Trainspotting: Collector’s Edition

by Jim Halterman

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Sunday September 18, 2011

Trainspotting: Collector’s Edition

What is it about some films that disappear from our memories and others that continue to resonate years after we first saw then? One film that falls into the latter category is Danny Boyle's 1996 film "Trainspotting," which is now available on Blu-ray, which makes the most of the visual spectacle of the movie.

Based on the novel of the same name by Irvine Welsh, the film follows Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor, in a role that helped launch him to the next level in his career), a heroin addict struggling in London as old friends pull him back into the dark, horrific drug addiction. Boyle's direction is striking as we not only see the various characters go through different levels of their drug use but we actually feel like we're addicts when watching the film. It's that kind of rawness that made this film one of the best of 1996.

The Blu-ray is a great way to see this film either for the first time or for a repeat viewing if it's been awhile. There is audio commentary by director Boyle (who would go on to direct, among other movies, "Slumdog Millionaire"--for which he won the Best Director Oscar--and "127 Hours" with James Franco), McGregor, producer Andrew MacDonald, and scribe John Hodge.

Other special features include a "Making of Trainspotting" featurette, a retrospective on the film and its impact on the film industry, and interviews with Boyle, Welsh, MacDonald and Hodge. The Blu-ray also includes interviews from the Cannes Film Festival, deleted scenes with optional commentary, a photo gallery, and theatrical teaser and trailers.

This Blu-ray release (which includes a Digital Copy) is a must for the collection of any film enthusiast.




Jim Halterman lives in Los Angeles and also covers the TV/Film/Theater scene for, AfterElton, Vulture, CBS Watch magazine and, of course, He is also a regular Tweeter and has a group site on Facebook.