(movie review taken from original 2000 review.)
This British import left theaters fairly quickly in the US after it was stamped with the "Pulp Fiction" knockoff tag, although it certainly has more in common with Danny Boyle's "Trainspotting" than Tarantino's "Fiction". It doesn't have the same narrative structure that "Pulp" did, but it does certainly contain the violence, with the visual style of "Trainspotting" mixed in as well as a good deal of its own original brand of humor. In fact, the camerawork here is really what impressed me most technically, with motion tricks that I found quite impressive for a film of this size.
Eddy, Tom, Soap and Bacon are a group of con men that have scrapped together enough money to get into a card game with a local crime figure, Harry Lonsdale. The game is a trap and soon, Eddy finds himself out quite a ton of money, as well as owing Harry quite a bit of cash. So, Eddy turns to robbing another group of local criminals led by a rather nasty guy named Dog. Dog's group is robbing a group of pot growers that week. So, the criminals are robbing the criminals are robbing the criminals. Or at least I think that's how it goes. The film is really so wonderfully plotted that it takes at least a second viewing to capture all of the story's small details and the exact roles of the numerous characters.
The story remains involving as it lays out the details in the first quarter of the movie. However, once the story starts locking into place, the pace never lets up until the credits. Sometimes it gets a little too dark for comedy, but the way the details come together throughout is never dull. Definitely a cool film and one of 1999's better offerings.
The film originally ran 108 minutes, but this "director's cut" edition runs a full 120 minutes. The additions (which include a pair of scenes bookending the movie and some additional material in the end credits, among other bits) are minor and don't really have a positive or negative effect on the movie.
VIDEO: "Lock, Stock" is once again presented here in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. The film was originally filmed in 16mm, so it's understandable that it looks a little rough and gritty. Sharpness and detail are generally just okay, although the occasional scene can appear a bit hazier than the rest.
The main concern with the presentation is wear-and-tear on the elements. While not a consistent issue, the picture did show minor specks, marks and other debris are visible in a number of scenes. Some slight edge enhancement is also present in a few scenes. Colors generally looked rusty and subdued. Flesh tones looked a little off in some scenes, but fine during most of the film.
SOUND: Aside from a few cool tunes on the soundtrack and a gun battle or two, this is just a pleasing but not terribly thrilling Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. There's some great tunes here, but most importantly, dialogue is clear and never compressed sounding - especially important when some may have otherwise had a little trouble understanding the accents.
EXTRAS: A montage of all the curse words in the film and an informative interview with the film's cinematographer on the visual style of the film. That's it.
Final Thoughts: "Lock, Stock" still remains an enjoyable ride from Guy Ritchie, with memorable dialogue and solid performances. However, this new edition really doesn't offer very much aside from a bit more material in the film and a couple of very minor bonus features. Those who have the original edition can hang on to that one, while those who are looking to buy should also head for the earlier edition, which is about $5 cheaper.
The Film B+