The Edge Of The World [Blu-ray]  [Region Free] [DVD]
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THE EDGE OF THE WORLD (Blu-ray)
A film by Michael Powell
When the skipper of a tourist yacht (Niall MacGinnis), lands reluctantly on the remote shores of Hirta - the now-deserted Hebridean island of his birth - he is overwhelmed by memories from a time before its evacuation. A powerful story of love, rivalry and survival against the harsh elemental realities of island life and an ever-encroaching modernity, The Edge of the World is the first independent production by legendary British director Michael Powell.
- All content presented in High Definition
- Main feature presentation overseen and approved by Michael Powell's widow, award-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker-Powell
- Full-feature commentary by Thelma Schoonmaker-Powell and Professor Ian Christie with extracts from Powell's book about the making of the film, 200,000 feet on Foula read by Daniel Day-Lewis
- Alternative scenes (1944, 9 mins): specially shot for a shorter version of the film released in 1944
- Original trailer (2 mins)
- Return to the Edge of the World (Michael Powell, 1979, 24 mins): Michael Powell returns to Foula with cast and crew
- Michael Powell's home movies narrated by Thelma Schoonmaker-Powell (c.1995, 7 mins): Powell in the Scottish highlands
- St Kilda - Britain's Loneliest Isle (Topical Productions, 1923/1928, 16 mins): a travelogue from St Kilda
- Fully illustrated booklet with new essay by Professor Ian Christie, a contemporary review, promotional materials and credits
UK | 1937 | black & white | English, optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | 75 minutes + 58 minutes | BD25 | Ratio 1.37:1 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48k/24-bit) | Region free blu-ray
I hope everyone who can will make a point of seeing The Edge of the World -- --C A Lejeune, Observer
Thrilling… The Edge of the World is a great British film --The Telegraph
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If you watch this film I would thoroughly recommend you try to get hold of a copy of Powell's magnificent book "Edge of the World, The Making of a film", published by Faber and Faber Ltd in 1990. Originally published as "200,000 feet on Foula", which referred to the amount of film used on the island, it was first published in 1938. I usually find books on the cinema to be tedious, but this one is not. The book is all about Powell's preparation for and the making of "Edge of the World". It is certainly one of the best books ever written about the film industry. It is an epic story in itself and is an insight into the great man. The film was shot on location on the Isle of Foula in the Shetlands, some way north of the Scottish mainland, and almost as difficult to get to as St Kilda itself. Foula is remote even amongst the lonely Shetland group.Read more ›
If you watch this film I would thoroughly recommend you try to get hold of a copy of Powell's magnificent book "Edge of the World, The Making of a film", published by Faber and Faber Ltd in 1990. Originally published as "200,000 feet on Foula", which referred to the amount of film used on the island, it was first published in 1938. I usually find books on the cinema to be tedious, but this one is not. The book is all about Powell's preparation for and the making of "Edge of the World". It is certainly one of the best books ever written about the film industry. It is an epic story in itself and is an insight into the great man. The film was shot on location on the Isle of Foula in the Shetlands, some way north of the Scottish mainland, and almost as difficult to get to as St Kilda itself. Foula is remote even amongst the lonely Shetland group. It has the distinct feel of Ultima Thule, which is from the ancient Greek and refers to the place at the end of the world.Read more ›
First off, the film itself has received excellent treatment by the blu-ray boffins under the watchful eye of Thelma Schoonmaker. It looks very good for the most part. It is easy to appreciate Powell's developing filmic eye, and the film is a fascinating document in that respect. As with many of his later films, there is a clear sense of place throughout. It certainly looks the part, and I had to keep reminding myself that it was made in the late 1930's.
For me, I can see why the cast held the piece in such affection, especially given the pleasures and hardships of on-location shooting, but the story failed to draw me in to the same extent as IKWIG. It feels a less mature piece of work, and the dialogue is not as satisfying as when in the hands of Pressburger. It is still 'well worth the price of admission' though, and some of the scenes (Laurie carrying a struggling sheep up a cliff on his shoulders while hauling on a rope, anyone?!) are breathtaking, and make you question how they were done, and whether Health and Safety would allow them to be done today. Powell's interest in the island community is palpable.
Overall a film well worth buying for anybody with a keen interest in this British directing great, and one that I will be watching again. While it didn't grab me outright at first viewing, feeling more of a curio, it may well be a 'grower', and it has an important place in film history.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a Yank, I was unfamiliar with most of the actors in this film, but the premise intrigued me. I must say, I was very impressed. Read morePublished 3 months ago by D. Solomon
excellent video, even if I did have to change my "range" on my computer screen since it is in one whatever and I'm in another. Don't understand this at all. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mary Crofts
I'm a big fan of Powel\Pressburger films so I really enjoyed this film. Not their best but if you're a fan you will enjoy it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by T. RING
A most enjoyable watch. From my point of view, noticeably good photography, reasonable storyline and good script.Published 13 months ago by Mrs D M McIntosh
Unusual film. It is great to see how people lived in such a place so long ago. A lost way of life. It also is an earlier product of the great Michael Powell.Published 14 months ago by VNHSUMMERS
A classic. A fitting precourser to the keen and uncanny accuracy of observation that was to become the hallmark the Powel and Pressburger films.Published 15 months ago by Peter
A remarkable film for it's time.The depiction of what life was like in the Hebrides in the Thirties,is for me the outstanding tour de force,over and above the storyline. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Hiawatha