"Snatch" on DVD
A DVD That Grabs You
by Johnny Bray
Let the record show that this movie is not about what you would think
based on the title.
Guy Ritchie directs this very fast and funny movie about a stolen diamond.
A massive number of characters interconnect to make the whole story come
Snatch is Ritchie's follow-up to his previous Lock, Stock and Two Smoking
Barrels. Though both movies are identical in most aspects, the advantage
Snatch has, is it is much easier to follow.
A huge cast, compiled mostly of Brits, turn what could have been a very
weird movie into a very entertaining masterpiece.
Brad Pitt turns in the best performance as an Irish gypsy who refuses
to obey the rules of fixed fights.
His character is amusing in itself, but also because it pokes fun at
Ritchie's previous film. In Lock Stock, many of the characters' accents
were incomprehensible to anyone not British. Pitt's gypsy has an accent
which can't even be understood by the other characters.
Snatch's main drawback is it's similarities to its predecessor. It follows
the same formula as Lock, Stock in almost every way. It merely has new
characters and a different central plot. Even some of the actors are the
However, if you're going to copy a movie, what better to copy than your
Other than that, Snatch is a truly phenomenal film. It has action, comedy,
suspense, mystery, more action and more comedy.
It's directed in an almost music video-ish style, making it very fast
and very entertaining.
You have to make sure you pay close attention though, because if you
blink, you might miss something.
But even if you do, this movie is a must-see.
Is it me, or are studios getting carried away with the whole "2-disc
set" thing? In many cases, the material on the second disc could easily
fit on the first disc.
Such is the case here. There's really not a lot on the second disc.
There's a "Making Of" featurette, storyboard comparisons, deleted scenes,
a video photo gallery, TV spots and trailers, and the typical DVD-ROM
The first disc features the audio commentaries, "Stealing Stones," and
The picture and sound quality are excellent, and there's just something
about this film that makes you appreciate good sound. The video is in
anamorphic widescreen (16x9 TV compatible) and Pan&Scan. The audio
is Dolby Digital 5.1.
Snatch, from Columbia Tristar Home Video
100 min, anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1), 16x9 TV compatible/Pan&Scan,
Dolby Digital 5.1
Starring Benicio Del Toro, Dennis Farina, Vinnie Jones, Brad Pitt, Rade
Sherbedgia, Jason Statham
Produced by Matthew Vaughn,
Written and directed by Guy Ritchie
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