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Edge Of Darkness - The Complete Series [1985] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Bob Peck, Joanne Whalley
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 26 May 2003
  • Run Time: 330 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CYR0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,411 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This futuristic chiller features music by Michael Kamen and Eric Clapton. Escorting his daughter home from college, Detective Inspector Craven watches helplessly as she is gunned down in cold blood. Hell-bent on revenge, his search for her killer leads him on a terrifying one-way trip to the heart of the nuclear state.

Running Time: 330 minutes + 71 minutes approx.

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Groundbreaking environmental-espionage shocker Edge of Darkness (1985) begins routinely enough but then ratchets the suspense to levels that would have turned Hitchcock green with envy. Emma Craven (Joanne Whalley in her first starring role) is a young environmental activist killed in mysterious circumstances. Emma's father Ron Craven (Bob Peck in a star-making performance) will not be silenced and, as a police detective, is uniquely positioned to pursue his own unofficial investigation. He moves from grief to a determination to find the truth, all the while advised and comforted by Emma, but is she a ghost or a manifestation of his haunted psyche? Craven digs deeper, uncovering labyrinthine conspiracy in the nuclear industry and, as the body-count rises, encounters the garrulous CIA agent Darius Jedburgh (a superb Joe Don Baker) with a mysterious agenda of his own. Accompanied by a haunting musical score by Michael Kamen and Eric Clapton, Edge of Darkness builds on the legacy of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley's People to become quite simply the best television thriller ever.

On the DVD: Edge of Darkness is presented on a two-disc set with the original six episodes complete and unedited (unlike the previous DVD release). The picture and sound has been improved, too, though the 4:3 image still suffers from the graininess of having been shot on 16 mm film and the sound is still unspectacular mono. The main extra is an excellent new 35-minute documentary, "Magnox: the Secrets of Edge of Darkness", with input from producer Michael Wearing, writer Troy Kennedy-Martin, composer Michael Kamen, stars John Woodvine, Charles Kay and Ian McNeice and archive footage with Bob Peck and Joe Don Baker. A notable bonus for fans of Eric Clapton and Kamen's highly atmospheric score is an isolated music track, unfortunately in mono. Less significant are a routine photo gallery, an alternative edit of the final end title and promotional segments from Breakfast Time and Pebble Mill. A BAFTA Award feature (the series won six) is more engaging, as is a roundtable review from Did You See?. --Gary S. Dalkin

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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95 of 98 people found the following review helpful By D J Haddock on 11 Jun 2003
Format: DVD
Check which DVD you are buying! Many of the other reviews here are about the "old" 2001 DVD from Meridian Entertainment. The BBC Worldwide version from 2003 (which we are meant to be discussing) is much, much better, so do yourself a favour and ignore the comments that were made before this DVD was actually released - for some reason Amazon had managed to get some reviews of the other version mixed up in here.
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274 of 286 people found the following review helpful By DocMartin on 21 Sep 2005
Format: DVD
Time has not been desperately kind to this classic from the days when the BBC was not afraid of political controversy and was able to commission serious drama for an audience whose attention span could run for fifty minutes a time over six weeks. It is ironic that the thing that made it so compelling at the time - its cutting edge, up-to-the-moment topicality - now lends it a slight air of antiquity. Having said that, this thriller (and the term is used accurately here) has a cast that could have graced any Academy Awards Ceremony (Bob Peck, Joanne Whalley, Jo Don Baker, Tim McInnery and a cast of other actors who have since become familiar BBC stalwarts) and their skills are utilised to the full by the slow-burn, screw-turning script of Troy Kennedy-Martin, brilliantly interpreted and paced by director Martin Campbell and underpinned by Kamens' and Clapton's haunting, iconic soundtrack.
The action is often deliberately slow-paced, but the shocking start hooks you in to events and watching the jigsaw pieces fit slowly into place to join past, present and future is compulsive. Bob Peck's performance is spellbinding, Joanne Whalley is captivating and Jo Don Baker's larger than life Texan, Jedburg, steals every scene. This series contends with "The Forsythe Saga" and "I, Claudius" as the best drama the BBC ever produced; it undoubtedly remains the best thriller. At last we have edge-of-the-seat, must-watch TV converted (third time lucky) into must-own DVD.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. Morgan VINE VOICE on 23 Nov 2003
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I only saw the fifth part when it was first screened in 1985 (where Craven & Jedburgh entered the Northmoor mine) and I sat on the edge of my seat the whole time. I'm delighted that THIS DVD version has been done PROPERLY and the sound & video quality are well up to standard.
For those who don't know about this political mini-series, the plot concerns a police detective who is drawn into a web of political mire by the murder of his daughter Emma who was a member of an anti-nuclear lobby (GAIA) and stumbles on the clandestine manufacture and storage of weapons-grade plutonium in an abandoned mine in Northmoor, and has to endure the subsequent political "fall-out" that results.
I only have one small criticsm: and that is that to begin with, the viewer feels very much an intruder into a very private death and subsequent period of grief. But stick with it, because underneath the plot simmers menacingly for a long time (rather like milk heating up in a saucepan on the stove) and then suddenly boils up... and does so with a-vengeance! As I hinted at earlier, the section where Craven & Jedburgh enter the mine and locate the plutonium is just gripping! And the music provided by Eric Clapton & Michael Kamen (now sadly passed away) very much enhances the sinister atmosphere.
There are some worthwhile extras on the two DVDs which have been adequately covered in other reviews. The six episodes have been transcribed just as they were broadcast - complete with beginning & ending titles.
If you like political thrillers, just buy this - you won't regret it! I'd give it more than five stars, but that's all we're allowed in an Amazon review!!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By S. Spedding on 18 Nov 2003
Format: DVD
one of the best dramas ever shown on the BBC. I have been longing to possess a decent copy of this, even more so when I discovered my ancient taped copy had mouldered in a damp cupboard and was unplayable. I held back when the reviews of the first DVD edition seemed less than positive. Now, problem solved, this is the one to have. The extras are a bonus.
That music has haunted me down the years and takes me immediately back to how I felt watching the series the first time, settling down for each mesmeric episode. It was definitely "do not disturb" TV. I seem to recall it made such an impact at the time that it was repeated on TV with uncustomary speed and with longer, or more frequent episodes. It has lost none of its power or relevance.
Brilliant, memorable drama, not faded over time. If it is new to you, lock the doors, switch off the phone, and enjoy.
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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful By J. O'Connell on 20 Jun 2003
Format: DVD
Ludicrously, this is the third time Edge of Darkness has been released on DVD. The first release was, as many reviews here noted, a complete joke - one of the worst DVD transfers ever. The second was fractionally better, with improved sound and picture quality and some extras, including an enlightening Troy Kennedy Martin essay which (if I'm remembering this right) first saw the light as the introduction to the long-since-deleted Faber edition of the screenplay. It's fantastic that the BBC has finally put out an unedited, decently mastered version, but it leaves those of us who shelled out £PRICE for the previous versions in a bit of a quandary: to buy again, or not? On a broader note, perhaps this is evidence that the Beeb is starting to rethink its barbaric practice of licensing out classic archive material to companies for whom quality of finished product is very much not a priority. About bloody time.
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