Trainspotting

Trainspotting

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Director: Danny Boyle

Cast: Danny Boyle, Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller

     
 

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Director Danny Boyle's throbbing punk-spirited film explodes from the first frame as a heady mix of brilliant camera work, witty dialogue, and excellent soundtrack choices. On DVD, quick-moving montage never slows down technically or thematically. The DVD displays the extreme, hyperkinetic colors of the film in superior fashion, and the gritty transfer suits the film… See more details below

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Director Danny Boyle's throbbing punk-spirited film explodes from the first frame as a heady mix of brilliant camera work, witty dialogue, and excellent soundtrack choices. On DVD, quick-moving montage never slows down technically or thematically. The DVD displays the extreme, hyperkinetic colors of the film in superior fashion, and the gritty transfer suits the film perfectly. While not the cleanest DVD presentation, it is highly appropriate in presenting the drugged, confused lives of Renton, Begbie, and friends. The audio had to immediately smack of visceral clarity to get through the sometimes difficult accents of a few of the characters, and it meets the challenge (though anglophobes may want to turn on the closed captioning). The CD-quality soundtrack, with songs by Underworld, New Order, Primal Scream, and others, adds infinite coolness to the proceedings. The entire audio production is excellent, particularly Ewan McGregor's narration. The only special feature to be found is the "Chapter Selection" menu, which allows instant access to all 25 chapters via still images and captions. Trainspotting is a fun film with a spot-on soundtrack particularly suited to DVD.

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All Movie Guide
A film that shows what makes heroin addictive without glorifying it, Trainspotting was one of the most popular and controversial British films of the 1990s. Exploding with morbid wit, kinetic energy, and fatalistic insight, it jolted critics and audiences regardless of whether or not they actually liked it. A twisting, riff-filled, almost plot-free story, Irvine Welsh's novel was almost unfilmable in its original form. The screen adaptation successfully streamlined Welsh's ungainly material into a slick social commentary that smoothed the book's rough edges without losing its vitriol and insight. Trainspotting is not merely about drug addiction, but about the relationship between wasted youth and the spiritually bankrupt society that has alienated them. Another of the film's great strengths was its ensemble casting of Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller, and Ewen Bremner. McGregor and Carlyle, in particular, turned in star-making performances as Renton, the film's affable narrator, and Begbie, its resident psychotic drunk. Their work, and that of their co-stars, makes for such compulsively enjoyable viewing that, fittingly enough, you'll have a hard time coming down afterwards.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/25/1998
UPC:
0717951000224
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
NR
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:58:00

Special Features

Dolby Digital 5.1 audio; Chapter search

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ewan McGregor Mark Renton
Ewen Bremner Spud
Jonny Lee Miller Sick Boy
Kevin McKidd Tommy
Robert Carlyle Francis Begbie
Kelly MacDonald Diane
Keith Allen Dealer
Kevin Allen Andreas
Fiona Bell Diane's Mother
James Cosmo Mr Renton
Kate Donnelly Woman
Victor Eadie Man
Vincent Friell Diane's Father
Shirley Henderson Gail
Pauline Lynch Lizzy
Andrew Macdonald Flat Buyer
Stuart McQuarrie Gavin/US Tourist
Peter Mullan Swanney
Eddie Nestor Estate Agent
Eileen Nicholas Mrs Renton
Billy Riddoch Gail's Father
Hugh Ross Man
Annie Louise Ross Gail's Mother
Susan Vidler Allison
Finlay Welsh Sheriff
Irvine Welsh Mikey
Dale Winton Game Show Host

Technical Credits
Danny Boyle Director
Rachael Fleming Costumes/Costume Designer
Tracey Gallagher Art Director
David Gilchrist Asst. Director
Masahiro Hirakubo Editor
John Hodge Screenwriter
Ben Johnson Asst. Director
Andrew Macdonald Producer
Robert McCann Makeup
Ray Merrin Sound/Sound Designer
Colin Nicolson Sound/Sound Designer
Andy Pryor Casting
Kave Quinn Production Designer
Brian Saunders Sound/Sound Designer
Gail Stevens Casting
Mark Taylor Sound/Sound Designer
Brian Tufano Cinematographer
Irvine Welsh Source Author

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Program Start [:17]
2. Opening Credits [5:51]
3. Stage 1: Preparation [2:11]
4. Worst Toilet In Scotland [3:05]
5. Theory Of Life [2:36]
6. Preparation And Process [:10]
7. Begbie's Story [2:03]
8. "Temptation" [3:25]
9. First Shag In Ages [3:54]
10. Traditional Breakfast [4:47]
11. Colonized By Wankers [3:36]
12. Relapsing [2:29]
13. Edinburgh Festival [3:33]
14. Courting Disaster [4:03]
15. "Perfect Day" [:19]
16. House Arrest [2:55]
17. Bad Blood [5:17]
18. No Such Thing As Society [5:51]
19. "Just Wankers" [4:34]
20. Desirable Properties [3:29]
21. Lust For Life [2:01]
22. Cash From Chaos [:03]
23. Accidental Big Deal [1:43]
24. Choose Life [2:20]
25. Closing Credits [2:35]

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