- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
- Resolution: 1080p/24 (23.976Hz)
- Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
- Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish
- Region: A (Region-Locked)
- Rating: R
- Running Time: 94 Mins.
- Discs: 2 (1 x Blu-ray + 1 x Digital Copy)
- Studio: Miramax/Lionsgate
- Blu-ray Release Date: September 13, 2011
- List Price: $19.99
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Director Danny Boyle’s (Slumdog Millionaire; 127 Hours) second feature film was this 1996 break out, Trainspotting. It’s a highly stylized, visually enticing, surrealistic, yet gritty look at the life of a heroin addict trying to get clean. Propelled by a rock and roll soundtrack rooted in the druggy tunes of Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Velvet Underground, and Elastica, it is a fast-paced and trippy diorama of youth gone astray.
Renton (Ewan McGregor; I Love You Phillip Morris; The Island) is strung out on heroin and thoroughly engulfed in the Edinburgh drug scene with his group of drug-addicted and criminally-minded friends. He longs to get clean of his addiction, but the allure of his friends and the call of the drugs is too enticing. It all come to a head when he finally makes a move to London, only to have his three friends Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller) and Begbie (Robert Carlyle) follow behind with a plan to “punt” a big score of heroin and share the earnings.
Boyle’s palette in this film is a colorful journey of reds, blues, and greens aided by a neo-modern set design from Kave Quinn. Numerous surrealistic dream-like sequences permeate the drug-like atmosphere, such as the famous toilet scene in the opening quarter of the film. It’s a marvel journey of filmmaking that falls shy of glamorizing a drug culture by its frank exploration of circumstances like the death of an infant, HIV infection, and other more humorous, but still somewhat disgusting, turns of events.
I was somewhat disappointed in this AVC/MPEG-4 encodement of Trainspotting due to the fact that the wonderful color palette didn’t really “pop” as much as I would have liked it too. Also, there was a rather coarse gran structure complicated by numerous instances of scratches and dirt that were rather obvious. It could have been cleaned up a bit more. Background detail was also a lot softer than I recall this film looking. Otherwise, I didn’t see any video noise or evidence of edge enhancement and it does look film-like.
The DTS-HD master Audio 5.1 mix was big and reverberant, but it sounds a bit too artificial to my ears, almost like a reprocessed stereo mix, particularly when the music pumps up to the fore. Low frequencies aren’t as extended as I’d like them to be either and dialogue tends to drop a bit low in the mix, although during some of the club scenes this is obviously done on purpose.
They haven’t added any new HD features to this release, so what you’ll get here is recycled standard definition DVD-era supplements.
The supplements provided with this release:
- Audio Commentary by Danny Boyle, Andrew Macdonald, John Hodge, and Ewan McGregor
- Deleted Scenes with optional commentary (1.33:1; 480i/60)
- Trainspotting Retrospective (1.33:1; 480i/60):
- Look of the Film:
- Sound of the Film:
- Origins – Irvine Welsh
- John Hodge
- Danny Boyle
- Andrew Macdonald
- Behind the Needle:
- Angle 1
- Angle 2
- Angle 3
- Calton Athletic Boys
- Look of the Film:
- The Making of Trainspotting (1.33:1; 480i/60; 00:09:32)
- Cannes (1.33:1; 480i/60; 00:02:12):
- Martin Landau
- Noel Gallagher
- Damon Albarn
- Ewan Mcgregor
- Cannes Snapshot
- Gallery (1.33:1; 480i/60; 00:05:06)
- Theatrical Teaser (1.33:1; 480i/60)
- Theatrical Trailer (1.33:1; 480i/60)
- Digital Copy
The Definitive Word
Trainspotting is a modern cinematic classic with superb acting performances anchored by keen directorial skills from Danny Boyle. Although this Blu-ray release does not rise to the level of the absolute best catalogue titles we have seen, it is definitely worth owning.
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