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Trainspotting [Blu-ray] [Import]

Ewan McGregor , Ewen Bremner , Danny Boyle    R (Restricted)   Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)
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With its hallucinatory visions of crawling dead babies and a grungy plunge into the filthiest toilet in Scotland, you might not think Trainspotting could have been one of the best movies of 1996, but Danny Boyle's film about unrepentant heroin addicts in Edinburgh is all that and more. That doesn't make it everybody's cup of tea (so unsuspecting viewers beware), but the film's blend of hyperkinetic humor and real-life horror is constantly fascinating, and the entire cast (led by Ewan McGregor and Full Monty star Robert Carlyle) bursts off of the screen in a supernova of outrageous energy. Adapted by John Hodge from the acclaimed novel by Irving Welsh, the film was a phenomenal hit in England, Scotland, and (to a lesser extent) the U.S. For all of its comedic vitality and invigorating filmmaking, the movie is no ode to heroin, nor is it a straight-laced cautionary tale. Trainspotting is just a very honest and well-made film about the nature of addiction, and it doesn't pull any punches when it is time to show the alternating pleasure and pain of substance abuse. --Jeff Shannon

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Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose...Trainspotting. Director Danny Boyle (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire) thrills in this "original, daring" (Salon.com) tale of a group of young drug addicts wheeling through blue collar Edinburgh that earned an Academy Award® for Best Adapted Screenplay. Starring Ewan McGregor (Moulin Rouge!) in an unforgettable breakthrough performance, Trainspotting electrified audiences and critics with its hilariously dark humor, stunning visuals and sharp honest take on both the exhilarating highs, and the terrifying lows, of addiction.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie...mediocre blu-ray... Sept. 24 2010
By Edmonson TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
"Trainspotting"(1996) is directed by Danny Boyle (Sunshine, Slumdog Millionaire). The film follows the lives of various friends who are all trapped in the world of drugs abuse. The film is hilariously conceived with the friends showing the degrees to which they are willing to go in order to support their addictions. Hallucinations abound with Mark (Ewan McGregor) diving into toilets for his stash, or seeing babies crawling on ceilings. Even though the film is generally very upbeat, and frenetic, there is always lurking around the corner the dark side of these individuals' lives.

This particular blu-ray is a bit disappointing, if only because it is barebones. There are zero special features, and the film has not been remastered. Even though the blu-ray image quality is sharper than the DVD there really isn't a big improvement over the DVD version in this case.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just to Clarify.......... Aug. 17 2007
Format:DVD
Just read around 5 or 6 of the reviews below, as somebody else noted: this film IS SET IN EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND! Not Ireland and most definatley not England. Somebody else had written "...in its homeland of England....". This would completeley misrepresent the film. Also, Trainspotting does not mean Heroin, Trainspotting is the title as it represents the pointlessness of taking heroin just as writing down a load of train numbers.

Rant over. Quality film, buy it or rent it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At long last, the Director's Cut comes to the US June 1 2004
Format:DVD
For some reason, the 2-disc set released in the states on June 1 features the same artwork as the previous US release - yet all the animated menus still read "Definitive Edition" as in the U.K. release. Oh well... For those of us who've been waiting since 1997 for a comprehensive, worthy DVD of Trainspotting will finally get what they've been waiting for. All nine deleted scenes, commentary, a "making-of" dohicky, and interviews with the cast (as well as Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn) are included. Trainspotting fans rejoice at last! One of the best movies of the 90's is finally brought to home video justice.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By C. Denison TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
****UPDATE AT BOTTOM****

Trainspotting

A 2009 Alliance Home Video release

Video: 1080p, 1.78:1 aspect ratio, 1h 34min
Audio: English 5.1 DTS HD-MA, 5.1 dolby digital, French 2.0 dolby surround

I just thought the movie was alright. It had some good ideas in it, some pretty funny parts, but it was just kinda all over the place. I think I need another viewing of it. Maybe then it will make more sense. McGregor was pretty good in it though. Good performances all around actually.

Video quality was pretty good. Detail was really really nice. I had a few problems with this release though. Even though detail was pretty solid, the video still looked a bit murky a lot of the time. I don't know if it was meant to be this way, but it seemed as if the video could've been a little better. Colours were nice, but should've been more vibrant. Outdoor daytime scenes looked fantastic for the most part, but indoor scenes could've had a bit more kick to them. There were those black specs popping up on the screen a lot of the time, but weren't too distracting. So it seems as if the picture quality was sorta hit-and-miss, but it was more of a hit than a miss. It still looks pretty good. I still think somewhere down they should re-release this on blu-ray with a completely cleaned up picture. I'll still give this release a 4 outta 5 though.

Audio quality was good. Comparing the dolby digital track to the DTS HD-MA track, the lossless track easily overtakes the dolby. The rear channels were used nicely, dialogue was nice and clear (and pretty understandable as well for the most part), and all audio levels were set nicely. Bass usage was spot-on as well. This was a very suitable audio track for this movie.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
I bought this Blu-ray, a few weeks ago. On this Combo, it said it was the Director's Cut for the Blu-ray with 11 minutes of additional footage and while DVD is the original theatrical version at 94 mintues. But the information is sadly a misprint. I was surprised, it said, it was the Director's Cut but it is not true. Still, the original theatrical cut is still an excellent movie. The Blu-ray has all the bonus features from the Two-Disc DVD Set. No "New" Special Features sadly but maybe in a 20th Anniversary Edition in the possible future...

Director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Sunshine, 28 Days Later) and Actor Ewan McGregor (Star Wars Prequel Trilogy, Haywire, Nightwatch "Remake") certainly become well known after this movie. Especially Boyle won an Oscar for "Slumdog Millionaire" for Best Director and McGregor always finds work as a actor, even if his choices have been so-so lately.

Blu-ray has an strong anamorphic 1080P 1.85:1 transfer, which the colors are strong and shows more detail in quality and print for the movie. DTS 5.1 HD Sound is terrific at times, especially when the music played in the movie and the dialogue is always clear. There is no used to adjust volume to the movie, if you watch it on your Widescreen TV with Home Theater Sound System. It is a good thing, the Blu-ray has subtitles, since the actors accents are hard to understand at times.

This Blu-ray is terrific, it is the Lionsgate Blu-ray from last year. Die-Hard fans of the movie should get this. The DVD is enhanced for Widescreen TV and it has an DTS Track as well and Dolby Digital 5.1 track. It is seperate from the two-disc set. Sadly, it is not a Director's Cut for some fans are hoping for. But i doubt Boyle would do a Director's Cut to his excellent film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars pas pire pantoute
cé donc ben l'fun acheter des affaires, tsé quand t'a l'gout de te sentir en vie, y a rien comme sortir ta carte de crédit
Published 6 months ago by simon roy
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching more than once
This is one of my favourite movies - I watch it at least once a week. It is not for the faint hearted or for those looking for a story with a definite ending. Read more
Published 6 months ago by sandra bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Trainspotting: Director's Cut
Bought it on recommendation by a friend. It is a well acted glimpse into the underbelly of society. A tamer version of a Clockwork Orange. Overall an uplifting film.
Published 6 months ago by Thomas Koreman
5.0 out of 5 stars On my short list of favorite films
Wildly inventive, extremely funny (often sickly, disturbingly so), filmed with an insane sense of energy and pace,
and an eye for truly inventive surreal images, and a... Read more
Published 11 months ago by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars very pleased
took no time at all to arrive and was of excellent quality which i was pleased about since it was a gift for bf.
Published 14 months ago by Megan Morin
3.0 out of 5 stars crazy movie!
Okay so my brother told me to see this, so naturally I bought it ;) this movie is crazy! Definitely worth the watch, but man there are some sick parts in it!
Published 20 months ago by ShaylaM
1.0 out of 5 stars Trainspotting
When I put this DVD into my player it did not work or register at all. A message saying "no disc" appeared unlike all of my other videos. Read more
Published on March 22 2012 by dsalt55
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting
i wasn't old enough to know this existed when it came out, but after hearing some good things about it i gave it a shot, and it was a pretty good film. Read more
Published on Aug. 6 2008 by elfdart
5.0 out of 5 stars Choose Trainspotting
"Trainspotting", a classic movie that spawned a classic soundtrack, hit the big screen in 1996 and is based on Irvine Welsh's debut novel. Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2007 by Craobh Rua
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