The triple threat of director Brian De Palma, writer Oliver Stone and actor Al Pacino combined for one incredible mobster flick in 1983’s Scarface. But how does the story play out on 4K Ultra HD? Will it be your little friend, or will it fk with you?
The story: Cuban Tony Montana (Pacino) finds himself in Florida after Fidel Castro exports a bunch of his citizens who have family Stateside – along with the dregs from his prison system. Montana is ambitious and likes the life that he sees, soon working his way up the drug dealing ladder with aims of hitting the top. But when you’re up top, there’s only one way to go, yeah?
“In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the women.”
The 4K disc: Scarface comes to us via a native 4K transfer that is, put simply, exquisite. Detail is superb – especially after the so-so Blu-ray release – and, other than in file footage, grain is fine and scarcely noticeable at typical viewing distances. The addition of HDR brings even further life to proceedings, with everything from Miami’s sunsets and the various ethnicity skin tones through to more man-made things like cars and neon signs exhibiting magnificent, natural colour. This looks like it could have been filmed yesterday, completely belying its age.
There’s also good news on the audio front, with a strong DTS-X mix that does everything that you’d hope with such a remix, in that it delivers dialogue front and centre with great clarity, while using all the other channels to get everything else moving. Giorgio Moroder’s score sounds superb bursting forth from all around, while ambience is usually subtle, but effective. Then there are the little things that raise a smile, like background choppers in the height channels.
The 4K disc includes a ~28-minute 35th anniversary reunion of De Palma and actors Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer and Steven Bauer in 2018. It also features on the handily included Blu-ray, accompanied by a selection of more featurettes and some deleted scenes.
Release date: December 11, 2019
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer
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