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Edge Of Darkness [Blu-ray]

Mel Gibson , Ray Winstone , Martin Campbell    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone
  • Directors: Martin Campbell
  • Format: DVD-Video
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Icon Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Jun 2010
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,369 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Political thriller based on the award-winning 1980s BBC series. Thomas Craven (Mel Gibson) is a veteran homicide detective for the Boston Police Department and a single father. When his only child, 24-year-old Emma (Bojana Vovakovic) is murdered on the steps of his home, it is generally assumed that he was the target. But Craven has reasons to suspect otherwise, and embarks on a mission to find out about his daughter's secret life as a political activist, which takes him into the dark and dangerous territory of government collusion and corporate cover-ups. Ray Winstone and Danny Huston co-star.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unnecessary, ordinary and anticlimactic 3 Nov 2012
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Martin Campbell's unnecessary and surprisingly ordinary big screen remake of the TV series that made his name, Edge of Darkness, was one of those pictures that was just cursed. Co-star Robert De Niro left the picture under very acrimonious circumstances after just one day and was replaced by Ray Winstone (ironically the golf course scene that caused all the trouble never even made it into the picture and was relegated to the DVD's deleted scenes bin); when Warner Bros. picked up the film they demanded a re-edit and reshoots to add more action and make it a more conventional revenge thriller so they could market it with plenty of shots of a crazed Mel Gibson with a gun in his hand (John Corigliano's score also got replaced by a new one by Howard Shore along the way); and then when promoting the movie, Gibson reminded everyone of his anger management issues by calling a TV interviewer an ***hole live on air, which didn't help its dismal box-office any. Just to add to the mix, the end title song was performed by Gibson's then girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, whose tape recordings of his abusive phone calls pretty much put the final nail in the coffin of his career as a leading man people would still pay to see. It has to be said it wasn't worth all the bother. While it's not a particularly awful film, it does turn a dated but still strikingly imaginative and densely textured original that looked more like a movie than television into a mediocre and compromised by the numbers affair that at times looks more like television than a movie. Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everything's illegal in Massachusetts. 6 Dec 2013
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Edge of Darkness is directed by Martin Campbell and adapted to screenplay by William Monahan and Andrew Bovell from the 1985 BBC television series of the same name written by Troy Kennedy Martin. It stars Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston, Bojana Novakovic and Jay O. Sanders. Music is by Howard Shore and cinematography by Phil Meheux.

Mel Gibson brings his emotive energy to the role of Thomas Craven, a Boston detective whose adult daughter is horrifyingly gunned down in front of him. As he investigates her slaying with revenge filled vigour, Craven is drawn into a deadly conspiracy from which he may never come out of.

It's too long at just under two hours in length, meaning director Campbell tends to pad things out with much exposition, and it is very talky. So it's something of a surprise that there are gaps left unfilled in the story. Huston's shifty suit isn't well drawn, neither is Winstone's wine swigging spy, while we are required to fill in the gaps as regards Thomas' absent wife and mother of Novakovic's assassinated daughter.

However, when the action scenes come they are very well staged by Campbell (GoldenEye/Casino Royale), and then of course there is Gibson. With all the furore and baggage that has followed Gibson around, it's sometimes gets forgotten what a great actor he can be. Here he brings real pain and vulnerability to the grieving father role, he has always been one of the best purveyors of believable grief in his generation of actors, and on such a thing does Edge of Darkness thrive.

As a whole it's unfocused and meandering, but Gibbo is on great form and that's actually enough to warrant a viewing. 7/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a good film, but... 21 Mar 2012
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... if you watched the original BBC series and liked it, you can't help comparing this new version to it - and despite the series now looking incredibly dated (I bought that a few months ago and watched it to refresh my memory before buying this), this new film just doesn't come close. There is not enough time to really develop Gibson's character or to get used to his daughter popping up to speak to him after she's died... and this is a great pity, because in its own right, this film is really not bad at all. Perhaps I should have given the film a better chance and watched it first before revisiting the series.

Not brilliant, a tad slow at times, but still not bad.

Oh - and the original series music by Eric Clapton would have really added to it, they should have used it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars mel's comeback 18 Mar 2010
this isn't as good as the original british tv series, but it is a fairly enjoyable thriller that may find a better audience on bluray and dvd. director martin campbell who directed the original version does a pretty good job. mel gibson is good as the grieving/vengefull father and ray winstone is good as jedborough, sent to find out exactly what gibson knows about his daughter's murder. it might have been interesting to see what would have happened if robert deniro, who was originaly cast as jedborough would have played it if he hadn't quit, but winstone gives a good performance as does danny huston. while i have to admit i didn't quite buy the conspiracy theory here, it's still and enjoyable and underrated little thriller.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'A GREAT ROLE FOR 'MEL GIBSON' 9 Jun 2014
By rbmusicman TOP 500 REVIEWER
'Tom Craven' ( Mel Gibson ) a 'Boston' Homicide-Detective see's his daughter 'Emma' shot down whilst they were leaving his home,.
it is assumed the bullet was meant for 'Tom' however all is not as it seems.
Of course 'Tom' is not offically permited to investigate a crime commited against his own flesh and blood, of course he obviously will..
The journey takes him into area's in which he has no authority, right upto and including the realms of 'national' security.
This is a gritty movie with some good action sequences and also stars 'Brit's' own 'Ray Winstone' (as Jedburgh)
It's a tense thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout.
'Mel' doesn't feature in to many movies these days, therefore it was, for me, a must see.
blu-ray picture quality--very good.
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