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Blood Diamond [DVD] [2007]

Leonardo DiCaprio , Edward Zwick    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Directors: Edward Zwick
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Italian, English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Jun 2007
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MQC92Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,410 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Leonardo DiCaprio puts a handsome face on an ugly industry: In parts of Africa, diamond mining fuels civil warfare, killing thousands of innocents and drafting preteen children as vicious soldiers. DiCaprio (The Departed) plays Danny Archer, a white African soldier-turned-diamond-smuggler who gets wind of a large raw jewel found by Solomon Vandy, a native fisherman (Djimon Hounsou, In America) recently escaped from enslavement by a brutal rebel leader. Archer offers a deal: He'll help Vandy find his war-scattered family if Vandy will share the diamond with him. Drawn into this web of exploitation is journalist Maddy Bowen (Jennifer Connelly, Little Children), who agrees to help if Archer will tell her the details of how conflict diamonds make their way into the hands of the corporations who sell them to the Western world. DiCaprio is compelling because he never flinches from Archer's utter ruthlessness; Archer ends up doing the morally justifiable thing, but only because his desperate greed has led him to it. Hounsou and Connelly, though saddled with all the moral and political speeches, rise above the cant and keep the movie's treacherously formulaic plot rooted in human characters. But in the end, the story won't stick with you as much as the dead stillness in the child soldiers' eyes; the horror of African civil strife refuses to be contained by Blood Diamond's uplifting message--and the movie is all the more potent as a result. --Bret Fetzer

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid 29 Aug 2007
By L. Otto VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
As far as the film goes, it's great. The story is captivating, and the writing is excellent. And as much as it pains me to say, Leonardo di Caprio's acting is top notch! I'm not going to talk about the story, I'm going to review the HD experience you're getting:

Visual: Blood Diamond looks really, really good in HD. The landscape shots and action sequences are so crystal clear it makes you think you're a part of the action. I didn't expect the film to look as good as it does, and I recommend it highly. There is no visible grain, pictures are clear, sharp and the colours are well saturated. Definitely better than expected!

Audio: The uncompressed 5.1 surround is truly breathtaking! Sound is clear, deep and well equalised to deliver a near-cinema experience. There's no distortion, and the sound is well levelled throughout (so no theatrical sound needing you to turn it up and down constantly!)

Overall, I'm very happy with the way this turned out. It's a beautiful film that's written very well and looks incredible on blu-ray.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. 13 Jan 2009
By tallpete33 TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This is a meaty and compelling film set in the heat and conflict of war-torn Sierra Leone at the turn of the last century. Africa's problems are graphically displayed here - where there's a commodity, be it gold, cobalt, copper or in this case, diamonds there is bloodshed. The diamond trail leads from the slave gangs of the brutal Revolutionary United Front to the vaults of respectable diamond dealers of London who stockpile the excess gems in order to maintain artificially high prices. These dealers are careful not to be seen buying "blood diamonds" or "conflict stones" from the Sierra Leone but do so from the neighbouring Liberia into which they are smuggled.

The story centres on Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou) a fisherman whose village is raided by the RUF. Many are killed and families dispersed in the panic. Solomon's own son is given an AK47 as big as himself and brainwashed into becoming a boy soldier while his wife and other children fortunately make their way to a refugee camp. Forced to work in the diamond mines, he discovers a huge gem, which he manages to conceal during a shoot-out with government forces.

A rock of that size does not stay secret for long and he soon finds himself thrown together with "Rhodesian" mercenary cum diamond smuggler Danny Archer (DiCaprio) and American journalist Maddy Bowen (Jennifer Connolly), each with very different agendas (escape money, a story) and methods. They have to fight for their lives, his family and the diamond in an epic story that is both moving and brutal. The backdrop of Africa is spectacular but the soil is red, locals say from the rivers of blood that flow through the country.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TIA ... this is Africa! 24 July 2009
By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
Blood Diamond [Blu-ray] [2006]

Blood Diamond has a brilliant screen play that covers most aspects of conflict diamonds and the civil war in Sierra Leone observed through the eyes of three characters.

Danny Archer (Leonardo Di Caprio) trades conflict diamonds between the RUL rebels and the London dealers. Danny has no interest in the suffering his trade causes, shrugging his shoulders saying "TIA" (this is Africa). However after meeting journalist Maddy Bowen (Jennifer Connelly) he undergoes a slow transformation mainly evidenced by his actions. Di Caprio is excellent in this role, as is the evolving relationship between him and Connelly.

The civil war atrocities, including a devastating re-enactment of the rebel attack on Freetown that caused thousands of deaths is superb.

The civil war is seen through the eyes of Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou) a fisherman whose son is captured as a boy soldier and who shames the other male protagonists with his simple honesty, dignity and compassion.

The ending is a little too saccharine and implausible but can be ignored as it has no relevance to the drama.

Shot in beautiful scenery either the original photography was a little below par, or the strange Blu Ray transfer with its wildly fluctuating and extraordinarily low bitrates is at fault, for sure this Blu Ray disc certainly does not glow on the screen.

Very highly recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Performances give "Diamond" its luster 27 Jun 2007
Format:DVD
A rare and sizable diamond is found by a worker in a warlord's diamond mine. This adds even more turbulence to an already volatile situation as different forces attempt to seize the 'blood diamond.'

In a certain sense I found this film to comparable to 'Babel' - it tells s story that reveals an uncomfortable truth about our world, but remains grounded and personal with its perspective. Focusing of a few principle characters - with each actor/actress giving a solid performance - the film gives a really up-close look at a world fueled by greed and filled with violence. There is something rotten in the states of Africa and the 'blood diamond' of the title is practically a classic McGuffin - totally incidental to what is going on. But if people can get so worked up over just one diamond it gives you an idea about why the situation there is what it is - and just how expensive diamonds really are.

Leonrado DiCaprio done an excellent job in his role-no exaggeration. He excels as the aggressive and also at times sensitive smuggler. 2006 has been exceptional year for him with two powerhouse roles - the other being "The Departed" - and his career should be highly respected for that. Djimon Honsou is one of my favorite actors, so, naturally, I liked his work in this. But it isn't that I simply "liked" his work in this--he gave THE best performance in the movie. He handles the role of Solomon Vandy as if he IS Solomon- a truly moving character. I think this is Jennifer Connelly's second best performance in her career (the first being Requiem For A Dream). She plays Matty Bowen, journalist for Vital Affairs magazine. She shows how great an actress she can actually be, but it will never top her Requiem acting.
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