Trainspotting

Trainspotting

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Director: Danny Boyle

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

     
 

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28 Days Later director Danny Boyle's visually arresting adaptation of author Irvine Welsh's vein-tapping cult novel gets the royal treatment in Miramax's special two-disc release. The feature is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and offers a clean and crisp transfer that sports bold, vivid colors and shows no sign of edge-enhancement or artifacting. A…  See more details below

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28 Days Later director Danny Boyle's visually arresting adaptation of author Irvine Welsh's vein-tapping cult novel gets the royal treatment in Miramax's special two-disc release. The feature is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and offers a clean and crisp transfer that sports bold, vivid colors and shows no sign of edge-enhancement or artifacting. A selection of either English Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS 5.1 Surround Sound will most certainly give the home theater system a hearty workout (the film's killer soundtrack rings through loud and clear, as do some clever audio effects), with an alternate French 5.1 audio mix and optional English subtitles available. In addition to being the best presentation of the film on DVD to date, this release takes an impressive look behind the scenes by offering over three and a half hours of in-depth bonus material. Those familiar with the fantastic Criterion Collection laserdisc of the film will no doubt be familiar with the informative audio commentary that was lifted from that release, with the words of Boyle, Welsh, star Ewan McGregor, and producer Andrew Macdonald offering insight that is both colorful and informative. Virtually every aspect of the film is covered in this entertaining commentary track, from the changes that occurred in translating the book to film, to characters and their motivations, to technical details that reveal the secrets behind Boyle's cinematic sleight of hand. In addition to commentary on the feature itself, disc number one also offers ten deleted scenes with optional commentary. Though the quality of these scenes doesn't compare to the transfer of the main feature, the additional footage runs the gamut by offering everything from revealing character traits to the incidental but amusing snippets. Beginning with the "Trainspotting Retrospective," disc two offers interviews, both old and new, concerning everything from the look of the film to the use of music and audio effects. Production designer Kate Quinn offers a look at some photography that served as a visual inspiration, while Boyle and Macdonald speak candidly about the importance of a good audio mix and musical selection (especially in such a music-heavy film) in setting a specific tone for the film. An interview with Welsh offers the good-natured author acknowledging that some tweaking must be done in order to successfully transfer the book to the screen, and screenwriter John Hodge discusses the differences between writing original screenplays and adapting the works of others. Those with a fear of needles may squirm a bit while viewing the "Behind the Needle" feature (offered in three angles and featuring commentary by Boyle), which shows the filmmakers shooting the injection scene with a realistic-looking prosthetic arm, and the "Calton Athletic Boys" feature offers a brief snippet with McGregor (repeated in the making-of feature) in which the star talks about the junkies-turned-footballers who offered the cast a crash course in mainlining. Brief interviews with Martin Landau, Noel Gallagher, Damon Albarn, and McGregor at the Cannes Film Festival offer opinions of the film, with the "Cannes Snapshot" offering even more interviews clips with such celebrities as Toni Collette and Dave Stewart. If the main "Making-of" featurette seems a little short at only ten minutes (not to mention a little redundant), the good eventually outweighs the bad as Boyle, Macdonald, Welsh, and McGregor, among others, discuss everything from the book to the characters and the controversial drug-use scenes of the film. In addition to a gallery of polaroids, a teaser and full theatrical trailer for the film are also included, as are informative bios for the main cast and crew.

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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:
06/01/2004
UPC:
0786936237658
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
R
Source:
Miramax
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:34:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Making of Trainspotting; Trainspotting retrospective; Interviews with filmmakers (director Danny Boyle, author Irvine Welsh, producer Andrew MacDonald, and screenwriter John Hodge); "Behind the Needle": Multi-angle behind-the-scenes special; Cannes Film Festival interviews; Cast and crew biographies; Feature commentary; Deleted scenes with optional commentary; Gallery; Teaser trailer; Theatrical trailer; French-language track

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 -- Disc 1
1. Choose Life [:15]
2. The Sick Boy Method [5:51]
3. The Worst Toilet in Scotland [1:59]
4. Do You See the Beast? [2:03]
5. Begbie's Story [1:14]
6. It's Me or Iggy Pop [4:50]
7. He Scores! [3:51]
8. The Morning After [:45]
9. Back on Heroin [2:42]
10. No Theory to Explain A Moment Like This [4:47]
11. A Visit to the Mother Superior [3:08]
12. Cold Turkey [2:26]
13. Aids Junky Scum [4:42]
14. A New Start [2:35]
15. It's a Pity No One Told Begbie [4:04]
16. A Funeral [4:29]
17. Two Keys of Skag [:48]
18. Begbie Loses it Again [6:58]
19. The Truth Is I'm a Bad Person [3:28]
20. Closing Credits [5:31]

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Trainspotting 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
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This is one of my all-time favorite movies. Ewan McGregor is great and Jonny Lee Miller rocks. If you see one movie in your entire lifetime, see Trainspotting. You won't be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you grew up in the 80's and missed the drug scene, or if you were involved in the drug scene, this movie is for you. Definitely lets you see a day-in-the-life of a junkie. It's fun, it's exciting, it's revolting. But see it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is one of my favorites of all time. Ewan McGregor is excellent in his role as a junky. He can play any role of any kind. This movie is very disturbing but such a true portrayal of young addicts. GREAT JOB EWAN!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is fantastic! Not for the squeamish, but an excellent movie nonetheless. Ewan McGregor in one of his best roles!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie with a passion. The casting is great. I like how they subtracted characters from the novel to make it less chaotic on screen; it fit together so well. Irvine Welsh's novel is just as great as this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Trainspotting is such a powerful movie. It can be depressing for some, but I find it hopeful, to say the least. This film does not glorify the use of drugs and alcohol as a reasonable means of dealing with our problems. Instead, it shows the hard realities of drug abuse and offers an inspiring story to help instill these values in us.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Loved this movie, in fact watched it two times in one sitting. Very good attention to detail, Ewan McGregor and Johnny Lee Miller are excellent and the comedy more than makes up for the sort of depressing scenes
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an extremely powerful movie. Once you've seen it you'll be sure as hell that you never ever want to do drugs as long as you live. Ewan McGregor is astounding as a druggie trying to quit...his withdrawal scenes are some of the best acting work I've ever seen. This movie is quirky, horrifying, brutally honest, funny, painful, and just plain brilliant.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ultimately a powerful and moving story. It left me wondering after id seen it how one guides his/her life...drug free or not. Ewan McGregor plays Renton perfectly and Jonny Lee Miller is at his best as Sick Boy. The entire cast is brilliant and Trainspotting is definitely a great movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
About 2 years ago my dad brought this movie home,and he told me to see it. I didn´t touch this movie for 3 months, but when I saw it, I couldn´t stop watching it eversince. Since then I must see it atleast once a week. Movie is BRILLIANT! It´s so honest and powerful, I´ll never stop loving it. Absolutley one of the best movies ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the finest films I've ever seen. Ewan McGregor gives such a powerful and believable performance as a young man struggling with drug addiction and recovery. There are scenes in this film that left me emotionally disturbed for weeks! I highly recommend this film to all older teens and adults. Definitely NOT for children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It took me only 8 years to get used to this movie--it was simply too much for me to take in when it came out. This is the one that uses the best Ewan McGregor has in him and that's better than anyone else, except possibly Russell Crowe. His voiceover is right on. Tough movie to watch but brilliant.
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This is one of the trippiest movies I've ever seen! It is well made and keeps you interested the whole time!
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Trainspotting is probably one of the greatest cult film EVER!the acting is great.the film is hilarious throughout, but can at some times be absoulutely vulgar and gross.not for small children,or faint of heart.its the sort of film that the first time you see it you connect with them and you're on the edge of your seat.you just have to watch certain parts over and over again.if they showed select parts of this in schools along with "Requiem for a Dream" no one would want to take drugs long term, or otherwise.you may think i'm crazy for this, but i did say select parts.
Readibus_Criticus More than 1 year ago
really love this movie even though it may be tough subject matter to watch and discuss.
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