Trainspotting - Director's Cut (Collector's Edition)
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- New to this edition:
- Anamorphic widescreen transfer International cut of film with commentary
- DTS soundtrack
- Cannes Film Festival interviews
- Interviews with the filmmakers
- Deleted scenes with optionial commentary
- Making of Trainspotting
- Trainspotting Retrospective
- Multi-angle featurette
- Gallery and trailers
Top Customer Reviews
The film makes some interesting comparisons between a "normal" life, and the twisted lives of these characters. You notice small hypocrisies, such as the friend in the pub railing against drug use, while he obviously has an alcohol and an anger-management problem. This film also addresses the issues of loyalty, culture, politics - - with some scathing commentary on consumerism and capitalism - - and some digs at the "Just Say No" and "Choose Life" rallying cries. I particularly liked the ending - - there were no sweeping revelations for the characters, they remained true to their weaknesses, true to their characters.Read more ›
I have heard that Trainspotting has been criticized as glorifing drugs. People making this comment must be out of their minds. I have never seen such a powerful indictment of heroin and its effects and I ever had any inclination to try the stuff then a single viewing of the movie cured me forever.
Most movies that I watch leave no lasting impression on me but many of the scenes in Trainspotting will stay with me for a very long time. There are moments that make you laugh out loud (Spud's job interview for example) and others that are some of the most powerful and disturbing film images that I have ever seen.
Danny Boyle and co. have do a marvellous job of making a film about real people and real lives while making it compelling viewing at the same time. The soundtrack is excellent just to round off the experience.
It captures an entire voice--a feeling--a depth of despair among a group of disaffected, addicted, hopeless young men in the slums of Edinburgh. Having been in Scotland many times, and known young men of this age, I found this grim portrait all the more frightening and heartbreaking. They are essentially beautiful young men (some of them, anyway) who are casually and uncaringly dying while injecting themselves unflinchingly with heroine.
No part of the heroine experience is hidden from the viewer, and I advise those who don't want to share the experience to avoid this movie. For the hovels, toilets, dingy bars, and alleys where these mates shoot up, and the close-up of the bloody needles, the mixing of the drug, and every other horror, is unrelenting. Add in the fear of AIDS, some hopelessly mindless and unfulfilling sex, a dead baby, real and hallucinated, and you have some idea of the nature of this film.
So what makes it so brilliant? Everything. From the acting of Ewan MacGregor et al. to the spare script, to the photography, to every last detail, this is the quintessential picture of despair in the true noir sense. It is very hard to watch, very hard to think about--but is an experience not to be missed, and it is one that does not leave you anytime soon.
Trainspotting also marked the arrival on the international scene of director Danny Boyle, whose manic visual style would later serve him well on the slightly-less-brilliant 28 Days Later. Perhaps most impressively, it manages to contain one of my all-time top ten movie lines ("Who needs reasons when you've got heroin?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Whatch it 20 years ago in the theater and I did not like it. I watch it again now and still feel the same. Read morePublished 15 days ago by sandro
They should show this movie to every eighth grader in the country. They'd be so traumatized no one would ever bacone a heroin addict.Published 16 days ago by George Maio
Be forewarned. This is the notorious US cut by Harvey Weinstein. The first 20 minutes are re-dubbed for American audiences, gone are the thick borough Scottish accent. Read morePublished 16 days ago by cybergel78
Trainspotting is one of my favorite movies. Meaning character Renton played by Ewan McGregor. Story is baaaased on book by Irvine Welsh. Read morePublished 21 days ago by TerryB114
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