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Traffic (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

Michael Douglas , Benicio Del Toro , Steven Soderbergh    R (Restricted)   Blu-ray
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Traffic examines the question of drugs as politics, business, and lifestyle. With an innovative, color-coded cinematic treatment distinguishing his interwoven stories, Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s Eleven, Che) embroils viewers in the lives of a newly appointed drug czar and his family, a West Coast kingpin’s wife, a key informant, and police officers on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. The film, delivering a complex and nuanced take on this issue of such great international importance without sacrificing any energy or suspense, is a contemporary classic, and the winner of four Oscars, for best director, best screenplay, best editing, and best supporting actor for Benicio del Toro (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas).

DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES • Restored digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Steven Soderbergh and supervising sound editor and rerecording mixer Larry Blake, with 5.1 and 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks • Three audio commentaries, featuring Soderbergh and writer Stephen Gaghan; producers Laura Bickford, Edward Zwick, and Marshall Herskovitz and consultants Tim Golden and Craig Chretien; and composer Cliff Martinez • Twenty-five deleted scenes, with optional commentary by Soderbergh and Gaghan • Three sets of demonstrations: one on film processing and the look of the Mexico sequences; one on film editing, with commentary by editor Stephen Mirrione; and one on dialogue editing • Additional unused footage of various scenes, from multiple angles • Theatrical trailers and television spots • Gallery of trading cards depicting the U.S. Customs canine squad used to detect narcotics and illegal substances • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Manohla Dargis

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4.0 out of 5 stars Another nice release from Alliance March 13 2009
By C. Denison TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Since I first wrote my brief review of the Alliance blu-ray edition of Traffic back in 2009, a few newer releases of Traffic have been released on blu-ray:
--A Universal Studios release (under the Alliance banner here in Canada) was released on April 27th, 2010. It pretty much has the same picture and audio quality as the 2009 Alliance release (although the picture quality is now in 1080p and 1.85:1 aspect ratio). It also includes two special features (deleted scenes and a featurette)
--A steelbook version (released by Alliance) was released November 2nd, 2010. It's the exact same disc as the Apr. 27th, 2010 release, only now it's in a nice steelbook edition
--A Criterion Collection version was released on January 17th, 2012. It features SLIGHTLY better video and audio than the Apr. 27th, 2010 release (although the aspect ratio is back to 1.78:1). However, this release contains a lot more special features (3 audio commentaries, featurettes, deleted scenes, additional scenes, etc.)


My impressions of the Alliance blu-ray release of Traffic released in 2009.

25GB Single layer disc
Video: 1080i, 1.78:1 aspect ratio
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby and DTS HD-MA, French 5.1 Dolby

I enjoyed the movie. I hadn't wached it since seeing it on VHS quite a few years back, so it was refreshing to watch again; a truly great film. 4 outta 5

Video quality was tricky on this release. The majority of this movie looked more on the softer side, but even with it looking soft there was a lot of detail in some of those scenes. The opening scene of the movie in Mexico had me worrying about the PQ (since it looked below par), but it gets better thankfully.
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1.0 out of 5 stars good movie June 26 2014
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Excellent movie.
Started out slow , But drew me into the story line after the first 20 minutes. I ended up loving this movie but had my doubts at first. If you like a hard hitting story line you will enjoy this movie.A thinker piece. hope to watch again soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Traffic Jan. 6 2014
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Excellent triller à saveur politique, dramatique et différence culturelle...D'excellents comédiens appuient ce film dont l'excellent Michael Douglas, Benecio Del Toro et Catherine Zeta-Jones...À ne pas oublier les autres acteurs de soutien qui sont aussi excellents. à voir absolument!
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3.0 out of 5 stars USA FIlms / Alliance version of blu-ray March 2 2013
By Paul Shikata TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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oddly enough, even though i rate this 3 stars, i am preferring this alliance blu-ray xfer of the film over the universal and criterion, which have been altered from it's original theatrical presentation ...... to be sharper and to essentially have more robust colour timing (by possible removal of filters that were used originally)...... all approved by the director.

the alliance disc is interlaced as well. which is inexcusable really. 1080i

so i dock 2 stars off the score, as a progressive transfer is what this, and ALL films deserve.

I saw this film in the cinema, when it opened, and I am most definitely a fan of that particular version ..... when it comes to it's visual presentation for home video.

the segments in mexico are supposed to look that blown out and soft .....

i think it works beautifully. as does the extremely minimal sound design. i say this as sound fx editor ...... the sound of the film promotes contemplation from the viewer , rather than passively being overwhelmed by the 'in your face' sonic detail of typical modern day films ......... the images, the dialog, and the score, are the big players in this film.


5 stars for the film
3 for the transfer.

ultimately, it is nice to have a choice .... and so, one can see comparisons of the various HD xfers of this film online
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5.0 out of 5 stars This film still holds up Sept. 18 2012
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I saw "Traffic" twice in the theatres when it originally came out and I was only 16 years old at the time. It definitely left an impression on me as an act of filmmaking and story telling. To see it again in a luscious new Blu-Ray transfer is to be reminded of what a masterpiece is.

Criterion's Blu-Ray release of "Traffic" offers up this gritty looking film in stunning HD. The movie was intentionally made to look really raw and grainy and that look is preserved here. The original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 has been slightly opened up to 1.78:1 which does not affect the movie whatsoever (in the booklet that comes with the Blu-Ray it says that director Steven Soderbergh prefers this aspect ratio.) The extras are the same as the previous DVD release from Criterion and are all fascinating and really help one's appreciation of the film to grow.

This is a cinematic classic that was hailed by critics and audiences alike. Do not hesitate to buy "Traffic".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unconventional film that manages to impress April 5 2004
By A Customer
As you may already know Traffic is a movie about the U.S. drug problem that deals with the issue on all fronts. Traffic is not really an action movie or a drama but it has elements of both. It is more like a fictionalized documentary showing how drugs affect cops, politicians, families, and many others on both side of the border.
Traffic's plot consists of three interwoven tales that all focus on the issue of drugs. Benecio del Toro plays a mexican cop that struggles to fight two immense drug cartels. Catherine Zeta Jones plays a naive, pregnant wife that is thrown off the deep end into drugs when her husband gets arrested for drug trafficking. Michael Douglass plays a newly promoted politician whose job is to lead the fight on the war on drugs. There are many other supporting roles that delicately fill in the gaps between the three basic situations.
Traffic is unique in that there no lead roles in the move. Each story is given equal face time and importance. The notorious color differentiation between the stories is clever, but really nothing more. Overall this movie is very informative and revealing of the actualities of the war on drugs. Much of it is common sense but many subtle contradictions and fallacies are exposed that show why the current policy cannot work (an example is the emphasis of curtailing the dealers and Topher Grace's character explains why dealers are a product of the demand for goods and not vica-versa)
Overall, I found traffic to be an excellent and revealing movie. However, this movie does seem to possess that polarizing effect on people. So, I suggest shoveling out a few bucks to rent it and give it a try.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Criterion does Traffic up right!
Traffic(released Dec/2000) sports a high powered cast with a very compelling storyline that has more than a few messages to impart to us about the so called "war" on drugs,in this... Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2011 by Robert Badgley
1.0 out of 5 stars Pice of crap dont by this
I never seen pice of crap like theese the picture quality is worse then my old VHS please dont by this, Alliance dont make any menu any extra, the only thin you can setup is sound... Read more
Published on March 6 2009 by Carl Touchette
4.0 out of 5 stars 'The drug is not in the doll, the drug is the doll'
I have finally seen this film in it's entirety and I like to say that `Traffic' is a richly entertaining epic that recalls the great works of the 1970s, when directors like Robert... Read more
Published on July 5 2007 by Jenny J.J.I.
2.0 out of 5 stars Flat out, lousy movie-making
This is a frustrating film for many reasons. Firstly the schizophrenia of the plotlines is poorly done and distracting. Read more
Published on June 13 2004 by James Terrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Traffic, not your typical Half Baked
this movie ruled. the shaky camera and grittyness is awesome. but instead of some review on how it is an academy award brilliant film of substance abuse,etc i will tell you how... Read more
Published on June 8 2004 by "itscashed"
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting look at drugs
"TRAFFIC" is three interwoven stories about the drug trade and its impact on people. It attempts toshows how drugs can affect everybody connected to the drug dealers and... Read more
Published on June 2 2004 by William
3.0 out of 5 stars Traffic: Hierarchizing America in the U.S.-Mexico Binary
Traffic opens with a banner on the screen announcing the filmic location to be Mexico, "twenty miles southeast of Tijuana. Read more
Published on May 9 2004 by Carl Wilkins
2.0 out of 5 stars dude
dude this movie was HILARIOUS!!! its about this dude, and he couldnt find his car
Published on April 30 2004 by Yohance McDouglas
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