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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