Snatch

Snatch

4.4 46
Director: Guy Ritchie

Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Dennis Farina, Vinnie Jones

     
 

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Columbia/TriStar's two-disc special edition of Guy Ritchie's marvelous caper film Snatch is an extras-packed digital romp and an appropriate release for a film that wallows so freely in digital excess and charm. Disc one includes the U.K. version, which includes about three extra minutes of footage, available both in pan-and-scan or in its original widescreenSee more details below

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Columbia/TriStar's two-disc special edition of Guy Ritchie's marvelous caper film Snatch is an extras-packed digital romp and an appropriate release for a film that wallows so freely in digital excess and charm. Disc one includes the U.K. version, which includes about three extra minutes of footage, available both in pan-and-scan or in its original widescreen theatrical ratio of 1.85:1. The picture is outstanding and looks sharp throughout, with no evidence of any digital artifacts. The color is intentionally desaturated, giving the film a gritty, '70s kind of feel. Though the disc does include the pan-and-scan option, the widescreen option is definitely preferable. The film has been given both an English 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack and a two-channel Dolby Surround option. Both tracks are great, with channel separations and a heavy bottom end that never diminishes the dialogue scenes, though the two-channel option does tend to sound a bit bolder at times. A French-language track is also available. The film also has multiple subtitle options, the best being the translations of Brad Pitt's "pikey" dialogue into English. At one point only a question mark appears during one of Pitt's unintelligible ramblings. Great stuff and very funny. Disc one also contains a "Stealing Stones" option that allows viewers to watch the film with its deleted scenes reintegrated. A diamond icon will occasionally appear in the upper right-hand corner where the deleted scene should go. By clicking the "Enter" button on their remote controls, viewers will then be allowed to view the scene. This option, though interesting, is not recommended since the scenes have been taken from the editor's workprint and the overall picture and sound are very shabby. The same scenes are available separately on disc two. Disc one also contains a commentary track with director Ritchie and producer Matthew Vaughn. The track is fun and relatively informative, though the two occasionally need to be prodded to move things along and/or keep talking! Very loose and informal, so in a way it has its moments. Disc two contains a 24-minute "making of" featurette, which is very enjoyable; storyboard comparisons (including a valuable appraisal of the masterful climactic boxing scene); the previously mentioned deleted scenes (nothing too magnificent); a montage photo gallery; TV spots and theatrical trailers, including trailers for other Columbia/TriStar releases; and more. There are also a few "Easter eggs" to be found on disc two. By highlighting the arrow key, then pressing the upper arrow key on your remote, a yellow exclamation mark will appear in the upper right-hand corner. Press "Enter" and you will be asked if you are easily offended. Whether you press "yes" or "no," you will be witness to a 90-second montage of some of the best profanity in films today. To get to the other Easter eggs, go to the second screen in the extras menu, highlight the arrow again, press the upper arrow key on your remote, and the number "1" should then appear. Press "Enter" on your remote and you will see a 70-second montage of some of the best quotes from the film. Other Easter eggs await you in the filmography section of the disc.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
An anarchic black comedy teeming with eccentric characters, Snatch sports a plot that's almost perversely convoluted and a pace guaranteed to make your head spin. Set in a Runyanesque London underworld, the film hurls characters and events at viewers in dizzying succession; for what it's worth, Snatch is primarily about stolen diamonds, rigged prizefights, and man-eating pigs -- but not necessarily in that order. The ensemble cast includes, among others, Benecio Del Toro as an inept jewel thief, Brad Pitt as a wandering Irish boxer, Dennis Farina as an American gangster, and Rade Sherbedgia as a Russian hit man. Two shady promoters hire Pitt to throw a fight, while Farina comes to London in search of the diamond Del Toro stole, which is also coveted by Sherbedgia, who's been hired to...well, it's impossible to synopsize this movie. But suffice to say that director Guy Ritchie has crafted it along the same surrealistic lines as his earlier success, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. He doesn't simply present scenes, he flings them at you with speed, energy, and visual pyrotechnics, virtually daring viewers to keep up with him. The bizarre inhabitants of Snatch's world bear considerable resemblance to characters from the old Dick Tracy comic strip, and their misadventures make for dazzling entertainment. The DVD edition includes a commentary by Ritchie, deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, outtakes, storyboard-to-screen comparisons, photo gallery, cast-crew interviews, and production notes.
All Movie Guide - Derek Hill
Riffing off a multitude of caper films that had come before it, Guy Ritchie's second film, Snatch, manages to stay afloat and tread new territory of its own. As in Ritchie's first outing as a director, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Snatch's strong points are its excellent ensemble cast; the cool, sharp, and very funny working-class London vernacular of its script; and the film's hyperkinetic, in-your-face style. What could easily have been its downfall -- MTV- and advertising-styled video techniques -- becomes in many ways the film's strongest element. Though occasionally a bit too slick for its own good, the film's imagery does help enhance and raise itself above its otherwise moribund genre. The performances are all great, especially Brad Pitt's role as an unintelligible Irish traveler. He almost single handedly steals the show. The film also contains arguably one of the best fight scenes since Scorsese's classic Raging Bull (1980).
Rolling Stone
Ritchie has a gift for lively dialogue and action. Yes, there's a Tarantino thrust to Ritchie's pulp fiction and a surreal Trainspotting spin to his camerawork, and his experience making music videos for German dance bands shows in the fast cuts and jagged pacing. But Ritchie's got something all his own: a go-for-broke energy that cuts through the cliches of the crime genre. Peter Travers
Washington Post
If stories don't happen fast, funny and powerful enough for you in the movies, push your way into the queue. This flick's for you. Desson Howe

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/03/2001
UPC:
0043396062535
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:43:00

Special Features

Director and Producer Commentary, Making-of featurette, Deleted scenes, Storyboard comparisons, Photo gallery, Trailers, Filmographies, Weblinks

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Benicio Del Toro Franky Four Fingers
Dennis Farina Avi
Vinnie Jones Bullet Tooth Tony
Brad Pitt Mickey O'Neil
Jason Flemyng Darren
Mike Reid Doug the Head
Jason Statham Turkish
Alan Ford Brick Top
Rade Serbedzija Boris 'The Blade' Yurinov
Robbie Gee Vinny
Lennie James Sol
Ewen Bremner Mullet
Stephen Graham Tommy
Adam Fogerty Gorgeous George

Technical Credits
Guy Ritchie Director,Screenwriter
Michael Dreyer Co-producer
Jon Harris Editor
Verity Hawkes Costumes/Costume Designer
Simon Hayes Sound/Sound Designer
Leslie Healey Editor
Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski Production Designer
Stephen Marks Executive Producer
Tim Maurice-Jones Cinematographer
Peter Morton Executive Producer
John Murphy Score Composer
Angad Paul Executive Producer
David Reid Asst. Director
Trudie Styler Executive Producer
Lucinda Syson Casting
Steve Tisch Executive Producer
Matthew Vaughn Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- WIDESCREEN/FULL SCREEN
1. Start [3:51]
2. Diamond snatch [3:00]
3. Turkish & Tommy [2:31]
4. Brick Top [2:23]
5. Boris & his brother [:58]
6. Avi [:57]
7. Doug the Head [2:42]
8. Buying a caravan [3:49]
9. Gypsy bare-knuckle champ [2:26]
10. Sol [2:30]
11. Tyrone & his getaway car [4:44]
12. Replacement fighter [:52]
13. A dive in the fourth [:05]
14. All bets are off [5:27]
15. One-punch Mickey [3:11]
16. A problem [1:59]
17. Mickey's offer [:06]
18. Not a bad moment? [6:29]
19. Bullet-Tooth Tony [:02]
20. Brick Top's persuasion [:02]
21. A hard man to track down [4:52]
22. All roads lead to Boris [5:52]
23. Desert Eagle vs. Replica [3:51]
24. Russian standoff [4:48]
25. Predictability of stupidity [1:26]
26. "Look in the dog." [4:10]
27. "Do not knock him out." [2:47]
28. Action & reaction [2:57]

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