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An incredible film, a beautiful Blu,
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This review is from: The Edge of Love [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
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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Initial post: Jul 12, 2009 1:53:23 AM PDT
Thanks for your review, Steve. I love visual showcases and this looks great.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2009 10:22:20 AM PDT
Steve Kuehl says:
I figured you would be interested in this one. It can be bittersweet with that sound though; I had it turned up quite high wanting to hear all of the voices/her singing, then the bombing hits without warning a couple times...hurt a bit. Hope you end up liking it; no one got to see this with a one screen release.
Posted on Jul 13, 2009 12:30:49 AM PDT
C. Scheller says:
I'm jealous you got the Blu-Ray version. Our store just has the regular version (so far...sometimes we get the Blu-Rays late), and I'd much rather see it in Blu-Ray.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 14, 2009 3:24:30 AM PDT
Keeps sounding better. Getting the BD today at BB who will match A. Want to see it right away. Will have to pay tax but what the hay!
Posted on Jul 15, 2009 12:45:44 AM PDT
Great...you could watch it with the brains of a meerkat and still love this film. It looks great, beautiful cast, decent story for a WW!! UK homeside drama. I think of Singing Detective,David Lynch and a hip understanding of the product.
Posted on Aug 6, 2009 11:01:25 AM PDT
I just wached the DVD and can only wholeheartedly concur with this review. Excellent filmmaking and acting. You want to keep watching it over and over again. And indeed, Keira sings beautifully, it was so excellent that at first I thought it was not her own voice, but am thrilled to find out it is.
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