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Blood Diamond [Blu-ray] (2007)

Leonardo DiCaprio , Djimon Hounsou  |  R |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou, Jennifer Connelly
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (PCM Surround), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2007
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (484 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N0WCLC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,021 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Blood Diamond [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by Director Edward Zwick
  • Blood on the Stone: follow a diamond's path from the ground to the store
  • Becoming Archer: profiling Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Journalism on the Front Line: Jennifer Connelly on women journalists at war
  • Inside the Siege of Freetown: Edward Zwick on one of the movie's pivotal sequences
  • Nas--"Shine on 'Em" music video
  • Theatrical trailer

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Leonardo DiCaprio puts a handsome face on an ugly industry: in parts of Africa, diamond mining fuels civil warfare, killing thousands of innocents and drafting preteen children as vicious soldiers. DiCaprio (The Departed) plays Danny Archer, a white African soldier-turned-diamond-smuggler who gets wind of a large raw jewel found by Solomon Vandy, a native fisherman (Djimon Hounsou, In America) recently escaped from enslavement by a brutal rebel leader. Archer offers a deal: he'll help Vandy find his war-scattered family if Vandy will share the diamond with him. Drawn into this web of exploitation is journalist Maddy Bowen (Jennifer Connelly, Little Children), who agrees to help if Archer will tell her the details of how conflict diamonds make their way into the hands of the corporations who sell them to the Western world. DiCaprio is compelling because he never flinches from Archer's utter ruthlessness; Archer ends up doing the morally justifiable thing, but only because his desperate greed has led him to it. Hounsou and Connelly, though saddled with all the moral and political speeches, rise above the cant and keep the movie's treacherously formulaic plot rooted in human characters. But in the end, the story won't stick with you as much as the dead stillness in the child soldiers' eyes; the horror of African civil strife refuses to be contained by Blood Diamond's uplifting message--and the movie is all the more potent as a result. --Bret Fetzer

Product Description

An ex-mercenary turned smuggler (Leonardo DiCaprio) and a Mende fisherman (Djimon Hounsou). Amid the explosive civil war overtaking 1999 Sierra Leone, these men join for two desperate missions: recovering a rare pink diamond of immense value and rescuing the fisherman's son, conscripted as a child soldier into the brutal rebel forces ripping a swath of torture and bloodshed across the alternately beautiful and ravaged countryside. Directed by Edward Zwick (Glory, The Last Samurai), this urgent, intensely moving adventure shapes gripping human stories and heart-pounding action into a modern epic of profound impact.

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131 of 148 people found the following review helpful
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MOVIE: Edward Zwick's films always strike a good chord with me because of their incredible emotional impact. The Last Samurai left such a grand impact on me that I was in tears at its incredible and emotional climax. The Blood Diamond does the same thing by establishing strong central characters with a clear objective that makes the film gripping and tense. The story revolves around Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou) a local fisherman whose village is raided by local militia who are at civil war over the control over the diamond fields. These events took place in the late 90's and it serves as the backdrop of the film. Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a Rhodesian smuggler who works for a corporate diamond company in London he also works as a mercenary. He smuggles diamonds to the corporations so that they can remove them off of the market thus keeping supply low and demand high, that way they spike the prices. After Vendi is removed from his village and his family separated, he is put to work in the diamond fields where he comes across a pink diamond so rare that it could change the fate of not only his life but a nation's. Vandy is able to escape his imprisonment by the rebels but is put in prison by the police, and in prison he meets Danny Archer who now wants to set his sights on the hidden diamond. When Archer meets Maddy Bowen (Jennifer Connelly), an American journalist, she believes that his story holds the key to revealing the truth behind the diamond corporations. When Vandy's son is recruited by the rebels he sets out on a quest to find his son while Archer wants the diamond so that he can leave Africa and start his troubled life over. Arnold Vosloo plays a general who is also after the diamond. So we have four people after one small stone for four different reasons. Read more ›
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90 of 109 people found the following review helpful
As we reach the end of any calendar year, the major studios roll out their big guns--the films they think have the best chance of grabbing Oscar gold. These tend to be big budget affairs, with big stars, and often with serious or important themes. Well, "Blood Diamond" arrives with just such expectations. A well meaning and "important" film about exploitation and atrocities in Sierra Leone's diamond trade, "Blood Diamond" casts Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly, and Djimon Hounsou as the central characters in an exciting, and sometimes heartbreaking, look at the cost of commercialism in international trading.

Edward Zwick (who has courted Oscar before with "Glory" and "The Last Samurai") sets a very serious tone from the beginning--it seems clear that this film wants to parlay a message, to expose the injustices done in the name of Western greed. The setup covers extremely familiar territory and the message is blunt and obvious. No one, at this point, will deny that what is depicted here is harrowing--the problem is that it isn't particularly surprising or edifying. He's preaching to the choir. A lot of films have broken this ground before to astonishing affect, "Blood Diamond" as a message movie lacks a certain amount of originality and subtlety. That doesn't make it a bad movie, by any stretch, but I wasn't enlightened by the subject matter.

But the curious thing about "Blood Diamond," though, is just as I was tempted to dismiss it as a heavy-handed drama--I got wrapped up in it. Why? Well, it's a heck of an action picture and it boasts terrific performances. DiCaprio plays a rogue, ethically challenged, illegal diamond trader who is looking to make a big score.
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I am going to keep this review relevant to the movie and the reasons why you should buy this on DVD:

1. Leonardo DiCaprio's Performance: This film in my opinion features the best ever performance extracted from Leonardo DiCaprio on film. He is flawless here as a South Africa white who needs to discover whether material wealth means more to him than human emotion and sentiment. I have never been a huge fan of Leo (though yes, he was wonderful in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" and "The Beach") but this film alongwith "The Departed" really opened my eyes. Granted he is a physically splendid creation, but his use of language, intonation and emotion were at the forefront of this movie, and the only downside to his performance is that it totally overshadowed the other actors.

2. Djimon Hounsou's performance : This was an actor I first noticed in "Amistad" and he just keeps getting better and better. He is one actor who looks about 25 even though hes well past 40, and has an incredible range. His role as a traumatized father looking for his son in the middle of riot torn Africa will be remembered years to come, however, he is not as radiant as Leonardo here, and for that reason alone I think he is thought of as a "supporting actor" here. If you pay attention, you will actually see that he gets MORE screen time than Leo.

3. Jennifer Connelly : I think she is one of the most ill-utilized actresses we have today, and the director doesn't do much with her here either, which is a pity. However, her role is quite effective for what it is - the downside being that she has zero chemistry with Leo in every regard.

4. Cinematography : The effect here was to present Africa as a beautiful nation though ridden with political problems and woes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great acting
This is a good depiction of diamond greed in southern africa and the impact and dangers of living in a greedy environment. Also, Leonardo is amazing. He has the accent down pat.
Published 3 days ago by Lois Cone
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie.
Leonardo DiCaprio's acting in this, just like anything he's done, is amazing. He really masters the South African accent in this, which I can imagine took a lot of time and effort... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Tabbitha
5.0 out of 5 stars Greed of the 1%
This movie portrayed the greed of the 1% but was overpowered by the humanity of the actors when wanting family over(with) money. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Joseph J Golino
5.0 out of 5 stars Jewelery Stores Hate This Movie
The cost of diamonds is sometimes too high: human life. Dicaprio's character finds this out the VERY hard way in this movie about what accounts to be a slave trade for the purpose... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Mark J. House
5.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly strong
We have had this film on our shelf for years and felt reluctant to watch it. Now that we have, I can see why: it is stark, unrelentingly brutal, and relevant in a political... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Robert J. Crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars Accurate
Having been their during the time of the war...this movie is an accurate portrayal of the war and of the greedy outside Western influences that fueled the death and destruction.
Published 1 month ago by sandra horine
5.0 out of 5 stars Leonardo is superb.
I love Leonardo DiCaprio. He makes this film work along with the other supporting actors. Will make me think twice about purchasing diamonds or other rare stones in the future. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Leimomi Stender-Jenkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Leo's best film?
What a fantastic performance by Leo in this gritty, fast-paced action drama centering around diamond refinement in Sierra Leone - a country for years plagued by genocide,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Andrew K Rawls
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Insight to Africa Wars
Compelling story of African "civil" wars and some of the driving forces behind them. Very vividly portrayed and well acted. Lots of violence and bloodshed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stanley W. Pine
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked the movie.
Was a little long and storyline dragged a bit but the acting was good and it's story that should be told. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ms. Clare E. Roy
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anybody knows the release date for the HD DVD?
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