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Spine #151

May 28, 2002

Number of Discs: 1

  • 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English Stereo
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • English subtitles


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Directed By: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Jacob Vargas, Tomas Milian, Michael Douglas, Luiz Guzman, Don Cheadle, Miguel Ferrer, Topher Grace, Erika Christensen, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Albert Finney, D.W. Moffett, James Brolin, Steven Bauer, Amy Irving, Dennis Quaid, Peter Riegert, Benjamin Bratt, Salma Hayek
Licensor: USA Films

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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.

  • Three commentary tracks: director Steven Soderbergh and writer Stephen Gaghan; producers Laura Bickford, Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, and consultants Tim Golden and Craig Chretien; composer Cliff Martinez (with two music cues not included in the film)
  • 25 deleted scenes featuring commentary from director Steven Soderbergh and writer Stephen Gaghan
  • Film processing demonstration: Achieving the look of the Mexico sequences
  • Editing demonstration with commentary from editor Stephen Mirrione
  • Dialogue editing demonstration
  • 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 state 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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