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#1 Lawrence

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Posted 28 February 2009 - 05:54 AM

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TRAFFIC
Steven Soderbergh

United States • 2000 • 147 minutes • Color • 1.85:1 • Spanish, English
Traffic examines the effect of drugs as politics, business, and lifestyle. Acting as his own director of photography, Steven Soderbergh employs an innovative, color-coded cinematic treatment to distinguish the interwoven stories of a newly appointed drug czar and his family, a West Coast kingpin’s wife, a key informant, and cops on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Rarely has a film so energetic and suspenseful presented a more complex and nuanced view of an issue of such international importance. Instantly recognized as a classic, Traffic appeared on more than 200 critics’ ten-best lists, and earned five Academy Award nominations.


DISC FEATURES
SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET

  • Digital transfer, enhanced for 16×9 televisions
  • Three commentary tracks: director Steven Soderbergh and writer Stephen Gaghan; producers Laura Bickford, Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, and consultants Tim Golden and Craig Chretien; composer Cliff Martinez (with two music cues not included in the film)
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack
  • Twenty-five deleted scenes featuring commentary from director Steven Soderbergh and writer Stephen Gaghan
  • Film processing demonstration: Achieving the look of the Mexico sequences
  • Editing demonstration with commentary from editor Stephen Mirrione
  • Dialogue editing demonstration
  • Additional footage featuring multiple angles from the scenes of the El Paso Intelligence Center, and the cocktail party where U.S. Senators, major politicians, lobbyists, and others state their views on the drug war
  • Theatrical and television trailers
  • U.S. Customs trading cards of the K-9 squad used in the detection of narcotics and illegal substances
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition


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Posted 28 February 2009 - 05:54 AM

NOTES:
  • DVD Release Date: May 28, 2002
  • Blu-Ray Release Date: January 17, 2012
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Posted 07 June 2010 - 12:06 AM

I originally didn't care for this film but something lately made me want to revisit it. Well after doing so I can safely say that I like this movie for what it is. The interweaving of characters to do with certain subjects has been the basis of a number of films but they usually feel convoluted and too coincidental. Soderbergh somehow found a way to use this plot device and actually make it work where, in anyone else's hands, it probably wouldn't have. The performances were decent but I think Del Toro and Don Cheadle (whom I don't even care for) lit some magic up on the screen. This isn't an exceptional film but it is one that I can see myself watching every few years.




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