First up is “Lost Paradise: Cocaine’s Impact on Colombia” which runs a little too long at some 25 minutes. It’s basically a Spanish language documentary that’s subtitled in English which offers interviews from journalists, law enforcement personnel and other people associated with the whole scene. It’s rather bland and for lack of a better term, pretty monotonous. “Addiction: Body and Soul” (6 minutes) is way more entertaining as it presents an actual certified doctor who briefly goes into a pseudo class room style discussion on the dangers of drugs and chemical dependence. It’s cheesy but worth checking out. “Interviews with George Jung” totals some 15 minutes and allows the former drug lord to speak about such topics as the screenplay, the 60’s and his feeling towards Depp’s performance. The interviews are shot on a handicam and watching him talk from prison was kind of…well, sad. The DVD also includes a fact track, basically a subtitle option which presents all kinds of cool information about the culture of the 60’s and 70’s, including figures for drug consumption and sales.
Also included are some 10 deleted scenes (totaling just under a half hour) which are offered with optional commentary from director Demme and they’re all worth a look, if only that they add slightly more depth to the flick. “Production Diary” highlights 12 short clips from director Demme who provides running comments during the movie’s 63 days of filming. Very cool stuff. “Character Outtakes” is a pretty weird little extra, in that it presents actors from the movie acting in character and speaking about George Jung. Most of it is ad-libbed and pretty damn funny, especially Penelope Cruz’s over the top bit. The 6 clips run just under 10 minutes. The movie’s original theatrical trailer and teaser trailers are also included. The music video for Nikki Costa’s “Push and Pull” rounds out the extras. As with other New Line infinifilm releases, you can select that option while watching the movie to have access to all the special features while you watch the flick. The DVD features some great looking menus, with full animation and sound.