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.