Hows Trainspotting?

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  1. JohnE

    JohnE Supporting Actor

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    How is the version of Trainspotting that's out now? Also does anyone know if there is another edition coming. I always try to check on that anymore before I buy older dvd's. I swear that I've replaced half my damn collection over the last couple of years![​IMG] Thanks.
     
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    The Canadian release is apparently superior. It's non-anamorphic, like the US release, but does contain some interesting extras.
     
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    Somebody's gonna have to back me up on this but I believe the Canadian disc is the US R rated cut while the barebones US is the unrated cut. I'm not positive about the Canadian release being edited but I know for a fact the US disc is unrated and is falsely labeled on the back. I think they're both not anamorphic and don't know if the quality of the canadian is better in anyway. For non anamorphic the US disc to me seems pretty good for what was probably a comparatively low budget production. The 5.1 comes through decently enough in the film's musical sequences. I haven't heard any plans for an SE and this edition is decent enough. I don't think the Aliance extras were anything that great. I'm sure disney will eventually release an SE but I would pick this up in the meantime because a release might mean the end of the availability of the unrated cut since it violates their video policy on unrated and nc-17 movies.
     
  4. JohnE

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    Thanks for the info guys. Guess maybe I'll pick up the unrated cut. I love this movie so it will probably just be another movie I end up buying twice, if they ever do a SE.
     
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    Anybody know what the differences are between the rated and unrated cuts?
     
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    The r rated one has dubbed voices(I didnt know this until watching the unrated. The dialect is more slurred on the unrated.) Also, the scene with Renton having sex there is an extra shot of the girl getting off of him. Those are the only differences that I know of.
     
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    I would like to see a version realeased with the director's commentary. IFC has been showing a version with commentary for a long time.
     
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    The US disc is Unrated with the original dialogue, using Criterion's transfer. No extras.

    The Canadian disc has a few seconds altered during a sex scene but uses the original dialogue. It has numerous extras.

    The re-dubbed American version is not available on DVD to the best of my knowledge.

    Jeff
     
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    So what is the final verdict on the Canadian release? I wouldn't mind that little edit, I just want an edition with subtitles one day. Does any of these discs have subtitles as well.

    I got the Criterion laser off ebay once, but could not understand the dialogue, and I can't do closed captions. If I could just get the DVD to watch the movie once I can really delve into the laserdisc...
     
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    The R1 has subtitles. I know cause the first time I watched I needed them myself. If you have the laserdisc you already have all the supplements so why not just get the R1 to watch the movie?
     
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    Its probably best to watch without subtitles even if you don't follow. I think with Spud especially your not supposed to understand half of what he says.
     
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    Thanks Benson.
    I prefer Canada because I usually only use Canadian etailers, it is the cheapest and so far most reliable alternative I have (even for US only titles actually...)
    the mystery store in question is www.dv-depot.com in case anyone is wondering...
     
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    I can understand that but with the US version readily available and probably to be found cheap if you look it seems the way to go. I haven't seen the alliance version but if it contains the redubbed dialoque I consider that a much bigger omission than missing footage from the "shag of ages" chapter. I feel the intent of the film was to not understand half of what the characters say. Maybe I'm wrong but I would imagine that much of the slang of the scottish characters would not be well known to many English people. Plus I find half the fun of the movie is rewatching it and slowly understanding what the characters say. To me it adds much to the repeat viewing experience.
     
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    I would love to eventually see the studio(s) sit down and explore the relevance of this film, and why it would be important to put some $$ into a revisited anamorphic transfer with all the bells and whistles. I always sort of assumed that we would get a SE someday, but it looks less and less likely with each day.

    I only saw it once (in the theatres) but it left an indellible mark on me. All I know is, despite the faint praise being given the current editions, we all know this movie deserves better!!!

    ~j
     
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    I have both R1 versions.
    To confirm what others have said, the Alliance has at least one of the edits from the US R-rated theatrical release (a shot of Kelly MacDonald reaching between her legs is replaced with a pan across a football[soccer] crowd on television during the "First Shag in Ages" sequence). It has no altered dialog. Despite being labeled as R-Rated, the Buena Vista DVD is the unrated cut. The Canadian release has an interview and deleted scenes featurette while the US release is bare bones.
    It is a bit of a coin toss, but I would probably go with the bare bones US version out of principle as much as anything. Although, out of all of the barebones non-anamophic titles released by Buena Vista, this is one of the ones that they should have gotten around to re-pricing by now. The MSRP is still $30. [​IMG]
    Regards,
     

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