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Traffic (The Criterion Collection) (2000)

Benicio Del Toro , Don Cheadle , Steven Soderbergh  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (594 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Benicio Del Toro, Don Cheadle, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas, Dennis Quaid
  • Directors: Steven Soderbergh
  • Writers: Stephen Gaghan
  • Producers: Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz, Laura Bickford
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: November 5, 2002
  • Run Time: 147 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (594 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007ELF2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #512,821 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Traffic (The Criterion Collection)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Feature Commentary with Director Steven Soderbergh and Writer Stephen Gaghan
  • Feature Commentary with Producers Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz, and Laura Bickford, and ConsultantsTim Golden and Craig Chretien
  • Feature Commentary with Composer Cliff Martinez (Featuring Two Music Cues Not Included in the Final Film)
  • 25 Deleted Scenes Featuring Commentary From Director Steven Soderbergh and Writer Stephen Gaghan
  • Film Processing Demonstration
  • Editing Demonstration
  • Dialogue Editing Demonstration
  • Additional Footage (30 Minutes Featuring Multiple Angles)
  • U.S. Teaser Trailer
  • U.S. Trailer
  • 5 T.V. Spots
  • K-9 Trading Cards

  • Editorial Reviews

    Traffic examines the effect of drugs as politics, business, and lifestyle. Acting as his own director of photography, Steven Soderbergh employs an innovative, color-coded cinematic treatment to distinguish the interwoven stories of a newly appointed drug czar and his family, a West Coast kingpin's wife, a key informant, and cops on both sides of the U.S./Mexican border. Rarely has a film so energetic and suspenseful presented a more complex and nuanced view of an issue of such international importance. Instantly recognized as a classic, Traffic appeared on more than 200 critics' ten-best lists, and earned 5 Academy Award nominations.

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    82 of 98 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Drama, Important Film February 24, 2001
    To say that this is a film with a message would be an understatement, because it comes across so emphatically clear and succinct, and it is this: To wage a war against drugs, you must first come to terms with the sobering fact that the enemy is often a member of your own family; and how do you wage a war against your own family? A sobering message? Insightful? Indeed. And, when you consider the implications of it all, devastating. Ponder that awhile and you'll begin to get a sense of the futility visited upon those who would attempt to rectify a situation that affects practically everyone everywhere sooner or later, either directly or indirectly; and it is just that situation that is addressed and presented with no-holds-barred by director Steven Soderbergh in his brilliant, hard hitting film, "Traffic," starring Michael Douglas and Benicio Del Toro. The film examines the trafficking of drugs between Mexico and the United States, and the long-ranging effects thereof; and Soderbergh tells the story through a number of perspectives, which effectively presents the "big picture" of the drug trade and the subsequent impact it all has on the lives of so many people.
    Probably the most telling perspective in terms of futility is that which is shown through the eyes of Robert Wakefield (Michael Douglas), a judge who is appointed the country's "Drug Czar," and given the task of "making a difference." It's a pivotal character inasmuch as it is through his involvement that so much information is presented, not all of which is anything new, but when taken within the context of the story has a tremendous emotional impact.
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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    Steven Soderbergh's Traffic is, in my opinion, a well put-together masterpiece. It is a film that truly shows off the talent of its director and its stars in a completely interesting way. The acting is top-notch (be sure to look for Don Cheadle and Louis Guzman as two DEA agents and Steven Bauer as a California drug lord) and the cinematography is excellent. I would easily recommend Traffic to anyone interested in learning how to make a movie. 5 Stars
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    19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Movie that Tops the Rest January 14, 2001
    Traffic gives us a very disturbing yet equally true story about what happens to real people in the fight for war on drugs. Traffic tells three stories. About two DEA agents, Don Chealde and Luis Guzman, that are out to stop the "Big Rich Guys" at the to of the food chain. Two Mexican Police Officers that happen upon a large shipment of illegal drugs, Benicio Del Torro. And a newly appointed government official, Michael Douglas, that is there to clean up what his predecessor couldn't do. WIth that said, we are left to director Steven Soderbergh. With his brilliant usage of color and contrast. And his equally astounding talent of editing and shooting this home videoesque film. I was dumbfounded by the sheer tenactiy of the story. So gritty and captivating. It really tells people what they don't want to hear. With such a fabulous cast as this: Michael Douglas, Benicio Del Torro (who should recieve an oscar nomination), Don Chealde, Catherine Zeta Jones, Dennis Quaid, Selma Hyaek, Benjamin Bratt, and Luis Guzman, you can't make a bad movie. So, take my advice and watch this film. It's really that good.
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    13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Traffic Is A Winner June 14, 2001
    Steven Soderbergh has crafted a visually stunning, deeply moving and intensely brilliant movie in Traffic. The central focus of the film is the drug epidemic in the US and Mexico. He tells three separate stories that are each distinct unto themselves, yet interwoven into a common thread. One story takes place in Mexico and revolves around a cop with a conscious (Benecio Del Toro), the second story takes place in Ohio and Washington and involves the country's new drug czar (Michael Douglas) and the troubles he faces on the job and with his daughter (Ericka Christiansen) who freebases cocaine and descends into a drug addicted hell and the third story takes place in San Diego and involves DEA agents (Don Cheadle & Luis Guzman) trying to take down a big drug trafficker (Stephen Bauer) whose wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) learns the drug trade while he's detained. The film sounds unwielding, but Mr. Soderbergh deftly maneuvers from story to story and you find yourself engrossed in the lives of these characters. Each story is shot in a different style with the Mexico scenes being bright but grainy, the Ohio & Washington scenes in a moody indigo and the San Diego scenes in a sunny, vivid illumination. The cast is full of amazing performances with Mr. Del Toro standing out as the Mexican cop. Most of his dialogue is in Spanish, but it is his expressions that speak volumes. When the camera focuses in on his face, he conveys a sense of a man with the weight of the world on his shoulders. Mr. Del Toro won a well deserved Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2000. Miguel Ferrer is superb as a key witness in the San Diego case who bristles at the DEA agents and offers a chilling description of the drug situation in the country. Mr. Cheadle is fiery as a DEA agent and Mr. Read more ›
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Excellent cast and movie
    Published 21 days ago by Richard Miera
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Story ok still relevant today
    Published 1 month ago by Doug Raymond
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    loved it
    Published 1 month ago by Joe S
    5.0 out of 5 stars I Just Really Loved This Movie
    It isn't perfect in every way, but I have Watched it repeatedly. Benicio Del Toro carried the movie and provided a spectacular performance. I loved him in this role. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Holly
    5.0 out of 5 stars Always relevant
    This is a great release from criterion that come with many worthwhile extras. And the Blu ray looks great.
    Published 1 month ago by Kidus Yohannes
    5.0 out of 5 stars Soderbergh's best film
    Awesome film, and the Criterion Collection version is well worth the extra money if you're a collector of fine cinema. Very glad I made this purchase.
    Published 1 month ago by Josey
    5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT LIKE THE FILM
    The script like the movie is great.
    Published 2 months ago by Sheela
    2.0 out of 5 stars Obvious, distracting writing and cinematography...
    BUT... It's got Tomás Milián, a real, old school Movie Star (albiet, not a Hollywood one) using his hands, face, line delivery, and every available prop (including... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Gryphon X
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great film about some very bad stuff and some very bad people.
    Great film with terrific performances and some interesting twists!
    Published 2 months ago by Glenn R. Smith
    5.0 out of 5 stars Harsh and gripping drama about the illegal drug trade
    I watched this movie in the theater and wasn't expecting much, as I knew nothing about the movie. I was impressed with the acting, the shifting of character perspectives (that on... Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Please_Buy_These_Books
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