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directed by Brian De Palma
USA 1993

Al Pacino, in first collaboration with director Brian De Palma since Scarface, plays a Puerto Rican, Carlito Brigante, an ex-con who, within the time-honored code of nobility, and tries to go straight. His character's grace and dignity help carry the duality of the film and bind us through his honorable noble-thief intentions. Penelope Ann Miller is uncharacteristically playing a stripper (the good) and is certainly capable of pulling some strings of sensuality, but the true star, and continually proven best actor of his generation, in one of his least recognizable, but most memorable, roles as dishonest Jewish lawyer Kleinfeld (the bad) is Sean Penn - who incidentally did this film solely for money to help fund his masterful The Crossing Guard. De Palma, whom I have consistently been on the fence about, cuts a smooth stylish cloth of both exciting action and intense emotions. The film is a rough ride... but an impacting one. One of the better, if not the best film to come out of Hollywood in 93'.  out of      

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: November 10, 1993

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Big thanks to Guillaume Mareri and Vincent BOUCHΙ for all the DVD Screen Caps!

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Distribution

Universal (Ultimate)

Region 1 - NTSC

Universal (France)
Region 2 - PAL

Universal (Collector's)

Region 1 - NTSC

Universal (plain old 'nothing' version)
Region 2 - PAL
Universal
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FREE - Blu-ray

 

1) Universal (Ultimate Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC LEFT

2) Universal (Edition Collector) - Region 2 - PAL SECOND

3) Universal (Canadian - Collector's Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Universal (UK) - Region 2 - PAL - FOURTH

6) Universal - Region FREE - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

Distribution

Universal

Region 1 - NTSC

Universal
Region 2 - PAL

Universal

Region 1 - NTSC

Universal
Region 2 - PAL
Universal
Region
FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 02:23:55 2:18:09 (4% PAL speedup) 02:24:0 02:18:01 (4% PAL speedup) 2:24:09.599
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.97 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate:5.84 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.42 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Disc Size: 45,584,906,157 bytes

Feature Size: 41,733,126,144 bytes

Average Bitrate: 31.76 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray VC-1 Video 1080P

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Universal (Ultimate Edition)

 

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Universal (Edition Collector)

Region 2

 

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Universal (Canadian - Collector's Edition)

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Universal (UK)

 

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Universal Blu-ray

 

Audio English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), DUBS: French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) English DD5.1, DUB: French DD5.1 and DTS5.1 English & French 5.1 DD, Spanish 2.0

English & French 5.1 DD, Spanish 2.0

DTS-HD Master Audio English 3994 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3994 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS Audio French 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles English (CC), French, Spanish, none English, French, Dutch, Arabian and None English (CC), French, Spanish, none English, French, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch English (CC), French, Spanish, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Universal

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Brian De Palma on Carlito's Way
• Deleted Scenes
• The Making of Carlito's Way
• Photo & Poster Gallery
• Original Promotional Featurette
• Original Theatrical Trailer

DVD Release Date: September 13th, 2003
Keep case inside cardboard slipcase

Chapters 20

Release Information:
Studio: Universal
(Europe)

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Making Of
• Photo Gallery
• Trailer

DVD Release Date: March 31st, 2004
Amaray (Keep) case - 1 disc

Chapters 20

Release Information:
Studio: Universal

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Making Of
• Photo Gallery
• Trailer

DVD Release Date: October 14, 2003
Keep case - 1 disc

Chapters 20
 

Release Information:
Studio: Universal

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Trailer
• Production Notes
• Cast & Filmmaker's notes

 

DVD Release Date: July 24, 2000
Keep case - 1 disc

Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio: Universal

 

Disc Size: 45,584,906,157 bytes

Feature Size: 41,733,126,144 bytes

Average Bitrate: 31.76 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray VC-1 Video 1080P

 

Edition Details:
• Brian De Palma on Carlito's Way
• Deleted Scenes
• The Making of Carlito's Way
• My Scenes
• D-Box Motion Controls
• What's New / Ticker

Blu-ray Release Date: May 18th, 2010
Standard Blu-ray case

Chapters 20

 

 

Comments NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION - Universal - Region FREE - Blu-ray May 2010 -  Short story - of all the Universal editions this is by far the best at over 4X the bitrate of the "Ultimate Edition" DVD from 2003. Like the HD-DVD version that came out October 23rd, 2007 - this Blu-ray utilizes a VC-1 encode but the file size is larger than the capacity of that, now defunct, format. The Blu-ray has over 40 Gig devoted to the almost 2.5 hour feature.  The image quality is a significant improvement over the DVDs with greater detail and depth with grain is visible especially in the black and white sequence.

The lossless DTS-HD track is powerful at almost 4000 kbps. There are plenty of effects in the film and while not extensive separation - when it occurs - it is dramatic with abundant range. Being a De Plama film - the pauses (and slow-mos) take on relevant significance. There are optional subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.

No new extras beyond the 2003 UE (De Palma on CW, Deleted Scenes and Making of... - all in SD) but the Blu-ray does have the My Scenes feature (plenty to choose from in this film) and D-Box motion controls.

I've always been a big fan of Carlito's Way and the Blu-ray is the one you want to own.

NOTE: We initially had the UE DVD screen grabs in 720 to match the non-anamorphic ones but larger (800 pixel wide), more accurate, caps eventually followed. 

 - Gary Tooze

NOTE on the UE DVD: I seem to have trouble playing this new ULTIMATE edition on my trustworthy Malata 393a, but my region 1 Toshiba seems to play it fine.

ADDITION - Universal NTSC 'Ultimate Edition' - (September 2005) - Well, Studios never seem to be at a loss to name the 'next great' version on DVD - We have various 'Anniversary', 'Collector's', 'Platinum', 'Superbit' etc. ... and this, of course, this is the 'Ultimate' (which may be hard to top, literally speaking).

Firstly, I had no part in our initial comparison and I don't know why the captures were shrunk so much smaller than usual.

The Ultimate edition is on 1 two sides disc with the Film on one side and the Extras on the opposite.

I wouldn't say this image is stellar - it is appears that most of the 'ultimate-ness' belongs with the extra features - which are very good. It is anamorphic - progressive - tight to the frame, but skin tones still have that orangey look at times, which may be intentional. It is still dark, which also may be intentional. The DTS audio, white subtitles and extensive extra features are fabulous - the only thing missing is a commentary. Of all the releases I would think this may very well be the definitive. We recommend.

 - Gary Tooze

ADDITION - French Region 2- (Aug 2004) - Skin tones appear a little orange on the French version, but sharpness looks identical. It does have a French DTS track (for those desiring a French DUB), but the rest looks identical (extras etc.). Seems comparable to the Canadian edition.

 - Gary Tooze

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First of all, the anamorphic R1 picture is obviously better than the old R2 one. Indeed, the master has been cleaned (see dust on Pacino's noise [1st capture] and on the left of the Prison barge [3rd capture]) and the definition, compression and contrast are definitely controlled. There are about 3 years between the two releases.

The only bad point is, when the R2 picture is bright and blue (3rd cap.), the new collector edition is overzoomed (eg. the bridge on the 4th cap. is cropped on both sides) and is a bit dull despite on its more natural colors.

 - Guillaume Mareri

 



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3) Universal (Canadian - Collector's Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

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2) Universal (Edition Collector) - Region 2 - PAL SECOND

3) Universal (Canadian - Collector's Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Universal (UK) - Region 2 - PAL - FOURTH

5) Universal (Ultimate Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - FIFTH

6) Universal - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Universal (Ultimate Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC TOP

2) Universal (Edition Collector) - Region 2 - PAL SECOND

3) Universal (Canadian - Collector's Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Universal (UK) - Region 2 - PAL - FOURTH

5) Universal (Ultimate Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - FIFTH

6) Universal - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


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Distribution

Universal (Ultimate)

Region 1 - NTSC

Universal (France)
Region 2 - PAL

Universal (Collector's)

Region 1 - NTSC

Universal (plain old 'nothing' version)
Region 2 - PAL
Universal
Region
FREE - Blu-ray





 

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