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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 (532 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 (532 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MZHW1S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,360 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 147 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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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
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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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
By MK
Format:DVD
Greed is the dark heart of "Blood Diamond," director Edward Zwick's ("The Last Samurai") uncompromising look into the underground trafficking of illegally-traded gems in sub-Saharan Africa. Greed of corrupt men for power, greed of an amoral mercenary willing to sacrifice anything for a chance to escape Africa, greed of Western businessmen who seek to artificially control the diamond market, and the greed of a simple man for his family's return. This movie powerfully demonstrates the valuelessness of a human life to those persons obsessed with blood diamond collection in war-ravaged Sierra Leone.

Djimon Hounsou plays Solomon Vandy, a simple fisherman and father of two who witnesses his idyllic existence crumble before his eyes. Rebels seeking new recruits, slaves, and random carnage swarm into his village. They select his adolescent son and other young men as future cadets in their guerilla army--following suitable brainwashing and manipulation techniques--before then getting down to the real business of slave collection. Seemingly devoid of any mental workings besides casual sadism, these bandits top-off their kidnapping and slave-taking exercise with the mutilation and execution of men deemed too troublesome for them to bother with. Vandy is rescued from dismemberment at the last minute when the rebels recognize his strength, seeing it as an asset they can utilize in their constant search for capital: the blood diamond pits. Condemned to toiling underneath the blazing sun with nary a chance of reaping any benefit (besides possible continued survival) for his efforts, Vandy happens to discover an egg-sized blood diamond hidden in the streambed. Hiding it underneath his foot, he buries it when the rebel encampment is attacked by government troops.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A HEART-RENDING TALE OF THE PILLAGING OF AFRICA'S RESOURCES AND ITS CHILDREN
Published 4 hours ago by Patricia L. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars I will thoroughly enjoy my purchase of this instant video
Truly one of the most gripping performances I've ever seen by Djimon Hounsou and Dicaprio! I will thoroughly enjoy my purchase of this instant video!
Published 11 hours ago by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars As described. Quick delivery.
As described. Quick delivery.
Published 7 days ago by Megan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really well done on the acting and technical level. Horrifying content but important to see.
Published 20 days ago by Peter Berman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this movie. Great addition to my collection
Published 20 days ago by R. Chambasis
3.0 out of 5 stars My favorite actor was the main black character
I don't see what all the fuss was about. It's socially relevant but still basically just an action movie. Read more
Published 24 days ago by JonnyB
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
I love this movie it dose show true of what they go through that one why I don't buy diamond jewley or I ask question were there diamond come from diamond come in all size and... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars money was promptly refunded----rather have received a good product.
One disc was defective, however, money was promptly refunded----rather have received a good product.
Published 27 days ago by Tallgrass Palms
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome movie
Published 28 days ago by keith duclau
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Leo DiCaprio should have received the Oscar for his role in this. All of the actors were first-rate. The story with all the blood shed was horrific, but incredibly fast-moving. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Orthodoxy
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I have the same question and often find that sellers don't know themselves despite the fact they placed the item on sale? A seller recently responded " I am not sure. I will have to go look." That was the last time I heard from them
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7.1 or 5.1 sound on this movie
I'm having some hizing/sharp noise from my surround speakers while playing this movie ( scene where they chop hands), I don't know what to do.
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Jun 3, 2007 by S. Diaz |  See all 2 posts
anybody knows the release date for the HD DVD?
I was wondering the same. It was suppose to coinside with the SD release. No one seems to know what has happened. :(
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