Scarface: Two-Disc Anniversary Edition (2003) Say hello to my little DVD! Brian De Palma's coked-up gangster circus may be one giant hunk of exploitative nonsense, but, thanks in large part…
Movie on DVD Review

Scarface: Two-Disc Anniversary Edition (2003)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Sep 30, 2003; DVD Release Date: Sep 30, 2003

Say hello to my little DVD! Brian De Palma's coked-up gangster circus may be one giant hunk of exploitative nonsense, but, thanks in large part to the blind reverence of assorted hip-hoppers and SportsCenter anchors, it's become something of a classic. To that utterly misguided end, Universal's two-disc set totally kills -- if only because at one point it includes probably the single funniest subtitle in the history of the medium: ''[Tony muttering].'' Production documentaries allow that screenwriter Oliver Stone named Al Pacino's marble-mouthed psycho kingpin after quarterback Joe Montana, while he based those chainsawing drug runners on fact. (Still a mystery: why all the Cubans speak English to each other.) Even better is a hilarious look at how a movie that initially got an X rating was edited for TV, and a smart Def Jam-produced short in which rappers sing Scarface's praise. Quoth the Wu-Tang's Raekwon, ''That s -- - was the f -- -ing Bible.''

Originally posted Oct 10, 2003 Published in issue #732 Oct 10, 2003 Order article reprints