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WSR Detailed DVD Review

Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 53 (Oct 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Franka Potente, Rachel Griffiths, Paul Reubens, Jordi Molla, Cliff Curtis, Max Perlich, Miguel Sandoval, Ethan Suplee & Ray Liotta

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Infinifilm DVD includes audio commentary by Ted Demme and George Jung, deleted scenes (with optional commentary), interviews with George Jung, two documentaries (

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): N5284
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Rated R for pervasive drug content
(Retail Price): $26.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 123
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2001
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 09/11/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Ted Demme
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In a few short years during the 1970s, powder cocaine turned from a relatively obscure illegal drug to a multi-billion dollar international business. The Colombian druglords had an American connection who made it all possible: George Jung, the first American to import cocaine to the United States on a large scale. George Jung

DVD Picture:
The anamorphicaly enhanced 2.30:1 DVD exhibits a solid picture, with sharp and detailed images. Since the film spans several decades, Ted Demme

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  WSR DVD-ROM Review
DVD-ROM Enhancements Rating:

DVD-ROM Review:
After a short and succinct introduction, you are brought to the DVD-ROM main menu, which features background music and a montage of still clips from the film. From this menu, you are given links labeled Play the Movie, Script-to-Screen, Original Website, and Hot Spot. The Script-to-Screen section contains a very basic presentation of the script with the normal features you expect to find included with DVD-ROM enhanced titles. There really is nothing very notable about the section, besides the fact that they keep consistent color coordination with the remainder of the features. Clicking Original Website will bring up the theatrical Web site, where you can view two different trailers, read about the making of the film, and see a great interview sequence with George Jung, the man the story in Blow is based on. Also, you are given the ability to download four different screensavers featuring still shots from the movie. If New Line would just stop throwing their old Web sites onto the disc, and start giving new options for the DVD-ROM user, things would be much better. They do not, however, so I am forced to drop the rating from what it could have been otherwise. It was very interesting to see the interviews of George Jung, and great reading about production of the film, but I could do all of that without the DVD, and it just does not seem to give much of an incentive to buy. I thought sales were what this business is all about. (Danny Richelieu)