TrainspottingDirector: Danny Boyle
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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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- [Wide Screen]
- [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Cast & Crew
|Ewan McGregor||Mark Renton|
|Jonny Lee Miller||Sick Boy|
|Robert Carlyle||Francis Begbie|
|Fiona Bell||Diane's Mother|
|James Cosmo||Mr Renton|
|Vincent Friell||Diane's Father|
|Andrew Macdonald||Flat Buyer|
|Stuart McQuarrie||Gavin/US Tourist|
|Eddie Nestor||Estate Agent|
|Eileen Nicholas||Mrs Renton|
|Billy Riddoch||Gail's Father|
|Annie Louise Ross||Gail's Mother|
|Dale Winton||Game Show Host|
|Rachael Fleming||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Tracey Gallagher||Art Director|
|David Gilchrist||Asst. Director|
|Ben Johnson||Asst. Director|
|Ray Merrin||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Colin Nicolson||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Kave Quinn||Production Designer|
|Brian Saunders||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Mark Taylor||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Irvine Welsh||Source Author|
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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Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary
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Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary: Off
Deleted Scene #24
Deleted Scene #31
Deleted Scene #32
Deleted Scenes #73 & #110
Deleted Scene #142
Deleted Scene #143
Deleted Scene #188
Deleted Scene #191
Deleted Montage Scene
Audio Options: English Dolby Digital 5.1
Audio Options: English DTS 5.1
Audio Options: French 5.1
Captions: English for the Hearing Impaired
Side #2 -- Disc 2
Look of the Film
Sound of the Film
Origins - Irvine Welsh
Behind the Needle
Calton Athletic Boys
The Making of Trainspotting
Jonny Lee Miller
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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.
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.
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!!
This movie is fantastic! Not for the squeamish, but an excellent movie nonetheless. Ewan McGregor in one of his best roles!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is one of the trippiest movies I've ever seen! It is well made and keeps you interested the whole time!
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.
really love this movie even though it may be tough subject matter to watch and discuss.