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Edge of Darkness: The Complete BBC Series February 11, 2010

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  • Police detective Ronnie Craven investigates the killing of his own daughter and becomes embroiled in a vast conspiracy. Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: TELEVISION Rating: NR Age: 883929004010 UPC: 883929004010 Manufacturer No: 1000035919

Police detective Ronnie Craven investigates the killing of his own daughter and becomes embroiled in a vast conspiracy.DVD Features:
– Alternate ending to the final episode
– Music-only audio option to isolate the Eric Clapton/Michael Kamen BAFTA-winning score
– Magnox: The Secrets of Edge of Darkness featuring interviews with the cast and crew
– “Did You See” featuring reviews of the original BBC broadcast
– Interview with Bob Peck from the BBC’s … More >>

Edge of Darkness: The Complete BBC Series


1. J. Cleveland - February 11, 2010

So, any one heard anything about the news that Mel is remaking EOD? Just heard about it recently on TV & I found quite A bit about it online. -Still not quite sure what to make of it. To start with, Gibson is playing Ronnie Craven himself (although they apparently changed his first name), Believe it or not, Robert DE NIRO was set to play Jedburgh! but supposedly walked off the set over (what else!) -“creative differences” & was replaced by Ray Winstone, but the really interesting part is that it’s being produced & DIRECTED by Michael Wearing & Martin Campbell!! Set in Boston & not Craig Mills (not sure how that’s gonna work!). Bet it’s not 5 hrs long, either (I’m afraid it will lose A lot trying to trim to theatrical length). I sure am doubtful that it will stand up to our beloved original, but I reckon it has to be good news as far as finally getting A U.S.re-release of the film on DVD. -’til then, I’ll keep A tight hold on my VHS copy! SO, please add your comments, fellow fans. I am very interested in what the rest of you think about this “new development”. Best Regards & “We’ll see”! -Jeff (& my Newfoundland, “Col. Jedburgh”)
Rating: 5 / 5

2. carol irvin - February 11, 2010

I saw this within the last year and enjoyed it. However, I don’t agree with all the other reviewers’ five stars. In its day of 1985, I think it was a five star series. Since then we’ve had a lot more series, especially from the BBC, and I personally think they have gone beyond this series. For one, the device, where the father keeps seeing the ghost or semi-ghost of the daughter (we’re not quite sure how much is his grief or imagination) has been used a tremendous amount since then. The basic story of how the father tries to get to the bottom of his daughter’s death, is pretty interesting. She is murdered when she is returning home with him and it doesn’t take long to find out she was an activist against some governmental activities. This is quite good and I think if you enjoy mysteries and thrillers, you will enjoy this.
Rating: 4 / 5

3. Jon Seymour - February 11, 2010

When this was playing on TV, the TV columnist in the Sydney Morning Herald wrote: “Not so much edge of your seat stuff, as begging towards the set begging for mercy”. And he was so right. Episode 5 was completely gripping.
Rating: 5 / 5

4. Truthbeknown - February 11, 2010

This was a great British mystery, well acted and well produced. Mel Gibson has an updated version of this series as a movie coming out soon, which will probably be the usual over the top American movie action film. I like the subtlety of the British series better.
Rating: 5 / 5

5. J. Faulk - February 11, 2010

This refurbished issue looks fine, since the original was shot on film. If you find you’re missing occasional dialog, turn on the Closed Captions.

I watched all 6 episodes in one sitting. I was quickly struck by the masterful grip exhibited in every aspect of production. Many of the scenes were impressionistic rather than absolutely integral to the drama, but I felt like I was watching “music.” This was true of Episodes 1 thru 4.

Episodes 5 and 6 became a different matter, a shift in tone. #5, the break-in to the radioactive waste processing plant by Peck and Baker, occurs largely in dark underground tunnels (filmed in a Welsh mine), and makes for inky visuals. Here, as in the facility itself, the two men undergo great threat and have to scramble. Finally escaping, both are victims of lethal radiation poisoning. In #6, all the male characters, all their chicaneries and complex motives, jumble up before us, so Yours Truly didn’t even bother to try to figure it out. The mini-series doesn’t wrap up with a happy ending, of course. I suggest a 24-hour intermission before you go into Episodes 5 and 6.

I got this DVD because of my interest in Bob Peck, who intrigued me as the android in the movie Slipstream. This fine actor died of cancer at age 53. It took me a while to recognize American actor Kenneth Nelson, of Boys in the Band fame, because he is wearing thick glasses in the role of Jerry Grogan, who seeks to acquire the processing facility. Nelson moved to England to work in a more enlightened theatrical environment, and at age 63 died of AIDS-related causes. I was galvanized by Tim McInnerny in the role of Terry Shields, the former repugnant boyfriend of Peck’s murdered daughter. His projection of filthy nastiness rose from acting depths to be envied in the profession.

The 90 minutes of Supplements, split between the two disks, are exceptional, and even include Closed Captions. There’s much good archival footage on this much-awarded mini-series. Magnox: Secrets of The Edge of Darkness was made for this edition and we hear from surviving participants. Director Martin Campbell is not heard from, but he liveth yet and has just directed the 2010 remake starring Mel Gibson. The Alternative Ending that’s shown is much the same as the one used, with black flowers in the snow. The writer’s ending in early-draft scripts called for the dying Peck to metamorphose into an old oak tree to remind us that even after nuclear cataclysm Nature will find a way and Man will go on.
Rating: 4 / 5

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