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Comedy Movies - Snatch

BUY Snatch (dvd cover)
Deluxe Edition
Benicio Del Toro, Brad Pitt, Dennis Farina, Jason Statham
Written and directed by Guy Ritchie
2 DVDs
Columbia Pictures 2000
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment 2005
103 minutes

It is movies like Snatch and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels that will allow viewers to forgive Guy Ritchie for the Madonna starring disaster Swept Away. Snatch has to be one of the darkest and funniest gangster movies ever made if you do not mind quite a lot of violence. This is the stupid criminal movie par excellence starring Benicio Del Toro, Brad Pitt as a Pikey (Irish traveler), and Dennis Farina of Law and Order fame.

The Deluxe Edition of Snatch features 2 DVDs loaded with extras including the particularly useful Pikey subtitles so you can understand what the hell Brad Pitt says when he is talking to his mates. It also comes with a deck of Snatch character playing cards and a dealer poker chip. Neat little goodies but nothing to write home about.

Snatch, the darkest gangster comedy about stupid criminals, is, it is said, based on various real stories about stupid criminals in books like Uncle John's Bathroom Reader and in the Tonight Show With Jay Leno. This aside, it features a rather convoluted story centered around Benicio Del Toro (Franky Four Fingers) who manages to do a rather brilliant jewelry heist in Amsterdam. Unfortunately, he then goes to London, home of the most stupid criminals ever put into a movie.

The movie then involves a band of Irish Travelers lead by Mikey (Brad Pitt), a pawn shop owner and his buddy (Lennie James and Robbie Gee), a couple of small-time hoods, Turkish and Tommy (Jason Statham and Stephen Graham), a Mad Russian, a bullet-proof hood, a New York jewelry fiend (Dennis Farina of Law and Order fame), a guy called Brick Top, and a pit bull who likes to swallow squeaky toys and stuff, and a few other dumb criminals. What makes Snatch such a fun and violent gangster comedy is not only the very well-acted but very weird criminals but the top-notch writing, a dozen or so running gags, some really cool camera moves, and non-stop action and laughs.

Snatch is funny, violent, and brilliant.

The Snatch Deluxe Edition comes with a deck of cards, a poker chip, and a photo book. The big deal is really the second DVD full of extras like deleted scenes, storyboards, and hidden goodies that are easy to find if you highlight "making of" do not press play but press the up arrow two or three times.

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