De Palma's Scarface Coming Back to Theaters
Source: Universal Studios Home Video, Focus Features
In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Brian De Palma's searing underworld epic Scarface will return to theaters in limited engagements on September 19th, it was announced today by Universal Pictures and Focus Features. Al Pacino stars in the film, which stunned audiences upon its debut with its uncompromising and visceral depiction of the American immigrant experience. These special theatrical engagements will feature new 35mm prints struck from restored film elements, and a newly remixed digital soundtrack. A major premiere will be held in New York to kick-off the theatrical run.
"All of us at Universal are tremendously excited about this opportunity for audiences to experience 'Scarface' on the big screen," said Craig Kornblau, president of Universal Studios Home Video, which supervised the restoration of the film. "Unlike most films, 'Scarface' has gained in interest and influence over the last 20 years, and its fervent fan base continues to grow. This is truly an event."
Focus Features, the specialty film unit of Universal Pictures, will distribute Scarface in these theatrical engagements.
Originally released by Universal Pictures in 1983, the film was hailed for Al Pacino's towering performance as Cuban immigrant Tony Montana, and for Brian De Palma's masterful direction. Over the years, as the film found continued exposure on television and home video, it developed a devoted following in the hip-hop and urban music community, resulting in a widespread influence on music, fashion, language, attitude and ambition. But many of its most devoted fans have never experienced the film in its original form or presentation, and the 20th anniversary of Scarface allows them this unique opportunity and more.
In bringing the film back to its full theatrical power, producer Martin Bregman and original film editor Jerry Greenberg worked tirelessly to fully restore the picture. "This new re-mastered print reaches out and grabs you in a very visceral way," says producer Martin Bregman. "The digital sound on the new release of 'Scarface' is incredible and gives new life to Tony Montana's iconic dialogue, and to the lifestyle he embodies and continues to inspire today. Our greatest hope is that a new generation will be acquainted with this powerful epic."
The theatrical engagements of Scarface will take place in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Detroit, Dallas, Miami and San Francisco. "The response from theatre owners has been immediate. Everyone is excited to see Tony Montana's rise to the top and fall to the bottom all over again," says Focus Features distribution head Jack Foley. "There's a new generation of 'Scarface' fans who want to see this print on a big screen."
Following the theatrical engagements, a home entertainment moratorium will be lifted as the "'Scarface' Two-Disc Anniversary Edition" and the "'Scarface' Deluxe Gift Set" DVD roll out on September 30th.