DVD Review “Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy”

Actors: Adam Sinclair, Kristin Kreuk, Billy Boyd
Directors: Rob Heydon
Rated: Unrated
Studio: New Video Group
Release Date: May 21, 2013
Run Time: 100 minutes

Film: 3 out of 5 stars
Extras: N/A

I remember when I saw “Trainspotting” for the first time back in 1996. I had never seen anything like it. I couldn’t understand a damn thing they were saying but I freaking loved it. After that I also became interested in Irvine Welsh’s books. The next film adaption we got was in 1998 with “The Acid House”, good but not even close to “Trainspotting”. So its been 14 years since the last adaptation and we get “Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy”. Again not even close as good as “Trainspotting” but not terrible either. If nothing else this film easily kept my attention for the hour and 45 minutes. It doesn’t have the edge that I was really hoping. Overall, I would call this a one-timer.

From the mind of Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting) comes a pulse-pounding thriller set against the backdrop of Scotland’s drug-fueled dance scene. When free-spirited Lloyd gets in deep with the local kingpin after a drug deal gone bad, he decides to cut ties and kick old habits for the woman he loves. But when his old business partners come around looking to settle the score, Lloyd must do whatever it takes to keep her safe, even if that means getting back in the game and risking it all to get even.

“Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy” packs a great cast including Adam Sinclair (“To End All Wars”), Kristin Kreuk (“Smallville”), and Billy Boyd (“The Lord of the Rings”).  They all deliver great performances throughout.  The film features some great music form Paul Oakenfold, Coldplay and DJ Tiesto.  New Video only released this film on DVD and I feel that Blu-ray could have severed this film much better in terms of presentation.  Top that with that fact that there are zero special features included on this release. I will keep holding my breath for Danny Boyle to finally make “Porno”, the follow up to “Trainspotting”.

DVD Review “Ozzy Osbourne: Speak Of The Devil – Live from Irvine Meadows ’82”

Directed by: Phil Olsman
Starring: Ozzy Osbourne
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Distributed: Eagle Rock Entertainment
Release Date: July 17, 2012
Running Time: 78 minutes

Our Score: 3.5 out of 5 stars

I remember the first time I heard an Ozzy Osbourne song at the age of 10 and it changed my life. I remember running out the record store and picking up and vinyl I could find from him, completely against the wishes of my parents. I think that is what made Ozzy so great that you knew that you shouldn’t be listening to him as a kid but you just HAD TO. I have seen Ozzy numerous times live but there is something special about Ozzy from the early 80’s. The show was live from Irvine Meadows Amphitheater in California on June 12, 1982 during his “Diary of a Madman” tour.

When it comes to DVD concerts, the audio is everything.  This release has been digitally restored and remastered and presented in DTS and Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound for the first time. Honestly it couldn’t sound better, especially for DVD.  ’82 was such an awesome year for Ozzy and “Speak Of The Devil” is such an awesome album.  The classics  included in this concert are “Mr Crowley” “Over The Mountain”,  “Crazy Train”, “Iron Man”, “Paranoid”, “Goodbye To Romance” and many more. The line-up for this show features Ozzy Osbourne (vocals); Don Airey (keyboards); Tommy Aldridge (drums); Brad Gillis (guitar) and Rudy Sarzo (bass).

Eagle Rock Entertainment is distributor behind this great release.  As much as I love DVD, I would have love to see this hit Blu-ray.  But after viewing the print, it is obvious this was a low quality video record but it looks good on DVD still for 30 years old. Ozzy is definitely one of heavy metal’s best and this concert portrays him in his prime.  I would highly recommend his for hardcore fans of Ozzy and even newcomers, it is a great intro to his amazing set list.

Track Listing:
1) Over The Mountain
2) Mr Crowley
3) Crazy Train
4) Revelation (Mother Earth)
5) Steal Away (The Night)
6) Suicide Solution
7) Guitar / Drum Solo
8) Goodbye To Romance
9) I Don’t Know
10) Believer
11) Flying High Again
12) Iron Man
13) Children Of The Grave
14) Paranoid