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on 24 March 2016
A London Gangster movie with gloss and menace in equal measure without the abject violence of the various renditions of the Kays story.

The London Cafe scene sticks in the mind, if only for the fact that I worked around the corner in Victoria from that café and have eaten there a number of times.

Good movie to sit back and enjoy on a Saturday night when there is bugger all on Cable, Satellite etc
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on 20 July 2017
A bit of a cult film now, and some very surprising twists, funny in parts
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on 29 April 2017
Very quick delivery,great price very happy 😊
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on 26 May 2017
Daniel craig at his best,with a good supporting cast
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on 25 June 2017
ok
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on 27 April 2017
Great
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on 5 June 2017
This DVD is shockingly poor I can only watch it for 30mins then it freezes and the jumps back to menu
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VINE VOICEon 21 August 2014
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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on 31 March 2017
I really enjoyed this101 min crime, drama, thriller, REGION B/2 DVD that I bought from Amazon as part of a two film box set that included SNATCH. The film was very fast moving with many twists and turns but parents should be aware that it did include nudity, violence and bad language.
A top notch cocaine dealer (Daniel Craig) who has earned a respected place amongst England's Mafia elite, plans an early retirement from the business whilst he is still in one piece. However big boss Jimmy Price (Kenneth Cranham) hand down a tough assignment, find Charlotte Ryder, the missing rich daughter of Jimmy's old pal Edward (Michael Gambon). Complicating matters are two million pounds worth of Grade A ecstasy tablets, a brutal Serbian gang and a whole series of double crossing. Not knowing who he can trust Craig has to use all his skills which makes him one of the best to escape his own. Can he also win the heart of Tammy (Sienna Miller)
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Matthew Vaughn produced 'Snatch' , a Brit gangster film with some stunning dialogue and some heavy action.
Vaughn directed 'Layer Cake' and I can see his stamp in both films. Most likely some will enjoy both films as there are so many similarities including a partial narrative by a leading character, a Mr. Big manipulating events in the background, a host of deadly unsavoury gangsters who like to kill their victims in novel ways etc., etc.
This has got huge quality in the acting stakes with Kenneth Cranham, Michael Gambon and Daniel Craig strutting their colourful stuff together with very good support--- did I see Tom Hardy briefly at the beginning ?
Although 13 years old this is still very contemporary and well worth a watch.
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