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Trainspotting (1996/Miramax/Lionsgate Blu-ray + Digital Copy)


Picture: B†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: C†††† Film: A-



Trainspotting with its gritty mix of realism and more insanity has captured this reviewers attention since itísí release.Director David Boyle was daring with this project and exemplified that he had more great things to come; later making such thrilling tales as Slumdog Millionaire.Boyleís visual style and brilliant ability to construct complicated tales about gritty subject matter is fascinatingly admirable.Trainspotting (though nominated for an Academy Award) has become somewhat of an underground, cult classic; many hearing of it, but not many experiencing.


The tale (originally penned by Irving Welsh) stars a very young Ewan McGregor in one of his most memorable performances to date.Trainspotting takes us through the highs and lows of one manís life; tangentially focusing on events of his cohorts livesí that indirectly affect him as well.Renton (Ewan McGregor) is a young man who, along with his friends, lacks the drive to embrace responsibility and instead are fueled by hedonistic pleasure.The groupsí brand of pleasure just so happens to be heroin.Renton is joined by Sick Boy (Johnny Lee Miller), Spud (Ewan Bremner), Begbie (Robert Carlyle), and Tommy (Kevin McKidd).Whereas scoring the next high are Renton and the boysí focus, their journey to those drugs is anything but simple; experiencing the many lows that come along with getting the high.


The film is simply amazing.When things go bad they REALLY go bad, which is turn makes the good moments all that much better.Trainspotting is an engrossing tale of heartbreak, loss, and the chaos that comes along with a life of drugs.The film utilizes a dark humor and its excellent cast to stun audiences time and time again.The film examines the drug culture like no other film has with its sharp witted honesty exploring addiction in a visually impressive, yet disturbingly realistic manner.


The technical features on this Blu-ray are pretty basic with the picture outshining the sound.The picture is a AVC, MPEG-4, 1080p, 1.85 X 1 Widescreen High Definition that has solid colors and black levels; though not all too impressive in terms of depth or texture as the film comes across as a bit soft.There is a slight layer of intended (?) grain that does give the film a nice feel, but otherwise is crisp and clear.The sound is a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio that gets the job done, but for such an engrossing film (though dialogue heavy) should have utilized the surrounds more.Instead this presentation comes mostly from the front; with the exception of the soundtrack which is quite boisterous and full of life.


The extras are all in standard definition and seemingly ported over from the DVD release.Extras include the following:


  • Audio Commentary with David Boyle, Andrew McDonald, John Hodge, and Ewan McGregor
  • Trainspotting [Retrospective]
  • The Making of Trainspotting
  • Deleted Scenes (worth a look as they really go deeper into some of the peripheral characters)
  • Cannes
  • Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Theatrical Teaser


A great film that you can watch again and again!



-†† Michael P. Dougherty II


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