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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
The product description actually hits every aspect of what this film is about, so that left performances and product quality for me. From the opening scene of Kiera Knightley singing (BEAUTIFULLY in her own voice and with the first of many facial close-ups) I was hooked.

The picture clarity and DTS were the best I have seen and heard for a movie of this theme/topic. Everything about the techinical aspects of the film was superb. I kept trying to find fault, even with the night shots and the dark almost black and white London sequences, but nothing would falter. The DTS was mixed perfectly throughout, even in the rain sequences and the remote bombings. Which, if you have your system cranked up thinking this is a dialogue film only, at around 16:20 you will end up blown over backwards, and that happens several times.

The main featurette is also 1080 and lasts nine minutes. It is mostly footage from the film as narrated by the main cast and director (except Cillian). Once you see the humor involved in the background of the film it can prep you for the outtakes. I thought this option would be misplaced for as serious as this film is, but after watching the four minute quip (mixed as a music video almost) it was actually perfect. It showed the disgust of everyone having to chain smoke through the whole film. And Kiera with as beautiful as she is here in every moment of film, is captured saying the F word in only the way she can.

I feel comfortable in saying no one should find disappointment in any aspect of this production, story, poetry, Blu quality, sound mix, or even the brief special features. I have played several sequences of Kiera singing for customers, and the Blu clarity has sold itself on those scenes alone.

EDIT: I have noticed there are a slew of haters out there with this film that try to find everything wrong with it. Kiera's mother wrote this piece and I think she made it believable being that these characters are based on a "bohemian" lifestyle. Kiera's singing sounded wonderful, contrary to some critics thinking it stunk. In summary, I do not think this film deserves all of the slander. Hope you enjoy it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon October 12, 2009
Format: DVD
Loosely based on the wartime experiences of legendary Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, John Maybury's "The Edge of Love" is visually breathtaking, capturing the claustrophobic intensity of London during the Blitz, as opposed to the serenity of Thomas' Welsh seacoast home, with an artist's eye; but as drama, the story tends to drift, particularly during the rather melodramatic 'third act', despite vivid performances by Keira Knightley (who can sing!) and Sienna Miller. Ultimately, the film is an engrossing misfire, worth viewing, but lacking a cohesive core.

Thomas (as portrayed by Matthew Rhys), is a moody, brilliant, but childish artist, full of passion, but unable to see beyond his own desires. When his childhood lover, Vera Phillips (Knightley) appears in London to pursue a career as an entertainer, he begins a campaign to bed her, and relive his past...which doesn't sit well with his beautiful, tempestuous wife, Caitlin (Miller). While both Thomases have relaxed mores about infidelity (despite their intense jealousy), Caitlin and Vera soon discover, through their mutual love of Dylan, a bond that turns the situation into a playful, non-sexual ménage-à-trois. When young soldier William Killick (Cillian Murphy) falls for Vera, however, the chemistry changes, as she matures, and learns to accept 'adult' love and responsibility. Killick is posted in war-torn Greece, Vera moves to Wales with the Thomases (and soon has Killick's child), but Dylan's unabated, selfish desire for Vera untimately leads to tragedy for both couples.

It is actually a standard formula for drama, and plays out with few surprises. Still, Keightley is luminous, Miller is fiery and sympathetic, and the actresses succeed in keeping your interest, even when the story falters.

The Special Features include Commentary, a 'Making Of' featurette, and a very funny gag reel (watch how difficult it is for non-smoking actors to convincingly portray WWII chain-smokers!)

If you are a fan of Keira Knightley, I can highly recommend "The Edge of Love"; for all others, it is a mixed blessing!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2009
Format: DVD
I found this film particularly interesting for a number of reasons. Firstly, the representation of Dylan Thomas' work life seems to be fairly accurate, whilst the the parts about his love life (the core of the film) seem highly fictionalised. Then there's the casting. Cillian Murphy (Irish playing English), Sienna Miller (English, to all intents, playing Irish), Kiera Knightley (English playing Welsh, beautifully), and Matthew Rhys (Welsh playing... Dylan Thomas!). Oh, and look sharp for Suggs from Madness as a nightclub crooner.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 15, 2010
Format: DVD
Larger-than-life literary lion Dylan Thomas is brought down to tarnished human size here, wonderfully embodied by the adorable Matthew Rhys. Thomas wrote soaring, transcendent poetry, but the man himself was a s---. Thomas is more of a supporting player in this snapshot of a period in his life and career; the focus is firmly upon the two women that knew the real Dylan Thomas best: his wife, Caitlyn (Sienna Miller) and the childhood sweetheart recaptured by his roving eye, Vera (Kiera Knightley). Dylan reconnects with his old flame, now a rising nightclub singer at a pub in London. He fails to mention that he is now married and a father. After the two women meet, rather than being antagonistic toward each other, they forge an unlikely bond of sisterhood based on the mutual knowledge that Dylan is really only capable of loving himself. Vera marries an ardent soldier (Cillian Murphy) who will inevitably suffer from being the odd man out in this odd menage a trois. Art is a selfish mistress and artists are the most selfish of partners. Hardly a new theme, but very apt in Thomas' case. He gave us some great poetry but succeeded in making everyone around him miserable before his untimely death. This highly stylized film is a visual feast, successfully capturing wartime London and the cloud-lashed Welsh seaside, but parts of it grind along very slowly. Both Knightley and Miller look smashing in period garb and their dark-light dynamic is striking. At various points in the script you want to shake all of our principals for being so self-centered and clueless, but that's Art for ya. I'd call this a must-see for students of Thomas; some familiarity with the man and his mystique is useful for putting this movie into context. You will come away marvelling that the man who gave us some of the timeless lyrical treasures of the English language lived a life that was so petty, dissolute and tawdry, but you pity even more the extraordinary women who wasted their love on such an undeserving object.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVD
This is a good movie, the execution, music and the photography are great. But it seems to me that the story is strange, unrealistic. I think what makes this film worth seeing is the evolution of Vera, because life and reality force her to grow up and get real. Meanwhile Dylan still pines for his childhood sweetheart and doesn't want to grow up and eventually betrays Vera. This film shows the importance of being kind to others, but at the same time, we also have to be very smart and set boundries and limits that protect us.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2009
Format: Blu-ray
Stylish is its stock in trade. Slicker than usual and done well as a visual and aural feast with a graphic look that comes close to Frank Miller films. And while I'm mentioning names; Dennis Potter, Ken Russsell and David Lean, all came to mind when watching this film. It's not perfect but it's perfectly entertaining. Blu-ray is out of sight, sounds are subtle between powerful moments, like songs or explosions and discussions. This is something else. You will have a new show off item. I replayed it immediately.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2010
Format: DVD
The Edge of Love, a film about the poet Dylan Thomas and the two woman in his life, is one of those pretty films whose plot slips from your mind once the credits begin to role. The film focus on the relationship which springs up between Dylan Thomas' wife Caitlin, (Sierra Miller) and his first lover Vera, (Keira Knightley) as they deal with the jerkiness which is Dylan and the gruesomeness of London during World War II, air raids and all. Essentially, Vera is a singer who runs into Dylan at an air raid safe zone. From the get go there is flirtatious banter between the two of them, which is cut short upon the arrival of Dylan's wife, Caitlin. Caitlin and Dylan, hard on their luck, end up staying with Vera, who is struggling (sometimes unsuccessfully) to keep the sexual tension between herself and Dylan to a minimum while beginning a friendship with the high-spirited, insecure Caitlin. Things get jumbled even further when Vera meets a handsome soldier, who she eventually marries, and who is (rightfully) alarmed by the extra-friendly relationship between Dylan and Vera. The film focus on their time spent together first in London, and then in Wales, and is full of gorgeous scenery, clothing, and interesting/artful camera images.

The film is at its best in the scenes where Caitlin and Vera are together; both beautiful, strong actresses in their own right, they play of each other and the sisterly relationship between them is palatable. Keira Knightley is right in her element as the strong, smart woman caught up in two tumultuous relationships, and Sienna is particularly strong as the vulnerable, passionate wife of a rather selfish poet. As we see these two actors interact with each other, the movie turns into an interesting observation on how woman are often forced to give up on their relationships with each other for the men and children in their lives. To be honest, all of the acting in this movie is moving and emotional-every single member of the casts turns out strong performances. The mistake more or less lies in the cinetomography of the film, which serves to distract and confuse, rather than aid the film. Multiple close ups, scenes filtered through screens, long stretches of eyes looking longly into the camera and the cliche war montage (as Vera's husband goes to war) serves only to distract from the plot, and confuse the audience so much that you forget what is happening.

Which is kind of unfortunate, considering that... to be honest not that much actually happens. IN fact, most of the meaty part to the action occurs in the 1/3 and the last third of the movie, leaving the middle stretch a long, confusing mix of odd camera angles and breathless looks. It's a shame because the movie had the potential to be great-it had the actors, it had the story-line, it had the clothes and the scenery. Yet somehow if falls flat.... and becomes oddly forgettable.

2.5 stars- renting material if drama period pieces are your thing
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon September 2, 2009
Format: DVD
The Edge of Love: a bohemian love story. This film is all about love and war, but I think it proves that in real life, friendship conquers all as well.

The beautiful cinematography captivated me. The stunning colors and rich, lush images were just beautiful, no matter the setting: the bombings, Vera's apartment, war scenes, or quaint Wales. The acting was well done. Sienna Miller and Keira Knightley are wonderful as the free-spirited, yet troubled women. (Side note: Could you have imagined this film with Lindsey Lohan instead of Miller? Yikes!) Cillian Murphy is romantic and dynamic. I slowly began to loath Matthew Rhys for his convincing portrayal of the enigmatic and truly self absorbed artist Dylan Thomas.

My main gripe, the reason I cannot give another star, is because the female relationship here is so diluted. A montage of "fun times together" does not count as substance. I wanted to understand the unusual friendship between these two women, and instead, I felt like this was thrown aside for the suspense of will there be an affair and if so, who will get hurt? There are a handful of scenes, but I still just think the story line lacked friendship. Cillian Murphy stole the show for me, as I think he is the best actor of this bunch, which is unfortunate given his miniscule screen time compared to the other stars. So many details and too many things going on throughout the film made the film difficult to follow; although I thought the ending really wrapped up the story nicely.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVD
I'm not usually a big fan of romantic love movies, particularly love triangles, but The Edge of Love is worth watching. It's more subtle than most love triangles. All of the characters are fairly likable bohemians. The tension among the couples is real and not overacted.

I also like the visual colors in the film a lot. Some of the shots almost look like paintings. On blu-ray, the really colors stand out.

Just to note: I'm not really sure what the film has to do with World War II. The war only plays a tangential role in the movie - this is primarily a love story. It's still worth viewing, but I just wouldn't want anybody to think it's primarily a war film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2013
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
Such a promising movie and definitely pulled me in but the directors tendency to add artsy moments took away. He threw everything in this. Maybe its just his style but it pulled me out ocassionally for those odd moments. BUT all of the actors deliver in their roles so I'm willing to overlook Maybury's quirks. The Thomas and Killick families didn't have a problem with the film so there may be more truth than fiction to this dramatization of Dylan Thomas's life. It certainly had me looking up his biography, which can never be a bad thing.
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