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The Edge Of The World [Blu-ray] [1937] [Region Free] [DVD]

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  • Directors: Michael Powell
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: BFI Video
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Aug. 2010
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NW1XKS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,694 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

Special features

  • 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

Review

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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By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 July 2010
Format: Blu-ray
It was wonderful news to see that the BFI have released this worthy film in blu-ray format. It is a truly fascinating film written and directed by Michael Powell. The story is based around the real island of St Kilda which was abandoned by the inhabitants in the early 1930s. St Kilda is an extremely remote island out in the Atlantic West of the Hebrides. Its remoteness lends it a romantic mystique. But for those inhabitants at that time life on the edge of the world was extremely tough. Famine was a reality. If storms kept them from their larder the sea they often went hungry. Life was often as short as it was hard. The great director Flaherty had already explored this life in his landmark documentary "Man of Aran". Powell had actually watched Flaherty wrestle with the raw material for 3 years for this film. Well that is the brief background.

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.
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By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Sept. 2008
Format: DVD
This is a fascinating film written and directed by Michael Powell. The story is based around the real island of St Kilda which was abandoned by the inhabitants in the early 1930s. St Kilda is an extremely remote island out in the Atlantic West of the Hebrides. Its remoteness lends it a romantic mystique. But for those inhabitants at that time life on the edge of the world was extremely tough. Famine was a reality. If storms kept them from their larder the sea they often went hungry. Life was often as short as it was hard. The great director Flaherty had already explored this life in his landmark documentary "Man of Aran". Powell had actually watched Flaherty wrestle with the raw material for 3 years for this film. Well that is the brief background.

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.
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As a Powell and Pressburger fan, and having read Powell's memoirs, I was naturally interested in seeing the film that helped to 'break' Michael Powell to a wider audience. I was also curious to see how the title fared in a comparison with IKWIG (I Know Where I'm Going).
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.
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