Blood Diamond

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Product Overview

A fisherman, a smuggler, and a syndicate of businessmen match wits over the possession of a priceless diamond.


Studio Warner
SKU 204025915
UPC 085391152996
UPC 14 00085391152996
Format DVD
Release Date 9/30/2008
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Set in Sierra Leone, BLOOD DIAMOND explores the role of diamond trading in the African civil war of the late 1990s. Narrowly escaping death when his village is invaded by R.U.F. militia, farmer Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou) is enslaved at a diamond mine and has his family taken from him. When he discovers an unusually large stone he buries it, knowing it may be his only tool for retrieving his family. While Vandy is imprisoned, white African diamond smuggler Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio) overhears an angry R.U.F. leader shouting at the farmer about the missing diamond, and he gets Vandy out of jail, then bribes him with the promise that he will help find Vandy's family in return for half the diamond's worth. Bonded by a common goal, the two men clash over drastically different values, but manage to stick together in pursuit of the prize. Also playing a part is fearless American journalist Maddie Bowen (Jennifer Connolly), whose flirtations with Archer and obsession with the truth land her in the middle of the bloody action. As the three embark on a dangerous journey filled with close calls, unlikely bonds form that threaten to change Archer's unfeeling ways. Meanwhile, a plotline following Vandy's beloved son shows us the horror being done to and by child soldiers at the hands of the so-called freedom-fighting rebel forces. ^Addressing his serious subject with passion and skill, director Edward Zwick (THE LAST SAMURAI) delivers impressive action sequences that feel horrifically real without seeming excessive. While some critics have taken stabs at the film for its Hollywood elements, no one can argue against BLOOD DIAMOND's noble intentions or its stellar performances. To most viewers, the film is likely to provide a disturbing and educational look at a world many know little about.
Premiere 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[With] astonishingly dark, whiplash-inducing action scenes....Caching its polemic within a tough-minded entertainment." 12/01/2006 p.43
New York Times "[DiCaprio] plays the smuggler as the scum he is....A character who has inspired the most fully sustained performance of his adult life." 12/08/2006 p.E1
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "Crammed full of exhilarating set-pieces and panoramic photography, it also included the DiCaprio role most likely to snag Best Actor..." 02/01/2007 p.37
Sight and Sound "It is clear that the film-makers have done an enormous amount of research on their subject.....Individual sequences -- such as the massacre that opens the movie -- are staged in bravura but chilling fashion." 02/01/2007 p.46-47
Box Office "[DiCaprio] commands the heavy attention of a performer comfortable in his own actorly skin." 02/01/2007 p.72
Ultimate DVD 4 stars out of 5 -- "This is Hollywood thriller at its best but one that also delivers a powerful moral message about Western greed, capitalism and exploitation." 05/01/2007 p.104
Edward Zwick
Jennifer Connelly
Leonardo DiCaprio
Cast & Crew
Arnold Vosloo - Actor
C. Gaby Mitchell - Story By
Charles Leavitt - Screenplay
Charles Leavitt - Story By
Djimon Hounsou - Actor
Eduardo Serra - Cinematographer
Edward Zwick - Director
James Newton Howard - Original Music By
Jennifer Connelly - Actor
Len Amato - Executive Producer
Leonardo DiCaprio - Actor
Paula Weinstein - Producer
Peter Wenham - Art Director
Steven Rosenblum - Editor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2006
Catalog ID 115299
UPC 00085391152996
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 143 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, Spanish Dubbed, French, Quebecois Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.40:1
Nominee (2007) Golden Globe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama,Image Award, Blood Diamond, Outstanding Motion Picture,Image Award, Djimon Hounsou, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture,Oscar, Leonardo DiCaprio, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role,Oscar, Djimon Hounsou, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role,Oscar, Steven Rosenblum, Best Achievement in Editing,Oscar, Lon Bender, Best Achievement in Sound Editing,Oscar, Andy Nelson, et. al., Best Achievement in Sound Mixing,Screen Actors Guild, Leonardo DiCaprio, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role,Screen Actors Guild, Djimon Hounsou, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review To an extent, Blood Diamond is a victim of its own length. While the film includes a number of disturbing political and sociological insights, the adventure story is tepid and loses momentum as the storyline bogs down. The main character, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, has an effective arc that is believable because it does not force him to act contrary to his nature, but it takes a long time for Blood Diamond to get us to DiCaprio's moment of recognition. Pacing issues aside, this is a well constructed movie - clearly the product of a director who understands how to make a top-notch motion picture. It looks great and sounds great. If only Edward Zwick's mastery of the medium had extended to pruning the screenplay and editing the final result, Blood Diamond might have been a tremendous film rather than one worthy of only a lukewarm recommendation.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource The Flick Filosopher
Review There are a lot of reasons to be enthralled by Blood Diamond, Edward Zwick's new action-drama-with-a-conscience: the deeply disturbing story he tells, for one, about how American consumer demand for diamonds and European colonialism drive and support horrifying civil strife in impoverished Africa is one that comparatively few people are aware of, and will be appalled to learn...probably the most stunning aspect of the film is Leonardo DiCaprio's performance as Archer...Much of the credit for Archer's force and integrity as a character -- even if as a man, his integrity is questionable -- is down to Dicaprio: this is his arrival as a genuinely grownup actor, even more so than his powerful performance in The Departed, earlier this believe DiCaprio: he doesn't look like an actor having a lark playing a bad guy. He looks and sounds and feels like the real deal.
Reviewer MaryAnn Johanson
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Special Edition, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
David Denby, The New Yorker Spectacular, exciting, and stunningly well made.
Jeffrey Lyons, NBC's Reel Talk Sensational performances!
Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader ...Zwick's epic story has numerous virtues apart from suspense and spectacle.
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune A visually sumptuous, bullet-train-paced thriller with a really provocative theme.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor DiCaprio is remarkable...

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