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Drug use, Drug use, Drug use...then the story starts...and it's a good one.
on April 29, 2017
I did like this movie, quite a bit actually, but it's not for everyone. As other reviews mention, it's kind of the 1990s British version of the Outsiders. The first half of the movie is dominated by needle/drug use, if that's not your fancy, skip to the last half of the movie, you won't miss much of the plot.
Understanding the spoken words by these Scottish punks was difficult for this American small town kid, mostly due to the thick accent, as well as, lots of regional slang that was mostly lost on me, but I was able to get the gist of what was being said. But, it gives reason to watch this more than once...I suspect that is what has elevated this 20 year old flick to cult status. I have just watched this for the first time, this week. I had never even heard of it before.
I liked the cinematography, the images of run down buildings, and the over feel of misery...really it's great Art. I believe overal, that this movie is well done for what it is and I enjoyed the story line, but 80% of the drug use in the first half of the movie seemed gratuitous to me...hence the downgrade to 3 stars.
As to this DVD set, There have been a few different releases, I always seek out films with lots of bonus features/featurettes. This one (Directors cut, collectors edition) has a lot of bonus features/featurettes. If this is your type of movie and if you are like me and like all that crap, , , this is definitely the DVD package you want.