A great film that perfectly mixes mean, foul-mouthed characters with very funny situations and lines.
  • OVERALL
    2.5
    WORTHY
  • Feature
  • Extras
  • Replay Value
THE GOOD
A great film that perfectly mixes mean, foul-mouthed characters with very funny situations and lines.
THE BAD
A very weak set of special features.
THE FEATURE
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a cleverly written, highly entertaining, and thoroughly complex film. This was Guy Richie's first full-length feature film and though he seems to be better known for his follow-up, Snatch, it's undeniable that Lock Stock is just as great, if not better. The film moves at a blistering pace that you just don't find in most talky movies. The dialogue is quick and witty and the action is fast and engaging.

This certainly isn't a film for everyone. First of all, the characters have thick English accents, so while it's not extremely difficult to understand what they're saying, it's hard enough that a few words may be missed. Not to mention that they use some of their own slang that a lot of Americans may not understand. Also, like I said earlier, it's a very talky film and though there are some violent action scenes, most of it is filmed off camera since for some reason Guy Richie seems to not be interested in shooting it (or at least not showing it). I would honestly recommend this film to anyone who enjoys complex films like Pulp Fiction. They're completely different films and comparing anything to Pulp Fiction just isn't fair, but they have enough similarities that I think will be enjoyed by the same audience.

This version of Lock, Stock is the unrated and "Locked 'N Loaded" Director's Cut, so that of course means that a few scenes have either been extended or added. This is my first time ever seeing this film, so I don't know all of the changes made in the film, but from what I've read there seems to be just a little bit of added minutes.
THE EXTRAS
One Smoking Camera

Tim Maurice-Jones goes through several scenes discussing how each was shot and how they went about shooting each angle. Then Nevin Howie, the editor on the film, comes in and explains frame-cutting and how he used in the wild "drunk scene" at the bar. These guys really do give a good amount of information that any up-and-coming filmmaker would enjoy to hear.

Lock, Stock and Two F**king Barrels

This is a montage of every moment in the film where a character used a "bad" word. It's not very long and not very entertaining either.
THE VIDEO
Widescreen (1.85:1). This was filmed on a fairly low budget and it certainly shows during several scenes, but it also helps add to the grittiness of the film. Not to mention the fact that a talky film such as this didn't really require a huge budget.
THE AUDIO
Dolby Digital 5.1. English Language and subtitled in Spanish, French, and English as well. Guy Richie enjoys using music a lot in this film. There are a few montage scenes that are really great due to the cool, rockin' music.
THE PACKAGE
Standard DVD case. The cover is almost the exact same as the original DVD for this film, the only difference between them being the image of Chris (Vinnie Jones) up in the top left corner with both rifles on his shoulders.
THE FINAL WORD
If you already own a version of Lock, Stock on DVD then I recommend saving your money because the two extras and little bit of added minutes to the film just aren't even close to being enough to warrant a double-dip.

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