On DVD: RocknRolla
Category: RocknRolla Reviews | Posted by: stagewomanjen
Article Date: January 31, 2009 | Publication: film.com | Author: Laremy Legel
We tackled the theatrical review of RocknRolla back in November, widely praising the release of another entertaining Guy Ritchie film. Unfortunately, the DVD, a mere two months later, feels like it was rushed. To meet the huge February demand? I have no idea. It's a real boggler.
The "2-Disc Digital Copy Special Edition" is neither "2-Disc" nor "Special." To elaborate, the second disc is a digital copy, so it's meeting the demand BitTorrent has been covering for half a decade. The main disc, the one where we get the features has:
1. one 8-minute feature about London
2. one deleted scene
3. a commentary from Guy Ritchie and Mark Strong.
That's it. That's the whole kit and caboodle. Why did they do this to poor Guy? The budget must have been .85 cents +/- .50 cents.
However, you've tuned into the DVD review so let's break each of these amazing features down. The 8-minute London featurette details the shooting locations. The theme is how much London has grown, and how dynamic the city is to shoot. It's an effective infomercial for filming in London.
The 2-minute deleted scene is of Gerard Butler running on a treadmill, being harassed by Idris Elba (who plays a fellow named Mumbles in the movie). It's a good scene. It's also only two minutes, so I'm not sure what the process was like to cut it. "Hey, what's the maximum length the movie can be?"
"Hmmm, ours is 116..."
"Wait, I've got an idea!!"
Finally, there's the commentary. Right off the bat, Guy Ritchie is dialed in when he talks about the opening credits of RocknRolla: his are fantastic where most filmmakers' comments are garbage. So I suppose right in the middle of complaining about the lack of features I've also got to recommend you listen to the commentary. He gives tips on tasty Scotch, details on how difficult some of the shooting locations were to gain access to, and he talks green screen -- all in the first ten minutes. So this portion of the "Special" edition is worthy at least.
RocknRolla, if I must pass judgment, is a rental. I don't see much point in paying $20 to a studio for throwing a movie on a disc and calling it special. Yeah, it's a little bit portable, and yeah, Guy Ritchie has been welcomed back to the land of the living directors, but there isn't a reason you'd repeat view here. Which means you can Netflix or B-Buster it. If you've seen RocknRolla in theaters you can just watch it with the commentary and call it good.