Reviewer's Rating 3 out of 5  
Revolver DVD (2005)

Director Guy Ritchie was in desperate need of a hit after the critical mauling he got for Swept Away. Sadly, Revolver may have discharged the bullet that kills his career for good. Jason Statham and Ray Liotta star in this con caper that's defined by "plodding pretentiousness" and veiled references to the Kabbalah, which attracted some interest from moviegoers, but only in a rubbernecking-at-the-scene-of-a-crash kind of way...

The Revolving Door

If you're looking for clarification, this DVD fails to offer it. In his audio commentary, Ritchie states, "This film is about a formula and the repetition of that formula and what the mind does is complicate that formula, but really it's a repetition of that same formula." Listening to this is like being trapped in a time warp, which we think is what Ritchie means in any case, but nobody can say for sure. And it gets worse in a featurette on the making of Revolver. Jason Statham talks in so many circles it would make even Donald Rumsfeld dizzy, eg "Everybody who thinks is themselves is probably not themselves so he learns that what we know is nothing." We couldn't have said it better ourselves - or what we think is ourselves...

Revolver DVD

Perhaps wisely, Ray Liotta declines to comment, but there is a fair amount of behind-the-scenes footage. Ritchie takes some time out between set-ups and reveals that it took two years to get the project off the ground. "Trying to raise money for concepts that people don't understand," he says, "is hard." The same goes for convincing editor James Herbert to get on board. In an interview with both men, they reveal how crucial the editing process was to keeping viewers in the dark regarding "the game" beneath the game. Ritchie explains the convoluted structure as unravelling "different degrees of understanding", but offers no justifiable reason for all this trickery except that film, "is a format that's become stagnant".

An Empty Chamber

Ritchie talks more about his efforts to stay ahead of the viewers in a commentary for seven deleted scenes. He explains that an alternative opening was cut because it revealed too much, but it's just a black screen with Statham talking in circles again! There's also an alternative ending, which posits written quotes from the likes of Voltaire, Nietzche and Adolf Hitler against black-and-white photos of bloody carnage. In between, model Jasmine Lennard flashes her knickers and sucks a lollipop in lascivious fashion. Apparently it's art...

Finally, in the outtakes reel, Statham breaks wind and looks inordinately proud of the achievement. Which nicely sums up this DVD.

EXTRA FEATURES

  • Audio commentary by Guy Ritchie
  • The Concept - an interview with Guy Ritchie and editor James Herbert
  • The Game: The Making Of Revolver featurette
  • Seven deleted scenes with director's commentary
  • Outtakes reel
  • Music trailer
  • Stills gallery
  • Technical Information

    REGION SOUND MENUS RATIO
    2 Dolby Digital 5.1, Digital DTS Animated, with music 2.35:1 (anamorphic)
    CHAPTERS SUBTITLES AUDIO TRACKS
    18 English English, Cantonese
    CAPTIONS EXTRAS SUBTITLES CERTIFICATE
    English The special features are not subtitled. 15

    End Credits

    Director: Guy Ritchie

    Writer: Guy Ritchie

    Stars: Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, Vincent Pastore, André Benjamin, Mark Strong

    Genre: Crime, Drama

    Length: 110 minutes

    Cinema: 23 September 2005

    DVD: 06 March 2006

    Country: USA