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Johnny Depp stars as George Jung, an average small-town American boy who pursues the American Dream his way--becoming the first American to import cocaine to the United States on a large scale, exposing college kids, high-paid professionals and the Hollywood glitterati to a new, hipper form of high. Sleeping, breathing and eating money, Jung lives a fantastic, no-rules life many have dreamed about. How did a typical boy next door become Pablo Escobar's right-hand man during the 1970s and '80s? The inside story of George Jung's rise and fall, the illicit flights, ruthless negotiations and brutal executions, are revealed in the riveting Blow.]]>
The third Infinifilm finds another rich topic to showcase the fully loaded DVD line. Foremost is director Ted Demme's captivating interview with the real George Jung (the director also shares his commentary track with his subject). In addition Demme gives us a flippant, behind-the-scenes "Production Diary" and more than a half-hour of better-than-average deleted scenes (a few of which reveal the fate of a major character). The extemporaneous "Character Outtakes" are so good, more filmmakers should give it a try. One well-researched documentary segment traces the intertwined history of Colombia and cocaine; another relates the scientific explanation of getting high. With the Infinifilm feature, a viewer can access these materials separately or during the movie with seamless "jumps" to selected extras. A DVD-ROM feature incorporating the movie and printed script is an excellent finishing touch. --Doug Thomas
- Documentary: Lost Paradise: Cocaine's Impact on Columbia
- Documentary: Addiction: Body and Soul
- George Jung interviews
- Fact and Trivia Subtitle Track
- Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary By Director Ted Demme
- Production Diary
- Character Outtakes
- Nikka Costa Music Video "Push and Pull"
- DVD ROM: Script-to-Screen, Website Link
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The story follows the unlikely rise of a middle class kid from the east coast who moves to California in 1968 and begins to make easy money dealing pot. The growing drug culture coincides with his meteroric rise and incredible wealth. Like all morality tales the guy falls just as quickly as he rose and winds up with shattered family relationships and in prison.
Well written and plotted, the film moves briskly through 2 decades of George Jung's life without feeling choppy and the story is always intriguing.