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Edge of Sanity [VHS]


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  • Actors: Anthony Perkins, Glynis Barber, Sarah Maur Thorp, David Lodge, Ben Cole
  • Directors: Gérard Kikoïne
  • Writers: Edward Simons, J.P. Félix, Robert Louis Stevenson, Ron Raley
  • Producers: Edward Simons, Harry Alan Towers, Jacques Fiorentino
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: M.C.E.G./Virgin Visi
  • VHS Release Date: September 13, 1989
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301392469
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #652,356 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

When Henry Jekyll's experiments with cocaine have gotten out of control, he transforms into the hideous Jack Hyde. As Hyde he searches the London streets at night for his prey in whorehouses and opium dens. The police can't catch him, he has nothing to lose but his mind...

Customer Reviews

Anthony Perkins chews the scenery well, playing his part of Jack Hyde to the hilt.
hippiedj
I only wish the ending were better... nonetheless, it still gets the big thumbs up in my book!
Wayne Racine
Except for the repetitious violence and sex the film doesn't make any sense at all.
Tsuyoshi

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By hippiedj on September 29, 2002
Format: DVD
If you're a fan of the dark and twisted (with an artsy edge), then Edge Of Sanity will enthrall you. Others should know by the film's packaging summary that this is going to be a perverse ride and BEWARE. Dogging this film is not fair considering other realms into sexual depravity such as From Hell and Eyes Wide Shut are just grandiose eye candy.
While experimenting with anesthetics, Dr. Jekyll accidentally inhales fumes from an altered drug. This unleashes not only ability to act out his inhibitions, it unleashes repressed sexual feelings he had experienced as humiliation during his childhood. He then goes on a killing spree as Jack The Ripper, and becomes obsessed with a prostitute named Susannah that closely resembles the woman from his past.
Yes, Edge Of Sanity is sinister, twisted, perverse, and trashy. It's also lavish, elegant, and beautifully done. The cinematography is excellent (MGM's DVD is a vast improvement over the old VHS from the late 1980s), the costumes are a wow, and the music score is superb as well as appropriate to the scenes it enhances. A lot of imagination went into this production, and it's unfair to say it's an inappropriate film considering the many other "critically acclaimed" attempts at the dark side of sexuality and drug addiction.
Anthony Perkins chews the scenery well, playing his part of Jack Hyde to the hilt. It would be hard to think of any other actor that could have carried this part so well. Those who adored him in Psycho, Pretty Poison, and Crimes Of Passion will find a lot to love about his role in Edge Of Sanity.
I first viewed this film in the late 1980s on an unrated VHS edition, and MGM's DVD is most likely the closest to that version there is.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert Torres on September 19, 2005
Format: DVD
I came across this unusual film while walking in a video store that specializes in the kinds of movies not often found at your local Blockbuster.

This film is a rather loose and artistic take on the story of Jekyll & Hyde but also combines the story of Robert Louis Stevenson with the legend of Jack the Ripper. Its an unusal almalgamation, but a fascinating and compelling idea.

I watched this film and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a darkly artistic film which clashes the morality of the late Victorian era with the prevalent excesses of the 1980's.

In addition, the story is altered to which Jekyll doesn't overtly wish to explore the darker sided of mankind which is why he does the experiment in the first place. His initial experiments involve a new drug which can be used as an analgesic or anasthetic, the white powder which isn't even named in the film but what we all know to be cocaine. It is only through an accident in the lab that Jekyll discovers 'freebasing', and his subsequent addiction to the drug is what triggers the trasnformations and unleashes his alter ego.

Anthony Perkins is without a doubt in his element in this film, able to play a mild-mannered physician with a slight limp, and act with utter relish as his dark side is unleashed as Hyde.

what is interesting and what may put off some people is that the prostitutes in the film look as though they are dressed up like Madonna. I'll admit the film isn't perfect but those things don't take away from the film, they add to it. It's why the film is so unique, because obviously not everyone is going to like it, its the sort of film that only appeals to those individuals that like a little something different with their horror films.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "alamsami" on September 22, 2002
Format: DVD
Anthony Perkins, famous for his compelling performances in Hitchcock's "Psycho" & Ken Russell's "Crimes Of Passion" plays the tormented physician (Henry Jekyll) whose dangerous experiments unleash his ... other side, the out of control Jack Hyde.
Perkins is perfect in his dual role. The movie is an explosion of nightmarish killings and perverted sex!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jacques COULARDEAU on February 3, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Some will say it's only a remake of DrJekyll and Mister Hyde. But there is a twist added to this classic. Mr Hyde is named Jack and his killings are attributed to Jack the Ripper, a completely different story. The beginning is also a second twist because it gives some traumatic experience Dr Jekyll, named Henry, had when he was a child and when he witnessed some sexual act he did not understand and was punished for it with a good spanking in a big volley of derisive laughter. Apart from that Mr Hyde is not in anyway distorted or looking like a monster. In fact it is Doctor Jekyll who uses a stick to walk because he limps. The best part of it is the very convincing acting of Anthony Perkins. One more exploration of insanity, here as the result of the past and the use of a drug.
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. B. Hoyos VINE VOICE on January 17, 2009
Format: DVD
I've always been fascinated by the mystique of Jack the Ripper, and I'm a big fan of "Psycho" - the granddaddy of all slasher films. Naturally, I was thrilled to discover "Edge of Sanity," which stars Anthony Perkins as Dr. Henry Jekyll. At night, he transforms into the sexually perverse Mr. Jack Hyde who fondles and kills prostitutes in Whitechapel. The newspapers christen him The Ripper.

In 1972, Hammer Productions released a similar film: "Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde." Sister Hyde was killing prostitutes in order to obtain their female hormones to be used in an elixir prolonging life. She also became known as the Ripper.

Go back farther and we learn that Hammer released "The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll" in 1960. This Dr. Jekyll doesn't transform into Jack the Ripper; however, he does become a virile, handsome, and amoral Dr. Hyde - very similar to the one in "Edge of Sanity."

Anthony Perkins' Dr. Jekyll wanted to have the freedom to live life to the fullest without responsibility. He didn't want to be held accountable for his actions, no matter how ghastly they were. All of us have a little of Mr. Hyde in us. Therefore, we all live on the edge of sanity. Because, without laws and rules, we would all become insane.

As he did in "Psycho," Anthony Perkins gives a superb performance during this bizarre character study of an emotionally torn man. Glynis Barber is wonderful as the dutiful wife, Elizabeth, whose tortured search for her husband's nefarious friend, Jack Hyde, leads to a gruesome ending that will chill you.

"Edge of Sanity" is highly recommended for fans of stylish, gothic horror. Fans of the Dr. Jekyll and Mr.
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