Traffic [DVD] [2000]

  • SKU: 4155540
  • Release Date: 06/25/2002
  • Rating: R
  • 4.4 (32)
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:
4.4
91% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (29 out of 32)

Special Features

  • Theatrical trailers
  • TV spots
  • Behind the scenes
  • "Inside Traffic"
  • Photo gallery
  • Widescreen 16x9
  • Dolby Digital English 5.1
  • Dolby Digital English 2.0
  • French & Spanish subtitled
  • English SDH
  • Dual-layered
  • Aspect ratio 1.85:1
  • 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 out of 54.4
32 Reviews
91%of customers recommend this product.

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