SPHE Press Release: Layer Cake

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  1. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Administrator

    Jul 3, 1997
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    Real Name:
    Ronald Epstein

    "Hilarious and genuinely cool!"
    -Glenn Kenny, PREMIERE

    "A dense, wild and convulsive gangster thriller!"
    -Owen Gleiberman, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

    From Matthew Vaughn, producer of "Snatch"
    and "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels"

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    Layer Cake

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    Arrives on Special Edition DVD, UMDâ„¢ and VHS August 23, 2005

    Culver City, CA (June 13, 2005) -- Adapted from J.J. Connolly's novel, in
    the tradition of Snatch and
    Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrelscomes director Matthew Vaughn's fresh
    and sleek crime thriller,
    LAYER CAKE. Starring new leading man Daniel Craig (Road to Perdition),
    Michael Gambon (Being Julia,
    Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban), and Sienna Miller (Alfie),
    LAYER CAKE is the story about
    a few smug, good-hearted criminals looking for retirement after completing
    one last bang-up job. Sony
    Pictures Home Entertainment will release the highly anticipated
    action-packed film LAYER CAKE on
    Special Edition DVD and UMDâ„¢ for the SLP of $26.96 and VHS rental August
    23, 2005.

    Our "hero" (Daniel Craig) has two last jobs to complete: locate the junkie
    daughter of a chum of his volatile
    gangster boss (Kenneth Cranham), and broker the sale of an enormous load of
    Ecstasy. In the process,
    Craig must abandon more than one of his self-styled rules of criminal
    conduct-designed, of course, to
    keep him removed from the dirty work. Consequently, he gets mixed up with
    an upper-class crime lord
    (Michael Gambon), a Serb assassin, a flashy third-rate crook, a really hot
    girl (Sienna Miller), and lots
    of people talking very fast in accents of varying decipherability. Adopted
    from J.J. Connolly's novel
    Layer Cake.

    DVD Bonus Features:
    Alternate endings
    Music video
    Deleted Scenes
    Behind-the-scenes featurettes
    Director and Cast commentary
    Anamorphic Widescreen (2.40) and Full-screen (1.33) presentation
    Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French Dolby Surround
    Subtitles: English, French

    Rated: R for strong brutal violence, sexuality, nudity, pervasive
    language, and drug use
    Closed Captioned
    Running Time: 110 minutes
    Special Edition DVD Widescreen Catalog #: 10889
    Special Edition DVD Widescreen UPC Code: 0-43396-10889-9
    Special Edition DVD Full Screen Catalog #: 12217
    Special Edition DVD Full Screen UPC Code: 0-43396-12217-8
    Special Edition DVD Order Date: 7/21/05
    UMDâ„¢ Catalog #: 11822
    UMDâ„¢ UPC Code: 0-43396-11822-5
    Special Edition DVD/ UMDâ„¢ SLP: $26.96
    VHS Catalog #: 10892
    VHS UPC Code: 0-43396-10892-9
    LAYER CAKE Widescreen Special Edition DVD and SNATCH DVD 2-PACK Catalog
    #: 12143; UPC Code: 0-43396-12143-0; SLP: $39.95
  2. Jon Martin

    Jon Martin Cinematographer

    Sep 19, 2002
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    I just got the R2 version in the mail yesterday (it was around $12, much less than this one) and it was a two disc set. Although it looks like this will have all the same extras on it.

    Haven't gotten a chance to watch it yet. It only played a week in theatres where I am and I missed it.
  3. EricW

    EricW Cinematographer

    Jan 1, 2001
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    it's a great movie. i had my apprehensions knowing a producer made the movie, even though the buzz was so good he was given X-men 3, but still. anyways, i just watched it and it's great. i don't know if it's on the same level as Lock Stock, though the camera style is a little more melodramatic and suave. also Ritchi's movies have the advantage of superior dialogue.

    what do you guys think of the ending?

    it reminded me of the deleted ending from Clerks. personally i don't think it adds to the film.
  4. Christopher Jay

    Oct 5, 2004
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  5. Jon Martin

    Jon Martin Cinematographer

    Sep 19, 2002
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    Watched it last night.

    Very entertaining film. Glad I picked it up.

    One problem though, was it just my player or did the R2 DVD have one of the worst transfers in recent years? While most of it looked ok, all the scenes in blackness were especially blocky, with pixellation. It looked like the early days of Direct TV.

    Hope the R1 version looks better.
  6. EricW

    EricW Cinematographer

    Jan 1, 2001
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    Christopher Jay said:

    they specifically wanted to show him still breathing when the credits roll so he could be brought back for a sequel.

    that's even worse! i mean if you're going to do it, do it all the way or don't do it at all. this is like they wanted to have their (layer)cake and eat it too.

    i suppose movies are supposed to be judged independently, but what happens in a couple years when someone wants to watch Layer cake and its sequel together? they watch the ending of the first one and laugh knowing the guy's in the sequel. i'd feel cheated [​IMG]

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