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Depp/Cruz/Liotta/Reubens/Molla ~ Blow
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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When Blow came out in the theater, I got rather hooked on it and saw it many times. I still enjoy it on Blu-ray today. It's a bit stylized and probably exaggerated here and there but the effect translates into a fun flick, although some may take offense when reprehensible behavior is shown in a flattering light.
Special Features are generous and include interviews with the real George Jung as well as a commentary track with the director. Lots of other stuff. Rated R (USA) and 18 UK. The elements of the drug trade depicted focus more so on the seductive side rather than the nasty side. There's a bit of dark stuff but it's limited, so Blow is not that heavy hitting for the rating, in my view. Some nudity, sexuality, profanity and obviously drug use.
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.Read more ›
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Johnny Depp made this film; without him, it would have been a mostly predictable drug smuggling storyPublished 18 months ago by Sandra