In 1983, the gangster film genre had seen such greats as The Godfather and its first sequel, but the genre tended to follow a very similar style. Usually at least one mob family faces down competition and trouble with the law in order to keep business going. Brian De Palma’s film, Scarface, broke that mold. A remake of a 1932 film of the same name, De Palma’s film decides to move the story from mob-centric Chicago to the sunny Miami of the 1980s and centers around Cuban-refugee Tony Montana (Al Pacino) as he climbs the ranks in the Miami drug ring.
This tale of a skewed American Dream has become the next subject of CineFix’s “8-Bit Cinema” series. A main-stay here at Nerdist, we have brought you CineFix’s pixelated renditions of The Hobbit, Guardians of the Galaxy, Godzilla, The Matrix, and even Sin City. If none of those stories have made it your way before, allow us to explain. 8-Bit Cinema is a series created by the YouTube channel CineFix that re-imagines popular movies as classic video games in the art style of Capcom and compresses the film down into about three minutes or so.
CineFix’s take on Scarface takes a lot of cues from classic side-scroller beat-em-up games from the original Nintendo Entertainment System, as well as allusions to the Mega Man series. If you are offended by pixelated blood in some way, be forewarned that there is plenty of it in this video.
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