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Traffic: The Miniseries
(2004)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:
Jeff Rona

Co-Produced by:
Gregg Lehrman
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(February 24th, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you want a more intriguingly varied and interesting adaptation of the atmosphere created by Cliff Martinez in his 2000 feature score for this concept.

Avoid it... if the bleak, intentionally less refined aspect of the feature film's atmosphere was what attracted you to it in the first place, because Jeff Rona does attempt to insert depth and flavor to that general sound.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,449
WRITTEN 4/2/04, REVISED 10/13/11
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Traffic: The Miniseries: (Jeff Rona) Inspired by the Academy Award-winning movie of the same name and attempting to benefit from its solid reputation, Traffic: The Miniseries was a three-night cable television film that first aired on January 26th, 2004 on the USA Network. It followed the same narrative structure as the 2000 feature film, delving into the lives of seemingly unconnected characters and using the depressingly overwhelming power of the drug industry to create ties between them. The television version of the concept, however, did not carry over the powerful acting ensemble or other high-priced talent from the feature film. The series handles its approach to the drug industry by filming it in a sort of documentary style (not much different from what you see 24-hour news networks shifting to during weekend hours), offering a glimpse into narcotic and other trades all around the world through a detailed reporting perspective. While the central focus of the film continues to be on drug trafficking, Traffic: The Miniseries branches off into weapons and human smuggling as well, stretching in location from Seattle to Afghanistan. The television series did manage to earn three Emmy nominations, though it seemed at the time that with to the lack of extended advertisements and popular mention that it may not have had the same effect on audiences as the predecessor which inspired it. Whether evaluating the series or its music, you have to remember that the subject matter is both bleak and tense, and if you allow yourself to be engaged in either the show or score, you have to accept that it's not going to be the most consistent or pleasant of experiences. For the feature film, director Steven Soderbergh turned to one of his usual collaborators, Cliff Martinez, for the score, with very underwhelming results. Their idea was to establish the troublesome landscape solely through muddled, electronic colors on a dark canvas, aiming for a completely atmospheric effect and no distinct definition of good, bad, or any other polarizing feeling. For the miniseries, however, veteran television composer Jeff Rona would take that approach to a more workable level and infuse some international flavor and engaging emotional depth into the concept.



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114 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.85 Stars
***** 17 5 Stars
**** 20 4 Stars
*** 29 3 Stars
** 26 2 Stars
* 22 1 Stars
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Alternate review of Traffic: The Miniseries at Movie Music UK
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 70:36
• 1. Traffic (1:58)
• 2. Journey (3:46)
• 3. The Illegals (3:14)
• 4. Into the Dock (2:13)
• 5. Above the Hills (1:40)
• 6. The Bus Home/The Cave (6:06)
• 7. Foot Chase (1:35)
• 8. Adam in America (6:46)
• 9. Ben Tells All (3:16)
• 10. Cityscape (1:34)
• 11. Bugging (3:00)
• 12. Hospital/Russian Story (5:27)
• 13. Angie (1:34)
• 14. Rushing to Get Out (5:24)
• 15. The Moments Before (4:54)
• 16. Through the Pass (1:47)
• 17. Run Like Hell (6:11)
• 18. Finding the Buzz (2:14)
• 19. The Conversation (1:51)
• 20. I'm Just a Middle Man (1:29)
• 21. Top of the Mountain (3:58)

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