If we've learned anything from years of watching MTV's 'Cribs,' it's that you haven't really made it as a rich and famous young celebrity until you own a copy of Brian De Palma's 1982 gangster epic 'Scarface' on DVD. Showing it to the 'Cribs' camera crew (bonus points if you do it while standing in front of some 'Scarface' poster or a velvet painting of Al Pacino burying his face in a mountain of cocaine while doing it) is like a rite of passage. It proves you've made it as a pampered celeb, but you can still handle your biz should the sh*t go down ... or something.
That being said, the next generation of wannabe gangsters/celebrities in the making is gonna have to step their game up to be taken seriously. No longer will just any old 'Scarface' disc prove your street cred. If you really want the world to know what a baller you are, you're gonna need the newly announced 30th Anniversary Limited Edition release of 'Scarface.' That bad boy isn't coming cheap, either. Universal has set the price at $999.99.
Hit the jump to find out why this disc is fetching more than the original Criterion version of Pasolini's 'Salo: The 120 Days of Sodom.'
Those with cash to burn and a love of Pacino's gangster Tony Montana will get a special edition package that comes with a DVD, Blu-ray and digital copy of the film. What makes the package so pricey is the inclusion of a hand-painted humidor constructed of Spanish Cedar -- dubbed "the very finest in personal cigar storage systems" -- featuring art by Daniel Marshall. But wait, there's more!
What good is a humidor without some stogies? The humidor comes packed with a set of hand rolled 100 Habanos cigars. The article at IMDB points out this could potentially be a sticky issue for Universal. Importing Cuban cigars is still illegal in this country, although individuals can bring two boxes into the U.S. from abroad. Universal has plans to release 1,000 of these sets, meaning they've either had a lot of their staff travel outside the country to grab Cuban smokes or they've skirted the law somewhere. What do you expect? It's a movie about a poor Cuban rising through the criminal underworld to become a drug lord. Would Tony Montana go through customs? Neither does Universal. That's just how they roll.
If you're in the market for this rare 'Scarface' collectible, you can place your order now. Amazon is already offering it -- and it's a steal at their discounted price of $699.99. If that's too rich for your blood (you'll never be on 'Cribs' now), Universal is also offering a regular DVD set -- sans cigars -- for a more affordable $34.99.
This leads us to some questions, of course. Would you pay $1,000 for any DVD? What's the most you'd pay for a rare special edition of a film you love? Have you ever paid hundreds of dollars for a disc? Bare your materialistic soul below.