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 AVC HD transfer that looks great. The film uses a variety of stocks and is a bit hard to classify a particular score in that it’s so varied, visually speaking. Still, the majority of the film is very sharp, with improved contrast and the detail on the whole looks a bit better than the previous DVD. The color palette used isn’t too bright, most of the colors and the atmosphere is sullen and somewhat downtrodden. Still, there are a few moments in which the colors shine through. While this is an improvement over the standard DVD, there wasn’t a whole lot to improve to begin with.
Audio: How does it sound?
Sony seems to be moving in the “DTS HD” direction and that’s fine with me. Dolby certainly had its day and by no means has it gone the way of the dodo, but this uncompressed soundtrack really rocks. “Snatch” has a varied soundtrack and some of the best, albeit infrequent, instances are when Brad Pitt’s character boxes. The thud of the hit, coupled with the sound the body makes when hitting the floor are some great examples of surround sound. Dialogue is very clear, though if you can make out a word Pitt’s character is saying, you’re one up on me. Like the video, the audio is improved, but there wasn’t a whole lot that needed improving.
Supplements: What are the extras?
Fans of the movie will most likely have the previous standard DVD “Superbit Deluxe” edition. If you do, you’re not really in for any additional supplements here. The only additional thing of note is the “Movie IQ” which pops up with random facts about the movie and some cast bios that are connected via the internet. But as far as the rest of the supplements go, 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. Also included is 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.
Moving on, we’ve got a “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.