The Edge of the World

Inhabitants of a remote island find their way of life threatened by a rapidly industrialising world.

Michael Powell’s first independent production, The Edge of the World, comes to Blu-ray in a new high definition presentation overseen and approved by Powell’s widow, award-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker-Powell.

When the skipper of a tourist yacht (Niall MacGinnis), lands reluctantly on the remote shores of Hirta – the now-deserted Hebridean island of his birth – he is overwhelmed by memories from a time before its evacuation. A powerful story of love, rivalry and survival against the harsh elemental realities of island life and an ever-encroaching modernity.

Special features

  • New high definition presentation overseen and approved by Michael Powell’s widow, award-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker-Powell.
  • 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.
  • Return to the Edge of the World (Michael Powell, 1979, 24 min): Michael returns to Foula with cast and crew.
  • Original trailer (2 min).
  • Alternative scenes (1944, 9 min).
  • Michael Powell’s Home Movies narrated by Thelma Schoonmaker-Powell (c.1955, 7 min).
  • St Kilda - Britain’s Loneliest Isle (Topical Productions, 1923/1928, 16 min).
  • Fully illustrated booklet with newly commissioned essay by Professor Ian Christie, reviews and notes on film.

Product information

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    • Colour


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    • Subtitles

      English for the hard-of-hearing

    • Original aspect ratio


    • Blu-ray region

      • B - Includes most European and Middle-Eastern countries, all of Africa, Australia and New Zealand

    • Catalogue number


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