Edge Of Sanity

Featured In Issue 261, May/June 2022

WSR Score3.5
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"Edge Of Sanity" is a confiation of Robdrt Louis Stephenson's classic horror novelle "Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde" and "Jack The Ripper's real-life reign of terror over Victorian London. When his experiments into a powerful new anaesthetic go hideously awry, respected physician Dr. Jekyll (Anthony Perkins) takes of into the night, casting aside the shackles of upper-class propriety as he disappears into the shadowy decadent demimonde of Whitechapel in pursuit of sensual pleasures under the guise of 'Mr. Hyde'. As his wife Elisabeth (Glynis Barber) passes her time in charitable work, rehabilitating the district's fallen women. Hyde is drawn into an escalatiing cycle of lust and murder that seems to know no bounds. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary by Writer David Flint and author and filmmaker Sean Hogan; the featurettes: "Staying Sane" (HD 24:17), "French Love" (HD 21:12), "Edward's Edge" (HD 12:08), "Jack, Jekyll And Other Screen Psychos" (HD 28:37) and "Over The Edge" (HD 26:18): theatrical trailer; reversible sleeve and a 16-page collector's booklet.

The 1.85:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed on 35 mm film stock and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The original 35mm camera negative was scanned in 4K, then graded and restored in 2K at R3Store Studios, London. The original stereo mix was remastered by MGM. Film grain is never objectionable. The picture is stylized with dramatic lighting and shadows, Color fidelity is nicely saturated with rich and warm hues. Saturated red is a prominent color. Flesh tones are varied and generally natural though often with a reddish tint, Contrast is excellent with solid black levels, dramatic shadows and creative white levels. Resolution is excellent with imagery that is very clear and sharp. Clothing, especially that of women, is finely textured. Facial features reveal complexion variations, lines, hair, makeup for very stylized imagery. This is a beautifully rendered picture with creative image color saturation. (Gary Reber)

The LPCM 2-channel soundtrack is dubbed from the original Dolby Stereo and delivers generally good fidelity. The orchestral score is spread wide with excellent soundstage delineation. Deep bass is lacking but otherwise sufficient to give weight to the music. Foley sound effects are perfectly synchronized with picture. Dialogue is recorded with superb fidelity and projects generally good spatial integration. This is a satisfying experience but would have been far more compelling with an aggressive surround presence. (Gary Reber)