Michael Douglas, Benicio Del Toro, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Don Cheadle, Jeff Bridges, Luis Guzman, Erika Christensen, Albert Finney, Dennis Quaid, Amy Irving, Steven Bauer, Benjamin Bratt, Peter Riegert, Miguel Ferrer, Topher Grace, James Brolin
Criterion Collection widescreen; closed caption; English, Spanish audio tracks; English subtitles; commentary by director Steven Soderbergh and writer Stephen Gaghan; commentary by producers Laura Bickford, Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz and consultants Tim Golden and Craig Chretien; commentary by composer Cliff Martinez (with music cues not included in the film); 25 deleted scenes featuring commentary by director Steven Soderbergh and writer Stephen Gaghan; film processing demonstration "Achieving the look of 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 the U.S. senators, major politicians, lobbyists and others state their views on the drug war; U.S. Customs trading cards of the K-9 squad used in the detection of narcotics and illegal substances; theatrical trailer.
|With a cleverly color-coded approach to the film stock for each element of his story, Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh unleashes a sprawling, multi-layered investigation into the drug war in the U.S. and Mexico. The result is a powerful juggernaut of a movie that never loses its way, despite a difficult, ambiguous subject and numerous plot lines and characters. A Mexican cop (Benicio Del Toro) tries to survive and thrive amid the corruption of the Federales. A well-to-do Southern California housewife (Catherine Zeta-Jones), previously unaware of her husband's high-level drug-trafficking business, must cope with his arrest and incarceration and with being under surveillance by a pair of FBI agents (Don Cheadle, Luis Guzman). The newly appointed U.S. drug czar (Michael Douglas) and his wife (Amy Irving) discover that their wholesome, preppie daughter is fooling around with dangerous narcotics. An exciting, honest, and frequently bleak opus that is ultimately life-affirming.|