Edge Of Darkness

Featured In Issue 148, May/June 2010

WSR Score4.5
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In "Edge Of Darkness," Boston Cop Thomas Craven (Gibson) believes that the bullet that killed his daughter was meant for him. That's what police brass also think, but that's not what the investigation finds. Clue after clue and witness after witness, the search leads him into a shadowy realm where money and political intrigue intersect. Craven's grief is palpable and his quest for payback is stone-cold and relentless. Based on the original television series written by Troy Kennedy Martin. (Gary Reber)

Special features include four deleted and alternate scenes (HD 05:23) and BD-Live functionality.

The 2.40:1 1080p VC-1 picture is terrific, with an absolutely natural appearance. Contrast is exceptional, with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. The sense of depth is excellent, especially in the darker scenes. Fleshtones are perfectly natural throughout, which enhances the naturalness. Colors are well balanced, with warm and rich hues, but never exaggerated. Resolution is also excellent and revealing of fine facial features and object textures, especially during close-ups. The picture perfectly enhances the haunting, mysterious storytelling. This is a realistic rendering that delivers a satisfying visual experience. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is nicely rendered with an effectively dimensional soundtrack. Atmospheric sound effects sound dimensional and the dialogue integration is well layered, for a natural result. At times, though, intelligibility is veiled, with a muffled effect requiring concentration to follow. This pertains to characters other than Mel Gibson, whose dialogue is perfectly intelligible. Sound effects burst out suddenly at times, for dramatic effect. The music score, while often subtle, at times creates an intense mood. The orchestral recording is especially enveloping, with low-level instrumental timbre clearly resolved. At times the dynamics are powerful, with enhanced .1 LFE energy. This is a perfectly enjoyable soundtrack, with effective subtleties and explosive dynamics. (Gary Reber)