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    Unique ID Code: 0000002862
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    Added on: 12/1/2000 08:04
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    Trainspotting (UK)

    7 / 10
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    Never let your friends tie you to the tracks
    Certificate: 18
    Running Time: 89 mins
    Retail Price: £17.99
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    "Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family..." This is the story of Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) and his so-called friends - a bunch of losers, liars, psychos, thieves and junkies.

    Hilarious, but harrowing, the film charts the disintegration of their friendship as they proceed seemingly towards self-destruction. Mark alone has the insight and opportunity to escape his fate...but then again does he really want to `choose life`?

    Special Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Access

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
    Pan & Scan 1.33:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English

    Directed By:
    Danny Boyle

    Written By:

    Peter Mullan
    Robert Carlyle
    Jonny Lee Miller
    Ewan McGregor
    Kelly MacDonald
    Kevin McKidd
    Ewen Bremner

    Casting By:
    Gail Stevens
    Andy Pryor

    Soundtrack By:
    Georges Bizet
    Johann Sebastian Bach

    Director of Photography:
    Brian Tufano

    Masahiro Hirakubo

    Costume Designer:
    Rachael Fleming

    Production Designer:
    Kave Quinn

    Andrew Macdonald
    Christopher Figg

    Channel Four Films

    Your Opinions and Comments

    2 / 10
    Unapolgetic Drug celebrating, foul mouthed aclaimed Garbage.

    A piece of &$"#.

    I loved it...Really
    posted by Richard73 on 7/2/2001 20:54
    8 / 10
    Just had to post a quick review of this film to balance out the appalling rating given to it by the other reviewer. I`ll get more in depth later.

    In short, top film that most of you will have seen. I can`t for the life of me see how anyone thinks this glorifies drug use in any way. I certainly know that I don`t find the prospect of waking from a drug-induced stupor to find a dead baby in the next room appealing.

    Video is good, which is surprising for a number of reasons, mainly that it`s an older film, which has been put out as a low-key release. It`s anamorphic, which is more than I expected.

    Audio is good too, but I haven`t really listened to the club scenes yet to get a full idea of the range of sound on offer.

    Extras are non-existent, which isn`t a surprise, although you do get an pan `n` scan version if that`s your thing. Still, doesn`t detract from what is a gritty and emotionally draining film, especially as the subject matter is far closer to home than the usual Hollywood gloss.

    Trainspotting only worth 2 out of 10? I don`t think so.
    posted by Chris Gould on 19/2/2001 14:57
    8 / 10
    The film itself is very a good conversion to film from the Irvine Welsh novel although it loses some of the books finer detail.
    Also mildly annoying (personally) is the extensive use of Glasgow locations, to what is originally an Edinburgh set story (even the indoor sets were filmed in a disused tobacco factory).
    Another gripe is that the UK region 2 disc has limited features and appartently the Candian region 2 disc is the one to go for.
    Can anyone explain the BBFC`s decision to cut 10sec of a shoot up scene from the video and DVD, when it has been shown on televison on Channel 4 and FilmFour uncut?!?!?
    Other than that the film still holds it appeal since seeing upon release at the cinema
    posted by macplaxton on 5/3/2001 01:41
    8 / 10
    Although [disctitle]Trainspotting[/disctitle] won`t ever be as good as the novel, it is still a great film. It mostly follows main character Mark Renton and shows him and his mates` addiction to herion and other hardcore drugs. It also shows loyalty in friendship and shows how easily drugs can change your life. It does also highlight everyday life in Edinburgh and the rest of the world.
    Some disturbing scenes and some scenes that will stick in my mind forever.
    Overall, great storyline, great acting and just a great movie.
    One that i am proud to have in my collection.
    posted by Darren Mclachlan on 26/7/2005 06:34