Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 28th, 2017
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1959
Director: Don Siegel
Writers: Marion Hargrove, Richard Collins, Ben Markson
Cast: Cornel Wilde, Victoria Shaw, Mickey Shaughnessy, Edgar Buchanan, Rian Garrick, Jack Elam, Alexander Lockwood, Dabbs Greer, Tom Fadden, Wendell Holmes
BluRay released: February 14th, 2017
Approximate running times: 80 Minutes
Aspect Ratios: 2.35:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Twilight Time
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $29.95
Edge of Eternity was directed by Don Siegel who’s other notable films include, Riot in Cell Block 11, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Killers, Dirty Harry and The Shootist. Key collaborators on Edge of Eternity include, cinematographer Burnett Guffey (All the King’s Men, From Here to Eternity) and composer Daniele Amfitheatrof (The Desperate Hours, Major Dundee).
Is this film a suspense film? Is this film a romantic drama? Or is this film an action / adventure film? The answer is this film is all of the above. After the film’s opening setup that where someone is murder. The film then shifts towards a melodrama that focuses on characters and more specifically the relationship between its two leads. And by the time the film reaches its final act it morphs into a fast-paced action / adventure film.
From a production standpoint, this film achieves all of its goals. With one of this film’s greatest strengths being the visuals and how they take full advantage of this film’s main location the Grand Canyon. And when it comes to more action oriented moments like car crashes and the film’s finale which takes place in a minor’s bucket as it crosses the Grand Canyon. And not to be overlooked are the importance of this film’s more dramatic moments.
Performance wise the cast are all very good in their respective roles. With this film’s standout performance being Victoria Shaw (The Eddy Duchin Story, The Crimson Kimono) in the role of Janice Kendon, the daughter of the man who owns the gold mine where a pair of murders occurred. Another performance of note is Cornel Wilde (The Big Combo, The Naked Prey) in the role of Les Martin, the Sheriff’s deputy. Other notable cast members include, Jack Elam (The Night of the Grizzly, Once Upon a Time in the West) and Mickey Shaughnessy (Jailhouse Rock).
Edge of Eternity comes on a 25 GB single layer (19.5 GB) BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. The source used for this transfer is in very good shape. Details look crisp, colors are nicely saturated and black levels fare well. Grain remains intact and there are no issues with DNR or compression.
This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD mono mix in English and included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles. The audio sounds, clean, clear, balanced and robust when it needs too.
Extras for this release include, an option to view the Twilight Time catalog, an eight page booklet with an essay about the film written by Julie Kirgo, an option to listen to a Isolated music track and an audio commentary with films historians C. Courtney Joyner and Nick Redman.
Topics discussed in the audio commentary include, the film’s narrative and how its takes its time building up its characters, the genesis of the film and how the screenplay was written as starring role for Jack Elam, Cornel Wilde, Victoria Shaw, the cast and information about them, Don Siegel and information about various films that he directed, the score, the Hollywood Blacklist and their thoughts about the film.
Overall Edge of Eternity gets a solid release from Twilight Time.
Note: This Blu-Ray release is a limited-edition release of 3,000 copies.