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Acid House
     

The Acid House

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Director: Paul McGuigan

Cast: Stephen McCole, Maurice Roeves, Garry Sweeney

 
Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh adapted three of his short stories for the big screen in The Acid House. The disc offers a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither closed-captions nor subtitles on this release. The huge selling point

Overview

Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh adapted three of his short stories for the big screen in The Acid House. The disc offers a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither closed-captions nor subtitles on this release. The huge selling point for this disc is the commentary track by Welsh. This disc is certainly a must-see for Welsh enthusiasts and may help win the writer new readers.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Although it's fuelled by the same caustic imagination as Trainspotting, this misanthropic anthology is a very different sort of film from that cautiously optimistic art-house hit. Unfortunately, although it's certainly worth watching, it's also an inferior effort. Visually, The Acid House pops in all the right places, investing the slums of Edinburgh with manic color and rock & roll pizazz. BBC documentarian Paul McGuigan makes a smooth transition to fiction, staging soccer matches, meetings with God, dead-end lives, and apocalyptic drug trips with equal inventiveness. The performances, too, are quite fine, especially Stephen McCole as a put-upon young layabout, Michelle Gomez as a bitter and tarty young mum, and Jemma Redgrave as a marriage-obsessed raver. The film's problem, then, is its script, which piles on so many squalid episodes and so much willful transgression that viewers may well find their patience exhausted. A surly, hard-drinking God, a psychotic stud, and an out-there drug trip are fine and dandy, but a pair of S&M pensioners and a malformed, monstrously horny infant tip the scales a bit too far. All is not unrelentingly bleak, but even when the film's plots lighten up, the tone remains mean-spirited and self-satisfied. Welsh's work is always a study in intensity, but without a breather between laps, The Acid House becomes an endurance test.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/21/2001
UPC:
0795975100434
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
NR
Source:
Zeitgeist Films
Presentation:
[Letterbox]
Sound:
[stereo]
Time:
1:52:00

Special Features

Irvine Welsch commentary; Theatrical trailer; An acid house glossary; An interview with Irvine Welsh

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stephen McCole Boab [The Granton Star Cause]
Maurice Roeves God [The Granton Star Cause],The Priest [The Acid House]
Garry Sweeney Kev [The Granton Star Cause]
Jenny McCrindle Evelyn [The Granton Star Cause]
Morgan Simpson Chantal, Baby [A Soft Touch]
Simon Weir Tambo [The Granton Star Case]
Iaian Andrew [The Granton Star Cause]
Marnie Kidd Chantal, Toddler [A Soft Touch]
Alison Peebles Mother [A Soft Touch]
Irvine Welsh Parkie [The Granton Star Case]
Joanne Riley Diana [A Soft Touch]
Pat Stanton Barman [The Granton Star Case]
Sarah Gudgeon New Girl [A Soft Touch]
Alex Howden Boab Snr [The Granton Star Case]
Katie Echlin Wendy [A Soft Touch]
Annie Louise Ross [The Granton Star Cause]
William "Giggs" McGuigan Pub Singer [A Soft Touch]
Dennis O'Connor PC Cochrane [The Granton Star Case]
John Gardner Sgt. Morrison [The Granton Star Case]
Kevin McKidd Johnny [A Soft Touch]
Michelle Gomez Catriona [A Soft Touch]
Tam Dean Burn Alec [A Soft Touch]
Barbara Rafferty Dr. Callaghan [The Acid House]
Stephen Docherty Nurse Boyd [The Acid House]
Gary McCormack Workmate [The Granton Star Case]
Scott Imrie Pool Player [A Soft Touch]
Ronnie McCann Andy [The Acid House]
Niall Greig Furlton [A Soft Touch]
William Blair Deck [A Soft Touch]
Cas Harkins Skanko [A Soft Touch, The Acid House]
Ewen Bremner Coco [The Acid House]
Martin Clunes Rory [The Acid House]
Jemma Redgrave Jenny [The Acid House]
Arlene Cockburn Kirsty [The Acid House]
Jane Stabler Emma [The Acid House]
Doug Eadie Coco's Father [The Acid House]
Andrea McKenna [The Acid House]
Malcolm Shields Workmate [The Granton Star Case]
Billy McElhaney Felix the Paramedic [The Acid House]
Stewart Preston Rafferty [The Granton Star Case]
Ricky Callan Tam the Driver [The Acid House]

Technical Credits
Paul McGuigan Director
Irvine Welsh Source Author,Screenwriter
Barry Adamson Score Composer
Lynn Aitken Costumes/Costume Designer
Rohan Banyard Art Director
Marc Bolan Score Composer
Alan Brereton Associate Producer
Richard Bridgland Production Designer
Nick Cave Score Composer
Mike Gunn Production Designer
Brian Howell Sound/Sound Designer
Andrew Hulme Editor
Jean Kerr Art Director
Carolynne Kidd Associate Producer
Marilyn Macdonald Makeup
David Muir Producer
Oasis Score Composer
Beth Orton Score Composer
Primal Scream Score Composer
Pam Tait Costumes/Costume Designer
Alex Usborne Producer
Verve Score Composer
Alasdair Walker Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Acid House
0. Chapter Selection
1. Booted Out [13:36]
2. Boab Hits Bottom [4:06]
3. A Meeting With God [7:16]
4. Boab's Revenge [10:41]
5. Happy Days [5:30]
6. New Guys Next Door [13:49]
7. Larry VS. Johnny [10:37]
8. Together Again [4:57]
9. A Stormy Night [11:45]
10. Rebirth [11:35]
11. Little Top Boy Tom [4:48]
12. Coco's Return [7:28]

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