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Directed by Richard Marquand
USA 1985

 

A classic neo-noir and a definitive 1980s erotic thriller, Jagged Edge stars Jeff Bridges (Fat City, Winter Kills) as a dashing newspaper publisher accused of brutally slaying his rich socialite wife in order to inherit her fortune. Glenn Close (Fatal Attraction) plays the high-achieving female attorney who is compromised when she enters into a torrid and steamy love affair with the accused.

Sleek, stylish and suspenseful, Jagged Edge benefits from assured direction by Richard Marquand (The Legacy), an ingenious script from Joe Eszterhas (Basic Instinct), and seasoned character actors Robert Loggia (The Garment Jungle, Scarface) and Peter Coyote (Bitter Moon) providing memorable support.

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A grisly homicide... a sensational trial... a forbidden affair it's Jagged Edge, a razor-sharp suspense thriller about crime, punishment and passion. Jeff Bridges is the prime suspect and Glenn Close plays the attorney who falls in love with him. When a San Francisco socialite is viciously murdered, her publisher-husband, Jack Forrester (Bridges), is accused of committing the crime. Teddy Barnes (Close) decides to defend the charming, manipulative Jack, only to disregard legal ethics by having an affair with him. With the help of private eye Sam Ransom (Robert Loggia), she takes on a ruthless District Attorney (Peter Coyote) who's using the case as a political stepping stone. However, a startling revelation puts Teddy in jeopardy of becoming the next victim of the Jagged Edge.

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Theatrical Release: September 5th, 1985 (TIFF)

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Audio DTS-HD Master Audio English 3045 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3045 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

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1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

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Theatrical Trailer (1.57 - 480i)


Blu-ray Release Date:
May 17th, 2011
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 16

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Indicator

 

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 42,394,595,894 bytes

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The Guardian Interview with Jeff Bridges (1990, 58 mins): archival audio recording of the legendary actor in conversation with critic Geoff Andrew at the National Film Theatre, London
Killer Business (2021, 23:01): acclaimed screenwriter Joe Eszterhas revisits one of his favourite scripts
Cutting Edge (2021, 16:33): editor Sean Barton recalls his time working on the film
Music of Loneliness (2021, 9:11): analysis of John Barry’s score by author and musicologist David Huckvale
Original theatrical trailer (1:58)
Radio spot (0:32)
Image gallery: promotional and publicity material (0:30)
Limited edition exclusive 36-page booklet with a new essay by Maitland McDonagh, extracts from archival interviews with director Richard Marquand, a look at the making of the film, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits


Blu-ray Release Date:
August 30th, 2021
Transparent Blu-ray Case inside slipcase

Chapters 12

 

 

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ADDITION: Indicator Blu-ray (August 2021): Indicator have transferred Richard Marquand's Jagged Edge to Blu-ray. The Indicator is a vast improvement over the ten-year old Image Entertainment Blu-ray. The Indicator has about 40% higher bitrate, is on a dual-layered disc, flesh tones warm and get less orange, contrast is far more layered and the overall image is tighter. You can see the notable superiority of the UK transfer by toggling between the full resolution comparisons captures below.

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On their Blu-ray, Indicator offer the choice of a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround or a linear PCM 2.0 channel track (both 24-bit) in the original English language. Jagged Edge surprisingly has a sparse few aggressive moments but there is some separation found in the courtroom, beach waves / wind and brief scene with horses. I couldn't identify strong differences between the Blu-rays but Indicator may have an edge (no pun) and does offer the stereo track option. The score is by the iconic John Barry (Inside Moves, The Whisperers, Boom, Deadfall, The ChaseMidnight CowboyDances With Wolves and the Bond themes among his many credits) perfectly supporting the 'attack', 'tension', 'romance' and 'revelation' sequences. Indicator offer optional English (SDH) subtitles on their Region 'B' Blu-ray.

The Image Entertainment disc only had an SD trailer as a supplement. The Indicator Blu-ray, however, offers a Guardian interview with Jeff Bridges from 1990 for almost an hour. It runs to the film and is described as an archival audio recording of the legendary actor in conversation with critic Geoff Andrew at the National Film Theatre in London. There are also three new (2021) video pieces; 23-minutes with screenwriter Joe Eszterhas as he revisits one of his favorite scripts. It's called "Killer Business". We also spend 1/4 hour with editor Sean Barton who recalls his time working on the film and we get 10-minutes with musicologist David Huckvale analyzing John Barry’s score. There is an original theatrical trailer, radio spot and image gallery of promotional and publicity material. The package contains a limited edition exclusive 36-page booklet with a new essay by Maitland McDonagh, extracts from archival interviews with director Richard Marquand, a look at the making of the film, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits.

Richard Marquand's Jagged Edge was part of a mid-80's wave of solid murder thrillers that had a romance angle - following after 1981's Body Heat, before Fatal Attraction (with Glenn Close contrastingly playing the 'murderous paramour') and Sea of Love while prefacing 90's efforts like Paul Verhoeven's Basic Instinct. This also could be viewed as a suspenseful courtroom drama as we spend ample time there with surprise revelations. It's certainly above-average entertainment and part of our neo-noir listing. Jagged Edge has strong performances from Bridges, Close, Coyote and Loggia. It's one of those film you love to tuck into - with twists and turns - adeptly realized by Marquand. So nice to see Indicator provide a real Blu-ray package in their usual complete fashion. Easily, it is the one to own. Absolutely recommended! 

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