DVD & Blu-ray

Scarface on Blu-ray

Universal have released details of the Scarface Blu-ray release in September

Universal have announced the Blu-ray release of Brian De Palma’s Scarface on Blu-ray in September.

The 1983 crime drama charts the rise of Cuban gangster Tony Montana (Al Pacino) as he arrives in Florida with his friend Manny (Steven Bauer) and starts working for a local crime boss (Robert Loggia).

Written by Oliver Stone and featuring a score by Giorgio Moroder, the film has grown in popularity and influence over the years (especially with footballers, rappers and people who work on Wall St) with the AFI listing it in their top gangster films of all time in 2008.

For this edition, the main selling point is the hi-def transfer, a 7.1 audio mix and a new batch of exclusive extras created especially for this release.

Some of the bonus features are carried over from the previous DVD version, but let’s hope they also keep the impossibly funky music bed which was on that menu.

BONUS FEATURES (*Denotes all new content)

  • *The Scarface Phenomenon: This all-new documentary presents Scarface as a unique phenomenon in cinema history. It explores how a film plagued by controversy leading up to its release has become a Hollywood classic, influencing a whole new generation of filmmakers and leaving a lasting imprint on popular culture.
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The World of Tony Montana: Experience the world of the ultimate gangster and hear from experts on the real world violence, fear and paranoia that surrounds a drug lord.
  • The Rebirth: Director Brian De Palma, producer Martin Bregman, actor Al Pacino, and screenwriter Oliver Stone revisit the history of Scarface, from the inspiration of the original Howard Hawks classic to the evolution of the script.
  • The Acting: Join the filmmakers, Al Pacino and Steven Bauer to discover how each of the roles was cast and how Brian De Palma worked with his actors to get unforgettable performances
  • The Creating: A fascinating, controversial and definitive journey through the making of the film, which began with the production being forced to leave its initial location in Florida. Discover how the chainsaw scene was filmed, learn about the production design, the photography, and the struggle to get the film an “R” rating in the US.
  • Scarface: The TV Version: A revealing and hilarious montage of film clips comparing the theatrical version to the network television version of Scarface.
  • The Making of Scarface the Video Game: Immerse yourself in the world of Scarface in this behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the video game.•
  • *U-CONTROL Features
    • Scarface Scoreboard: Watch Scarface like never before. Keep track of the number of times the “F” word is used and monitor the bullets fired.
    • Picture in Picture: Access interview footage of Brian De Palma, Al Pacino, Screenwriter Oliver Stone, and others without interruption to the movie experience.
    • Also featured is a scene comparison between the 1983 version of Scarface and Howard Hawks’ original film.
  • *BD-LIVE™: Access the BD-Live™ Centre through your Internet-connected player to get even more content, watch the latest trailers and more.
  • POCKET BLU™ APP: Universal’s groundbreaking pocket BLU™ app uses iPhone™, iPod® touch, Smartphone, Android™, PC and Macintosh to work seamlessly with a network-connected Blu-ray™ player and offers advanced features such as:
    • ADVANCED REMOTE CONTROL: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray™ player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live™ functions with ease.
    • VIDEO TIMELINE: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the movie.
    • MOBILE-TO-GO: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray™ discs to save to mobile devices or to stream from anywhere there’s a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy exclusive content on the go, anytime, anywhere.
    • KEYBOARD: Enter data into a Blu-ray™ player with your device’s easy and intuitive keyboard to facilitate such Blu-ray™ features as chatting with friends and sending messages.
> More on Scarface at Wikipedia and IMDb
> Original trailer