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Layer Cake [DVD] [2004] [2005]

Daniel Craig , Kenneth Cranham , Matthew Vaughn    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Daniel Craig, Kenneth Cranham, Louis Emerick, Jason Flemying, Dexter Fletcher
  • Directors: Matthew Vaughn
  • Producers: Matthew Vaughn, Adam Bohling, David Reid
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Hindi
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Mar 2005
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006HIPOK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,765 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



As its title suggests, Layer Cake is a crime thriller that cuts into several levels of its treacherous criminal underworld. The title is actually one character's definition of the drug-trade hierarchy, but it's also an apt metaphor for the separate layers of deception, death, and betrayal experienced by the film's unnamed protagonist, a cocaine traffic middle-man played with smooth appeal by Daniel Craig (whom you probably don't need reminding is the latest James Bond). Listed in the credits only as "XXXX," the character is trapped into doing a favor for his volatile boss, only to have tables turned by his boss's boss (Michael Gambon) in a twisting plot involving a stolen shipment of Ecstasy, a missing girl, duplicitous dealers, murderous Serbian gangsters, and a variety of lowlifes with their own deadly agendas. As adapted by J.J. Connolly (from his own novel) and directed by Matthew Vaughan (who earned his genre chops as producer of Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch), Layer Cake improves upon those earlier British gangland hits with assured pacing, intelligent plotting, and an admirable emphasis on plot-moving dialogue over routine action. Sure, it's violent (that's to be expected) and not always involving, but it's smarter than most thrillers, and Vaughan's directorial debut has a confident style that's flashy without being flamboyant. This could be the start of an impressive career. --Jeff Shannon

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British gangster film based on the London-set crime novel by J.J. Connelly. 'X' (Daniel Craig) is a successful, smooth-talking cocaine dealer - respected among London's crime elite - whose plan is to bankroll enough cash to make an early retirement from 'business' and lead a quiet, crime-free life. He sees the opportunity to make a final score when big crime boss Jimmy Price (Kenneth Cranham) asks him to track down Charlotte Ryder (Nathalie Lunghi), the wayward daughter of his old friend Eddie (Michael Gambon). But complicating matters are 2 million pounds' worth of Grade A drugs, a neo-Nazi sect and endless 'layers' of deals and double-deals...

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best British gangster films 23 Mar 2009
By Steve
I cannot recommend this film highly enough. I watched this purely by chance and was expecting something along the lines of Lock Stock or Snatch, which were enjoyable but didn't overly impress me. I was wrong, this is not the slapstick type caper of the previous two films. This is a proper hard edged British Gangster movie with a series of interlinking story lines. Daniel Craig is superb as the unnamed anti-hero X, but the rest of the cast are excellent in their portrayal of the criminal characters. They carry out their activities as a business trying not to draw attention to themselves. I, for one did not see the twist coming and was shocked at the ending. The great film is complemented by an excellent soundtrack. It appears that there was a great deal of thought in choosing the music and it shows. In the commentary JJ Connolly & Mathew Vaughan discuss that Connolly is writing a sequel. Let's hope so and that the relevant members of the cast are available to reprise their roles. I cannot recommend this film highly enough. Beg, borrow or buy a copy - I did and immediately purchased my own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film, good transfer 29 May 2009
Daniel Craig is a drug dealer about to get out of the game when he gets roped into finding a girl for his boss. Twists rapidly ensue; this is one of the most densely plotted films I've seen in ages, and I was glued to the screen throughout.

This is not your typical Lock-Stock-esque gangster movie, despite coming from the same producer. There's no wisecracking mockney here, but an altogether more studied and serious piece that probably manages to skate a lot closer to reality than any of Ritchie's movies.

Craig is fantastic and oozes that on-screen charisma that probably landed him the Bond job. Partly because of this, the other actors seem fairly nondescript in comparison. Gambon's fake-fake tan is appalling!

Now, to the Blu-Ray (on my 32" 720p telly): I have to say that I didn't really notice any stand-out parts in hi-def; the image was crisp and clean throughout but no real 'wow' moments (perhaps I'm just getting used to hi def). The sound was immersive and well-used throughout, but again no eye-popping moments.

If you already have this on DVD then I wouldn't bother upgrading unless you really love it, but if you don't have it in any format then I highly recommend this to any crime thriller fans, even those who were put off by the cheeky chappy hard man antics of Guy Ritchie.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
This film suffers because it comes from the same stable as Lock Stock and Snatch. The reason it suffers is that people expect a Lock Stock 3. It isn't. There's a new director in the chair and the film is a lot darker and edgier than the other two.
The first two were black comedies; this one isn't.
This movie won't have large shoot-outs, but what it will have is a movie with a very strong undercurrent of fear going through the lead's final days in business before he retires. But, retirement is not going to be easy.
Things start to go terribly wrong and one can feel the world coming out from under his feet as events outside of his control are starting to take over and things are going totally wrong.
This is not a film where a grand comical shoot out occurs in the last scenes to leave the anti-heroes (they're all bad bad guys not nice bad guys, remember) with the girl and the loot as in Snatch or Lock Stock. Things have to be resolved their own way.
The acting is wonderful; the characters (hoorah!) don't look like gangsters which is the whole point, despite complaints here to the contrary. The lead characters want to go through life without drawing attention to each other so there's no-one acting like cheap hoodlumns from Central Casting.
There's a couple of wonderful touches and, in one of them, I take my hat off to FCUK for their bravery in one of the early scenes. Wonderful stuff.
In short, a good film. Certainly the best British gangland film made so far; above Long Good Friday (even though nothing will surpass THAT ending) and Get Carter. And, a different film whatsoever to Lock Stock and Snatch.
If you want a film which requires thought then get this one, if you want a Hollywood style mob film with a simplistic plot then get another. This is most certainly not a Saturday night no-brainer movie; this is a classic British film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Future James Bond 6 Oct 2007
Based upon JJ Connelly's London crime novel, this movie is actually quite good. It lets us inside the world of the British drug world. Daniel Craig, who will play James Bond in the next movie, plays the main character, whose name is never divulged. He shares his words of wisdom and golden plan on how to succeed in the drug business and get out of it alive.

We watch as the movie takes us on a twisting ride where just when you think you figured out what is going on, it changes. The score was just right, you did not notice yet it enhanced the movie, just as a score should. This movie will have to be watched a couple times to catch everything, but the first time will be the best. Even the ending takes you by surprise. Watch it, you will like it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The name is XXXX 21 Aug 2014
By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE
I'd never heard of Daniel Craig pre-2004. Within a short space of time he starred in Enduring Love and this movie, and all of a sudden there was a new British leading man. But don't go thinking that he's a super-suave secret agent in Layer Cake. If anything XXXX is a bit of a helpless wimp when it comes to physicality.

The unusual marketing for Layer Cake, featuring a yellow Land Rover with an iron scalding the hood, is what drew me in initially. I was worried that it would be horribly flamboyant in the vein of Guy Richie. Thankfully director Matthew Vaughn wanted to develop his own style and the resulting movie is much more refined and laid-back.

XXXX is a coke dealer with low ambitions. He wants to make a neat fortune and escape into retirement. His boss Jimmy Price has fallen on hard times and manipulates XXXX into a compromising position between rival crime boss Eddie Temple, brash loudmouth wannabe gangster The Duke, and Serbian war criminal Slavo. If he is smart enough he just might be able to get out alive, get the money, and fool around with Sienna Miller.

At 106 minutes Layer Cake is sharply edited and crams in loads of plot, more so than many movies much longer in length. It passes in a breeze and features a great soundtrack and a score by Lisa Gerrard. Ben Davis' anamorphic photography (in the now-defunct JDC-Scope) makes it all look very slick while somehow never drawing attention to itself.

You can see how Craig got the Bond gig from his performance in this movie, but it is much more than a career stepping stone and seems to have been neglected by wider audiences in light of his more recent successes.

The Blu-ray looks good in 2.40:1 1080p with LPCM 5.1 sound and a small coupling of extras.
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Published 7 days ago by karen ward
3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie. Slightly disappointing Blu-ray.
Layer Cake is one of my favourite movies. However, unlike most movies I have on Blu-ray and DVD, the Blu-ray version doesn't seem to be remarkably different in picture quality... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Murray A Nix
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film
Hadn't seen this for a while but it came up in a conversation so I decided to check it out. Very glad I did.
Published 27 days ago by M. Hazle
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Arrived quickly great film
Published 27 days ago by mandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it!
Published 1 month ago by Ms. L. Corless
5.0 out of 5 stars More than pleased
Published 2 months ago by Janet
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Film!!!
One of my favourite films, a real British Classic, as usual Daniel Craig's acting is top notch, would recommend to everyone!
Published 4 months ago by Jamie Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie :)
This is the movie that got Daniel Craig the gig as James Bond - love it :) must see movie!
Published 4 months ago by Nicole Dent
4.0 out of 5 stars Bond Audition ?
I really liked Layer Cake. It had a strong cast and I liked the portrait of a business man/ villain that Daniel Craig seemed fit into like a glove. Read more
Published 4 months ago by G. R. Donaldson
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality British film
Great film, even better in HD. There aren't many extras but with a film like this you don't really care.
Published 5 months ago by Nicola Griffiths
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