WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The movie revolves around various groups of people involved in the seedy British underworld. Namely, two boxing promoters, a Jewish jeweler, a Russian ex-KGB agent, a ruthless gangster, a hitman named Bullet Tooth Tony, an Irish gypsy boxer and a host of others. Robberies, fixed boxing matches, beatings and shootings are just the beginning as the cast of oddball characters fight it out to get their paws on one big ass 84 karat diamond.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I have to take my hat off to director Guy Ritchie for putting together one hell of a funny and entertaining little film here. The subject matter continues right where LOCK, STOCK AND 2 SMOKING BARRELS left off and while he doesn’t exactly explore any new ground with this one, this movie succeeds in delivering the goods and kicking ass all over the place. At first glance, the endless list of zany characters might seem a bit overwhelming and excessive, but you shouldn't have any trouble following the story. It serves up a raunchy mix of razor sharp writing, super cool directing and more action and comedy than you can shake a stick at. It’s the epitome of what a good gangster flick should be, that is filled with great dialogue, whacked out characters and enough swearing to send all the hooligans home happy. The movie is also a terrific exercise in style as the rapid fire editing and unconventional shooting techniques make for quite the slick viewing experience. To top things off, the film’s soundtrack gets major points by throwing in some great Jewish folk tunes, Massive Attack and Oasis (among other great tracks) which complement the movie perfectly. Bollocks to other crappy half assed gangster movies, this one blows ‘em all away. DVD fans should note that the movie on the DVD is the UK version with about a minute of extra footage included.
Kicking off the two disc special edition is “Making Snatch”, a 25-minute documentary hosted by actor Jason Statham and Ritchie himself. This is one of the funniest extras I’ve seen with great interviews and cool shots of behind the scenes footage. You really get the feeling that it was a blast making the movie! (apparently the director was quite the “cheapskate bastard” and didn’t properly cater the sets as Brad Pitt rants about potato sandwiches…funny stuff) We also get 5 deleted scenes in rough footage, all worth checking out, which can be branched in with the final cut of the movie by selecting a separate option, called “Snatching Stones”. Next up are “Storyboard Comparisons” which breakdown 3 separate sequences where you can watch either the individual sketches (set to the movie’s dialogue and sound) or a split screen comparing the movie and the storyboards. “Video Photo Gallery” is a 5-minute montage of behind the scenes stills set to music and is definitely worth a look as the cast and crew photos basically speak for themselves. 3 US TV spots, filmographies as well as the US/UK theatrical teaser trailers finish up the extras. The DVD’s got wicked menus complete with nice animation and great clips of songs from the movie.
Let’s do the math on this DVD. You get one wild ride of a movie that comes through gangbusters as an “All You Can Buffet” for action and comedy, pounding audio and razor sharp video, smooth deleted scenes, a kick ass documentary, solid commentary and spiffy storyboard explanations. If that doesn’t get you excited, you need to renew your Viagra subscription because this DVD gets big time points in the bang for your buck department. Well worth the money.
On disc one, go to the audio set up menu and put the cursor on “Play Movie”, press the “up” button twice then press “enter” to learn how to program your cell phone to ring just like Doug the Head’s. On disc two, highlight the right arrow on the menu screen and press “up” then “right”, then “enter” and you’ll be asked whether or not you’re easily offended. Choose one of the options to be treated to some of the “best swearing and gunplay in contemporary British cinema”, a 90-second montage of clips from the flick. Select the “left” arrow on the first menu screen and press “up” then “left” to get a 75-second clip of the movie’s best dialogue. In the filmographies, choose Guy Ritchie and press “up” then “left’, on Brad Pitt press “up” then “right”, on Vinnie Jones press “up” twice, do these all separately and you’ll get some more short behind the scenes interview clips.