Posted Thu Mar 24, 2011 at 11:10 AM PDT by Tom Landy
Brian De Palma's landmark 1983 crime drama is getting the royal Blu-ray treatment this September!
In an early announcement to retailers, Universal Studios is preparing 'Scarface' for a Blu-ray release on September 6.
Considered one of the most influential gangster films ever made, 'Scarface’s' gritty depiction of Tony Montana’s lethal ambition has made it a cultural touchstone that spans generations. Now, fans can experience the film’s raw power in the newly restored, high-resolution, high-definition picture and explosive 7.1 audio for the first time ever. Exclusive new bonus content created especially for this release reveals the film’s iconic legacy as one of the greatest crime sagas of all time. For a limited time only, 'Scarface Special Limited Edition' Blu-rayTM comes with collectible SteelBookTM packaging, ten exclusive art cards, a digital copy of the film and a DVD of the original 1932 'Scarface,' making it a must-own addition to every film fan’s library. And, for the ultimate collector and cigar enthusiast, an elegantly hand-crafted Scarface-themed humidor will be made available in an exclusive, never-before-available, limited edition. Created by the renowned Daniel Marshall, the humidor’s exterior is hand painted and polished with the Marshall’s trademark “1000 coat brilliant finish.” The interior – made with untreated Spanish cedar – will properly condition and age approximately 100 cigars at optimal humidity levels. Limited to 1,000 worldwide, each individually numbered humidor comes embellished with custom medallions inspired by the iconic film and includes a certificate of authenticity.
“Nearly 30 years after it first exploded onto the screen, Scarface stands as a cultural icon with a passionate and growing fan base that continues to exert an enduring influence on not just moviemakers but artists across the entire pop-culture landscape,” said Craig Kornblau, President of Universal Studios Home Entertainment. “Now, for the first time ever, fans of this jewel in the Universal crown can enjoy Scarface with the spectacular picture and sound quality that only Blu-rayTM provides.”
A masterful collaboration between acclaimed director Brian de Palma ('The Untouchables,' 'Carlito’s Way') and Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Oliver Stone ('Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,' 'Platoon'), 'Scarface' features extraordinary performances from a powerhouse cast that includes Academy Award® winner Al Pacino ('The Godfather'), Academy Award® nominee Michelle Pfeiffer ('The Fabulous Baker Boys,' 'Hairspray'), Academy Award® nominee Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio ('The Color of Money,' 'The Perfect Storm'), Academy Award® nominee Robert Loggia ('Jagged Edge') and Steven Bauer ('Traffic'). The film was nominated for three Golden Globe® Awards (including Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Score), and was named one of the Top 10 Gangster Films of All Time by the American Film Institute.
To celebrate the film’s Blu-rayTM debut, fans will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to design Scarface-inspired artwork using classic Tony Montana images from the film. Universal will select the Top 25 submissions based on creativity, originality, quality of composition/design and utilization of the 'Scarface' theme. Fans will vote on their favorite 10 submissions which will then be featured as exclusive art cards in the 'Scarface Limited Edition' Blu-rayTM. The designer who garners the highest number of fan votes will become the Grand Prize winner, and will have their art featured on both the art card and on a high-profile billboard in a major US city to promote the release.
Bonus features will include:
~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.
~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: Scarface Scoreboard — Watch Scarface like never before. Keep track of the number of times the "F" word is used and monitor the bullets fired! (Blu-ray exclusive)
~U-Control: 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.(Blu-ray exclusive)
~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.(Blu-ray exclusive)
~BD-Live (Blu-ray exclusive)
~Pocket Blu (Blu-ray exclusive)
Suggested list price for the Blu-ray has yet to be revealed, but the Humidor Gift Set is $999.99.
You can find the latest specs for 'Scarface' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it is indexed under September 6.
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