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Crash - The Director's Cut (Two-Disc Special Edition) (2005)

Don Cheadle , Sandra Bullock , Paul Haggis  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, Thandie Newton, Karina Arroyave, Dato Bakhtadze
  • Directors: Paul Haggis
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Director's Cut, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Full Screen, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Surround Sound, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS ES 6.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate Films
  • DVD Release Date: April 4, 2006
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,344 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,493 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Crash - The Director's Cut (Two-Disc Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Disc 1:
  • Director's Cut with 4 additional minutes of footage extending several scenes
  • DVD Introduction by Director Paul Haggis
  • Trailers
  • Disc 2:
  • Deleted Scenes with Director Commentary
  • "Behind the Metal and Glass" Making of Crash
  • On Paul Haggis - Featurette
  • "LA - The Other Main Character" Featurette
  • Unspoken Featurette
  • Bird York "In the Deep" Music Video
  • Music Montages
  • Script-to-Screen Comparisons
  • Storyboard-to-Screen Comparisons

Editorial Reviews

Additional Features

Crash's theatrical and DVD release history is very interesting. Literally crashing on its original release in the theaters, the film really picked up its huge fan base mostly on the DVD market. Now that Crash holds the Oscar for 2006 Best Picture, it is not surprising that Lions Gate rushed out a 2-disc Director's Cut Edition with the Award mention stamped right on the packaging. The question is, is the new director's cut release that different from the original DVD that fans and the Academy fell in love with? This director's cut does breathe a little more life into some of the characters and helps bridge a few gaps in some scenes. But in all honesty, the minor changes are not plot-altering or anything groundbreaking. Heck, even Haggis admits this in the liner notes, openly stating that the film that was in the theaters was his original "director's cut." With this new version he was given an opportunity to sand off some rough edges that bothered him due to rush editing and the short shooting schedule you have to deal with on a low budget film. Chances are if you loved Crash, you will be equally happy with either version. If you prefer to dismiss Crash, the new cut will not change your mind. Unfortunately, there is no post-Oscar feature commentary. The feature-length chat with Haggis, Don Cheadle and writer/producer Bobby Moresco is the exact same as on the original release. What is new is a new Haggis introduction to the film; "Behind the Metal and Glass - Making of Crash", a decent "making-of" feature; some music montages; a music video; and a bunch of deleted scenes with director commentary that are interesting to watch once. Also included is a new 6.1 DTS mix allowing this 2-disc version of Crash to sound a tad bit crisper than the already crisp 5.1 mix which was on the original DVD release. If you already have Crash you will probably be OK keeping it and not bother to upgrade to this edition. However, if you never saw the film, you might as well pick up this version with the minor, additional bells and whistles. --Rob Bracco

Product Description

This compelling urban thriller tracks the volatile intersection of a multiethnic cast of characters struggling to overcome their fears as they careen in and out of one another's lives. In the gray area between black and white, victim and aggressor, during the next 36 hours, they will all collide.

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75 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crash September 7, 2005
This is the truest movie out there on racism, and the preconceived notions we ALL (no matter what color) try not to admit to to a certain extent. This was not a "lets bash the white man" movie either, the racism was across the board. The biggest surprise was to come about an hour in, and I was stunned to see the revelation of that storyline (with Matt Dillon). This film requires paying attention to, please stay with it, it will pay off. High recommend!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth is Out There August 20, 2005
When i sat down to see this movie i didnt know to much about it, but as it went through i realized that i got my monies worth. Unlike other movie addressing prejudice in the united states this movie covered views from many different social stand points. And besides that every event in the movie all ties together at the end which is great. if you are reading this, BUY THIS'll change your outlook on life.
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37 of 48 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much hype August 14, 2006
I passed up this film when first released on DVD but by hook or by crook, not to mention a nod from the Academy, I decided to give it a look. I was an entertaining two hours, but the in-your-face treatment of racial tension (is that ALL they talk about?), followed by self-congratulatory featurettes in which the film's creators convince us they are doing us great social service by making folks of every persuation confront their prejudice, reek of naivete and opportunism. (The 'Introduction to Crash by Director Paul Haggis' feature warranted its own icon, but consisted only of Haggis grinning in a self-satisfied manner and informing us that he was director Paul Haggis and here was HIS film, Crash). Am I supposed to take a deep breath? Make the popcorn? Take a potty break?

The film looks fine, sounds fine and is well-acted, and other reviews here will outline the who-and-what, so I'll merely leave you with a parting thought. A few years ago, a black man named Rodney King was severely beaten by LA cops. The incident was caught on camera and the police were initially acquitted by a largely white jury. This resulted in rioting in African-American neighborhoods, which cost one caucasian truck driver his life (wrong place, wrong time)and ruined many a business in the area (many owned by Koreans and Asians). If that true-life sequence of events didn't lead to revolutionary changes in people's attitudes (on all sides), an over-rated, but watchable, feature film will not begin to scratch the surface, despite its makers' smug post-Oscar posturing.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope for American cinema...and America August 4, 2005
By A. Ort
There are simply not enough words to describe how excellent this film is. Other reviewers have gone in depth as to its plot, style, craft and comparisons to other films.

This is a film that deals honestly and openly with race relations, especially as played out in America. We all harbor stereotypes, fears, judgments and yet a fascination with "the other" and we often do not realize just how this effects us and society as a whole. The movie digs deep into these emotions and draws them out brilliantly in a montage of triggers that are all woven together in a period of 24 hours in L.A.

Black, white, Puerto Rican/Mexican, Arab/Persian, mixed ethnicity, you name it, it's all in here and it's refreshingly in your face. It is for that very reason that the film is about hatred and hope, violence and redemption. Perhaps most poignantly, it is filled with all the complexity of modern life and provides no easy answers.

You will be left speechless. All of the actors, most well known, play roles that are against their "types" of roles and it is for this reason that it is perhaps so impacting and believable. It is a brilliant piece of cinema, one that should make us all realize that sanitizing culture in the name of political correctness is a time bomb.

Do not miss this film.
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37 of 49 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars BEST PICTURE? March 20, 2006
CRASH has its absorbing sequences, and as many reviewers have mentioned, it has more than passing resemblance to MAGNOLIA, which is superior in every way. The subject of race in today's America is certainly a noble subject to bring to life in a movie - the issue with this film is that it is didactic, completely predictable and way too clever to be even remotely believable. Each performer is given two specific qualities- their racist self and their human self. And just like a nifty puzzle, all of these sides come together in a rather absurd stew by the time we get to the "revelations" sequence at the end. The musical score and cinemtography are so purposely dramatic and harsh that they end up becoming overbearing. How on Earth did this forgettable, uninvolving movie EVER win Best Picture?
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29 of 38 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly Cliched April 11, 2006
I thought I was going to have to turn this movie off 5 minutes into the first scene; the racial stereotypes and cliches were so ridiculous. The contrived nature of most of the scenes and interactions really detracted from any credibility the film could hope to possess. This might be considered a good movie if your idea of a complex and compelling exploration of racism is throwing out every hideous racial stereotype in the book and then excusing everyone from blame by making the point that everyone is equally racist. Crash is an insultingly simplified and unrealistic look at not only race relations but at humanity in general.
I had to fast forward through the scene where a racist cop who sexually assaulted and humiliated a black woman coincidentally ended up saving that very same woman from a burning car crash the next day. Are we suddenly supposed to see him as some kind of hero?! And the fact that this woman was in yet another vulnerable, powerless situation with this same guy was condescending and sickening.
Overall, the women's roles were either as victims, neurotic housewives or maternal figures. As for the black men - they were reduced to being either thugs or 'sell outs' who were unable to maintain their dignity and integrity because they had to get over in the 'white world'. While I think the intention was perhaps good, the execution left a lot to be desired.
Racism is a daunting subject to tackle and bound to be controversial. Unfortunately, this movie is so contrived, unrealistic and riddled with ridiculous caricatures and false sentiments that it ends up only reinforcing people's fear and stereotypes.
The Academy seems to favor only the most overblown, grotesquely obvious and sickenly sentimental movies these days. Apparently subtlety, well written dialog and a convincing story line are negligible at this point. I hope others see through Hollywood's B.S...
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5.0 out of 5 stars rating.
This is life. When you are frustrated with the system or with your life. You do take it out on other people. Acting was excellent.
Well worth it.
Published 4 days ago by pat clemens
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This is one of my all time favorite movies... I am a huge Matt Dillon fan and he did a wonderful job in this role, It is a must see for a study of how racial stereotypes are in our... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly amazing!
This movie was absolutely amazing! Will most definitely be a keeper for movie night. My entire family enjoyed the movie
Published 11 days ago by Johnnie Bell
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Great product!
I just love my purchase, i always end up as a happy customer, of course i mostly but from sellers fulfilled by Amazon.
Published 13 days ago by Mayra Soriano Suriel
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Gift
Bought this for my daughter for Christmas one year. She loves it and still watches it. As the reviewer I have never seen it.
Published 18 days ago by B. Rambo
1.0 out of 5 stars Overly exaggerated
This movie was the worst portrayal of racism that i have ever seen. I do not understand how it won any awards, it was stupid, the acting was horrible and it was a huge wast of time... Read more
Published 18 days ago by cheryl rudy
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting
Without question, this is one of the most important movies that has been filmed to date. the ensemble cast gives phenomenal performances that go far in demonstrating the... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Tony B
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies
I can say it's one in my top 3 favorite movies. The performances of the different actors were excellent. The scenes, the music were on point.
Published 19 days ago by G. Perrin
5.0 out of 5 stars Crash- movie
this was the best movie ever, I think everyone should watch this movie. Iv'e just purchased this movie a few days ago its the greatest.
Published 22 days ago by tinagroh
3.0 out of 5 stars Overrated
Out of all the films that didn't deserve to win the title of Best Picture at the Academy Awards, Crash takes the cake for being the most undeserving. Read more
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Crash, a view from a non-American.
The issue isn't so much _what_ this movie says, as _how_ it says it. It is appallingly contrived and amateurish. Had it been a six-hour TV miniseries, with the time to develop the characters and their relationships, it could have been an outstanding film.
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