USA finalizes specs on Traffic

With the dissolving of USA Home Entertainment, questions immediately arose concerning the Criterion Collection release of the 2000 nominee for Best Picture, Traffic. It appears that not only will the disc arrive, but the updated specifications have been announced.

A high-ranking judge with a vendetta against drugs learns his own daughter is a cocaine addict – a San Diego housewife must suddenly take over her husband’s drug dealing business when he is arrested – a Mexican police officer struggles to do the right thing in the midst of corruption. Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Benicio Del Toro star in Steven Soderbergh’s amazing intertwined stories of the failing war on drugs.

Presented in anamorphic widescreen, the disc will contain audio tracks in Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Surround 2.0 as well as three audio commentaries featuring the voices of director Steven Soderbergh and writer Stephen Gaghan on number one, producers Laura Bickford, Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, and consultants Tim Golden and Craig Chretien on number two, and on number three, composer Cliff Martinez (with two music cues not included in the film).
Disc 2 contains 25 deleted scenes featuring commentary from director Steven Soderbergh and writer Stephen Gaghan, a film processing demonstration on achieving the look of the Mexico sequences, an editing demonstration with commentary from editor Stephen Mirrione, a 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.

Whew. This impressive set will debut one year after the original release on May 28th and will be priced at $39.95. The two-disc set is available for pre-order now at Shop in Digital for $27.97.

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