Title: Edge of Darkness (2010)
BD-25 Single-Layer Disc/Two Disc Set
Audio: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Subtitles: English, French, and Spanish
Run time: 117 minutes
Studio: Warner Brothers Home Entertainment
Region Coding: Region Free
Equipment used for review: Sharp LC-46SB57UN 46″ 120Hz 1080p LCD (24fps), Onkyo TX-SR606 7.1 Receiver, Onkyo SKS-HT540 7.1, & LG BH200 Super Blu
Mel Gibson as Thomas Craven
Ray Winstone as Jedburgh
Danny Huston as Jack Bennett
Bojana Novakovic as Emma Craven
Shawn Roberts as David Burnham
Jay O. Sanders as Bill Whitehouse
Directed by Martin Campbell
My take: (the breakdown)
In the many films I have seen there’s really only ever been a handful of actors that can pull of the vengeance aspect of any given script just right. Mel Gibson is certainly one of those actors and you can add Edge of Darkness to his long list of well done thrillers. Tom Craven is a career detective with the Boston Police Department, is well respected, and most importantly loves his only daughter more than anything. When she returns to his home to visit him everything appears to be fine until she is unexpectedly gunned down in front of Tom’s home in a drive-by shooting. Everyone assumes that Tom was the target rather than his daughter, Emma, but he knows better than that. Tom begins his own investigation and begins to discover strange things about Emma, her employer, and the federal government. On top of being a career detective Tom has the advantage because he’s the man with nothing to lose. This one is certainly worth a rental and some may feel that it warrants a purchase, but be advised that due to graphic violence and profanity that this one is not for children of any age.
The first thing that popped into my head when I started watching this film was just how clean the transfer is. As you would expect with a new release there’s not any dirt or debris to be found on the print. Colors are one of the stronger attributes of this Blu-ray transfer and are all properly saturated without any hints of bleeding or wavering. Grain is seen as a light shroud in the background and is rather consistent in the majority. However, I did notice some small amounts of noise creeping up in the backgrounds of the darker scenes, but it was rather brief. The film contains a fair assortment of closeups and wider shots and they all have well done detail for the most part, but there were a few instances where backgrounds were slightly blurrier than most new releases. I imagine that this blurry background aspect could have been intentional, but I found it slightly distracting. Despite its minor flaws the film manages to shine on Blu-ray as it should.
Now, if you’ve seen the trailer you’ll think that this is a action packed thrill ride with plenty of explosions and gunshots, but it’s really not like that. The film is actually more of a drama/thriller so dialogue is the main feature of this 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track and it is always well prioritized and easy to comprehend. The surrounds see use in the form of occasional discrete sounds as well as louder sounds during the more intense sequences. The musical score is also heard clearly through the front and surround channels without being overbearing. There are a few scenes that will remind you why you have a sub in the first place and the LFE is properly rendered during these times without any noticeable hiccups. I felt that the mix was slightly front heavy at times, but it wasn’t major distraction and I was impressed overall.
This got to be one of the weakest supplemental packages I have seen from a new release in a good while. The primary feature is a nine part set of making of features that include topics such as Craven, the BBC mini-series the film was adapted from, and the filming location itself. The downside is that the above set of features totals a measly 31 minutes and is presented in 480p. The only other notable feature is six minutes worth of deleted scenes that are presented in 1080p. The lack of features might have something to do with Warner cramming everything onto a 25 GB disc rather than a 50 GB disc, who really knows. Finally, there’s a DVD/Digital Copy located on a second disc.
Final word: Worth A Rental
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