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Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels

4

Bloody good film. Disc ain’t all that, though…

Ostensibly, Guy Ritchie’s debut is about likely London lads Nick Moran, Statham, Jason Flemyng and Dexter Fletcher chasing two antique shotguns and avoiding getting their skulls slammed in a car door by Vinnie Jones.

But really, this massively entertaining heist romper is about the salty dialogue, corkscrew story-splitting, stylish camerawork, pacy editing, alpha-geezer acting and rampaging humour. All of which means you probably own it already. So is it worth the upgrade?

Boosted to high-def, the movie looks brighter and sharper. Which is as much as you can hope for, with the film’s coffee-rinsed, overlit cinematography. Skin tones, colours and details are too stylised to pop hard and there’s an unavoidable (yet probably deliberate) sheet of grain lying over the action.

Not a dazzling Blu-ray experience, then, especially when the DTS-HD 5.1 lossless soundtrack doesn’t really pump up the volume on the ace ska/reggae/pop soundtrack. For a film with this title, the gunshots don’t really kick either, although dialogue is clear as a bell.

Alas, especially by comparison to the two-disc Shotgun Special Edition, the bonus features here are pathetic: an 11-minute featurette of overly techie interviews with the DoP, editor and FX guy, a lazy montage of some of the film’s choice “facks” and “cants” and an option to use a D-Box motion control system. But you don’t own a D-Box motion control system. Nobody does.
 

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    • DanielMcA

      Feb 27th 2010, 14:54

      If there were anymore geezers in this film we'd have to give it National Park Status.

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