence when released in 1983. Scarface is a wretched, fascinating car wreck of a movie, starring Al Pacino as a Cuban refugee who rises to the top of Miami's cocaine-driven underworld, only to fall hard into his own deadly trap of addiction and inevitable assassination. Scripted by Oliver Stone and running nearly three hours, it's the kind of film that can simultaneously disgust and amaze you (critic Pauline Kael wrote "this may be the only action picture that turns into an allegory of impotence"), with vivid supporting roles for Steven Bauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, and Robert Loggia. --Jeff Shannon

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Performer(s): Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Robert Loggia. Target Audience: R. Description: 2 vhs (170 min.) Abstract: Al Pacino gives an unforgettable performance as Tony Montan, one of the most ruthless gagnsters ever depicted on film, in this gripping crime epic inspired by the 1932 classic of the same title. Directed by hit-maker Brian De Palma and produced by Martin Bregman who brought both Godfather legends to the screen, Scarface follows the violent career of a small-time Cuban refugee hoodlum who guns his way to the top of Miami's cocaine empire. With its intense screenplay by Academy Award winner Oliver Stone, driving musical score by Giorgio Moroder, and superb insights into Miami's Latin lifestyle, Scarface joins the ranks of Hollywood's greatest underworld dramas, as it lays bare the sordid power of the American drug scene. Time magazine calls it "Exhilarating," while the New York Times Vincent Canby applauds the picture as "Stylish and Provocative."

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198 of 229 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! November 2, 2003
The reason to buy this DVD is simple: one of the most influential films of the 20th century has finally been released in a newly restored, pristine transfer. As an owner of the original DVD release, I can testify that the difference is like night and day.
With every viewing, I come to appreciate Brian DePalma's Scarface more and more. Although not perfect, there is much more right with this film than wrong. It helps to compare it with its countless imitations: where most subsequent crime films rush headlong from one bloody gunfight to the next, Scarface takes its time. Its languid, gliding camera has a certain elegance in the way it reveals story points without relying on clunky Dick-and-Jane dialog or overwrought MTV pyrotechnics. A prime example is the infamous scene where Tony Montana (Al Pacino) attemps to buy two kilos of cocaine from some Coloumbians for his boss, Frank Lopez (Robert Loggia). Watch the way the camera drifts from the Miami Beach hotel room, across a peaceful sun-drenched street, over to the car where Tony's associates are waiting for him, then slowly back up to the bathroom window, where the sound of the idling chainsaw grows louder. Creepy. Insinuating. It's comparable to the best work of Hitchcock - a day-lit nightmare where the ordinary becomes sinister. Watch closely as the Columbian dismembers Tony's friend limb by limb. In spite of the scene's reputation, we never actually see what's happening. Like the shower murder in Psycho, all the violence is implied - so strongly, in fact, that DePalma had to fight the MPAA in a well-publicized battle to keep Scarface from receiving an X rating.
It's interesting the way that the improved picture and sound seem to contribute to every aspect of the film.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scarface on Blu Ray August 24, 2012
While I own the 2 disc Standard Def set that came out a few years ago, I thought I would buy this Blu Ray edition without the Digital Copy. Very glad to have made the purchase.

In past version I often wondered why it appeared so blanched out, especially in the early scenes as Tony Montana, Manny, Angel and a friend were going to do the deal with the Columbians. The new Blu Ray edition brings back all the color and vitality to the original image and stays vital though out the film. The Blu Ray version truly has provided a significant improvement over previous Scarface releases. It's not perfect, there is some grain here and there, easy to see in the sky shots and when the cement walls are in the shots. However, this grain is not exceedingly so and does not distract, nor is it there in most of the film. At the end of the movie, as Tony and associates bring Gina back to his mansion after Tony kills Manny, there is a wide shot of the red carpeted staircase. I did notice some aliasing at the bottom of the staircase, but as the camera zooms in, it goes away. Red has always been a very difficult color to reproduce which is why it is rarely used in credits as it can cause stair-stepping and aliasing, however, this was the only instance where I saw any and it last but a few seconds.
The blu ray transfer is really very, very good.

The two disc Standard Def version used DTS 5.1 audio while the Blu Ray provides 7.1 DTSHD audio. The score is spread very nicely though out the entire speaker system,(mine is 5.1) however, there really is very little use of any of the channels for discreet directionality making the 7.1 possibilities only useful for the music score itself.
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36 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gritty, Underworld Masterpiece. January 2, 2000
"Scarface" is one of the greatest of all mob movies. It's an epic crime drama done with style and care. Brian DePalma presents a film that ignites the screen with a great screenplay by Oliver Stone and an amazing performance by Al Pacino. Unlike "The Godfather," which was more about family and relationships between father and son, "Scarface" is an exhilarating and intriguing journey into Miami's mob underworld, seen through the eyes of Tony Montana, a Cuban refugee with some of the greatest lines in movie history. The degree of excess here is brilliantly done and adds even more realism to a great work. DePalma shows a wonderful touch of style in the sets, costumes, cars, even in the violence. Look at the brilliant eye for composition he shows in a scene where an assassination attempt is carried out on Tony in a nigh club. The movie is full of that Latin style and intensity. The screeenplay By Oliver Stone is brilliant because it's complex in the way in which we are not just interested in the action, but characters and events as well. We really care about what happens with these people, least of all Tony. Pacino gives one of the greatest and most intense performances, always believable. He steals the show entirely through his accent and facial expressions. The action sequences aren't dim-witted, but smart and stylish. "Scarface" vibrates with style and realism like few gangster dramas have. It stands as a masterpiece. One of the greatest crime pictures of all time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie of all time
Classic. Great movie of all time. Great Price, Great Condition. Great Seller
Published 2 days ago by CollinsPL01
5.0 out of 5 stars Iconic Pacino!
One of the most Iconic Al Pacino movies ever made! Mayhap not as cutting edge as "a Dog Day Afternoon", but bloody close! Read more
Published 3 days ago by GDoC63
1.0 out of 5 stars I was very disappointed that it did not come with my digital copy
I was very disappointed that it did not come with my digital copy. That was one of the reasons I bought it.
Published 3 days ago by Alicia Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 3 days ago by kelsey hamm
Very violent....but then again, that's why you're buying it, right? I really don't review movie content, only the Technical Quality of the video transfer.... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Techman
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Pacino's Best Roles
I love this movie. THE second best performance by Al Pacino (the first being Michael Corleone, of course). Read more
Published 6 days ago by AWOL
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good movie in perfect condition
Published 6 days ago by J. Propes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's been around for almost 30 years. It's a classic.
Published 6 days ago by Charles Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars Bang, bang, cocaine, bang, bang! Say hello to my leetle friend! Bang,...
Scary film. Pacino as a Cuban? OK I'll buy it but I think maybe they could have gotten Andy Garcia who really is Cuban!
Published 8 days ago by Glenn R. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, some issues with the disc
Great movie, works well in most Bluray players, however if you watch Bluray on PS4 or Xbox one, you may have problems. Read more
Published 10 days ago by C. Tait
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Overlooked acting/ad lib from Tony's mother
Agreed, I saw this movie a few weeks ago on cable. Just saw that part, and was thinking the same thing about the mother.
Sep 6, 2011 by Sean M. Alexander |  See all 2 posts
5.1 audio?
it's 7.1 audio and it's AMAZING!
Sep 15, 2011 by writer chick |  See all 2 posts
skipping/freezing issues?
Same here just a little earlier. The Blu Ray plays fine til Tony get to the club and catches his sister there in the bathroom stall. Just before the shooting in the club it completely freezes. Contacted Amazon and they are sending a replacement.
Sep 18, 2011 by Roland Torres |  See all 7 posts
WideScreen or Not?
It is 2:35.1. I prefer it to be 1:85.1 or lower simply because the blu ray does a better job at restoring a full image. Even dvds have 2:35.1 but atleast it looks good. For Blu ray however I feel its a waste because now it just looks like a dvd and it doesnt give you a good close up to the... Read More
Jan 21, 2012 by Erik the buyer |  See all 2 posts
Release Date?
Just announced: Release Date 09-06-11. Woohoo!!

"Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced Scarface for Blu-ray release on September 6. Considered one of the most influential gangster films ever made, Brian De Palma's film... Read More
Mar 25, 2011 by The One |  See all 3 posts
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