From the director of 28 DAYS LATER ... The motion picture sensation that wowed critics and audiences nationwide, TRAINSPOTTING delivers a wild mix of rebellious action and wicked humor! It's the story of four friends as they try to make it in the world on their own terms ... and who end up planning the ultimate scam! Powered by an outstanding cast of stars including Ewan McGregor (BIG FISH, STAR WARS EPISODES I, II & III) Robert Carlyle (THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH, THE FULL MONTY) and Jonny Lee Miller (DRACULA 2000, MANSFIELD PARK), and a high-energy soundtrack, TRAINSPOTTING is spectacular, groundbreaking entertainment!
Even though the packaging may state something else, the menus of this two-disc set label it "the definitive edition." New 2003 elements are added to pieces created for the film's release and Criterion laser disc. The Retrospective features are labeled "Then" and "Now" and smartly don't cover the same ground. For example, "The Sound of the Film" explores sound mixing in the "Then" segment and the popular soundtrack in the "Now" bit. Other highlights include new interviews with key behind-the-scenes talent and several worthwhile deleted scenes. The multi-angle presentation on the needle injection scene will test your nerve. Best is how much interest and energy the talents ooze throughout the discs. "The "international cut" restores a few seconds of footage, but the deleted scenes are not incorporated as they were in other versions. --Doug Thomas