Traffic [DVD] 
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Featuring a huge cast of characters, the ambitious and breathtaking Traffic is a tapestry of three separate stories woven together by a common theme: the war on drugs. Bold in scope, it showcases Steven Soderbergh at the top of his game, directing a peerless ensemble cast in a gritty, multifaceted tale that will captivate you from beginning to end. Utilising the no-frills techniques of the Dogme 95 school, Soderbergh enhances his handheld filming with imaginative editing and film-stock manipulation that eerily captures the atmosphere of each location: a washed-out, grainy Mexico; a blue and chilly Ohio; a sleek, sun-dappled San Diego. But Traffic is more than a film school exercise. Soderbergh and screenwriter Stephen Gaghan (adapting the British TV miniseries Traffik to the US) seamlessly weave the threads of each separate plotline into one solid tale, with the actions of one plot having quiet repercussions on the connected narratives. And if you needed more proof that Soderbergh takes unparalleled care with his actors, practically all the members of this cast turn in their best work ever, the standout being an Oscar-worthy Benecio Del Toro as the conflicted moral conscience of the film. Traffic registered eight Oscar nominations (winning four, including Best Director for Soderbergh). --Mark Englehart, Amazon.comSee all Product Description
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Some will say that it takes too long, or that some of the scenes are a bit slow. But does everything go fast paced in real life? It just tries to sketch a realistic view of handling with drugs. And maybe there isn't a lot of action going on, but that's not the goal of the movie.
This film has an amazing ensemble cast where everybody is working at the top of their game. However, Benicio Del Toro definitely stands out with the breakthrough performance. I don't think it's accidental that the movie begins and ends with shots of him. He plays Javier Rodriguez, a Mexican police officer caught in a futile and corrupt system, and it's as compelling of a character as Michael Corleone. Del Toro is exceptionally relaxed and subtle, keeping his thoughts and feelings private from the other characters in the films, but sharing it with the camera. Del Toro navigates the audience through a world of impossible choices and moral corruption, quietly simmering with intense conflict just beneath the surface. Benicio's been an indie stalwart for years and this film shot his stock through the roof.Read more ›
Unfortunately the sought-after USA Criterion release is REGION-A LOCKED - although it doesn't say so on Amazon. So it WILL NOT PLAY on most UK BLU RAY players unless they're chipped to play 'all' regions (which the vast majority aren't). Don’t confuse BLU RAY players that have multi-region capability on the 'DVD' front – that won’t help.
Luckily the UK and European issues are REGION B - so that will play the movie on UK machines.
So check your player’s region coding acceptability if you want the pricier American Criterion release (must allow REGION A)…or opt for the standard BLU RAY releases from the UK and beyond – most of which feature a far cheaper price tag…
Taut direction by Soderberg keeps you on the edge of your seat all the way through. The cast showing real talent and Soderberg deserves the praise that he has received (most notably for best director at this years Oscar's). The actors, specifically Douglas, Del-Toro, Zeta-Jones, Don Cheedle and Luis Guzman, are all on top form and do a brilliant job.
The film is disturbing (and it should be) as it portrays the destruction that the use of illicit drugs has on both the social moral fiber within the family and of the nation, but in the end focusing on the break down of the individual family. Illicit drugs effect all social classes, all neighborhoods and all communities.
This film is challenging, thought provoking and brings home the reality of this major social issue, which affects many nations around the world. Buy this. Show it to your family, friends and neighbors. You won't regret it.
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Awesome Film ~ Love it!! Great value, sound and picture ~ Thank youPublished 9 days ago by Alison Hambleton