LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS uses all the conventions of British gangster films (and a wee bit o’ Tarantino) and molds something unique (and quite funny) out of it. Thanks to a lot of copycat flicks, it may seem old hat by now, but LS&2SB still holds up at the top of the heap with its layered storyline and unforgiving overall vibe. When it came out, this movie one of the coolest things my teenage eyes had ever seen. “Cool” may be a lame adjective, but I’m hard pressed to think of a better one to describe this film. It’s just got a cool visual style, a cool soundtrack, cool as hell dialogue and a multitude of cool-ass characters, including the aforementioned STATHAM!™, Lenny “Barry the Baptist” McLean and even Sting. (Yes, that Sting.) Even with the numerous characters and plot threads, everything comes together in the end in ways both clever and satisfying.
This new Directors Cut adds nearly twenty minutes to the movie, providing some more nifty character moments and fleshing out the back story a bit more. All in all, no major changes, but it does make for a more well-rounded flick, one that’s still as awesome as the first time I saw it nearly a decade ago
One Smoking Camera (11:08): A handful of post-production crew members explain some of the cooler scenes from the movie, including the super slow-motion “frame cutting” sequences. Learn how editing can give the movie its visual style and how to make a good-looking movie on a small budget (on a super 16 camera, no less). A nice featurette that covers one of the most striking aspects of the LS2&SB.
Lock, Stock and Two F*cking Barrels (1:55): A compilation of all the film’s profanities and dirty British slang. Ping-pong tiddly!
Extra Tidbit: Jason Statham was actually working as a “street vendor” (aka hustler) when Guy Ritchie met him on the street and promptly cast him as basically himself in the movie. The rest is Statham-tastic history.