New Release: Scarface Blu-ray Steelbook and Humidor

ScarfaceBrian De Palma’s gangster drama Scarface, starring Al Pacino (Carlito’s Way), arrived on Blu-ray on Sept. 6, 2011, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Need we say more?

Okay, how about a little more: Fans can experience all of Tony Montana’s raw power in a newly restored, high-resolution, high-definition picture and explosive 7.1 audio for the first time. The Blu-ray also has exclusive new bonus content created especially for the release, including the new documentary The Scarface Phenomenon.

For a limited time, the Scarface Special Limited Edition Blu-ray comes with collectible SteelBook packaging, 10 exclusive art cards (see more below), a digital copy of the film and a DVD of the original 1932 Scarface starring Paul Muni.

The Steelbook is priced at $34.98.

Okay, here’s a good one: For the ultimate collector and cigar enthusiast, an elegantly hand-crafted Scarface-themed humidor will be made available in an exclusive limited edition. Created by craftsman Daniel Marshall, the humidor’s exterior is hand painted and polished, and the interior will properly condition and age approximately 100 cigars at optimal humidity levels. The humidor is limited to 1,000 worldwide, each individually numbered and embellished with custom medallions inspired by the film.

The Gift Set is priced at a eye-opening $999.99. That’s a lot of cash. We wonder what Tony Montana would buy with that kind of money…

But there’s more: To celebrate the film’s Blu-ray debut, Universal sponsored a National Fan Art Contest, giving diehards a chance to get their design in the Scarface Blu-ray. Fans could create Scarface-inspired artwork using classic Tony Montana images from the film, and Universal selected the Top 25 based on creativity, originality and quality of composition/design and utilization of the Scarface theme. Fans’ favorite 10 became exclusive art cards in the Scarface Limited Edition Blu-ray. And the design that garnered the highest number of fan votes became the Grand Prize winner and their art was featured on both the art card and on a high-profile billboard in a major U.S. city to promote the disc’s release. Universal created a special Facebook page for the contest: www.facebook.com/scarfacethemovie

Scarface Blu-ray boxNow, onto the list of bonus features scheduled for the Blu-ray:

  • The Scarface Phenomenon This new documentary 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.
  • Deleted scenes
  • The World of Tony MontanaExperience 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 De Palma, producer Martin Bregman, 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 ActingJoin the filmmakers, Pacino and Steven Bauer to discover how each of the roles was cast and how De Palma worked with his actors to get unforgettable performances.
  • The CreatingA 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 montage of film clips comparing the theatrical version to the network television version of Scarface.
  • The Making of Scarface: The Video Game
  • U-Control features (including one that keeps track of the number of times the “F bomb” is dropped over the course of the film).

 

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.