Traffic [Special Edition] [Criterion Collection]

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Described by director Steven Soderbergh as "Nashville meets The French Connection," this multi-character drama explores the effects of international drug trafficking on all fronts: from their source, to the U.S. border, to the federal government, to the private lives of users. Based upon a miniseries originally aired on Britain's Channel 4, Traffic divides its time among three main storylines and almost a dozen locales. The first and primary plot thread, set in Ohio and Washington, D.C., concerns freshly-appointed drug czar Robert Wakefield (Michael Douglas), whose enthusiasm for his new prestige position is quickly offset when he realizes his 16-year-old daughter Caroline (Erika Christensen) is graduating from recreational drug use to habitual abuse -- a secret that his wife, Barbara (Amy Irving), has kept from him. South of the border, Mexican cop Javier Rodriguez (Benicio Del Toro) attempts to wage his own war on drugs, heading off a cocaine shipment in the middle of the desert with his less-than-virtuous partner Manolo Sanchez (Jacob Vargas). Surrounded by corruption, Javier approaches the drug war with an attitude of patience and compromise, which opens him up to investigation from General Arturo Salazar (Tomas Milian), the country's dubious drug-enforcement liaison to the U.S. Meanwhile, San Diego drug kingpin Carlos Alaya (Steven Bauer) is caught in a sting operation spearheaded by DEA agents Montel Gordon (Don Cheadle) and Ray Castro (Luis Guzman), leaving behind his very pregnant and very oblivious wife, Helena (Catharine Zeta-Jones). At the behest of Carlos' lawyer and shady confidante, Arnie Metzger (Dennis Quaid), Helena decides to carry on the family business -- with tragic consequences. Adapted by Rules of Engagement scribe Stephen Gaghan, Traffic marked Soderbergh's second major release in 2000 after the critical and box-office success of Erin Brockovich, as well as his second feature as cinematographer (credited under the pseudonym Peter Andrews). A favorite with various guild and critics' awards, Traffic won four Academy Awards in 2001, including statues for Best Supporting Actor (Del Toro) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Gaghan), and surprise wins for Steven Mirrone's editing and Soderbergh's direction. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi.

Disc One - The Movie:, Digital transfer, enhanced for 16x9 televisions, Three commentary tracks: director Steven Soderbergh and writer Stephen Gaghan; producers Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz, and Laura Bickford, and consultants Tim Golden and Craig Chretien; and composer Cliff Martinez (featuring two music cues not included in the final film, Dolby Digital 5.1 theatrical mix and 2.0 reduced dynamic range home video mix, English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing, , Disc Two - The Supplements:, Twenty-five deleted scenes, featuring commentary by Soderbergh and Gaghan, Film processing demonstration: Achieving the look of the Mexico sequences, Editing demonstration, with commentary by editor Stephen Mirrione, Dialogue editing demonstration with sound editor Larry Blake, Thirty minutes of additional footage, featuring multiple angles from the scenes of the El Paso Intelligence Center and the cocktail party where U.S. senators, major politicians, lobbyists, and others express their views on the drug war, Theatrical and television trailers, U.S. Customs trading cards of the K-9 squad used in the detection of narcotics and illegal substances, .

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Starring: Steven Bauer, Benjamin Bratt, James Brolin, Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro, Miguel Ferrer, Albert Finney, Amy Irving, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tomas Milian, D.W. Moffett, Dennis Quaid, Peter Riegert, Rena Sofer, Jacob Vargas, Michael Douglas, Luis Guzman, Mario Roberts, Marisol Padilla Sanchez, Stephen Dunham, Erika Christensen, Topher Grace,
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Studio Name: Image Entertainment
DVD Release Date: 03/07/2006
Rating: R
Format: DVD
Run Time (in minutes): 147 minutes
Language: Spanish
Audio Tracks: AC, Digital Sound
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.3
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.5 x 5.5 x 7.44
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