Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1999) - DVD Review
By Widge - posted 05.20.01 @ 5:44 pm
Written & Directed by: Guy Ritchie
Released by: Universal
My Advice: Rent it.
It seemed like the perfect plan. Four friends decide to pool their resources and give the card playing prodigy among them, Eddie (Moran), the chance to win at high stakes poker. Unfortunately, like most perfect plans, the thing goes right into the toilet, threatening to drag all four of them down, taking Eddie's dad (Sting) and most of the neighborhood with them.
When you have a movie this good, there's something excruciating about it coming out on a DVD this poor. Oh sure, the movie's here, and yes, you have the theatrical trailers and whatnot. But their idea of a behind-the-scenes featurette is the standard actor/motivation/scene nonsense we've discussed before. It's annoying as hell if you've seen the film because they're not giving you a single shred of new information, except for one note about Sting's character that could have been handled just fine on the audio commentary.
What audio commentary, you ask? I asked that too. A running commentary with Ritchie would have been perfect, another audio commentary with the four lead actors would have been priceless. But unfortunately, no dice. What you have instead is a Cockney Rhyming Dictionary, which takes you through how to understand the rhyming slang used in the film. Whoopee.
If you're absolutely in love with this film, like I am, and don't already own it on VHS, as I did not, then yes, you're cleared to buy it. Otherwise, rent the DVD, watch it in widescreen and take it back.