Blow

Blow

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Director: Ted Demme

Cast: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Jordi Mollà

     
 

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New Line has delivered a great DVD in Blow, the third release in its Infinifilm series. The Johnny Depp-starring film about the rise and fall of a cocaine dealer has never looked better. The picture is top-flight, presented in a 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen format. Sound is decent, offered in Dolby Digital 5.1, but in a film as dialogue-heavy as this one, one won't

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New Line has delivered a great DVD in Blow, the third release in its Infinifilm series. The Johnny Depp-starring film about the rise and fall of a cocaine dealer has never looked better. The picture is top-flight, presented in a 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen format. Sound is decent, offered in Dolby Digital 5.1, but in a film as dialogue-heavy as this one, one won't notice it as much. The extras are the true superstars here. The Infinifilm series invites viewers to "go beyond the movie" by offering features that shed light not only on the film's production, but also on its subject matter. Included on the disc is an interview with George Jung, the real person on whom the film is based; a commentary from Jung and director Ted Demme; "Lost Paradise," an in-depth look at the Columbian drug trade; a six-minute featurette on drug addiction; deleted scenes; and a production diary, among many others. With the Infinifilm feature, many of these features can be accessed during the film itself, taking viewers to features relevant to the scene in question. The DVD is excellent in all respects and is well worth the money. Hopefully, other studios will follow New Line's lead and include more than just EPK material on their DVDs.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
Based on Bruce Porter's biography of the same name, Blow tells the story of real-life drug kingpin George Jung (Johnny Depp), a working-class kid from New England who turned America on to the magic powder that made disco come alive. Echoing the trajectory of a cocaine high, the sunny euphoria of Jung's early days in the 1960s selling pot on Southern California beaches gives way to the manic, teeth-grinding frenzy of his big-scale coke smuggling during the 1970s, when he hooked up with Columbian Pablo Escobar's powerful Medellin cartel. By the mid-'80s, as arrests and betrayals send Jung's billion-dollar empire crashing down, his life becomes one long cocaine hangover. Breezily told, Blow dispenses with major chunks of story through rapid-fire, Goodfellas-like montages as Jung narrates in voice-over; much of the fun comes from checking out Depp's ever-changing array of period costumes and hairdos as the movie hurtles through the decades. Director Ted Demme slows the action down for Jung's periodic visits with his loving but ineffectual father (Ray Liotta) and his shrewish mother (Rachel Griffiths), who salivates over her son's ill-gotten gains, then later turns him in to the police. These scenes with the parents are meant to provide the key to Jung's character: In his marriage to Mirtha -- a Columbian bombshell (Penelope Cruz) who quickly goes from fantasy babe to coke-snorting, money-grubbing harridan -- we witness the reenactment of his family history. But it's never clear how Jung, who seems neither ruthless nor particularly smart, rises so high in a trade dominated by vicious, machine gun-toting drug lords. It's a testimony to Depp's immense appeal as a performer -- his ability to undercut his breathtaking good looks with a self-effacing sweetness -- that he manages to make us care about a character that we never really get a handle on. Blow hammers home its point that crime doesn't pay, but by the end we have so much sympathy for Depp that we almost wish that it did.
All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
Ted Demme's drug drama doesn't score many points for originality or daring (borrowing liberally from the works of Martin Scorsese and Paul Thomas Anderson among others), but the story of drug entrepreneur George Jung is still gripping enough to make this film worthwhile. In an unsurprising but effective turn from Johnny Depp, we see Jung's ups and downs as he teeters between infamy and respectability, and the film itself has a similar rickety pattern. The female roles played by Penelope Cruz and Rachel Griffiths are monstrous cartoons, configured to sneer easily; the characterizations take some of the wind out of the story, as they make it more retrograde than necessary. Furthermore, Jung's life is told with far too much sentiment, forcing the audience to sympathize with him more often than is needed and taking the darker edge off the film, which could have made it an irresistible crime tale much like Scorsese's GoodFellas. Scorsese told a very similar story with more black humor and a resistance to convention, while still managing to take the audience on a breathless ride -- something this film only hints at.
New York Post
In its way, this sometimes hilarious, sometimes deeply moving film has more to say about the influence of drugs on American society than the self-important Traffic. Lou Lumenick

Product Details

Release Date:
09/11/2001
UPC:
0794043528422
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
R
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
2:04:00
Sales rank:
18,317

Special Features

George Jung interviews by director Ted Demme; Lost Paradise: cocaine's impact on Columbia; Addition: body and soul; Trivia subtitle track with direct access to additional features; Script-to-screen access to the film; Link to original website; Exclusive access to online Infinifilm features; Commentary with director Ted Demme and George Jung; Deleted scenes with director commentary; Character outtakes; Ted Demme's production diary; Nikka Costa music video "Push and Pull"; Teaser and theatrical trailer; Cast and crew filmogrphies

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Johnny Depp George Jung
Penélope Cruz Mirtha Jung
Jordi Mollà Diego Delgado
Franka Potente Barbara
Rachel Griffiths Ermine Jung
Ray Liotta Fred Jung
Ethan Suplee Tuna
Paul Reubens Derek Foreal
Cliff Curtis Pablo Escobar
Miguel Sandovar Augusto Oliveras
Kevin Gage Leon Minghella
Max Perlich Kevin Dulli
Jesse James Young George
Miguel Perez Allesandro
Dan Ferro Cesar Toban
Tony Amendola Sanchez
Bobcat Goldthwait Mr. T
Michael Tucci Dr. Bay
Monet Mazur Maria
Lola Glaudini Rada
Jennifer Gimenez Inez
Emma Roberts Young Kristina Jung
James King Kristina Jung

Technical Credits
Ted Demme Director,Producer
Maria Baker Set Decoration/Design
Mark Bridges Costumes/Costume Designer
Allan Byer Score Composer,Sound/Sound Designer
Nick Cassavetes Screenwriter
David Ensley Art Director
Michael De Luca Co-producer,Executive Producer
Tracy Falco Associate Producer
Michael Z. Hanan Production Designer
Melo Hinojosa Set Decoration/Design
Georgia Kacandes Co-producer,Executive Producer
Avy Kaufman Casting
Ellen Kuras Cinematographer
Denis Leary Producer
Nicholas C. Mastandrea Asst. Director
David McKenna Screenwriter
Susan McNamara Associate Producer
Douglas Mowat Set Decoration/Design
Graeme Revell Score Composer
Amanda Scheer-Demme Musical Direction/Supervision
Hillary Sherman Associate Producer
Joel Stillerman Producer
Bill Taliaferro Set Decoration/Design
Kevin Tent Editor
Bernardo Trujillo Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. infinifilm Select a Scene
0. Main Titles
0. My Name is George Jung
0. Summer 1968
0. Coast to Coast
0. Donde Esta Pot?
0. Family Dinner
0. Chicago 1972
0. A Visit Home
0. Diego
0. Colombia 1976
0. A Favor
0. Pablo
0. Mirtha
0. A Family Visit
0. Diego's Move
0. No More Brothers
0. Kristina
0. Happy Birthday
0. On the Run Again
0. Florida 1987
0. George's Heart
0. One Last Score
0. A Message Home
0. A Visitor
0. End Credits
0. Select a Scene
1. Main Titles [1:49]
2. My Name is George Jung [1:13]
3. Summer 1968 [:22]
4. Coast to Coast [1:22]
5. Donde Esta Pot? [2:10]
6. Family Dinner [:06]
7. Chicago 1972 [2:35]
8. A Visit Home [3:26]
9. Diego [2:32]
10. Colombia 1976 [2:12]
11. A Favor [:57]
12. Pablo [:07]
13. Mirtha [3:41]
14. A Family Visit [2:28]
15. Diego's Move [2:36]
16. No More Brothers [1:39]
17. Kristina [2:37]
18. Happy Birthday [3:00]
19. On the Run Again [1:52]
20. Florida 1987 [:07]
21. George's Heart [4:33]
22. One Last Score [1:26]
23. A Message Home [:56]
24. A Visitor [:07]
25. End Credits [2:21]

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Blow 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
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Blow was a great movie it was based on a true story of a drug kingpin and how his life started out as a small time pusher and progress into a big time drug smuggler. Johnny depp played the leading roll excellence. You most see this movie if you like alot of action.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Blow is an actual account of George Jung's life. It starts with George as a hard working New England youngster. Then it moves quickly to George's rebellious teenage and early twenties. Finally BLow moves into George Jung's life as a Drug lord. Johnny Depp is incredible as usual.Blow is definately a must the simple fact that it is mostly all truemakes the movie even more incredible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very good movie. Johnny Depp played the role of George Jung fantabulously. I've watched it atleast 8 times and still mesmerized . Good acting and storyline.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No other film in recent memory so effectivly captures the era in which it's set. Johnny Depp plays George Jung, the son of a working class New England family. Jung moves to the west coast in the mid 60s and with the aid of Tuna, his best friend he begins dealing pot. This leads to his eventual arrest as his operations spread to coast to coast. His stay in prison only results in him meeting Diego, whom convinces him to become a conduit in the cocaine trade. Jung introduces America to the highly powerful and very popular drug, which brought the disco scene to life. Jung made millions. Only to see his life come crashing around him after a series of arrests. Johnny Depp does an excellent job with this character, from his chic style to his very down to earth outlook, and ah yes they always present New England accent. The movie drives home the idea that drugs and crime do not pay, however when the movie ends you almost wish that they did in sympathy for Depps character.
Guest More than 1 year ago
best movie i believe i've seen johnny depp's portrayl of george jung was far beyond outstanding it's a movie to watch over and over i watch mine least twice a week lol hats off to all involved with it's production
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you liked Scarface, then you gotta see Blow. This is easily one of my favorite movies. I think it could make a cop , a parent, even a preacher feel bad for a drug dealer. All i gotta say is go get it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well this is the first DVD I have bought because I am a big Johnny Depp fan. He has appeared in other movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape? and Nick Of Time, and Edward Scissorhands. I found out that this is a sad story about Drug Lord George Jung who lost everything in his life twice. This movie is good because of its allstar cast. This also shows the Paul Reubans can act besides in Comedies. I have no regrets about purchasing this movie. The Director even took out several of his favorite scenes to keep it around two hours. They are really great scenes that are in the DVD. The DvD also features commentary by The Director and the Actual George Jung himself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Blow is a great movie that isn't even very violent. It isn't gory or anything. My sister refuses to see it even though I swear to her its not gory (blood). Johnny Depp captures George Jung's mannerisms very well. A wryly funny movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Blow is a powerful movie about a drug kingpin that you cant help but love. I really felt his pain through this movie because his life is so trajic, and though some may say he brought it on himself, there are plenty of druglords whose fate was dying in velvet pajamas in a kingsize bed at the age of 85. This just may be Depp's greatest performance ever. This movie will make you want to cry. Excellent, a must see for anyone of the 80's/90's generation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Blow was a fantastic biopic drama based on the life and high times of George Jung, a drug kingpin involved with Pablo Escobar and the Medellin Cartel. This story is tragic, not only the personal story of Jung (played wonderfully by Johnny Depp) but also the horrible social effects cocaine and other drugs had and are having on our society. If one wants to understand the genesis of the 70's bump in coke, this is the best you'll find.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie really blows........................me............... away............everytime.
paintedsky More than 1 year ago
very very good movie, one of those movies that really makes you think after you watch it.
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This movie is a must see for any crime movie fans. Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz both give breakthrough preformances. I highly recommend seeing this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For Johnny Depp this is definitley a big break through. This movie tells of a man named George Jung who decides that instead of just smoking marijuana maybe he should sell it too.I am not a big fan for movies like this but this is truly a fantastic movie worth all of the praise anyone can give. Johnny Depp has been blessed to be such a great actor and he shows tremendous talent in this movie. This movie is definitley wonderful and I recomend seeig it.