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Trainspotting (1996)

NOTE: This commentary is available on the "Director's Cut Collector's Edition" DVD of Trainspotting, as well as the Criterion Collection laserdisc release.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Danny Boyle, actor Ewan McGregor, producer Andrew McDonald, and screenwriter John Hodge Rating:8.0/10 (13 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by The Cubist on March 15th, 2005:Find all reviews by The Cubist
Boyle wanted the film to be a subjective experience like reading the book. Hodge says that they cast McGregor as Renton because he could be charming and repulsive at the same time. Interestingly, Robert Carlyle actually came from a bad part of Glasgow and knew people like Begbie. This is a very informative track with excellent insights by everyone as one would expect from Criterion.
Reviewed by scroll2b on April 2nd, 2005:Find all reviews by scroll2b
This is a really great commentary that more people should listen to. It was originally produced for the Criterion Collection laserdisc, so you know it's top notch and tightly edited. The participants really cover the gambit, from how it was a small book no one hardly knew to why the filmmakers rejected Alien 4... Highly recommended.
Reviewed by grimjack on December 29th, 2019:Find all reviews by grimjack
Danny Boyle almost always has impressive and entertaining commentaries, and this one, his second I believe, is no exception. No dead spots, as the movie races along, and he points out interesting tidbits about the actors, the filming, alternate scenes, ways he struggled to translate things from the book into film, and other things like that. It works really well when you just want to learn more about a particular scene or moment.