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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (DC)
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Oct 17, 2006 By: Jason Adams
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (DC) order
Director:
Guy Ritchie

Actors:
Jason Statham
Nick Moran
Vinnie Jones

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
After losing a high stakes game of poker, four small-time conmen have one week to pay off the half million quid they owe to a notorious crime boss. Officially in over their heads, the group gets caught up in a scheme involving armed robbery, drugs and two stolen antique shotguns.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Somebody once asked me which movie I liked more—LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS or SNATCH—and it almost gave me an aneurysm trying to decide. Sometimes the sheer style and energy (and of course Brad Pitt's gypsy speak) makes me appreciate the latter more, but there’s something special about the low budget, high octane fun of Guy Ritchie’s debut film that you can’t help but love. And any movie that gives us both Jason (STAHAM!™) Statham and Vinnie Jones deserves intense geek adoration.

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
THE EXTRAS
“Locked and Loaded” edition? I don’t think so. Us “blokes” across the pond have been shafted. The UK Director’s Cut is packed with two discs worth of stuff. This version is virtually empty.

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!
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Guy Ritchie may have hit a directorial stumbling block since becoming Mr. Madonna, but don’t let that take away from his fantastic debut. The Director’s Cut fleshes out some of the story and characters, but there aren’t any major changes overall that warrant double dipping if you already own a previous version. And definitely don’t buy it for the special features.

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.
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