Plot: What’s it about?
Carlito (Al Pacino) has just been released from prision. The whole movie is a flashback, because we see him get shot at the beginning. The story shows Carlito trying to put his life back together, but is burdened by his crooked lawyer (Sean Penn). Carlito gets mixed back up in drugs and crime while trying to get his old girlfriend back (Penelope Ann Miller). It’s right along the lines of GoodFellas and other mob movies, but this is one that stands out. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it.
Video: How does it look?
Another of Universal’s first releases, at least this one was in widescreen. It’s not enhanced for widescreen TV’s, and the film is just old enough, that’s it’s starting to show some of it’s age. Clearly (no pun intended), the best available out there, though. Lastly, it is dual-layered, so you don’t have to flip the disc, like some earlier Warner titles (thank you very much).
Audio: How does it sound?
The 5.1 Dolby Digital Soundtrack is a great improvement over the old Dolby Surround laserdisc. However, the laserdisc was THX certified, but that really doesn’t mean shit, unless you have a THX receiver and a whole THX system, which most of us don’t. Good surround effects and the dialogue is nice and clean.
Supplements: What are the extras?
Ehhh…besides a trailer and some production notes and bios, that’s it. This would make a great special edition. Keep your fingers crossed.