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Blow (Widescreen)

Johnny Depp , Penélope Cruz , Ted Demme    R (Restricted)   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
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Special Features

The third Infinifilm finds another rich topic to showcase the fully loaded DVD line. Foremost is director Ted Demme's captivating interview with the real George Jung (the director also shares his commentary track with his subject). In addition Demme gives us a flippant, behind-the-scenes "Production Diary" and more than a half-hour of better-than-average deleted scenes (a few of which reveal the fate of a major character). The extemporaneous "Character Outtakes" are so good, more filmmakers should give it a try. One well-researched documentary segment traces the intertwined history of Colombia and cocaine; another relates the scientific explanation of getting high. With the Infinifilm feature, a viewer can access these materials separately or during the movie with seamless "jumps" to selected extras. A DVD-ROM feature incorporating the movie and printed script is an excellent finishing touch. --Doug Thomas

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Depp/Cruz/Liotta/Reubens/Molla ~ Blow

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Money isnt real. Its nothing." March 19 2004
Format:DVD
"Blow" is based on the true story of George Jung (Johnny Depp in one of his best roles), the loving son of a struggling businessman (Ray Liotta) who, as a child, upon seeing his family struggle to make ends meet and witnessing his mother's (Rachel Griffiths) resentment for his father because of their low income, vows to never be poor. Thus ensues Jung's descent into the world of drugs. He begins his three-decade rise and abrupt fall as a drug lord smuggling pot into the US in his early 20's during the pot-crazed 60's, which garners him an enormous amount of cash. After landing a lengthy jail sentence, he meets Diego Delgado (Jordi Mollà) in jail who introduces George to the far more profitable world of cocaine dealing. He soon shoots to the top of the game and his biggest problem becomes where to put all of his cash. It is said that if you used cocaine during the 70's and 80's, there's an 85% chance it came from Jung.
Over the years he struggles with a crack-addicted wife (Penélope Cruz as you've never seen her before), the relationship with his young daughter, and maintaining his relationship with the only person who truly cares for him in the world, his father. Additionally, Jung is portrayed in a sympathetic light as a nice guy who just makes some bad decisions. Usually I disagree with this type of "glamorization" of criminals, but I feel that in Jung's case it is truly deserved.
"Blow" is not only the fascinating, pulse-pounding, and historically informative chronicle of the rise and fall of one of America's most influential drug lords; it also the exploration of some very deep personal connections, such as very deep father/son connection between George and his father.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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his final drug bust for which he is still serving time. Johnny Depp carries this movie very well, like all movies about gangs or drugs or anything crime related, this movie starts off with everything going well and then everything starting to go downhill again, it is a true story, obviously with quite a bit of Hollywood fabrication but none the less, it inspires sympathy for the characters, I for one am someone who isn't really a very emotional person when it comes to movies, at least I don't think so, but this movie brought a tear or two to my eye, especially the ending, where Depp recited a poem written by Jung and it is the saddest thing, the special features are quite amazing, I would recommend this movie to people over 14 because it does have an R rating which is due to a lot of language, drug content, extremely brief nudity and some violence here and there. Enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars extras no good July 3 2004
Format:DVD
I rated this movie 5 stars, until I got a load of the DVD extras. These extras actually serve to drag down the enjoyment of the movie. First, there are the "character outtakes" whatever that term is supposed to mean. These consist of various characters being interviewed about George Jung - the character, not the real person. They say poorly thought out and inarticulate things like, "This guy... he's like... this guy don't care what anybody thinks, you know?" My impression was that the actors just got in front of a camera "in character" and extemporized. The results are pretty ghastly. Also, there is the jailhouse interview that director Ted Demme makes of George Jung, the real person. This is also pretty disedifying, consisting at the end of Demme sitting next to Jung on a bench and saying similarly inarticulate and poorly thought out things, like, "Yeah, its like schoolteachers make minimum wage and there's truckdrivers making hundreds of thousands of dollars a year..." Now, I am an ex-schoolteacher and though I did not make a mint at my job I certainly did not make "minimum wage" and I worked for one of the most underfunded school districts in the country. One has the impression of being a witness to a guy blowing his mouth off on the balcony of somebody's post-college get-together. Not pretty. How Demme ever got people to trust him with millions of dollars remains a mystery: the man is simply not preposessing intellectually. Also, his world is morally vague and equivocal. He tells Jung he takes a non-judgemental stance to his crimes and then says that he himself has skeletons in the closet, its just that his are not so well known. Now, I kind of doubt that Ted Demme is himself a serious criminal who has simply evaded discovery. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blow: A Film About An Unapologetic Life... May 11 2004
Format:DVD
This is a remarkable film about an exceptional story based on an eventful life. I'm surprised by the number of critics. Does this film try and glorify the drug dealer? No. Is George Jung a hero? No. Is the film's purpose to make him one? No. This is why I have problems with a majority of the critics of this excellent film. Why the criticism? The subject matter? The fact that it was based on a true story?
At any rate, back to the film, which is wonderfully shot backed up by great performances from Johnny Depp, Ray Liotta and Jordi Molla. The film is told from a narrative perspective by George Jung (Johnny Depp) tracing the spectacular rise and fall of the pioneering US cocaine distributor of the 1970's / 80's.
The film moves seamlessly from George's adolescence to adulthood through a number of locations and vividly captures the essence of that decadent era. The sets, costumes and music all work perfectly.
The audience takes an incredible journey, pulled into a world of drug smuggling / distributing, the illusion of 'easy money', ensuing greed and finally betrayal. While many are quick to point out the fact that this person was a "drug dealer" and ponder, "why feel sorry for him?", this misses the point. His story doesn't search for sympathy from the audience, although it is a sad one. It is an unapologetic look at an unapologetic life.
The greatest takeaway from his experience was that he realized too late what was truly important in his life. Simple things, not the money, not the cars, but "real" things as foreshadowed by his father's speech to him as a child. A point that is continually being underscored by his father's unconditional love (wonderfully played by Ray Liotta, a refreshing character change for him) and culminates in his own unconditional love for his daughter - although he is too late to recieve it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MUST HAVE!
LOVE THIS MOVIE!
Published 19 days ago by J. Abbenda
5.0 out of 5 stars In the Name of Iran
This movie is really great to watch. It is based on a real life story of a man who started to sell drugs at street level and made his way to a high profile drug dealers. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Peyman ADLDOUSTI
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!!
Love this movie and the actors in it. Great Bio pick for people who like movies like this. A must see
Published 11 months ago by Danica
5.0 out of 5 stars Blow
Awesome story...was glued to the DVD the whole time. Johnny Depp is an awesome actor, and certainly needs to be credited for his acting.
Published 12 months ago by Shirley Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars great
love this movie, on this true story of george jung, what a guy.. great cast and supporting cast.. i still can't stand paul reubens...
Published 20 months ago by Jason Heidman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, beautiful steelbook
One of my favorite movies & one with the best ending scenes, Great steelbook, glad to have it before got out of print.
Published 20 months ago by IsMAeL
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Great movie, a fantastic Johnny Depp and a wonderful steelbook. No dents, scratches or any other issues as described in the other review. Just beautiful.
Published on July 31 2012 by blurayler
1.0 out of 5 stars Steelbook
This movie is great and when I found out there was going to be a steelbook I was pumped. Well then I purchased it and opened up my package and big scratches all over the front of... Read more
Published on June 21 2012 by M. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars the book
if you enjoyed the movie you will like the book also. although most of the movie is true it is abit exaggerated and the book fills in alot of empty spaces left by the movie. Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars Luff ist der drug
Let me be clear, this is a great film. It actually reassures me that all movies are not garbage. But for me the best part of the movie is Franka Potente's performance as Barbara,... Read more
Published on June 28 2004 by mark twain
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