Layer Cake/Snatch [Blu-ray] [2 Discs]

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  • Release Date: 03/05/2013
  • Rating: R
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99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (56 out of 57)

Synopsis


Snatch
Guy Ritchie's sophomore follow-up to his 1998 sleeper hit Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch revisits the previous film's territory of London's crime-ridden underbelly, and does so with the same brand of humor and stylish direction that made Ritchie's first effort a surprise success. With a labyrinthine plot that is ostensibly oriented around a missing diamond, Snatch introduces viewers to three groups of characters intent on retrieving the elusive stone, which has been stolen from an Antwerp jeweler. In the first group are friends and business partners Turkish (Jason Statham, who also supplies the film's voice-over narration) and Tommy (Stephen Graham), who join up with Mickey (Brad Pitt), an Irish gypsy and boxer. Turkish and Tommy make arrangements with Mickey to take a fall in a match engineered by lunatic gang leader Brick Top (Alan Ford). In another corner resides equally loony Russian gangster Boris the Blade (Rade Sherbedgia), who has asked Jewish gangster Franky Four Fingers (Benicio Del Toro) to place a bet on the match for him. Boris is also scheming to have Sol (Lennie James), the owner of a pawn shop, rob the place with a couple of dim associates. Meanwhile, Avi (Dennis Farina), freshly arrived in London from New York, hires Bullet Tooth Tony (Vinnie Jones) to find Franky when he goes missing; it seems that it was none other than Franky who was supposed to be transporting the purloined diamond to New York. ~ Rebecca Flint Marx, Rovi

Layer Cake
A mechanic in the British drug trade finds himself caught in the middle of some dangerous circumstances in this crime thriller. XXXX (Daniel Craig) is a nameless go-between in the British mob who buys drugs from underground wholesalers and them sells them to street dealers, keeping the system flowing and making a tidy profit in the process. XXXX is looking forward to getting out of the game, and has displayed both smarts and caution in how he's handled his business, but before his overseer Jimmy Price (Kenneth Cranham) will let him go, he has a couple of favors that need to be done. First, Eddie Temple (Michael Gambon) is a mob boss whose daughter has gotten hooked on hard drugs and run away from home; Jimmy needs XXXX to find them girl and bring her to him before Eddie's men can get hold of her. Second, Dragan (Dragan Micanovic) is a Ecstasy wholesaler who has had a large shipment stolen by Duke (Jamie Foreman); Jimmy wants XXXX to get the Ecstasy back to Dragan, but Duke isn't eager to sell and Dragan is becoming impatient. Between these two matters, XXXX isn't so sure he'll get out of the business alive, especially after he finds himself falling for Duke's nephew's girlfriend, Tammy (Sienna Miller). Layer Cake marked the directorial debut for Matthew Vaughn, best known as a producer for Guy Ritchie's lad-centric crime movies. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Benicio Del Toro
    Benicio Del Toro - Franky Four Fingers
  • Dennis Farina
    Dennis Farina - Avi
  • Vinnie Jones
    Vinnie Jones - Bullet Tooth Tony
  • Brad Pitt
    Brad Pitt - Mickey O'Neil
  • Jason Statham
    Jason Statham - Turkish



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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Cappers

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    Morganical
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    There's Snatch, and then there's movies that are like Snatch. Chances are you Googled "movies that are like Snatch" this morning and then started reading reviews for Layer Cake, and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels this morning. Well, you're on the right track! Snatch is a movie that will go beyond generations. It's 2000s version of Scarface, Casino, Goodfellas or any number of gang/heist movies. The Blu-ray version is a little more than an upgrade of the Deluxe DVD release 10 years ago, but you can't go wrong with the story, setting and style. The menu on the Blu-ray IS obnoxious. Single clicks turn into multiple, menus pop out of random areas, the menu system's a mess. And video quality is showing its age. For whatever reason, the transfer shows banding, dulls, and heavy grain. No real artifacting, but banding is all over the place, especially during the darker sequences and slowed shots. But I can live with these issues for the trend setter that the movie is. The movie is just... glorious. Layer Cake is a lot like Snatch. English setting, thugs, a confusing plot, characters thrown into a convoluted mess that's completely out of their control. But instead of money and "Da Stone", the drama revolves around a precious cargo of MDMA. Big names are in Layer Cake including Daniel Craig, Tom Hardy, Burn Gorman, English faces that Westerners have been seeing a lot of lately. Layer Cake DOES look fantastic and obviously had Hi Definition in mind when it was made. The jargon is even harder to understand than Snatch, so put on the Subs if you can't understand "bloody" English colloquialisms. A sky high recommendation for any fella (or gal) that loves Guy Ritchie's style, or who just loves heist cappers in general. Worth every penny!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Double Dose of British Gangland

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    DWolfe47
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    Sony has wisely released a two-disc set featuring two modern gangster classics from the U.K. at a nice price. Layer Cake is a great film featuring Daniel Craig in the role that earned him the nod for James Bond trying to make one last big drug deal before he retires for good all the while foiling a mysterious assassin who sets his sights on Craig's nameless protagonist as the drugs he happens to be off-loading were stolen from a European businessman. Snatch is Guy Ritchie's more comic masterwork featuring a mix of American and English actors playing desperate characters trying one way or another to get in and out of trouble. Both films feature crisp transfers which are pretty much a standard for Sony and thankfully as mentioned above these films are housed on their own discs rather than compressed together. At the current price this set is to use a rather droll pun, a steal.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Ze Germans.

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    Victreebong
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    Snatch is a trope definer. Layer Cake, while not as notorious as Snatch (or Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels) is just as convoluted, violent, and stylized. Snatch is looking its age on Blu-ray, truthfully the collector's DVD that released several years back is probably the best we're going to get, but Layer Cake looks like it was made yesterday. I was pleased to see all sorts of familiar faces along with Daniel Craig in Layer Cake, like Tom Hardy, Jason Flemyng, and Burn Gorman to name a few. A MANDATORY purchase for anyone who remotely loves heist movies filled with awesome.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An unexpected pleasure

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    TheHudz
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    I was looking to buy Snatch, as it is one of my favorite films, and was wandering around the store when I came across this double feature. I had never seen Layer Cake, but I am a big fan of Daniel Craig so I figured why not pull the trigger? Very surprised, not a role in which you'd think Daniel Craig would star in but man does he deliver. Considering Snatch by itself was $10, this set with another film at the same price was a no brainer to grab. Great action paired with great comedy.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Hitting Two Birds With One Stone

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    AndresSalazar
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    Clear and simple, both films are amazing. If you like "Pulp Fiction" or any nonlinear narrative with violence and comedy, then "Snatch" is the film for you. I had a really fun time with this one, and it's a Must-See film overall. If you liked Daniel Craig in previous films, I strongly suggest to watch "Layer Cake", the role that gave him the role of Bond. It is also a very compelling crime drama, and one of my favorites. Also a Must-See.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    I LIKED THE FIRST MOVIE; LAYER CAKE THE OTHER NOT

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    elruliskiere69
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    LAYER CAKE WAS BETTER IN MY OPINION. ALL THE ACTION WAS MORE CREDIBLE, BECAUSE WHEN I WAS LIVING IN LOS ANGELES, I WAS WORKING IN A RETAIL BUSSINESSTHAT WAS SOMEHOW RELATED TO CERTAIN PERSONS THAT WERE IN THE DRUG TRADE (NOT ME) THEY WERE MAKING LOTS OF MONEY, BUT SOONER OR LATER SOME ENDED IN JAIL OR DEAD. SO, TO ME THIS MOVIE REMINDED ME OF THOSE DAYS. THE OTHER ONE; SNATCH WAS KIND OF CONFUSING AND I DID NOT REALLY LIKED IT.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Tasty Cake to be Snatched!

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    lausemeister
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    Layer Cake is a really tough, pretty brutal thriller that you may want to turn away from but won't be able to. Snatch is a looser, more humorous Guy Richie Romp that has some of the gritty atmosphere of Cake but is a lot lighter and more fun. A nice double feature and both look and sound great.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Made for an Interesting Double Feature

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    BigRonDawg
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    There is something about an English gangster film, especially these quirky little ones that are so much fun to watch. The locations are wonderful, the stories well told and the performances are extraordinary. Lean, sparse stories that are told with flair and gusto. I enjoyed these very much.

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