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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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
****UPDATE****
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.)

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars An unconventional film that manages to impress April 5 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Flat out, lousy movie-making June 13 2004
Format:DVD
This is a frustrating film for many reasons. Firstly the schizophrenia of the plotlines is poorly done and distracting. It merely further hindered me from actually gaining any sort of emotional connection to the characters (and that's counting the headstart the dialogue had given).
The themes of the movie are so apparent that they become oppressive. A previous reviewer encapsulated the film with the phrase: Drugs R bad, and while I can appreciate a noble premise like this, the way Soderbergh badgers the audience with the futility of the "war on drugs" and the affect that drugs have on addicts is devoid of tact and feels contrived to the point of nausea.
The characters are not well-developed either. Their actions are completely obvious. While this is not usually a just complaint about a movie, the lack of intrigue in the plot, the often cheesy dialogue, and the general lack of subtlety makes for an obnoxiously assuming film. It comes across not only snobbish to the layperson, but boring to the average movie-goer.
This movie really drags. This is an in-escapable fact. There were too many trifling scenes in this movie.
But that's just how it rubbed me. Although, I can see how many a pseudo-intellectual film buff could trick himself into gushing about how thought-provoking and "original" this film was, I can also see how many critics and sincere film-goers would like it as well. The message is certainly an important point of discussion regardless of how you feel on the issue, and the conclusions leave much to be debated (although, not about the film)
My main point is this: Unless you're interested in grinding your way through a movie with a plot that can be summarized in the political/humanitarian issue of the film, it's not worth seeing.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
The movie itself was good.. The steelbook itself was crushed and wouldn't close when I received it..
Published 18 days ago by julanne Goodman
1.0 out of 5 stars good movie
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. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. A. Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars Traffic
Excellent triller à saveur politique, dramatique et différence culturelle...D'excellents comédiens appuient ce film dont l'excellent Michael Douglas, Benecio... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Christiane 122
3.0 out of 5 stars USA FIlms / Alliance version of blu-ray
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... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Paul Shikata
5.0 out of 5 stars This film still holds up
I saw "Traffic" twice in the theatres when it originally came out and I was only 16 years old at the time. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Darryl James
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.
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
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