USHE Press Release: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels: Unrated Director's Cut

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LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS

AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON DVD IN A
LOCKED 'N LOADED UNRATED DIRECTOR'S CUT

Includes Over 12 Additional Minutes Never Before Seen in U.S.

Available October 3, 2006 from
Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Universal City, California, August 7, 2006 – Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, the comic crime caper turned cult classic, comes to DVD for the first time in a Locked ‘N Loaded Unrated Director’s Cut on October 3, 2006 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The feature film writing and directing debut of action auteur Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Revolver), this lowlife lark through London’s seamy underground includes additional action and plot twists never before released in the U.S.. Starring Jason Statham (Snatch, The Transporter 1 & 2), Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Sting, Lenny McLean and P.H. Moriarty, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels tells the tale of a quartet of incompetent con artists up to their necks in trouble with a murderous crime boss. In Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Ritchie weaves a tangled web of lightheartedly lethal characters on a helter-skelter thrill ride through London’s gangland that ends in a gleeful explosion of murder and mayhem.

Four would-be wise guys try to con an East End crime kingpin with deadly results in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. When Eddie (Nick Moran) and his three pals find themselves deep in deadly debt to the ominously named “Hatchet Harry” Lonsdale (P.H. Moriarty), the crew bungles its way through comically chaotic twists and turns, including a high-stakes poker game, a rogues' gallery of villains and victims, mistaken identities and a pair of missing antique double-barreled shotguns that everyone wants to get his hands on. The DVD is priced at $19.98 SRP. Pre-order close is August 15, 2006.

SYNOPSIS

Streetwise charmer and card shark Eddy (Nick Moran) risks the life-savings of his three best mates, Tom (Jason Flemyng), Bacon (Jason Statham) and Soap (Dexter Fletcher) in a high stakes poker match he thinks is a sure thing. When the game turns out to be a set up, Eddie ends up owing half a million pounds to a deadly underworld character, “Hatchet” Harry (P.H. Moriarty), who gives him a week to come up with the cash. Scrambling to save their skins, Eddy and his mates concoct a cockeyed plan to pay off their debt and leave them sitting pretty, but they unwittingly put themselves right back in Harry’s lethal path. The tightly plotted script and sharp directing take guns, cash, drugs and mistaken identities and transform them into a boisterous comedy packed with pulsating, unpredictable energy.

CAST & FILMMAKERS
Director: Guy Ritchie

Written By: Guy Ritchie
Produced By: Matthew Vaughn
Director of Photography: Tim Maurice-Jones
Production Designer: Iain Andrews, Eve Mavrakis
Edited By: Niven Howie
Costume Designer: Stephanie Collie
Original Music By: David A. Hughes, John Murphy
Cast: Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jason Statham, Sting, Lenny McLean, P.H. Moriarty

TECHNICAL INFORMATION
DVD

Street Date: October 3, 2006
Pre-Order Close: August 15, 2006
Copyright: 2006 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Price: $19.98
Selection Number: 29080
Running Time: 2 Hours
Layers: DVD - 9
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Rating: R
Technical Info: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English SDH, French, and Spanish
 

Mark Cappelletty

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Hopefully the transfer has improved. I hadn't looked at the movie in some time until I was checking out titles on my new HD set and, man, does the original Polygram issue look bad. Grainy, washed-out, etc. It looks more like a dupe than a telecine transfer.
 

Ron Reda

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Has anyone heard anything on this title about it being a new transfer? If it is, I'll pick one up as the last release is pretty artifact-y and could really use an upgrade.
 

Mark Kalzer

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I rented it. I cant speak to the quality in comparison to the original since this is the first time I've seen the film, but I would say that the transfer remains at times, rather soft. I didn't notice any strong presence of film grain though.
 

Ron Reda

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Thanks, Mark. Strange as I've always felt that this film has a good bit of grain...
 

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