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Edge Of Darkness (2010/Warner Bros. Blu-ray w/DVD)

 

Picture: B/C Sound: B/B- Extras: C+ Film: C+

 

 

Back in 1985, Martin Campbell made a Cold War Thriller into a British TV Mini-Series that was a critical and commercial success called Edge Of Darkness. After two James Bond films, he has decided to do a post-Cold War remake of that hit as a feature film with the comeback lead performance of Mel Gibson and sporting an R-rating, it is the most hard-hitting, violent film (action or otherwise) he has made to date.

 

Gibson is a Boston policeman trying to be close with his somewhat estranged daughter again, but the reunion is short-lived when they are shot at as they leave his house and she is shot to death. The killer only yells out their last name and he thinks she may have been killed in an assassination meant for him, but things turn out to be much worse than he could have ever imagined. Now, hell seek out revenge against her at any price while uncovering the truth and annihilate anyone in his way.

 

The William Monahan/Andrew Bovell screenplay cuts out the TV cliffhanger build-ups and other unevenness of the TV version, updating the story well enough, but they are not able to add anything new, give us an ending that does not ring true and this could have used a few more contextual action sequences. Otherwise, Gibson is intense and the supporting cast that includes Ray Winstone, Danny Hudson, Bojana Novakovic, Sean Roberts, David Aaron Baker, Damian Young, Caterina Scorsone and Jay O. Sanders keeps the film moving. You could do worse, but I expected more and was a little disappointed. Still, this is more of the hard-hitting kind of action film we do not see enough, especially from major studios, so they get points for ambition. Now you can see for yourself.

 

 

The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image was shot in Super 35mm film format by Campbells longtime Director of Photography Phil Meheux, B.S.C., definitely delivering another good-looking film. The Blu-ray looks good, but has some softness and a little motion blur that was not on the 35mm film print of it I saw, but this still looks really good. The anamorphically enhanced DVD included is much more pale and weak than expected and does not do much justice to the film.

 

The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix on the Blu-ray seems a bit limited throughout as if there was a slight compression not on the film print mix I encountered, but this is an aggressive mix at times and the soundfield is balanced. Howard Shore delivers an interesting score too. The Dolby Digital 5.1 on the DVD also has the compression issue, but is not as rich as the DTS on the Blu-ray as it stands.

 

Extras in both format versions include Additional/Alternate Scenes, while the Blu-ray adds several Focus Point featurettes, BD Live interactive capacities and Digital Copy for PC and PC portable devices.

 

For more on the 1985 version, try this link:

 

http://www.fulvuedrive-in.com/review/9272/Edge+Of+Darkness+(TV+Mini-Series/1

 

 

- Nicholas Sheffo


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