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Snatch (DVD)

A wild and tangled crime adventure involving gangsters, Irish gypsies, and a dog that can't stop swallowing things, SNATCH is both hilarious and actio...

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published 30/05/2001 | loulou6
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Pro extremely funny, extremely dangerous, extremely Guy Ritchie
Cons I still can't understand Brad Pitts accent!
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"Lock, Stock and Frankie-Four-Fingers"

If you want a good British gangster movie, then there’s no better place to turn these days than to Guy Ritchie.

Following the huge success of his cockney gangster antics gone mental ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’, he has come back to the successful breed of film with Snatch. It’s all about a huge stolen diamond and everything that just so happens to go along with dodgy dealings of cockney gangsters ala Delboy.

This movie sees a number of personalities mixed up in an underground boxing scam. Two unlicensed boxing promoters, Turkish and the baby faced Tommy now owe local villain Bricktop a favour. All they have to do is let Gorgeous George win a bare-knuckle fistfight and everything's peachy keen, right? Unfortunately, things turn out to be a lot more complicated than that.

After taking on board Irish ‘pikie’ and all round hardcase One Punch Mickey O’Neil (Brad Pitt) to fight the bout, he knocks out the competition and the situation moves from bad to worse. The two dodgy promoters then find themselves in a whole load of you-know-what. While this is going on, Frankie Four-Fingers (excellently played by Benicio Del Toro of ‘Traffic’ fame) is robbed of the aforementioned massive diamond on his way to deliver it to dealer Avi (Dennis Farina) and with all this violence going around he ends up on the wrong side of life!

Of Course Avi isn’t too pleased about this vital loss and hires the help of Bullet Tooth Tony (Vinnie Jones doing what he does best – being a baddy) to track down the diamond and deal out some of his own style of "justice". Obviously, this being a Guy Ritchie movie, the plot changes direction everytime you are thinking that you know what’s happening, oh, and lots more people turn up dead.

Who’s going to end up with the diamond? Tommy? Turkish? Bullet Tooth Tony? Bricktop? or will it even be Doug the Head (brilliantly played by Mike Reid)? The acting is absolutely splendid from a great ensemble cast, but Brad Pitt steals the show as Mickey. I wouldn't call it a comedy but take this film seriously at your peril!! (oh, and it’s definitely not a family movie either!)

I laughed out loud about 6 times throughout the film, you know the type of laugh, where you don’t mean to but it blurts out really loud anyway, this movie has some exceptionally funny bits (the betting shop scene and the hold-up scene with Vinnie Jones to name 2)

Snatch is a two-disc DVD set - which means loads of extras to watch, you’ve got deleted scenes, a commentary by Guy Ritchie himself (which is really witty) a ‘Stealing Stone’ feature. There is also the obligatory “Making of” section as well as loads of other extras like the normal TV spots and trailers. There is so much that has been shoved into this release, look out for all the hidden extras tucked away on the second disc!

Snatch is a brilliant film, and anyone who is a fan of the action genre will love it. It's energetic, it's amusing, it's classy, it's groovy and it's ingenious. Buy it, watch it, watch it again and enjoy.....

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  • RobinLawrie published 02/06/2001
    Great op, I cant understand a word Pitt says at the best of times.....Robin
  • loulou6 published 31/05/2001
    It had two lines from it............ now taken out.
  • Defiler published 30/05/2001
    http://serverpool.reserve.co.uk/reviews/tv/review.php?index=8693 seems to include just about all your opinion.
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Product Information : Snatch (DVD)

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A wild and tangled crime adventure involving gangsters, Irish gypsies, and a dog that can't stop swallowing things, SNATCH is both hilarious and action-packed. Jewel thief Franky Four Fingers (Benicio Del Toro) is in London en route to New York, where he will deliver an 86-karat diamond to his boss, Avi (Dennis Farina). A compulsive gambler, Franky is tempted into an illegal boxing scam, becoming the unwitting suspect in a robbery committed by bumbling pawnshop owners Vinny (Robbie Gee), Sol (Lennie James), and their oaf-of-a-driver, Tyrone (Ade). Meanwhile, novice boxing promoter Turkish (Jason Statham), and his dim-witted partner, Tommy (Stephen Graham), move into the "big time" with twisted crime boss, Brick Top (Alan Ford), and Mickey, a mumbling, unhinged Irish gypsy boxer (Brad Pitt) and his band of travelling Pykies (including Paul O'Boyle as Paddy). Thrown into the proceedings are killers Bullet Tooth Tony (Vinnie Jones) and Boris the Blade (Rade Sherbedgia). A stylized work with a gritty urban soundtrack and a cast of intricately developed characters, SNATCH delivers superb and witty dialogue while depicting one of the more zany, complex diamond heists ever portrayed in film.

Release Details

DVD Region: DVD

Release date: 14/10/2002, 19/02/2001

No of Discs: 1

Catalogue No: CSB 30789, CDR 30789

Composer: John Murphy

Director of Photography: Tim Maurice-Jones

Editor: Jon Harris

Barcode: 5035822078963, 5035822078932

Producer: Matthew Vaughn

Production Designer: Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski

Screenwriter: Guy Ritchie

Studio(s): SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT; CINRAM LOGISTICS

Languages

Main Language: English

Subtitle Language: Dutch, English, French, German, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish

Hearing Impaired Language: English

Technical Information

Special Features: Superbit

Aspect Ratio: 1.85 Full Frame

Sound: DTS

Dubbing Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 English<br>Dolby Digital Stereo English

Professional Reviews

Review: "...Intelligible...stylish...humorous....Downright Tarantino-esque in the best sense..." (Box Office, p.62, 01/01/2001)<br><br>"...Ritchie is a talented director....His slick camerawork and editing suggest a born storyteller..." (Film Comment, p.73-4, 01/01/2001)<br><br>"...Mr. Ritchie seizes the bespoke machismo of British gangster movies and gives it an action picture's ferocity....[Mr. Pitt's] brio is a reminder of how adept he is at low comedy..." (New York Times, p.E18, 19/01/2001)<br><br>

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