Review of "Scarface", 5 of 5 stars

Discussion in 'DVD Video' started by Mike Shea, Oct 16, 2003.

  1. Mike Shea

    Mike Shea Guest

    Scarface is one of the great movies of our time. It tells the story of
    the goals, the eventual success, and the downward spiral of American
    capitalism. Our anti-hero, Tony Montana, is one of the great all time
    movie characters. His quotes are found all over the place and his
    attitude has captured by millions. At the time the movie almost wasn't
    made, was almost given an X rating, had lousy box office numbers, and
    got terrible reviews, but now we see through the violence and language
    and see a deep and rich look at the rise and fall of one man's empire.

    Al Pacino defined gangsters twice in his career. One time as the quiet
    Machiavellian, Michael Corleone in Godfather 1 and 2 and again as the
    polar opposite Tony Montana. "All I have in this world are my balls
    and my word and I don't break them for no one." His attitude doesn't
    change, whether he is blowing away a Colombian drug dealer in front of
    Miami body builders and senior citizens or standing on his massive
    stairwell shooting the hit squad that is his eventual downfall. Tony
    Montana is an icon of fury, an icon of unbridled ambition. He starts
    with nothing and murders his way to the top. He stands in the house of
    his former boss, the boss lying dead on the floor of his office and
    the bosses wife coming down the glass elevator to end up in Montana's
    bed. He looks into the sky and sees the Goodyear blimp float by with
    the message "The World is Yours". Tony Montana agrees.

    While most movies nowadays try to hide their violence, Scarface makes
    no apologies for it. It speaks through its violence. Tony Montana's
    world is a world filled with blood. He sits on a mountain of skulls.
    The movie represents that in the raw form it deserves. Few movies ever
    make it off of the drawing board with this level of violence. Like the
    Godfather, Scarface was almost not made. Seeing such a wonderful movie
    that almost didn't happen makes me wonder how many movies weren't made
    that were just as good. In our sad world of user surveys, political
    motivations, advertisement, big budgets, and religious agendas, it is
    amazing any good movies get made at all. But they cannot take Scarface
    away. It was made and will exist on the shelves of millions for many
    years to come.

    There is a key moment in Scarface where Tony is having dinner with his
    junky wife and his second-in-command. It dawns on him that the top of
    his game is not where he wants to be. He has a bag for a belly and a
    junky wife. He's surrounded by rich mummies who need him to point
    their fingers at and say "there is the bad guy". Perhaps this is why
    he throws everything away, shooting the hit man of his supplier and
    ending up in a gun fight that packs all of the Wild Bunch into about
    ten minutes. Rather than die as his former boss did, Montana goes out
    at the top of his game, high on coke and tearing his own house apart
    with an M-16 while swarms of cockroach-like soldiers pour in. The
    moment he decides not to kill the wife and children of the target of
    the Colombian hit man is not a moment of morality. He has killed
    thousands of women and kids in his business. It is a decision of self
    destruction. When the choice of life or death arrives, he chooses
    death.

    There is a new release of Scarface on DVD. It is a two disc set
    including a 2.35 to 1 16x9 enhanced picture and a Dolby Digital 5.1
    soundtrack. There is a DTS track as well but for a 20 year old movie,
    there is no difference between the two audio tracks. The second disc
    includes packs of making-of and re-interview specials. There is no
    directors commentary. If you already own a copy of Scarface on DVD,
    don't bother with this one. If you do not own a copy, pick this one
    up.

    Scarface is one of the best movies ever made. It is hard core, bloody,
    rough edged, and has the word "****" in it over 189 times. It isn't
    for your grandmother, but for a lover of the genre, it is along side
    Godfather, Goodfellas, and Pulp Fiction. Don't miss it.

    Mike Shea
    http://mikeshea.net/about/
    http://liquidtheater.com/
    Mike Shea, Oct 16, 2003
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    luminos Guest

    SO?
    luminos, Oct 16, 2003
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  3. Mike Shea

    Doc_Johnson Guest

    On 16 Oct 2003 12:54:18 -0700, (Mike Shea) wrote:
    snipped................
    >
    >Scarface is one of the best movies ever made. It is hard core, bloody,
    >rough edged, and has the word "****" in it over 189 times. It isn't
    >for your grandmother, but for a lover of the genre, it is along side
    >Godfather, Goodfellas, and Pulp Fiction. Don't miss it.
    >
    >Mike Shea
    >http://mikeshea.net/about/
    >http://liquidtheater.com/



    Pleeze.... Its not in the same league as The Godfather.

    Doc
    Doc_Johnson, Oct 17, 2003
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  4. Mike Shea

    JWB Guest

    "Doc_Johnson" <> wrote in message
    news:01Gjb.3130$...
    > On 16 Oct 2003 12:54:18 -0700, (Mike Shea) wrote:
    > snipped................
    > >
    > >Scarface is one of the best movies ever made. It is hard core, bloody,
    > >rough edged, and has the word "****" in it over 189 times. It isn't
    > >for your grandmother, but for a lover of the genre, it is along side
    > >Godfather, Goodfellas, and Pulp Fiction. Don't miss it.
    > >
    > >Mike Shea
    > >http://mikeshea.net/about/
    > >http://liquidtheater.com/

    >
    >
    > Pleeze.... Its not in the same league as The Godfather.


    I agree. Scarface is a good movie, nothing more.
    JWB, Oct 17, 2003
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  5. Mike Shea

    Joshua Zyber Guest

    "Mike Shea" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > If you already own a copy of Scarface on DVD,
    > don't bother with this one. If you do not own a copy, pick this one
    > up.


    You are obviously not familiar with the previous DVD edition of this
    movie.
    Joshua Zyber, Oct 17, 2003
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  6. On Thu, 16 Oct 2003 14:52:22 -0700, "luminos" <> wrote:

    >SO?
    >



    A reply I would have expected from one who knows shit about nothing.

    SpeedByrd PhD
    Dr. Speedbyrd :>, Oct 17, 2003
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  7. On Thu, 16 Oct 2003 19:42:16 -0400, Doc_Johnson <> wrote:

    >On 16 Oct 2003 12:54:18 -0700, (Mike Shea) wrote:
    >snipped................
    >>
    >>Scarface is one of the best movies ever made. It is hard core, bloody,
    >>rough edged, and has the word "****" in it over 189 times. It isn't
    >>for your grandmother, but for a lover of the genre, it is along side
    >>Godfather, Goodfellas, and Pulp Fiction. Don't miss it.
    >>
    >>Mike Shea
    >>http://mikeshea.net/about/
    >>http://liquidtheater.com/

    >
    >
    >Pleeze.... Its not in the same league as The Godfather.
    >
    >Doc



    You're right about that. It's a good deal better, though Godfather was pretty good.

    SpeedByrd PhD
    Dr. Speedbyrd :>, Oct 17, 2003
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  8. Mike Shea

    Rutgar Guest

    On Fri, 17 Oct 2003 00:06:02 GMT, "Joshua Zyber"
    <> wrote:

    >"Mike Shea" <> wrote in message
    >news:...
    >> If you already own a copy of Scarface on DVD,
    >> don't bother with this one. If you do not own a copy, pick this one
    >> up.

    >
    >You are obviously not familiar with the previous DVD edition of this
    >movie.
    >


    I agree. The previous edition's video transfer was so awful, that the
    movie was totally un-watchable.

    - Rutgar
    Rutgar, Oct 17, 2003
    #8
  9. On Fri, 17 Oct 2003 01:19:20 GMT, Rutgar <> wrote:

    >On Fri, 17 Oct 2003 00:06:02 GMT, "Joshua Zyber"
    ><> wrote:
    >
    >>"Mike Shea" <> wrote in message
    >>news:...
    >>> If you already own a copy of Scarface on DVD,
    >>> don't bother with this one. If you do not own a copy, pick this one
    >>> up.

    >>
    >>You are obviously not familiar with the previous DVD edition of this
    >>movie.
    >>

    >
    >I agree. The previous edition's video transfer was so awful, that the
    >movie was totally un-watchable.
    >
    >- Rutgar



    I had no trouble watching it and I only had a mid priced DVD player.

    SpeedByrd PhD
    Dr. Speedbyrd :>, Oct 17, 2003
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  10. Mike Shea

    Rutgar Guest

    On 16 Oct 2003 20:34:26 -0500, "Dr. Speedbyrd :>" <>
    wrote:

    >On Fri, 17 Oct 2003 01:19:20 GMT, Rutgar <> wrote:
    >
    >>On Fri, 17 Oct 2003 00:06:02 GMT, "Joshua Zyber"
    >><> wrote:
    >>
    >>>"Mike Shea" <> wrote in message
    >>>news:...
    >>>> If you already own a copy of Scarface on DVD,
    >>>> don't bother with this one. If you do not own a copy, pick this one
    >>>> up.
    >>>
    >>>You are obviously not familiar with the previous DVD edition of this
    >>>movie.
    >>>

    >>
    >>I agree. The previous edition's video transfer was so awful, that the
    >>movie was totally un-watchable.
    >>
    >>- Rutgar

    >
    >
    >I had no trouble watching it and I only had a mid priced DVD player.
    >
    > SpeedByrd PhD



    Yes SpeedByrd, but even ragidly old VHS looks good on a 19" TV.

    - Rutgar
    Rutgar, Oct 17, 2003
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  11. (Mike Shea) wrote in
    news::

    > ....While most movies nowadays try to hide their violence....




    ?.....come again?
    Joseph Vitale, Oct 17, 2003
    #11
  12. On Fri, 17 Oct 2003 01:40:11 GMT, Rutgar <> wrote:

    >On 16 Oct 2003 20:34:26 -0500, "Dr. Speedbyrd :>" <>
    >wrote:
    >
    >>On Fri, 17 Oct 2003 01:19:20 GMT, Rutgar <> wrote:
    >>
    >>>On Fri, 17 Oct 2003 00:06:02 GMT, "Joshua Zyber"
    >>><> wrote:
    >>>
    >>>>"Mike Shea" <> wrote in message
    >>>>news:...
    >>>>> If you already own a copy of Scarface on DVD,
    >>>>> don't bother with this one. If you do not own a copy, pick this one
    >>>>> up.
    >>>>
    >>>>You are obviously not familiar with the previous DVD edition of this
    >>>>movie.
    >>>>
    >>>
    >>>I agree. The previous edition's video transfer was so awful, that the
    >>>movie was totally un-watchable.
    >>>
    >>>- Rutgar

    >>
    >>
    >>I had no trouble watching it and I only had a mid priced DVD player.
    >>
    >> SpeedByrd PhD

    >
    >
    >Yes SpeedByrd, but even ragidly old VHS looks good on a 19" TV.
    >
    >- Rutgar



    I had a 27" Sony Wega at the time. It still looked good.

    SpeedByrd PhD
    Dr. Speedbyrd :>, Oct 17, 2003
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  13. Doc_Johnson wrote:

    > On 16 Oct 2003 12:54:18 -0700, (Mike Shea) wrote:
    > snipped................
    >
    >>Scarface is one of the best movies ever made. It is hard core, bloody,
    >>rough edged, and has the word "****" in it over 189 times. It isn't
    >>for your grandmother, but for a lover of the genre, it is along side
    >>Godfather, Goodfellas, and Pulp Fiction. Don't miss it.
    >>
    >>Mike Shea
    >>http://mikeshea.net/about/
    >>http://liquidtheater.com/

    >
    >
    >
    > Pleeze.... Its not in the same league as The Godfather.
    >
    > Doc


    It's not even in the same league as Foxy Brown. Awful, awful movie.
    Tallulah Blanket, Oct 17, 2003
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