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Edge Of Love [DVD]

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  • Actors: Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller, Cillian Murphy, Matthew Rhys
  • Directors: John Maybury
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Oct 2008
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001D07Q2G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,563 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Set in rural Wales and 1940s London, this biopic tells the story of the romantic complications that arise between Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (Matthew Rhys), his young wife Caitlin (Sienna Miller), his first love Vera Phillips (Keira Knightley), and her husband William Killick (Cillian Murphy). Dylan Thomas, having been diverted from active duty in the Second World War and employed by the government to produce propaganda for Whitehall, reconnects with his old flame Vera while working in London. Despite his marriage to the feisty Caitlin, Thomas resumes his passionate relationship with Vera. Unusually, despite being rivals in love, Caitlin and Vera form a strong friendship when they meet, and Caitlin continues to indulge in her own extra-marital entanglements. But Vera's marriage to her devoted admirer William, and the effects of the ongoing drama of World War Two, eventually put paid to the unconventional harmony of the bohemian menage a trois, forcing events to a dramatic and violent denouement.


Set during the Second World War, The Edge Of Love is, at heart, the story of a love triangle. In the middle of it is the poet Dylan Thomas (played here by Matthew Rhys), and it’s he who finds himself in love with two women. On one hand, there’s his childhood sweetheart Vera Phillips (Keira Knightley), and on the other there’s his wife, Caitlin Thomas (Sienna Miller). Throw in Caitlin’s husband, William (Cillian Murphy), and you have the basis of a complicated period romantic drama.

The best parts of The Edge Of Love prove to be in the build up, with the strong production values really allowed director John Maybury to build up his characters, and get across the setting of a war-torn London. Boasting good performances from the likes of Keira Knightley and Matthew Rhys, it’s hard not to get pulled into the film’s set-up.

That said, the pay-off of The Edge Of Love isn’t quite as satisfying, and the second half of the film lacks the punch you’d expect it to have. It’s hard to pinpoint quite why it doesn’t gel, but as major dramatic events ensue, you’re simply not drawn into them as much as you’d hope. Perhaps a bit more fleshing out of the characters would have helped.

However, there’s still a lot to admire and enjoy, and The Edge Of Love boasts some excellent visuals, and neat directorial touches. And even though it doesn’t fulfill its potential, it’s still a fine, eminently watchable drama. It just could have been that little bit more. --Jon Foster

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3.3 out of 5 stars

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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By J. Styles on 4 Dec 2008
Format: DVD
I held off seeing this for a long time, because I suspected it would be awful. I'm not a fan of Miller or Knightley, and often feel like the only person in the world who didn't think Atonement was all that. But I was rather pleasently surprised by this. It's a slow-burner, and you'll probably think about it for a few days after watching before you realise you like it. Knightley pulls off a pretty convincing Welsh accent, which, as a native, was important for me. Miller was also pleasant to watch, I don't think she's ever seemed this warm in the media before. She can't do an Irish accent though, and thankfully doesn't try very much. Matthew Rhys smoulders away and thank goodness the boy's pretty, since Dylan in real life looked like a sweaty, overgrown schoolboy and it's hard to see what women saw in him. The film doesn't shy away from showing the more abusive side of the artistic personality either, and though you might not like Dylan you can't deny the character is realistic. Cillian Murphey manages to do a lot with the little screen time he's given.

So far, so good, but it's about fifteen minutes into the film that I realised why this film got such a bad press. For some reason it was presented in many circles as a Dylan biopic, whereas the poet plays only a marginal part in the dynamic of this film. What it's really about is the touching but at times claustrophobic friendship of two women under extreme circumstances. At first you wonder what Vera and Caitlin could have in common; the former is reserved and cautious, while the latter is flamboyant and uninhibeted. Their friendship evolves not because of the things they have in common, but because of the men they've loved and the times they live in.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By OEJ TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Dec 2009
Format: Blu-ray
Set partly in the Blitz in London of 1940, and later in the relative safety of the Welsh coastal countryside, this brings together the charismatic and womanising poet Dylan Thomas with two women: his first love Vera for whom he still harbours desire, and his wife Caitlin who Vera had known nothing of. Somewhat unlikely, then, that the two women should strike up a friendship but that's what they do, among the occasional bombs dropped on the city by the Luftwaffe. It's not long before handsome Captain Killick enters the equation, marries Vera but gets whisked away on what proves to be a lengthy call of duty. That's not before Killick manages to father a child, and Vera and son go to Wales with Dylan Thomas and his wife Caitlin, a woman who partly supports the pair of them by prostitution, but they also hang onto the financial security of the absent Killick and new mother Vera, he with a regular army income. Perhaps a fair chunk of that cash goes to buying cigarettes, because these people seem to be smoking constantly throughout the entire film.

This is a DVD that is only made special by its full-screen Blu-Rayness. From a high-definition point of view, this is really good, one of the best I have seen. From the very first frame, when Vera (Kiera Knightly) sings 'Underneath a blue Tahitian moon', I knew this was a little bit special, with superbly rich colours and fabulous detail - I felt that I could count the number of follicles in each of her eyebrows, her lipstick shone brightly and her teeth were perfectly white - and I do mean much more so than in a 576P standard-def version. Within seconds I realised that this is a DVD worth viewing on the latest and most sophisticated equipment, that it will show it off to its best. Now, having seen the film in its entirety, that view has not changed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John M VINE VOICE on 19 Jan 2009
Format: DVD
The film documents Dylan Thomas's life through the second war world from London to Wales focussing on his relationship with his wife (Sienna Miller) and a childhood friend you reappears in his life (Keira Knightly). The film rather jumps into things with the reappearance of Knightly with little scene setting or reference to their earlier lives. Without telling the whole story (what there was of it), DT either drinks or tries to couple with anything in sight whilst the bombs fall on London. The dialogue is often mumbled, and overlaid with the odd poetry reading which is equally difficult to hear. The characters are all rather unlikeable, and anything regarding an interesting story line only emerges towards the end as the infantry captain that Knightly's character married returns traumatised to find they've spent all his money, probably largely on booze and doing very little else. I wasn't really clear how DT managed to avoid being drafted. The film offers very little insight into the source DT's creative inspiration but focuses almost exclusively on this love triangle, and although this may be the point of the film a little more development of what drove DT would have added to the interest. Not a great endorsement for the Bohemian lifestyle of poets or as a character reference for DT. If I was the Captain, I probably would have shot him! I wouldn't recommend it if you like a strong plot line, action, or require a hearing aid.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Celtes VINE VOICE on 28 Feb 2009
Format: DVD
The prospect of watching Keira Knightley trying to attempt a Welsh accent was not one that inspired me to watch this film... but I was pleasantly surprised by her. (She even managed to talk some Welsh!) I actually forgot it was her that I was watching and actually found myself feeling sympathy towards the character. Matthew Rhys was also very good as Dylan. Cillian Murphy stole the show though and was absolutely wonderful throughout. The weak link for me was Sienna Miller. I thought the accent was appalling and the character weak.
I agree with other reviewers that this film deceptively isn't really about Dylan- it is about the women in his life. I found it to be a moving film and more powerful than I expected. It was a tad slow at times but the scenery and costumes were stunning.

This film was a pleasant surprise for me. Not a film you watch over and over again... but a good film nonetheless.
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