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Edge of Darkness: The Complete BBC Series (2009)

Bob Peck , Joe Don Baker , Martin Campbell  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bob Peck, Joe Don Baker, Charles Kay, Ian McNeice, Joanne Whalley
  • Directors: Martin Campbell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 314 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0011VJRVU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,379 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Edge of Darkness: The Complete BBC Series" on IMDb

Special Features

Music Only Audio Option to hear 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 Breakfast Time morning program Highlights from the BAFTA awards and Broadcasting Press Guild Awards including interviews with Bob Peck, Jon Don Baker and producer Michael Wearing Photo GalleryMusic Only Audio Option to hear 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 Breakfast Time morning program Highlights from the BAFTA awards and Broadcasting Press Guild Awards including interviews with Bob Peck, Jon Don Baker and producer Michael Wearing Photo GalleryMusic Only Audio Option to hear 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 Breakfast Time morning program Highlights from the BAFTA awards and Broadcasting Press Guild Awards including interviews with Bob Peck, Jon Don Baker and producer Michael Wearing Photo GalleryMusic Only Audio Option to hear 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 Breakfast Time morning program Highlights from the BAFTA awards and Broadcasting Press Guild Awards including interviews with Bob Peck, Jon Don Baker and producer Michael Wearing Photo Gallery

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133 of 139 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece........ June 26, 2003
Firstly let me point out that there is a DVD version of EOD, several actually. The best version is the latest released this year which is a wonderful transfer and includes a documentary on the film, Magnox and has clips of interviews and award ceremonies and discussions on the series. It is on region 2 DVD and is available from amazon uk. I too remember watching this masterpiece unfold when it was originally screened here in the uk. I was only 14 at the time and British television was still producing some wonderful stuff. Even so I knew this was something extra special. It must have planted a seed in my subconscious. Incredibly in 2003 it has lost none of its power and seems just as prescient now as ever. The callous disregard for the individual by corporations, the 'great game' played out between competing security agencies, the conspiracy of silence in the media. The ecology movement. The collusion of government with the malign constituents in our society. Ostensibly though this is still the 'little man's story' and what a central performance from the late great Bob Peck. His personal disintegration is harrowing to behold as he tries to unravel the mystery. Joe don Baker, what can you say about his performance. He is utterly compelling as the old school agency man fighting to keep his head above water. His verbal sparing matches with 'arts council' funded MI5's Ian McNeice and Charles Kay (also superb) are very very funny. Oh the script, what a script. Troy Kennedy Martin the writer provided the most consistently brilliant screenplay for television ever written. Martin Campbell the director sculpts it all into an entity that supplants the TV media. The DVD I saw previously to EOD was Leone's masterwork Once upon a time in America and I can honestly say EOD which bares many similarities is right up there alongside it. I don't think I could give this production a better accolade.
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time of the preacher. November 23, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Probably the finest television drama series ever, 'Edge of Darkness' was 1985 made flesh - nuclear paranoia in a world gone mad. Apart from the faces, not much has dated, and even if the threat of nuclear annihilation seems less newsworthy, it's still an excellent, taut thriller. Bleak and brilliant, it starts with a seemingly random murder, and ends with the world on the brink of apocalpyse.
Everything works, and works well - the clever, non-linear direction is never annoying, the writing is intelligent, everything progresses with brutal, cold logic, and it all seems so much more serious, more 'real' than other television dramas of the time (with the possible exception of the early 'Taggart'). The acting is superb - Joe Don Baker's character may be a stereotype, but he makes it work, and the late Bob Peck is almost disturbingly intense. It's a shame that, for most people, he will be remembered as the unfortunate trapper from 'Jurassic Park' (or the narrator of countless nature documentaries).
It remains with you when its over, the music is excellent, and key images (nuclear trains at the dead of night, driving rain on the motorway, a room full of telephones, a field of umbrellas, and little black flowers) haunt you forever.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Testamony of Bob Peck April 10, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
If anybody is looking for an obituary of Bob Peck then this film surely sums up this man. With Joe Don Baker, Joanne Whalley and other distinguished actors, Peck doesn't just act, he gives this film a rare dimension, he puts his body and soul into it as if the plot was actually happening in his own personal life. Here's an actor at the top of his profession giving a vituoso performance. The characters in the film link superbly to him and where necessary he supports brilliantly. This film isn't solely about Bob Peck, it's about what can happen when plutonium gets into the wrong hands. It's about an organization showing that the laxity of security procedures can lead to fatal consequences. It's about a father investigating his daughter's death caused by the effects of nuclear radiation. I wouldn't say that this was one of the best films that I've seen. This IS the best film I have seen. Thanks Bob for the pleasure you brought to us all. Rest in peace Bob.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars great series but not great film print/DVD mastering December 2, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I love this series. One of the greats of all time. I even have the original VHS. I can't believe that the BBC couldn't find a better print or clean up what they have considering it was one of the highest rated series & won top awards. Watchable but grainy & a couple of picture "streaks' from the video tape master that was used. Edge of Darkness fans in America have been waiting many years for this DVD. Like I said great series but disappointing mastering. I would give it a 5 star rating for the production but I am deducting 2 stars for the mastering & film print.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary and emotional August 25, 2005
By isala
Format:VHS Tape
Craven, brilliantly acted by the late Bob Peck, is a highly decorated English police officer, well known for his discretion in politically sensitive cases. He is widowed with a grown daughter. One evening a man previously arrested by Craven shows up on their doorstep with a shotgun. The dauhgter throws herself before her father and gets shot. It looks like a revenge killing gone wrong, but then questions stars appearing: if the murderer was after Craven, why did he fire both barrels into his daughter, how did he escape in the first case, why does he and all other suspects die "resisting arrest", and finally: why is the lock of hair Craven cuts form his dead daughter radioactive?

His need for answers takes him to a nightmarish world of governement paranoia, interdeprtemental intrigue, and secrets hidden from the public "for their own good".

Bob Peck plays the tormented Craven with enormous depth and sensitiviy, creating a truly memorable character that the viewer just will not forget.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by jwright
5.0 out of 5 stars best bbc series ever
story line is great, acting is even better. very anti-nuke, still a great mini-series. you really should buy this dvd.
Published 4 months ago by Eugene Gwin
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Finest Mini-Series Ever
As is often the case with superior British television product, I first saw this on my local PBS station when I was in college and never forgot it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Joseph
3.0 out of 5 stars Ahead of its' time. But, sadly, we've overtaken its' main premise...
Good performances, but its' pace is dated. I imagine it was brilliant for its' time, as all the awards indicate, and will attract some nostalgia viewing. Read more
Published 12 months ago by KatesCarrys
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Thumbs Up
Are we Jaded? Rate this product. . . We EXPECT what we purchases to BE. To work without difficulty, without oops, without interruptions, to provide the intended use. Read more
Published 18 months ago by halh
2.0 out of 5 stars Too long and boring.
I found myself fast forwarding some scenes because it took to long to get to the action and
the acting wasn't that good.
Published 19 months ago by Seabro
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the original, so much better than Mel Gibson's attempt
The UK version is the BEST ever! I watched this way back when it first came out on British TV, and it was so gripping.
Published 21 months ago by B. Marriott
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as Expected
After all the positive reviews of this series, I thought I'd enjoy it. What a disappointment. I agree with some reviewers that the show is slow, dark and heavy. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Carolyn G.
5.0 out of 5 stars A BBC Triumph
I worked in the Production of this show when I was at the BBC.
I have worked in TV for 32 years (now in the US), and can honestly say that this is the only show I have ever... Read more
Published on June 4, 2012 by AndyH
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Edge of Darkness in US format.
As far as I know, you can play the DVD on your computer without a problem. However, you may need to reset your PC's DVD player to Region 2. Most PC DVD players are limited in how often you can do this, so it may be wise to check up on the hardware first.
Sep 21, 2008 by A. Whitehead |  See all 3 posts
additional languages & subtitles?
Is this Combo Pack the Blu Ray on one side and DVD the other, or isthe Blu Ray disc and a DVD disc for its own?
Thanks for the answers.
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