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“Edge of Darkness”-"BBC"
Reviewer:
Wayne Klein
Studio: BBC/Warner Home Video
Genre:
Drama
Release Date:
1/19/10
Special Features:

Interviews, documentary, photo gallery, isolated music score, review of the program, BAFTA clips with intervie

Review:

Years before the movie “Edge of Darkness” with Mel Gibson tripped into theaters it was on the small screen in the UK as a mini-series. Ronald Craven (Bob Beck) finds himself pulled into a massive conspiracy when his daughter (Joanne Whalley) is murdered in front of him. At first he believes HE was the target but unravels a conspiracy involving an environmental group and their attempts to shut down a nuclear waste site. He quickly finds himself in bed with a Texan CIA agent (Joe Don Baker) to crack the mystery and find his daughter’s killers.

Image & Sound:

Image quality is good but occasionally dodgy. Colors are solid throughout with nice detail although the image quality does occasionally verge on the soft side. Audio sounds quite good with a nice, simple mono mix with dialogue pushed up front. ---

Special Features:

The second disc has some strong extras including an alternate ending and additional material from the BBC archives that somehow managed to survive the usual (at the time) BBC temptation to dump anything not aired or to reuse it for other things to save money. ***

We also get an interview (if you can call it that) with Bob Peck from BBC’s “Breakfast Time” where the host tries to pull the star out of his shell (it’s like pulling teeth to say the least). There is also an interview from Pebble Mill Studios and the BAFTA Awards with star Peck and producer Michael Wearing. We get an excellent 35 minute documentary on the making of the series as well as a photo gallery. We also get a BBC review of the program and to wrap things up the score by Eric Clapton and the late Michael Kamen in an isolated presentation. ---

Final Words:

If you don’t feel the need to tromp into theaters and see a so-so remake of a terrific BBC mini-series, rent the mini-series. It’s longer, better and more enjoyable.

 

 
 
 
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