The Edge of Love [Blu-ray]
(John Maybury, 2008)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: BBC Films
Video: Image Entertainment
Region: 'A'-locked (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 19,727,700,308 bytes
Feature Size: 18,435,078,144 bytes
Video Bitrate: 17.99 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: July 14th, 2009
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2001 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2001 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Commentary: Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
English, Spanish, none
• Commentary bydirector John Maybury and actor Matthew Rhys
• Looking Over The Edge of Love featurette (9:40 SD)
• Theatrical Trailer
Description: In the bohemian underground of World War II London, a stirring love story ignites among legendary poet Dylan Thomas (Matthew Rhys, TV's Brothers and Sisters) and the two extraordinary women who inspire him. Sienna Miller (Casanova) is Caitlin, Thomas' free- spirited wife, while Keira Knightley (Atonement) is Vera, the long-lost teenage sweetheart who later reconnects with Thomas. Despite their romantic rivalry, the two women form a surprisingly close bond. The trio is unusually blissful until Vera's husband, a handsome soldier (Cillian Murphy, Girl with a Pearl Earring), sends their uninhibited lives spiraling out of control
In The Edge Of Love, she creates the world of passions and complexities that fill the poems so we can swim in them. The lives of four friends. There's Dylan (native Welsh-speaker Matthew Rhys), who lusts and loves life to the full. Wife Caitlin (Sienna Miller), his feisty support. War-hero William (Cillian Murphy), who saves him from a street brawl, yet maybe tries to kill him. And his childhood sweetheart, Vera. Dear Vera. She’s Caitlin’s closest friend. William’s wife. And, like a muse, the star in Dylan’s dark sky.
It all kicks off in the 1940 London Blitz, with bomb shelters in the Underground. Enter Vera (an impressive Keira Knightley) under makeshift stage spotlights. A singer raising morale for those at home. Meeting Dylan for the first time again in years, her heart is flushed. Their eyes shine through the smoke of the room with purity of passion last experienced as teenage lovers. Dylan is no sanctified, sanitised poet. It is as if to be master of his vices he must experience them all fully. He hardly breaks his stride as he introduces his wife - mother of his child and love of his life - before continuing to woo Vera with every word and gesture.Excerpt from Chris at Eye for Film located HERE
The Edge of Love is a gorgeous film - rife with magnificent cinematography and hypnotic close-ups of Keira Knightley. It was a prime candidate for release on Blu-ray. There are a few interesting visual techniques with intentional gloss or extra grainy flashbacks. Contrast and shadow detail are another hallmark of the film's appearance. This is only single-layered but seems to do its job very well. It's hard to judge whether the stunningly impressive shots are due to the cinematography - utilizing both 35mm and Panavision HD, the locales throughout Wales and England, the costume design or the 1080P transfer. Either/or It produces some succulent eye candy - ripe for the heights of Blu-ray. Contrast looks very strong and artifacts and noise are not prevalent to any degree. Visually The Edge of Love is a treat to watch and the transfer appears to due it justice. I doubt many will be disappointed in the way this film looks in high-defintion
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Despite a few instances of notable separation - the DTS-HD Master 5.1 track at 2001 kbps is competent but stands a wide second to the image. The war sequences produce some viable bass and Angelo Badalamenti's (whose credits include Lynch's Lost Highway and Wild at Heart) crisp score supports The Edge of Love on all fronts. The track is not demo material but does a surprisingly good job when called upon. There are optional subtitles in English and Spanish and my Momitsu tells me this edition is region-locked to 'A'.
The commentary is very off-the-cuff with director John Maybury and actor Matthew Rhys giving and getting a few healthy chuckles - bordering on rudeness. Expecting something more dry I was very pleasantly surprised by their playful banter. Neither seem to take the film too seriously but viable information is still imparted. There are less than 5-minutes of humorous outtakes and a 10-minute Looking Over “The Edge of Love” featurette with Knightley, Miller and Maybury giving input around clips from the film.
July 8th, 2009
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 7500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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