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Blood Diamond [HD DVD] (2006)

Leonardo DiCaprio , Djimon Hounsou  |  R |  HD DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (491 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou, Jennifer Connelly
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 3, 2007
  • Run Time: 143 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (491 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MZHW1S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,127 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Blood Diamond [HD DVD]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • In-Movie Experience
  • Focus Points feature that takes the viewer to in-depth featurettes and production diaries
  • 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

Editorial Reviews

An ex-mercenary turned smuggler (Leonardo DiCaprio). 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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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Tense movie with great acting
DiCaprio, often known as a pretty boy, has done some surprisingly gritty and intense movies (The Departed springs immediately to mind). Read more
Published 17 hours ago by James Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine film
Excellent subject matter, very good cast. An inside look at the diamond business and how it affects the people in this country at any cost.
Published 1 day ago by Allen L. Corte'
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the story
It's a great story of greed, then friendship and love. A little rough in detail but that's life there. Read more
Published 1 day ago by joyce wohn
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
I didn't know that those thins happened in Africa. I researched itand it was factual, compassinate, snd cptivating. Leo dicapprio is a great actor
Published 2 days ago by wayson shikiya
5.0 out of 5 stars "...Just where I'm supposed to be..."
Good story. Well acted and directed. Plot holds your attention. It's about the diamond and the whole world is but a stage.
Published 3 days ago by TGFinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film!
This is a Excellent Film! The Picture quality and Sound quality also great! As usually acting of De Caprio is marvelous!
I strongly recommended this to others!
Published 5 days ago by Madhuranga F.
5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't expect it to be such a great movie!
Leonardo Dicaprio gives an Oscar-worthy performance in the lead role as a selfish greedy guy who is altered in a positive way by an idealistic female journalist. Read more
Published 5 days ago by L. Luduena
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 9 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 18 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 18 days ago by Joseph J Golino
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