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The Edge of the World (1937)
Review of the BFI DVD

BFI Video Publishing, Dec 2003
Region 2, PAL

I've just watched the BFI DVD of EotW which arrived today.
The film itself is a recent restoration by BFI Video who did some further restoration based on the 1990 restoration by the NFTVA. It's simply wonderful in its quality, amazingly sharp and clear. It's hard to remember that it's now over 65 years since it was made.

I'll presume you either know the film or if you don't you can read various reviews and articles about it. This review is more about the DVD itself.

The commentary by Ian Christie & Thelma Schoonmaker-Powell (as she is introduced by Ian) is very good. Quite restrained really, they only comment on the important bits. Ian gives a general background to the making of the film and the hardships they faced while Thelma makes comments about some of the technicalities of the shots, and of course the editing. Their commentary is interspersed with a few extracts from Michael's book "200,000 feet on Foula" read by Daniel Day Lewis.

The extras on the BFI edition are:

A lovely piece of work and well worth the wait


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As an odd aside, I've been recently contacted by a lady who said "Belle Chrystall was my Grandfathers cousin." and then gave enough extra information to back it up. Apparently one reason why Belle didn't go back to the island when they made the documentary was that "she nearly died the first time". Have a look at the scene when she's on the boat at the end, they didn't exactly treat her gently. As the boat is tossed around she's holding the baby in one arm and trying to hold herself up with the other - but doesn't quite make it and is thrown to the floor quite roughly. It looks like she got a bad bang to the head out of that one.


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