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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
     

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

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Director: Guy Ritchie, Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran

Cast: Guy Ritchie, Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran

 

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Guy Ritchie's witty, cool crime caper explodes from this DVD. The sepia tones of the film are accurately depicted, giving home viewers a quality reproduction of the cinematic experience. The film is a virtual high-contrast marathon, and the DVD consistently conveys the required mood. The sound is crisp, the narrator's voice clear, and the dialogue easy to follow. This

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Guy Ritchie's witty, cool crime caper explodes from this DVD. The sepia tones of the film are accurately depicted, giving home viewers a quality reproduction of the cinematic experience. The film is a virtual high-contrast marathon, and the DVD consistently conveys the required mood. The sound is crisp, the narrator's voice clear, and the dialogue easy to follow. This is a considerable feat, since the movie is filled with cockney phrases. Anyone still lost among the heavy accents and unfamiliar phraseology can resort to the optional closed captioning. The musical soundtrack remains stunning, with classic songs by James Brown, Dusty Springfield, and other artists -- the DVD providing full hipster impact. The short production featurette doesn't provide great insight. It consists primarily of the actors describing their characters and letting viewers know again and again that the film is very real. Learning that the baddies in the film are true-life criminals is perhaps the deepest information herein. The "Cockney Rhyming Slang" special feature is a slightly amusing list of English words and proper names and their cockney slang translations -- good for five minutes of fun. Short biographies are presented of four of the movie's actors in the "Cast and Filmmakers" feature. Strangely missing are bios of any of the filmmakers, especially Guy Ritchie. The chief importance of this DVD release is that the film's oddball look and dialogue remain intact. It's a punishing, fun experience.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Laura Abraham
Guy Ritchie's directorial debut Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a work of artistic originality as well as an accurate portrayal of life as an Eastender. A rabid, farcical look at gangsters in East End London, it contains mayhem at the center of every scene and gains additional intensity from the slow-motion technique Ritchie employs in many of his death sequences. Ritchie's manipulation of these sequences forces his audience to experience the full pain of the events by seeing every detail frame by frame, something particularly apparent in the director's handling of the boxing-ring poker game that catalyses the story. A series of different angles and techniques convey the pressure each character at the table is feeling, and the use of slow motion makes it impossible for the audience to ignore the pain and anguish that Eddy (expertly played by Nick Moran) must feel when he realizes he is losing a lot of money. One major criticism of Lock, Stock, however, is the tired exploitation of Northern people as comic relief; Ritchie's colloquialism-filled script creates the feeling of London's gangster-ridden East End, but the stereotyping of two bumbling Liverpool thieves adds nothing new or creative to British cinema. In general, while the accents make it difficult to pick up much of Ritchie's subtle dialogue, the film is a rollercoaster experience of action, death, and deception that is definitely worth seeing.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/31/1999
UPC:
0044005939125
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
Polygram Usa Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:48:00

Special Features

Widescreeen 16x9 and full-screen formats; U.S. & U.K. theatrical trailer; Cast & crew biographies; Interactive menus; Production featurette; Cockney dictionary; Digitally mastered; Dual layered; English 5.1 Surround; French subtitled; Spanish subtitled; English closed caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jason Flemyng Tom
Dexter Fletcher Soap
Nick Moran Eddy
Jason Statham Bacon
Steven Mackintosh Winston
Vinnie Jones Big Chris
Sting J.D.
Lenny McLean Barry the Baptist
P.H. Moriarty Hatchet Harry
Steve Sweeney Plank
Frank Harper Dog
Stephen Marcus Nick the Greek
Peter McNicholl Little Chris
Vas Blackwood Rory Breaker
Jake Abraham Dean
Stephen Callender-Ferrier Lenny
Suzy Ratner Gloria
Danny John-Jules Bartender

Technical Credits
Guy Ritchie Director,Casting,Screenwriter
Iain Andrews Production Designer
Stephanie Collie Costumes/Costume Designer
Matthew Collinge Sound/Sound Designer
Cool Music Ltd. Musical Direction/Supervision
Nicola Fletcher Musical Direction/Supervision
Celestia Fox Casting
Simon Hayes Sound/Sound Designer
Niven Howie Editor
David A. Hughes Score Composer
Stephen Marks Executive Producer
Georgina Masters Co-producer
Tim Maurice-Jones Cinematographer
Eve Mavrakis Production Designer
Peter Morton Executive Producer
John Murphy Score Composer
Angad Paul Executive Producer
Sebastian Pearson Associate Producer
David Reid Asst. Director
Jan Roldanus Associate Producer
Trudie Styler Executive Producer
Steve Tisch Executive Producer
Matthew Vaughn Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Players [:12]
2. Counting Money [:11]
3. Average Horticulturalists [:10]
4. Big Chris, Little Chris [2:20]
5. Hiring Thieves [4:58]
6. Deal Gone Wrong [2:01]
7. Breaking the News [1:16]
8. Walls That Talk [1:20]
9. Guns & Bullets [2:14]
10. Plans in Motion [3:09]
11. The Heist [:47]
12. A Matter of Timing [7:54]
13. Rory's Weed [4:15]
14. Settling Debts [2:20]
15. Bitter Irony [1:05]
16. In the Clear? [5:49]
17. Closing Credits [1:53]

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4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Beasto More than 1 year ago
thought it was okay, but I prefer guy Ritchie's other films over this one, I didn't hate this one though because I am a guy Ritchie fan, I just think snatch and his other movies are several times better
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie. The story, characters, screen play, etc...everything is so cool! Also, cool accents they use --. This is on my must have list of movies. Yo, peace !
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is lively, fast moving, witty and amusing. Lots of violence hinted because the hints are all you need. Delicately played, believable characters, realistic plot (it really does have a plot), no special effects (hurrah!)and an excellent ending. Worth every penny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well put together. Guy Ritchie is not afraid to entertain with wit, humor, and fluid stories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is a dark comedy with an unimagineable twist! It's so calm, yet hilarious at the same time. You HAVE to see it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lock, stock and two smoking barrels is a thrill ride of a movie. It is so twisted that it is funny. The 4 lovable but slacker lads that star in this movie make you remember what youthful indiscretions can be like and what trouble it can lead to. Sting is brilliant as the tough as nails, stand up Dad of the one of the main characters who only wants his son to stay on the straight and narrow. But the true anti-hero of the this movie and the one to keep your eye on. He is the 'muscle' for the top mobster. He is a dichodomy - both a gangster and a caring father in his own right. All characters are brilliantly portrayed and the bumbling gangsters will make you howl.
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