Once upon a time there was a promising young film director named Guy Ritchie who won awards and acclaim for his 1998 crime film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, which starred Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jason Statham, Vinnie Jones and even Sting. The movie spawned a TV series, Lock, Stock…, and Total Film magazine even named it one of the best British films of all time. Then along came the wicked witch of pop, Madonna, who married the dashing director and seemed to suck the life force out of him, as evidenced by their disastrous collaboration Swept Away. Ritchie has since left Kabbalah, Madge and her poisonous effect on box office far behind him, while she has connected with the Brazilian baby Jesus and continues to adopt most of Africa.
Ritchie is poised to get the last laugh—and maybe even a little redemption—with the upcoming Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey Jr. Until then, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels remains Ritchie’s best work to date and will make its Blu-ray debut on December 1, a good few weeks before Sherlock Holmes hits theaters. The BD will include a helpful cockney dictionary, BD-Live connectivity, a production featurette, plus two other featurettes: “One Smoking Camera” and “Lock, Stock and Two F**king Barrels.” It’s been 11 years since Lock, Stock introduced the world to the man who became Mr. Madonna. Now, with Holmes on the horizon, maybe Ritchie’s story will get the happy ending it deserves.