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Image Entertainment presents
The Light at the Edge of the World (1971)

"Put your trust in your captain. I am your only hope."
- Jonathan Kongre (Yul Brynner)

Review By: Jeff Ulmer   
Published: August 22, 2002

Stars: Kirk Douglas, Samantha Eggar, Yul Brynner
Other Stars: Fernando Rey, Jean Claude Drouot, Renato Salvatori
Director: Kevin Billington

Manufacturer: Ritek
MPAA Rating: PG for (violence, animal cruelty)
Run Time: 02h:08m:18s
Release Date: May 07, 2002
UPC: 014381068023
Genre: adventure


Style
Grade
Substance
Grade
Image Transfer
Grade
Audio Transfer
Grade
Extras
Grade
B+ BB+A- D-

DVD Review

Most people should be familiar with at least some of the work by author Jules Verne, who pioneered the fantasy adventure genre with books such as Around the World in 80 Days, The Mysterious Island or 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Reworked by his son Michel before being published posthumously in 1905, Le Phare du bout du monde (The Lighthouse at the End of the World) tells the story of a lighthouse keeper on a remote island in the South Atlantic, who battles a group of pirates out to exploit the rich shipping lanes of Cape Horn.

Guarding the southernmost tip of South America is a lone lighthouse, there to warn seafarers of the treacherous waters below. For Captain Moriz (Fernando Rey), it is his life's duty to make sure the light always shines, and is instructing an apprentice, Will Denton (Kirk Douglas), on the upkeep of the lamp. Denton is a man with a past, who has come to the island in search of a new future, and the isolation here suits his purpose, as contact with the outside world is limited to the infrequent resupply ships, who arrive only every few months.

When a sailing ship enters the harbor, Moriz rows out to meet the captain, unaware that these are pirates about to take his life and control his island. Witnessing the events from land and unable to do anything to help, Denton escapes to the hills, as the pirates make for shore under the leadership of Jonathan Kongre (Yul Brynner), but an aggressive manhunt fails to find the lone survivor.

While able to elude capture, Denton also stumbles on a storehouse of stolen loot, but his ability to remain free is jeopardized when the pirates quell the beacon, allowing them to sink a passenger ship. They slaughter all but two of its occupants; a man Denton helps free, and a young woman bearing a haunting resemblance to Denton's lost wife, who is captured by Kongre. The pirate captain is up to the challenge of playing mind games, and when he discovers a locker with Denton's belongings, comes up with a ruse to lure the man into his trap. Confronted with his past, Denton sets out to rescue the woman, but isn't expecting what he finds. It's a battle of wills between the pirate captain and the light keeper as to who can control the island, and The Light at the Edge of the World.

The film holds up as an exciting, old style action adventure. The scenic locations provide a great backdrop to the story, and the many confrontations between the leading men have a legendary air about them—it's not like the outcome isn't obvious, but getting there is fun. Both Kirk Douglas and Yul Brynner (in one of his favorite parts) excel in their respective roles with theatrical performances. Samantha Eggar provides a fairly uninspired female counterpoint that both men prize. While not up to the standards of some of his other, more popular work, for fans of classic Jules Verne drama, The Light at the Edge of the World makes for an enjoyable experience, perfect as a Saturday matinee.

Rating for Style: B+
Rating for Substance: B

 

Image Transfer

 One
Aspect Ratio2.35:1 - Widescreen
Original Aspect Ratioyes
Anamorphicyes


Image Transfer Review: The anamorphic 2.35:1 image is quite good overall, with strong colors and good black levels. The source print has areas that are in moderately rough shape, with a few tears, and some excessive speckling, but the bulk is more than acceptable. Grain is naturally rendered, and there is no excessive sharpening. The image is a touch on the soft side, but again this looks intentional.

Image Transfer Grade: B+

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
MonoEnglishno


Audio Transfer Review: Mono audio is presented well. The soundtrack is fairly loud, with a dynamic mix contrasting the crashing of waves with more subdued ambience. While a little on the bright side, the track has good spectral coverage when required.

Audio Transfer Grade: A-

 

Disc Extras

Static menu
Scene Access with 20 cues and remote access
Packaging: EastPack
Picture Disc
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: single

Extras Review: The pirates must have plundered any goodies that may have been found for this film, as there are no extras to speak of. The main menu also contains the chapter stops.

Extras Grade: D-

 

Final Comments

Pirates ships, canon battles, and a match of wits anchor this island adventure in classic Jules Verne style. Image turns in a decent transfer on an otherwise bare bones release of this Spanish production, helmed by fine performances from its cast. Fun family entertainment, except for the monkey.

 


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