Carlito’s Way Review and Blu-ray Features
12 Dec 1993
Brian De Palma
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Carlito’s crime days
It’s too bad that they didn’t come back and make a film showing Carlito and his crew before he went into the joint.
anyone else find the final image of the film incredibly touching
For some reason, the final image of Gail and presumedly her kids dancing in silhouette at the end almost brings a tear to my eye. I don’t know why, it just does. Anyone get the same reaction from it?
Almost? no sir, I do cry everytime I see her dancing to Joe Cocker. Very moving finale to an astounding movie.
I’ve been trying to work out why they reveal Carlito’s fate at the beginning. It’s a bit like watching a film based off a real event (e.g Titanic). You’re along for the ride, but as a viewer you are privy to information you don’t usually get.
You’re right, the beginning didn’t give away his fate. Thanks for pointing that out, as it had been awhile since I’d seen the very beginning.
It did, however, let us know his escape isn’t going to be clean. And near the end it looks like he’s going to get away, but HOW does he get on that stretcher? Then it happens. We were told it was going to happen but we probably forgot, or wanted to forget. And even if it does happen he’ll be fine.
But he won’t be.
Now THAT’S manipulation. In a good way.
The Murder Of Carlitos Cousin
At the beginning of the film carlito accompanies his cousin to a drug deal and the cousin is murdered, there is no reference after though- no funeral, revenge or even an explanation to the young boys mother, any1 else find this strange?
Maybe, and i repeat, maybe, its done to show how much carlito wanted to change. i.e. by not going after the killers.
yeah tru that i watched that and noticed that carlitos fresh out of prison is trying to do everything in his power to avaoid going back to his old way of living and that was hard him being there noticing when those thugs were setting up his cousin and then he makes it out alive and barely gets away from the police which makes it even better for him!!!!!
Why isn’t anyone mentioning the fact he basically wiped out that room of people the main 2 culprits were dead… who else was there left to kill?
Very cheesy for a gangster film
In my opinion, this movie isn’t cheesy, it’s just from a different angle.
I’ts about a guy really trying to get out of the lifestyle, sorting his priorities out. And the acting is brilliant. Sean Pen is the true star in this one. Al Pacino does a solid job, as (almost) always, just like the rest of the cast, but Sean delivers above and beyond…
How did the cops not see Benny Blanco shoot Carlito?
When Blanco shoots Carlito and then Pachanga he does it in full view just yards away from the cops who just shot the Italian guy. Even though Blanco uses a silencer he still would have surely been seen and the cops would have noticed two guys being shot in front of them on a busy train platform?
The cops are dealing with the guy they just shot, Benny subtly shoots Carlito at point blank range hidden by an overcoat in a busy and noisy train station.
RT/Meta Critic Review
“Carlito’s Way” is best watched as lively, colorful posturing and as a fine demonstration of this director’s bravura visual style.(Click here to see)
“Carlito’s Way,” like “Scarface,” is first and last a character study, a portrait of a man who wants to be better than he is. (Click here)
Carlito’s Way blasts its way onto Blu-ray in a blood red VC-1 encoded transfer in full 1080p and a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Universal hasn’t exactly been treating its catalog titles with a lot of care lately (Out of Africa and Spartacus are two recent, largely lamentable examples). The bad news is Universal doesn’t seem to have done much with Carlito, following in the footsteps of those other, perhaps more illustrious, releases. The good news is that means no hideous edge enhancement and no apparent DNR. The bad news is the print does not seem to have been cleaned or restored, so there is occasional very slight damage and debris. The good news (is this ping pong or something?) is the film looks excellently sharp overall and well detailed, and colors are excitingly vibrant, especially on the red end of the spectrum. Black levels and contrast are very strong, and shadow detail is really exceptional. De Palma uses some interesting multi-hued palettes throughout the movie, which play out like a sort of nightmarish episode of pastel-laden Miami Vice, and the Blu-ray reproduces this wide variety of shades brilliantly. The film actually starts in a post-processed black and white sequence, and contrast is exceptional in those moments.
Carlito’s Way‘s lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix may not be as bombastic as some audiophiles might be expecting, especially considering the subject matter, but it’s really a good track in and of itself, with a full and well rendered soundfield and some of the more consistently active rear channel effects I’ve heard recently. One of the greatest pleasures of this track is the absolutely gorgeous underscore by Patrick Doyle, with elegiac string writing which is very redolent of Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” and Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.” While some of the foley effects like gunshots sound compressed and overly narrow, balance between dialogue, score and effects is very well modulated, with dialogue always easy to hear and directionally well placed.
Some, but not all, of the extras on the SD-DVD release of Carlito’s Way have been ported over to this release:
- The Making of ‘Carlito’s Way’ (SD; 34:36) is one of the standard making of featurettes we’ve come to expect from regular in this idiom Laurent Bouzerau.
- Brian De Palma on ‘Carlito’s Way’ (SD; 5:26), though short, offers the director talking about casting and filming.
- Deleted Scenes (SD; 8:15), offers extended or excised versions of nine fairly forgettable scenes.
The Blu-ray also features BD Live and D Box.