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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Soundtrack - It's emotional...
***This review is for the original soundtrack album, and NOT the actual film. Unhelpfully Amazon have lumped reviews of film and soundtrack together.***

For a while Guy Ritchie seemed to be the British equivalent of Tarantino, making films with various shades of dodgy and violent characters getting caught up in weird and wonderful situations, all with a...
Published on 6 July 2012 by Victor

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3.0 out of 5 stars For those considering the Blu-Ray release: this *not* the 114 min. version
This information only relates to the Jan 25th, 2010 Blu-Ray release from Universal UK.

Although this product is advertised as being the 114 minute version (i.e, the Director's Cut), it sadly is just the plain 108 minute theatrical release. I informed Amazon about this some time ago; but the information listed at present is still incorrect.

The PQ and...
Published on 12 Feb 2010 by Martin Andersen


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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For those considering the Blu-Ray release: this *not* the 114 min. version, 12 Feb 2010
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Martin Andersen (Bergen, Norway) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels [Blu-ray] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
This information only relates to the Jan 25th, 2010 Blu-Ray release from Universal UK.

Although this product is advertised as being the 114 minute version (i.e, the Director's Cut), it sadly is just the plain 108 minute theatrical release. I informed Amazon about this some time ago; but the information listed at present is still incorrect.

The PQ and AQ (although being DTS HD MA) is nothing to write home about. Obviously it is a low-budget flick, but it could certainly be imporoved on while still being faithful to the source material. Judging by other reviews it appears that this release is identical to the one released in the states last year--which received lukewarm reviews precisely due to the technical aspects.

I am hoping the _actual_ 114 minute version is not too far away, and that the studio puts more effort into ensuring it receives a quality transfer that time around.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Soundtrack - It's emotional..., 6 July 2012
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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***This review is for the original soundtrack album, and NOT the actual film. Unhelpfully Amazon have lumped reviews of film and soundtrack together.***

For a while Guy Ritchie seemed to be the British equivalent of Tarantino, making films with various shades of dodgy and violent characters getting caught up in weird and wonderful situations, all with a slightly knowing air and a well crafted soundtrack. I enjoyed Lock Stock, but doubt I would have done so much if the soundtrack had not been of such a high standard.

Collecting together a miscellany of material from artists as diverse as Dusty Springfield, James Brown, Ocean Colour Scene, Robbie Williams and the Stone Roses, it is a well chosen selection of tracks that illustrated and punctuated the action on the screen perfectly. Collected together as an album, they work pretty well despite the diversity of the material, and this is a pretty interesting and listenable collection. Thrown in are a few bits of original music from the film, and some of the more memorable bits of dialogue, which is something I particularly like in a soundtrack.

5 stars for a very listenable, entertaining and diverse collection of foot-tappers.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars la mejor pelicula de guy richie y con sting incluido, 29 Mar 2011
This review is from: Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels [Blu-ray] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Audio: English dts-hd master audio 5.1
French,german,castillian spanish dts soundround 5.1
Subtitles: english sdh, french, canadian french, german, latin american spanish, dutch
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48 of 55 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amazing film/Good Extras!, 14 Jun 2006
As you all know, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is one of Britain's best loved films so i wont talk about the movie. The reason for this review is to see whether it is worth buying over the original DVD that was released about 7 years ago. I have both and the only difference is that the new 2 disc edition does have a fair amount of extras that add up to just over an hour. The main 50 minute feature which is the making of.. is very good and often funny to watch with interviews from both 1998 and 2005. Then theres a few trailers and tv spots, an additional 10 mintute featurette that talks about the editing of the movie, an interactive east london map with the films locations, and a very funny if a little immature 2 minute featurette titled 'lock stock and two f**king barrels which just consists of random scenes with all the swear words.

As for the picture and sound quality of the movie, it definitely hasnt improved from the last DVD and unfortunately is still a little poor. Guess we'll just have to wait for the High Definition DVD to come out to get perfect quality.

Undoubtedly, i definitely prefer the newer version even though the extras could have definitely been better, a director's commentary from Guy Richie would have been nice and the picture quality couldve have been better too. Also the featurette that was included in the last DVD isnt present in this one although all the extras on the new one are far better anyway. So if you can get this for under £10 and dont already own the older DVD version then go for it, however to those who already have the old version and are thinking of buying this 2 disc special edition then i personally wouldnt, seeing as an extra £7-10 isnt worth it for the 1 hour of extras provided on this new DVD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb adult entetainment, 2 Dec 2009
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Peter K. Cross (Chatham, Kent, UK) - See all my reviews
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Guy Richie set the bar high when this film was released. His following film Snatch, although excellent in its own right, for me it never quite reaches the standard set by Lock Stock.
The story is about four young men who find themselves endebted to a London gang boss to the tune of a quarter of a million pounds, and who go through various adventures as a consequence. The 'Two Smoking Barrels' refers to a sub plot in which the gang bos tries to get his hands on two valuable antique shotguns. These, plus a brief encounter with a psychotic drug dealer, come together to make a film which is superbly entertaining and very very funny. Highly reccomended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Stick to DVD., 8 Jan 2012
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Mr. Mj Culley "Blurayboy" (Devon) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels [Blu-ray] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
No comment on film cos we know its ace. Bluray is very grainy and just seems like an upscaled DVD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lock, Stock and 5 stars, 12 Feb 2009
Definitely a lads film, this is as good today as the day it was released; well maybe a little better than that. After all this is the Director's cut, which although has only a few short scenes extra, you soon miss them if you watch the original version without them.

Add on to that the extras disc, and this makes it a modern classic DVD that should have a place in most collections. This is currently the best package for this film currently.

If you have an aversion to strong language this is not for you, but as a British gangster film, you don't get much more entertainment than this.
As there are a lot of these about, you don't have to break the piggy bank to buy it either.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excels in bullish British honesty, 29 Nov 2009
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Four middle aged men attempt to recover a massive debt by stealing money and drugs with only a week to repay the biggest gangster in the business.

The first film for writer/director Guy Ritchie was, when released, a refreshing slap in the face of hardcore British crime that had been somewhat lost and with a relatively unknown cast this proved indie works and what a wake up call this was to the dimension of British cinema and film making.

After Danny Boyle's refreshingly controversial Trainspotting a few years previously this launched British cinema further onto the world stage through its heavy political gangster world and heavy use of drug and violence.

Since Quentin Tarantino arrived in the early 1990's violence and drugs in cinema have been dealt with in a freer environment. Who could forget Mia Wallace's coke taking sequence? And the Brits have followed that through with an equally effective use.

Opening with a good fast narration of no nonsense attitude, this is how it is, we have the unseen protagonist showing us who the movers and shakers are and what the game is all about. This quick fire introduction scene setting is great as we can steadily move forward without looking back and whilst there is an overhaul in characters to begin we can settle and watch the adventure unfold.

After a cleverly shot card game the main characters find themselves in desperation to recover £500,000 within a week which spells delicious entertainment for all watching as stealing, robbery and gambling are all encoded for ensuing mayhem and just like Snatch and layer Cake this whole situation is exceptionally serious, but has a great balance of being inappropriately humorous. The feet through the table, the attempted unrehearsed robbery even the character one liners will have us chuckling away and this being the catalyst for the future is a great reminder to where it all started. Don't expect any James Bond styling here this is all gung ho action specked dialogue with a rural frustration that spices with dark comedy that makes it unique and is highly appreciated as Guy Ritchie's most thought provoking and equal best.

On a personal level I find Snatch to have the edge owing to the excellent montages and easier to distinguish protagonists, not to mention the whole business of fighting intermixed with other crime concepts fits together perfectly. This 1998 picture has a few holes, just a few. There is an overhaul of characters and it is quite hard on first or second viewing to remember who is who and where. Plus the synchronization of perfect timing can backfire in a few scenes.

Apart from that and the unnecessary swearing this is a brutally hard riveting crime drama that flies high with comedy and perfectly started the hard nut crime segment of excellent British gangster films.

8/10
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If the criminal ranks in London are comprised of losers like this, it's a wonder that anyone gets away with anything, 26 Feb 2010
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This review is from: Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels [Blu-ray] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Irreverent, violent and wickedly clever, this smart-mouthed UK crime picture concerns four nice loveable rouges who get into some bad company and must get themselves out before things get really ugly. Cardsharp Eddie wheedles his way into a high stakes game run by a unpleasant porn peddler and all-around nasty villain Hatchet Harry, thinking he can turn his £100,000 stake into some really big money. But the game's rigged and Eddie walks away owing Harry £500,000; if he doesn't pay up in a week, Harry's gangsters will take Eddie's dad's bar in lieu of the cash. Oh, and three-quarters of the original stake belonged to Eddie's three pals, who can ill-afford to lose that kind of money. Fortunately, the flat next door to Eddie's houses four extravagantly loud ammeter and incompetent coke sniffing weed selling drug dealing thieves and the walls are very thin: so Eddie knows the blundering baddies have a big score in the works, and ripping them off to appease Hatchet Harry seems a reasonable way out of the mess.

When it comes to characters, Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels boasts no fewer than 22 significant roles. Many of the actors are not recognizable faces. In fact, a few of them are making their motion picture debuts. For the most part, everyone does a solid job essaying one of the various inept thugs or criminals. Those familiar with the British soap "Eastenders" will find that any of the characters from Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels would fit into the neighborhood of Albert Square with little difficulty ( Some have even ended up there) . Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels has plenty of laughs and a few surprises to offer to all but the most squeamish of viewers. It's a superior thriller made with the guts and gusto that too many recycled entries into the genre fail to exhibit. It's a slickly edited movie with no real stand-out performances (in fact some of the London accents are well dodgy), but the presence of soccer hardman Vinnie Jones, making his surprisingly effective acting debut.

This larky, self-aware crime picture has Tarantino-esque written all over it. First-time writer-director Guy Ritchie appears to have been paying attention to what made Reservoir Dogs work. Consequently, his film has both characters and a story, complicated by a slew of carefully worked out intertwing subplots involving boneheaded burglars, antique shotguns, yuppie hydroponic dope farmers, Debit Collectors, Hit men, Jamaican drug dealers and multiple gangs of hard. The film relies uniquely on heavily on ironic plot twists, blink and you will be lost. One of the most enjoyable aspects of Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels is appreciating the way in which the story unfolds, using both expected and unanticipated turns to enhance the comic flavor. To the very end, the movie manages to be unpredictable, and it never loses its sense of humor.

Surface likenesses aside, Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels is actually a kinder, gentler motion picture than Reservoir Dogs or Pulp Fiction. While there's as much violence. All of the most vicious acts occur off screen. We see the ramifications, but we miss the genuine brutality. This effectively distances the viewer from the bloodshed, allowing us to see the proceedings in an almost surreal light.
If the criminal ranks in London are comprised of losers like this, it's a wonder that anyone gets away with anything.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic trad movie, 29 July 2013
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Just a fantastic movie which can be shared by generations in the family. Will stand the test of time - great stuff
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