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Snatch
Special Edition

review by Zach B.

Rated R

Studio: Columbia/Tri-Star

Running Time: 103 minutes

Starring Benicio Del Toro, Dennis Farina, Vinnie Jones, Brad Pitt, Rade Sherbedgia, Jason Statham

Written and Directed by Guy Ritchie

Retail Price: $26.95

Features:
Disc 1 - Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Guy Ritchie and Producer Matthew Vaughn, Stealing Stones

Disc 2 - Making Snatch featurette, Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary, Storyboard Comparisons, Video Photo Gallery, U.S. TV Spots, Filmographies, Production Notes Insert, Theatrical Trailers. DVD-ROM: Weblinks

Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, 1.33:1 Full Frame, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Surround, Dolby French Surround, English Closed Captions, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Pikey Subtitles, Scene Selections (28 Chapters), Two-Disc Set

Released: July 3rd, 2001

It can be argued that Guy Ritchie's latest film, "Snatch", is nothing more than a rehash of his brilliant first film, that being the cult favorite "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" that was released in the United States well over two years ago as of writing this. True, they are similar in nature as far as characters and plotlines can go, but I think there are enough differences within the film that really do make them stand on their own (there's even a nice easter egg that Ritchie talking about both films and their differences). Each are fun, action-packed madcap adventures that definantly are great ways to pass the time that you'll want to experience over and over again.

"Snatch" is a movie that intertwines nicely filled with various twists and turns that may confuse viewers here and there, but not too much. This enjoyable flick has thief Franky Four Fingers (Benicio Del Toro) stealing a what seems to be flawless and large diamond. However, things happen and from there a lot more things happen. There's a lot to this plot and I don't want to give it away as I don't want to spoil the mvie, but there's a load of fantastic characters that get involved in a lot of stuff that leads to a pretty interesting climax and finale.

I really loved "Snatch" as there is so much to really like about this film. Once again, Guy Ritchie assembles a top notch cast, this one complete with a few well known stars. Benicio Del Toro as Franky Four Fingers is a small role, but he's quite good in it. Dennis Farina is great as usual while Vinnie Jones returns to Guy Ritchie's universe delivering a fantastic performance. I really, really liked Jason Statham's performance a lot, as he also returns to Ritchie's world. However, Brad Pitt does a really hilarious job as everyone's favorite pikey who speaks with a funny accent that works really well with the character. However, I will say there are plenty of times where you can get the jist of what he's saying. Still, it's fun. A great cast that brings the film to life who all have good chemistry with one another.

The film also goes on to show off Guy Ritchie's great directing skills, and I think he has improved his style over "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels". I really thought "Lock, Stock" was incredibly stylish and well made, so I was really glad to see that Ritchie has grown a bit as a filmmaker. It's even more impressive in that sense. The way he moves the camera and uses it as a character, rather than a tool is pretty amazing. The pans, the quick pauses and a variety of turns are really cool and a marvel to watch. I really like how at the start the way he introduces the characters. True, people will be quick to compare him to other new generation filmmakers, his sense though and what he "copies" blends really nicely. The editing style is also really nice and is perfect for the film. This is a slick and really polished movie and it shows. After seeing "Lock, Stock" I knew Ritchie has quite a career ahead of him, and after watching "Snatch" is just further proves it.

Ritchie also wrote the movie, and he has one fantastic script that is quite his own and unique. Once again, he sets up some oddball, fun and really different characters that we may not be so used to seeing. He creates a plot packed with bizzare situations and scenarios complete with great dialogue that in the end... works really well. Basically, this movie just starts and doesn't stop. It has some truly inspired moments, lines and laughs. So add this with fine acting, a nice quirky musical score that blends in and some great visuals and you have yourself a fine film which you've probably never experienced before. It's a great heist film all around that I think everyone should check out.

The first disc of "Snatch" contains the actual film in two different presentations. You can choose to watch it in 1.33:1 full frame or 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. Of course, go with the widescreen as there is some cropping in the full frame transfer. The transfers, however, are really good. There is a thin line of grain at times, as well as some scratches, dirt and blemishes that appear on the print at times. These are never really distracting. Some noise and shimmering is also apparent. The muddy and subdued color palette looks really nice with good saturation, while black levels and detail are rather good. The image can be a little soft at times, but overall I found it to be pretty sharp. No matter what aspect ratio you chose, you won't be disappointed.

"Snatch" features a pretty rocking Dolby Digital 5.1 mix that is sure to please. There's a lot of nice surrounds featured in the film that come to life with this track. I was quite surprised how good it really sounds. From Avi flying back and forth with the jet, to the boxing scenes and the crowd roarings, there's a lot on this track to light up your speakers. .1 LFE is pretty fantastic if I do say so myself, and the more action packed scenes such as guns riochiting and clicking sound give a nice boost to this track. There's plenty of stuff to immerse yourself in here. Also included are English and French Dolby Surround tracks, plus English, French and Pikey subtitles. The English subtitles do give clear meaning of what Brad Pitt says while the Pikey subtitles give clear meaning and pop up only when Pitt says something. Though you can usually understand what he says, this kind of ruins the whole joke. Oh well.

On the first of the two discs, we find the U.K. version of the film as well as a Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Guy Ritchie and Producer Matthew Vaughn. The two guys here are very relaxed and it seems that they are good friends. They have nice accents but this is a kind of commentary that's fun, entertaining and even boasts some interesting technical information. There are good tidbits and good comments and isn't too dry, which I really liked. It's a good mix of things just like the movie, much like the movie. Fans of the movie will want to listen to this, it's worth their time.

Stealing Stones is yet another "click the symbol when it appears on screen and you'll see a deleted scene". I'm becoming less and less a fan of these. I prefer a whole seamless extended or director's cut of the movie rather then clicking on an icon to see a deleted scene. What annoys me with these those how long it takes to access them and then go back to the movie. But what really annoys me is how it's not the same quality of the film. The deleted scenes are in full frame and have that "British" frame rate to them. Still, you don't have to watch the movie like this thankfully. The scenes can be accessed on the second disc under the Deleted Scenes section, complete with optional commentary. It's pretty clear why they are cut, Vaughn and Ritchie offer their comments anyhow.

So disc two... there is a nice twenty-five minute piece entitled Making Snatch, complete in anamorphic widescreen. Basically, Ritchie talks to about making the film as there are clips from the movie, behind-the-scenes footage of making the film and a slew of interviews the cast and crew and their thoughts on the film as well as making it. This is pretty informative and candid, as it does offer a lot of things on the film. It's really well made and not really promotional either which is always a good thing. Don't miss it.

I already mentioned the deleted scenes, so on to the Storyboard Comparisons. Three of these you can check out: "Introduction of characters", "Avi goes to London" and "The big fight". You can either view a split screen of the film and the storyboards or just the storyboards. Quite nice, so enjoy.

The Video Photo Gallery is essentially a photograph montage of stills from the film and the behind-the-scenes shooting. It lasts five minutes and fifteen seconds.

The disc has Three U.S. TV Spots, Filmographies and finally, a load of Theatrical Trailers. The "Snatch" U.S. trailer is in anamorphic widescreen and 5.1 Dolby Digital, the "Snatch" U.K. teaser is anamorphic widescreen and two channel sound, "Go" is in non-anamorphic widescreen and 5.1 Dolby Digital, "Dogma" is in full frame and two channel sound, "The Professional" is in full frame and two channel sound, "The Lady From Shanghai" is in full frame and two channel sound, "Dr. Strangelove" is in full frame and two channel sound and finally the upcoming "John Carpenter's Ghosts Of Mars" in anamorphic widescreen and 5.1 Dolby Digital. There's also some Weblinks and production notes and pictures in the keep case insert.

Also, there are a LOAD of easter eggs to find... just click around. Some are not so obvious and they are good secrets which are pretty interesting. Happy hunting!

"Snatch" may have taken cues from other popular films, but it's still a load of fun complete with a nice story. The film's presentation is top notch and there are some nice extras and easter eggs, though I felt there could have been more. This is a film everyone should really see as I think people will have a great time watching this one. Enjoy!

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