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The Edge

20th Century Fox/20th Century Fox . R4 . COLOR . 113 mins . M15+ . PAL


Anthony Hopkins plays renowned billionaire Charles Morse, who is accompanying his wife (Elle McPherson) on a fashion shoot in Alaska. Alec Baldwin plays Bob Green who is the photographer in charge of the photo shoot. Morse has shrewd suspicions that his wife and Green are having an affair, but before he can voice his opinion they suffer a plane crash 125 miles from civilisation. Morse and Green are stranded with only a box of matches and their own savvy to keep them alive. Rescue planes keep narrowly missing them, and they are chased numerous times by a great big Kodiak bear with a taste for human flesh. Eventually their frustration with eachother boil over and the men are pitted against eachother like the wild animals of the wilderness.

The Edge is one of those movies that have a bananza of stars, but the script leaves a lot to be desired. Writer David Mamet unfortunately didnít write a coherent script and continuously relies on the actors to carry certain scenes. Lucky for Mamet Anthony Hopkins is still at his dramatic and eloquent best no matter what the role, and is a marvel to watch. Baldwin is rather bland, but is still very forceful and direct, which compliments Hopkins quiet yet blunt approach. Overall the Edge is definitely worth a look at, even if it is just for the picturesque scenery of inner Alaska.


The video on this disc is presented with an aspect ration of 2.35:1 and is widescreen enhanced. The detail is superb, sharp and clean and without any faults. The colours are all vibrant and bright. The panoramic scenes that were beautifully shot by Lee Tamahori are fantastically shown off on this disc.

Aliasing isn't much of a problem, and grain is generally non-existant as too are most MPEG artefacts. Overall this is a great transfer for this disc. Film artefacts are very low which just keeps this as one fine transfer.


The audio on this disc is presented in a lovely Dolby Digital 5.1 at a bitrate of 384Kbps. Considering the film the soundtrack comes out sounding great. The surround channels get worked about as often as they came. The subwoofer adds a touch of depth, while still doing nothing special.

This is a fairly strong soundtrack that supports the film well. There are no real problems with the soundtrack, but then again, there is nothing terribly special about it.


The extras are a nice addition for a non-special edition disc. We have a five minute featurette which runs through the film and includes some interesting interviews with the cast and crew.

There is also a full string of interviews from each of the stars of the film as well as the director, producer, and screen writer. Most only run for a minute or two and are not really worth getting excited about, even though they do give a good insight into the film and each of its characters.

There is also Cast and Crew Biographies presented in a rather dull static menu. Throw in a theatrical trailer and you've got it all. Nothing special, but atleast its better then a barebones release.


Overall The Edge is presented with a stunning video transfer and a reasonable audio soundtrack. The extras are a nice addition but nothing special. The Edge is a film that most will enjoy, so is well worth checking out if you like a good action/suspense/thriller.

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    "The Edge has a stunning video transfer, a reasonable audio soundtrack and a nice swag of extras."
    - Nathan Clark
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