Written & Directed by Guy Ritchie
Starring Jason Statham, Brad Pitt, Alan Ford, Dennis Farina, Benicio Del Toro
- Running audio commentary by director Ritchie and producer Matthew Vaughn
- "Stealing Stones" enhanced brancing mode
- Production notes
Released by Columbia-Tristar
My Advice: Own It. Unless you already have the two-disc.
Meet Turkish (Statham). He's a boxing promoter who is need of a new office--or trailer, in this case. He and his partner Tommy (Stephen Graham) go out to meet some gypsies to buy a trailer from--but they run into a problem. This problem ends up with their fighter (Adam Fogerty) getting his arse handed to him. This, in turn, pisses off a local heavy (Ford), and will get them indirectly involved with a jewel thief (Del Toro), a mad killer (Rade Sherbedgia), and...um, another mad killer (Vinnie Jones). Not to mention that damn squeaking dog.
There's not much I can say here that I already didn't say in my review of the Superbit Deluxe version of the DVD. Basically, it's a fun movie that feels and looks like it's more of a non-sequel to Lock Stock than it actually is. So see the other review for all the details. What you're dealing with on this disc is pretty much all the stuff you missed on the Superbit edition.
Here's the deal--first, there was a two-disc special edition. Then, when they zapped the film into Superbit mode, they gave you a high-end ubervideo and uberaudio version of disc one (sans features) but kept the same second disc. Here, since the two-disc special edition is out of print, you get ostensibly the first disc that had all the stuff you missed in the Superbit version.
So basically nothing here is new. The commentary from Ritchie and Vaughn is sharp and witty, as they dig at each other as much as they're going through the film. Also, the "Stealing Stones" bit will allow you to, when a diamond hits the screen, branch off to deleted scenes to watch them. While in the two-disc edition it made little sense to have them both there and on the second disc--here, it's your saving grace, because in this edition you get to keep them. And apart from the production notes, that's about all she wrote.
In a perfect world, you're a feature glutton with a home cinema system to rock ass. If that's the case, then your best configuration would be to buy the Superbit Deluxe version for your highend and Disc 2, and then snag this one for Disc 1 (in fact, this is the exact same Disc 1 from the two-disc version--the disc still says "Disc 1" on it). That way you have the best of both worlds. However, if you have no home system and no intentions of getting one anytime soon, you'd probably be best suited to buy both. Or, in a perfect world, get the original--now out of print--two-disc set. I know that's confusing, but there it is.
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