Trainspotting: Ultimate Collectors Edition DVD (2009 issue) £3.99 delivered at HMV - HotUKDeals
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The film that effectively launched the star careers of Robert Carlyle, Ewan McGregor and Jonny Lee Miller is a hard, barbed picaresque, culled from the bestseller by Irvine Welsh and thrown down against the heroin hinterlands of Edinburgh. Directed with abandon by Danny Boyle, Trainspotting conspires to be at once a hip youth flick and a grim cautionary fable. Released on an unsuspecting public in 1996, the picture struck a chord with audiences worldwide and became adopted as an instant symbol of a booming British rave culture (an irony, given the characters' main drug of choice is heroin not ecstasy).

McGregor, Lee Miller and Ewen Bremner play a slouching trio of Scottish junkies; Carlyle their narcotic-eschewing but hard-drinking and generally psychotic mate Begbie. In Boyle's hands, their lives unfold in a rush of euphoric highs, blow-out overdoses and agonising withdrawals (all cued to a vogueish pop soundtrack). Throughout it all, John Hodge's screenplay strikes a delicate balance between acknowledging the inherent pleasures of drug use and spotlighting its eventual consequences. In Trainspotting's world view, it all comes down to a question of choices--between the dangerous Day-Glo highs of the addict and the grey, grinding consumerism of the everyday Joe. "Choose life", quips the film's narrator (McGregor) in a monologue that was to become a mantra. "Choose a job, choose a starter home... But why would anyone want to do a thing like that?" Ultimately, Trainspotting's wised-up, dead-beat inhabitants reject mainstream society in favour of a headlong rush to destruction. It makes for an exhilarating, energised and frequently terrifying trip that blazes with more energy and passion than a thousand more ostensibly life-embracing movies.

Special Features
This new release includes a brand new 40 minute feature with interviews from director Danny Boyle, screenwriter John Hodge and stars Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Ewan Bremner and Kelly MacDonald.
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#1
Love this film. Heat added.
#2
£4 instore aswell :)
#3
tops thanks
#4
excellent film buy buy buy

already own this on video and dvd

spuds interview is superb
#5
Begbie - all time favourite character! Heat from me.
#6
what a excellent film!!really makes me not wanna do drugs lol!!hot
#7
3.99 at amazon too :)

G>
#8
WHAT A STONKER!!
EAT MY HEAT!!!:thumbsup:
#9
kaks26
Begbie - all time favourite character! Heat from me.


Picture the scene. Wednesday morning in the Volley. Me and Tommy playing pool. Am playing like Paul ******* Newman by the way. I'm giving the boy here the tanning of a lifetime. So anyway, it comes to the final ball, the deciding shot of the whole tournament: I'm on the black and this ***** sitting in the corner, looking all biscuit-ersed. Then this hard **** comes in. Obviously fancied himself like. Starts starin' at me. Right ******* at me. Looking at me as if to say, 'Come ahead, square go.' Well, you ken me, I'm no wan tae go looking for trouble but at the end of the day AM THE **** WI' THE POOL CUE AND HE KIN HAE THE FAT END IN HIS PUS ANYTIME HE ******* WANTED LIKES. So I squares up, casual like. What does the hard **** do, or so-called hard ****? ****** IT. Puts down his drink, turns around and gets the **** out of there......And after that, well the game was mine

http://blogs.sundaymercury.net/anorak-city/54_begbie.jpg
#10
Flying crap! That's a good price.
heat
#11
for me, the only time I've enjoyed a book and a film of a book equally
#12
Groaver
Flying crap! That's a good price.
heat


Ha ha ha!! Brilliant!

"It was obvious that **** was gonnae **** some ****."
#13
snedger
for me, the only time I've enjoyed a book and a film of a book equally


Nah film is 6/10 and the book 11/10 :-D

The worst book to film transition I've seen is A Clockwork Orange :oops:

A Perfect Storm is also very poor... :?

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