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Snatch
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12.11.2009 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Guy Ritchie

Actors:
Jason Statham
Brad Pitt
Benicio Del Toro
Vinnie Jones
Dennis Farina

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
An illegal boxing promoter (Jason Statham), his partner (Stephen Graham), and his Irish-Gypsy (Pikey) fighter (Brad Pitt), get mixed up with a bunch of gangsters looking for a priceless stolen diamond.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
SNATCH is one of those films that just gets better and better the more you watch it. While many would claim director Guy Ritchie's previous film, LOCK, STOCK, & TWO SMOKING BARRELS is the superior film, I've always prefered SNATCH. It plays out like a more refined version of LOCK, STOCK, and everythng about it, from the cast to the kickass soundtrack, is perfect.

It's interesting that, with the exception of Brad Pitt (who was already a megastar long before he made SNATCH), the one actor who really made it big after this was Jason Statham. Now, the guy we see in SNATCH most definitely is not the Statham we see in THE TRANSPORTER, as there's no kung-fu, or car chases. Heck, Statham even manages to keep his shirt on in this one. He's more or less the foil to the wacky characters that stumble in an out of the film.

There are so many great performances in this, from Dennis Farina, as the lone American embroiled in the plot, to Benicio Del Toro's gambling addicted thief, Franky Four- Fingers, to Rade Serbedzija's indestructible Russian arms dealer, etc. However, for me, the real standout has always been Vinnie Jones as the one and only Bullet tooth Tony. Everyone assumed he'd become a mega-star after this. HE's worked steadily, but he still hasn't broken through as a leading man The year after this, he starred in an ill-advised LONGEST YARD remake, MEAN MACHINE- that re-teamed him with Statham and several other cast members. The film went nowhere...

As for Ritchie, I think this is by far his best film. After SNATCH, he had the double whammy of SWEPT AWAY and REVOLVER, two films that were bad enough to ruin any career, but he rebounded with the solid (if unspectacular) ROCK N'ROLLA, and it looks like SHERLOCK HOLMES will launch his career into the stratosphere.
THE EXTRAS
My one gripe with the blu-ray is that all of the special features, with the exception of The SNATCH Cutting Room Floor are recycled from the old Two-Disc SE. This lone new feature allows aspiring editors to re-cut several scenes, and while the idea is neat, the feature is a bit choppy, and crached my player twice.

As for the rest of the recycled material, we get a fun commentary track with Ritchie and producer Matthew Vaughn (who's since become a big time director, making LAYER CAKE, STARDUST, and the upcoming KICK-ASS). There are also some rough looking deleted scenes , trailers , and a making of , which is actually pretty decent (and shows off Ritchie and Statham to be quite the chess players).

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I loved SNATCH in 2001, and I love it even more now. It improves with each new viewing, and is one of the classic films to come out over the last ten years. If you don't already have the 2 disc DVD, this is a no-brainer. If you do, get it anyways, as the new transfer, and remix soundtrack make it worth your while.
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