Review: Guy Ritchie's 'Snatch' Violent, Dark in Crisp 4K Transfer

by Derek Deskins

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday July 20, 2021

It feels appropriate that Guy Ritchie's "Snatch" is just now getting a 4K release. Ritchie's career is certainly one of movement, and later entries in his filmography have seen him move squarely towards family entertainment. So while he is responsible for the charming Robert Downey Jr.-led "Sherlock Holmes" series, and the "Hitch" sequel that nobody asked for (this is the only way I refer to the "Aladdin" remake), he used to make things that were a whole lot tougher.

The last two years have seen Ritchie return to this type of film, with 2019's "The Gentlemen" and his most recent "Wrath of Man," so it really is a great time to revisit what will likely be remembered as his best movie: "Snatch."

While "Snatch" came after a boom of Tarantino knock-offs in the '90s, the film's penchant for violence, accentuated by dark humor, feels inextricably linked. To recount the plot of "Snatch" feels like something of a fool's errand, until you really sit down and think about it. In actuality, it's centered around two stories with more connection points than bullets that Bullet Tooth Tony could survive. There is the story of Turkish, a boxing promoter just trying to get a new caravan; then there is the story of the theft of an 86-karat diamond, and Cousin Avi's attempt to get his hands on it. Everything in between is the complicated mess that makes "Snatch" so entertaining.

Let's go ahead and get the bad news over with. The new 4K release of "Snatch" doesn't boast a single new special feature. The special features included on this release are:

  • The Snatch Cutting Room - an interactive feature that lets the user cut together scenes in their own way
  • Audio Commentary - featuring writer-director Guy Ritchie and producer Matthew Vaughn
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Making Snatch - your typical behind-the-scenes feature
  • Storyboard Comparisons
  • Video Photo Gallery - I will never understand why releases still have these
  • Snatch TV Spots & Trailers

    If you had already purchased "Snatch" on Blu-ray back in 2009, you'll notice that you currently have access to all of these. Even worse, they are the same features that were included on the Deluxe Edition DVD release in 2006, meaning that their audio-visual quality leaves something to be desired (read: 480p). The fact that Sony couldn't be troubled to cobble together anything new in 15 years is just a little bit disappointing.

    With those caveats well in hand, we can now celebrate just how great this transfer looks and sounds. While the new release looks wonderfully crisp, it hasn't lost the grit that is part of its charm. You still feel like you're watching a movie that was made on actual film, grain and all, and not some overly smoothed soap opera. For those with HDR compatible televisions, the HDR10 color grading makes even the bleakest and dullest grays sing. Rounding things out is the new Dolby Atmos soundtrack, which brings the theater experience home. This 4K release feels like the closest thing you could possibly get to traveling back in time to a very well-managed cinema in 2000.

    "Snatch" is now available on 4K Blu-ray.