CATCH­ING UP WITH THOSE SCOT­TISH HEROIN AD­DICTS

Los Angeles Times - - SUNDAY CALENDAR - By Noel Mur­ray a whole lot of rich lo­cal color. They’re lit­tle gems of the Euro­crime genre, well acted and easy to like.

T2 Trainspot­ting Sony DVD, $25.99; Blu-ray, $30.99; 4K, $45.99; also avail­able on VOD

One of the year’s un­like­li­est se­quels re­unites the cast of the 1996 in­die hit “Trainspot­ting” with its di­rec­tor Danny Boyle and screen­writer John Hodge in a story that catches up with the rest­less Scot­tish heroin ad­dicts of Irvine Welsh’s orig­i­nal novel, 20 years later. Like the orig­i­nal, “T2” is more of a se­ries of sketches — some comic, some po­etic, some bleak — than it is a sin­gle co­he­sive story. Even though they’ve had thriv­ing and di­verse movie ca­reers since the first film, Ewan McGre­gor, Ewen Brem­ner, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Car­lyle fall right back into their old dis­rep­utable char­ac­ters, lend­ing grav­ity and soul to a shaggy, sur­pris­ingly pro­found slice of life, about young scoundrels set­tling into mid­dle age. Spe­cial fea­tures: A BoyleHodge com­men­tary track, deleted scenes and a com­pre­hen­sive fea­turette

VOD

Hamish Mac­beth Avail­able Mon­day on Acorn TV

Shortly be­fore his break­out roles in “Trainspot­ting” and “The Full Monty,” Robert Car­lyle starred in BBC Scot­land adap­ta­tion of M.C. Beaton’s mys­tery nov­els about Con­sta­ble Hamish Mac­beth, a small-town cop who takes care of the lo­cals while try­ing to stay out of the lime­light. Caryle made 20 episodes of “Hamish Mac­beth” be­tween 1995 and 1997, an­chor­ing low-key sto­ries that are a lit­tle bit “The Andy Grif­fith Show,” a lit­tle bit “Mur­der, She Wrote,” and

TV set of the week

Home Movies: The Com­plete Se­ries Shout! Fac­tory DVD, $59.97

Fans of Fox’s smart and de­light­ful “Bob’s Burg­ers” should check out cre­ator Loren Bouchard and voice­ac­tor H. Jon Ben­jamin’s ear­lier an­i­mated sit­com, which ran for 52 episodes on the UPN and Car­toon Net­work from 1999 to 2004. Co-cre­ator Bren­don Small stars as 8year-old Bren­don, an as­pir­ing di­rec­tor who turns his life with his imag­i­na­tive friends and di­vorced mother into clever lit­tle films. The an­i­ma­tion it­self is crude — with rough draw­ings ren­dered in an eye-strain­ing process dubbed “squig­gle­vi­sion” — but the partly im­pro­vised voice-work is loose and funny, and the sto­ries of or­di­nary dys­func­tional fam­ily life have an hon­esty and sweet­ness that’s rare in any medium. Spe­cial fea­tures: Com­men­tary tracks, in­ter­views, fea­turettes, and bonus shorts

From the archives

The Lodger: A Story of the Lon­don Fog

The first Al­fred Hitch­cock film truly wor­thy of the mas­ter of screen sus­pense’s name, the 1927 mys­tery­thriller is loosely based on the leg­end of Jack the Rip­per and stars Ivor Novello as a hand­some young man who fits the de­scrip­tion of a no­to­ri­ous se­rial killer. With­out the ben­e­fit of sound — an as­pect of cinema he’d later use bet­ter than any other film­maker of his era — Hitch­cock be­gan de­vel­op­ing the visual gram­mar that would later in­form his bet­ter­known work. The film is con­sis­tently clever and gen­uinely tense, ex­plor­ing what would be­come some of the di­rec­tor’s ma­jor themes: guilt, ob­ses­sion, sus­pi­cion and the dark de­sires that an­i­mate the seem­ingly civil.

Jaap Bui­tendijk Sony / TriS­tar Pic­tures

EWAN McGRE­GOR, left, Robert Car­lyle in “T2.”

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