The Edge of the World (UK BD) in August

BFI have announced the UK Blu-ray Disc release of The Edge of the World on 23rd August 2010 priced at £19.99 RRP. A powerful story of love, rivalry and survival against the harsh elemental realities of island life and an ever-encroaching modernity, The Edge of the World was legendary British director Michael Powell's first independent production and established the daring techniques and experimentation that would become familiar hallmarks of his career.

Produced from a new High Definition master overseen and approved by Michael Powell’s widow, award-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker-Powell, the Blu-ray contains all the numerous special features included on the previously released DVD version, plus additional scenes and the original trailer. Among the many extras is a full feature commentary by Thelma Schoonmaker-Powell and Professor Ian Christie, with extracts from Powell’s book about the making of the film read by Daniel Day-Lewis.

All content is presented in HD. Features include:

  • BD25 / 1.37:1 / 1080p / 24fps / PCM mono 48/24-bit
  • English HOH subtitles
  • Full-feature commentary by Thelma Schoonmaker-Powell and Professor Ian Christie with extracts from Powell’s book about the making of the film, 200,000 feet on Foula read by Daniel Day-Lewis
  • Alternative scenes (1944, 9 mins): specially shot for a shorter version of the film released in 1944
  • Original trailer (2 mins)
  • Return to the Edge of the World (Michael Powell, 1979, 24 mins): Michael Powell and actor John Laurie journey to the island of Foula to see what has changed in the 42 years since they filmed The Edge of the World there
  • Michael Powell’s home movies narrated by Thelma Schoonmaker-Powell (c. 1955, 7 mins): Powell and friends on a hiking expedition in the Scottish highlands
  • St Kilda – Britain’s Loneliest Isle (Topical Productions, 1928/1923, 16 mins): a travelogue from St. Kilda
  • Fully illustrated 26-page booklet with new essay by Professor Ian Christie, a contemporary review, promotional materials and credits

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