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The Edge of Love [Blu-ray]

3.8 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews

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Product Description

In the bohemian underground of World War II London, a stirring love story ignites among legendary poet Dylan Thomas (Matthew Rhys, TV's Brothers and Sisters) and the two extraordinary women who inspire him. Sienna Miller (Casanova) is Caitlin, Thomas' free-spirited wife, while Keira Knightley (Atonement) is Vera, the long-lost teenage sweetheart who later reconnects with Thomas. Despite their romantic rivalry, the two women form a surprisingly close bond. The trio is unusually blissful until Vera's husband, a handsome soldier (Cillian Murphy, Girl with a Pearl Earring), sends their uninhibited lives spiraling out of control.

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Stylish and strangely remote, The Edge of Love salutes two women who made a significant impact on poet Dylan Thomas in the 1940s. Married to restless Irish lass Caitlin (Sienna Miller), who favors revealing outfits, Dylan (Welsh actor Matthew Rhys, Brothers and Sisters) still pines for his childhood sweetheart, torch singer Vera Phillips (Keira Knightley, who does her own singing and does it well). Vera feels the same, but as Dylan isn't available she accepts a proposal from Captain William Killick (Cillian Murphy), a persistent British suitor. To Dylan, Vera is heavenly and Caitlin is earthly--and he can't see living without either one (the Thomases have an open marriage). While William is stationed in Greece, the trio, plus two children, share neighboring cottages in Wales, live off William's paychecks, and smoke every cigarette they can find, but when William returns, penniless and depressed, things start to fall apart. An act of violence, followed by a cruel betrayal, puts an end to their idyll for good. Since the 1990s, the poet-during-wartime picture has become a genre unto itself, and John Maybury's third feature bears comparison with Regeneration and Pandaemonium, while also serving as a literary companion to Love Is the Devil, Maybury's feverish portrait of painter Francis Bacon (Knightley's mother, Sharman Macdonald, wrote the script). If Sienna's Irish accent is barely detectable, the same goes for Keira's Welsh warble, but the women otherwise form a believable bond--even if the men pale in comparison. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Product Details

  • Actors: Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller, Matthew Rhys, Simon Armstrong, Ben Batt
  • Directors: John Maybury
  • Writers: Sharman Macdonald
  • Producers: Anna Webster, Bill Godfrey, David Bergstein, David M. Thompson, Hannah Leader
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 14, 2009
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0026IQTOA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,682 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Edge of Love [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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By Steve Kuehl VINE VOICE on July 11, 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified 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.
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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.
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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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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.Read more ›
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