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T2: Trainspotting 2 (2017/Sony Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: C+ Film: B

Danny Boyle's sophomore feature Trainspotting (1996) is arguably my favorite film in the director's long running career and here we are 21 years later, with the sequel that nobody thought would ever happen now debuting on disc. While it received a semi-limited theatrical release and didn't conjure up too much cash in the U.S., T2: Trainspotting 2 (2017) is hardly a failure as it brings back the original cast members, along with a few one ones which includes Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Ewen Bremner, Shirley Henderson, and Kelly Macdonald and manages to progress the storyline in an effective manner.

20 years has passed since former heroin addict Mark Renton (McGregor) stole a ton of money from his friends back in Scotland - Sick Boy (Miller), Spud (Bremner), and Begbie (Carlyle). Returning after so long, Renton meets up with the old gang and gets a less than pleasant welcome. While some things have changed back home, a great deal has stayed the same - including the drive and ambitions of many of Renton's counterparts. After this rocky start, however, these old friends find a common thread and are soon back to their old tricks... for old times sake.

Presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and a nice sounding DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless track with some dynamic moments, the film looks and sounds great on Blu-ray disc, though I'm sure not as good as the 4K UHD release (which we hope to catch later.) Colors and textures are spot on and much of Scotland looks very appealing in high def. Also in the wake of this release, the original was updated and we'll look forward too seeing that soon.

A digital UV copy is also included.

Special Features...

Deleted Scenes

''20 Years in the Making: A Conversation with Danny Boyle and the Cast'' Featurette

Audio Commentary with Director Danny Boyle and Screenwriter John Hodge

While not as captivating as the original cult classic, this sequel feels gives off the feeling of seeing a bunch of old friends at a party after many years apart. The directing and editing is very effective (as is common in all Danny Boyle films) and this long overdue sequel doesn't feel as meaningless and empty as it might seem. I just wish that they wouldn't have called it ''T2'' as that is obviously the name of another important film. Still, if you're a fan of the original, I would recommend giving this disc a spin.

For more on the original film, try this link...


- James Lockhart



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