Traffic [DVD] [2000]

  • SKU: 4155540
  • Release Date: 06/25/2002
  • Rating: R
Those not interested in paying more for the superb Criterion edition of Steven Soderbergh's award-winning Traffic can satisfy themselves with this release from Universal. The disc offers widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 (just like in theaters) and Dolby Digital Surround (a mix that was created specifically to be listened to at a lower volume). English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a making-of featurette, trailers, a photo gallery, and television promotional materials. The Criterion edition is superior, but those looking for a more affordable alternative are sure to be happy with this title.
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Overall Customer Rating:
91% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (29 out of 32)

Special Features


  • "Inside Traffic"
  • Aspect ratio 1.85:1
  • Behind the scenes
  • Dolby Digital English 2.0
  • Dolby Digital English 5.1
  • Dual-layered
  • English SDH
  • French & Spanish subtitled
  • Photo gallery
  • TV spots
  • Theatrical trailers
  • Widescreen 16x9
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


Traffic
Described by director Steven Soderbergh as "Nashville meets The French Connection," this multi-character drama explores the effects of international drug trafficking on all fronts: from their source, to the U.S. border, to the federal government, to the private lives of users. Based upon a miniseries originally aired on Britain's Channel 4, Traffic divides its time among three main storylines and almost a dozen locales. The first and primary plot thread, set in Ohio and Washington, D.C., concerns freshly-appointed drug czar Robert Wakefield (Michael Douglas), whose enthusiasm for his new prestige position is quickly offset when he realizes his 16-year-old daughter Caroline (Erika Christensen) is graduating from recreational drug use to habitual abuse -- a secret that his wife, Barbara (Amy Irving), has kept from him. South of the border, Mexican cop Javier Rodriguez (Benicio Del Toro) attempts to wage his own war on drugs, heading off a cocaine shipment in the middle of the desert with his less-than-virtuous partner Manolo Sanchez (Jacob Vargas). Surrounded by corruption, Javier approaches the drug war with an attitude of patience and compromise, which opens him up to investigation from General Arturo Salazar (Tomas Milian), the country's dubious drug-enforcement liaison to the U.S. Meanwhile, San Diego drug kingpin Carlos Alaya (Steven Bauer) is caught in a sting operation spearheaded by DEA agents Montel Gordon (Don Cheadle) and Ray Castro (Luis Guzman), leaving behind his very pregnant and very oblivious wife, Helena (Catharine Zeta-Jones). At the behest of Carlos' lawyer and shady confidante, Arnie Metzger (Dennis Quaid), Helena decides to carry on the family business -- with tragic consequences. Adapted by Rules of Engagement scribe Stephen Gaghan, Traffic marked Soderbergh's second major release in 2000 after the critical and box-office success of Erin Brockovich, as well as his second feature as cinematographer (credited under the pseudonym Peter Andrews). A favorite with various guild and critics' awards, Traffic won four Academy Awards in 2001, including statues for Best Supporting Actor (Del Toro) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Gaghan), and surprise wins for Steven Mirrone's editing and Soderbergh's direction. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Michael Douglas
    Michael Douglas - Robert Wakefield
  • Don Cheadle
    Don Cheadle - Montel Gordon
  • Benicio Del Toro
    Benicio Del Toro - Javier Rodriguez
  • Luis Guzman
    Luis Guzman - Ray Castro
  • Dennis Quaid
    Dennis Quaid - Arnie Metzger



Overall customer rating

4.4
91%
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fans Will Want the Criterion Dvd Set

    Posted
    kevman79

    'Traffic' is not at all a comfortable viewing experience, but it's a truthful one, and an excellent one at that. Superbly directed with outstanding performances from the entire cast. Widescreen, but no bonus features on this particular dvd. Die hard fans will want to pass on this hd-dvd version and purchase the more expensive Criterion dvd set that has loads of bonus material and retails for $35.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fans Will Want the More Expensive Criterion Set

    Posted
    kevman79

    'Traffic' is not at all a comfortable viewing experience, but it's a truthful one, and an excellent one at that. Superbly directed with outstanding performances from the entire cast. Widescreen, but no bonus features on this particular dvd. Die hard fans will want to pass on this version and purchase the more expensive Criterion dvd set that has loads of bonus material and retails for $35.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sadly Realistic

    Posted
    kevman79

    'Traffic' is not at all a comfortable viewing experience, but it's a truthful one, and an excellent one at that. Superbly directed with outstanding performances from the entire cast. Highly recommended, but huge fans may want to opt for the more expensive Criterion dvd set that features loads of material not seen on this dvd release. Widescreen.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Explosive!

    Posted
    djcamilleon
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    This movie is a thinker's view into the world of illegal drugs seen from the standpoints of several individuals: the druggie, the parents of that druggie, the drug dealer, the undercover law enforcement agents, the cartels. Everyone is seen in a new and different light in this amazing film!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great movie.

    Posted
    MrIzzy
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    I had to watch this movie for a film class. I really didn't think I was going to like this movie, but I was wrong. It was very good and I was able to identify many of the things we talked about in class when it comes to making a movie. Enjoyed the storyline, actors and the action. Very good movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great story line with an impressive cast.

    Posted
    Johnny
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    The story comes to life in this movie about drug smuggling. Benicio Del Toro gives an outstanding performance that features an all star cast of Michael Douglas, Don Cheadle, Dennis Quaid and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing movie in high definition.

    Posted
    hdog
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    I wanted to own this movie for quite some time but waited until I could purchase this edition and I finally saw it on sale and decided. Criterion is amazing and all of their titles so far have been incredible.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    All star cast

    Posted
    cmhabby
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    This was awesome. It's a great movie and at the new lower price if you don't own it you must get it. You will be on the edge of your seat for 75 minutes. Just a great movie with a great cast.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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