Snatch: Special Edition

January 28, 2012 9 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Franky Four Fingers (Benicio Del Toro) has stolen a massive diamond, which has many people interested in his person, even some that don’t know why. He arrives in London and after phoning Cousin Avi (Dennis Farina), he meets with Doug the Head (Mike Reid) and tries to appraise the stone, but before he can do anything he has a bet to place. Franky has a problem with gambling of course, but this wager is on behalf of Boris the Blade (Rade Sherbedgia), who is simply using the chance to steal the diamond, but Franky has no idea. You see, Boris has hired three small time thugs to knock over the bookie’s place and rake in Franky’s briefcase, but as usual, things don’t go as expected for the three criminals. At the same time, Turkish (Jason Statham) and his partner Tommy (Stephen Graham) are trying to fix a most serious situation, which leaves with a Pikey boxer Mickey (Brad Pitt) as their fighter and if the match is flawed, Brick Top (Alan Ford) will have them skinned and fed to the pigs. As time passes, these stories and more begin to intertwine at times and of course, the end result is downright outrageous.

If you’re a fan of crime movies with dark humor involved, then Snatch is a flick you can’t afford to miss, as it flat out rocks. I wouldn’t call it a great film in the usual sense, but it is a blast to watch and has some superb performances. I am partial to Alan Ford’s turn as Brick Top, but other good performances come from Brad Pitt, Jason Statham, Benicio Del Toro, Dennis Farina, Mike Reid, and Rade Sherbedgia, among countless others. I love the character work in this flick and of course, writer/director Guy Ritchie deserves much praise, to be sure. It might have a lot in common with his previous project, but Snatch seems quite original and in the end, I think it takes another step beyond and that’s always welcome. This is a well written, well performed, and well photographed picture, a terrific creation in all respects. I think some scenes work better than others of course, but I found Snatch to be a riotous good time and if possible, you should watch it with friends, that’s when it really kicks in. I give this film a great recommendation and this two disc edition is great also, there’s no reason not to give this release a spin, if you’re interested.

In his second run out of the feature film gate, Guy Ritchie seems to hit another home run, as Snatch is a terrific flick in all respects. Yes, this movie is not a distant reminder of his previous effort, but Snatch offers enough unique content to accuse Ritchie of going to well once too often, at least I think so. I suppose you could discuss theme, character, and even some scenes that look right out of his prior picture, but I think this is far from an uncreative production, to be sure. I would like to see what he can do in other genres and perhaps even with a different tone involved, but even as it stands, Ritchie is a solid director and has some real potential within himself. Of course, his other film to date is Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, another cool movie with similar tones. The cast here includes Benicio Del Toro (Traffic, Fearless), Vinnie Jones (Gone in Sixty Seconds, Swordfish), Brad Pitt (Seven, The Mexican), Alan Ford (Chaplin, An American Werewolf in London), Dennis Farina (Manhunter, Eddie), and Rade Sherbedgia (Eyes Wide Shut, Mission: Impossible 2).

Video: How does it look?

Snatch is presented in a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, with a full frame edition also included on this dual layered disc. This film has a unique visual style, but this transfer handles it with little trouble, very impressive indeed. The print shows some flaws, but not enough to be concerned over, while the compression is flawless throughout. The offbeat color scheme is well presented and while the hues often look skewed, this is intentional and as such, there’s no reason to be worried over this one. No issues in terms of contrast either, as black levels are well balanced and I saw no visible detail loss. I was a little skeptical about how well this visual presentation would turn out, but Columbia/Tristar has more than delivered the goods and then some.

Audio: How does it sound?

This one has a rockin’ soundtrack and plenty of upbeat sequences, so the included Dolby Digital 5.1 option is able to shine, which it does. The surrounds aren’t used to extreme ends per se, but they do see substantial use and that proves to be enough. From the music to the gunshots to various other elements, it all sounds terrific and immersive here. The dialogue is clean and crisp also, though it won’t help with Brad Pitt’s Pikey accent, but come on, an audio track can only be expected to do so much, eh? This disc also includes 2.0 surround tracks in English and French, as well as subtitles in English, French, and Pikey, which are always fun to use.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This is a two disc special edition and as such, it comes loaded to the gills with bonus material. It all starts with disc one, where you’ll find an audio commentary track with director Guy Ritchie and producer Matthew Vaughn, who provide an interesting session. Ritchie shares a lot of stories from the production, but there’s also some good technical information to be heard, quite a well balanced session indeed. The first disc also includes a Stealing Stones feature, in which you can enable some branched scenes to appear, if you so choose. This is a cool extra of course, as you can see some bonus scenes that were removed, which is always fun to do, so long as the original is also available to view.

The rest of the supplements are found on the second disc however, such as the Making Snatch featurette. This piece runs about twenty-five minutes and has some good moments, although it is a promotional tool, to be sure. Even so, it made for an interesting watch and the included interviews were worth a look, if you ask me. You can also check out some deleted scenes and if you so desire, you can enable audio commentary on these also, in which you’ll learn more about why they were removed from the flick’s final version. I was pleased to find storyboard comparisons for three scenes, as I always find those to be of interest. It’s a shame only three sequences were covered, but they choose three good ones, so I won’t complain much. This disc also contains some talent files, a video montage of still photos, three television spots, and two of the film’s theatrical trailers.

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