Experience Orson Welles' timeless masterpiece, 'Touch of Evil', complete and uncut with restored footage for the first time ever! This exceptional film noir portrait of corruption and morally-compromised obsessions stars Welles as Hank Quinlan, a crooked police chief who frames a Mexican youth as part of an intricate criminal plot. Charlton Heston plays an honorable Mexican narcotics investigator who clashes with the bigoted Quinlan after probing into his dark past. A memorable supporting cast including Janet Leigh as Heston's inquisitive wife, Akim Tamiroff as a seedy underworld leader, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Marlene Dietrich as an enigmatic gypsy complete this fascinating drama engulfed in haunting cinematography and a magnificently eerie score by Henry Mancini.
Arabic, Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
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English Hard of Hearing
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4 x audio commentaries, featuring: restoration producer Rick Schmidlin; actors Charlton Heston and Janet Leigh, with Schmidlin; critic F. X. Feeney; and Welles scholars James Naremore and Jonathan Rosenbaum
The Original Theatrical Trailer, which includes alternate footage
Bringing Evil to Life + Evil Lost and Found - two video pieces [21:00 + 18:00]
This disc includes:
- 1998 Reconstructed Version
This disc includes:
- 1958 Theatrical Version
- 1958 Preview Version
Welles turns pulp into gold yet again. Called on to direct the film by its star, Charlton Heston, Welles co-wrote the Chandleresque script, and dominates the film as the huge, corrupt, infallible Hank Quinlan. Then there was the ambitious visual flare, as in the legendary long opening shot and the wonderful conclusion on the bridge with Marlene Dietrich's memorable final line...
Of course, the studio took it off him and recut it... again. But it's quality is undimmed. Wild and high and cool, like the trumpet on Henry Mancini's great score. Welles, the magician's most lovable film.
If you are an aficionado of the cinema, this period piece will appeal to you.
Non-afionados seeking an evening's entertainment may be less impressed. The story is creaky - what sane man. let alone a capable policeman, would leave a lovely young wife alone in an isolated crummy motel in Mexico, save to dispose of her? It is also formulaic, although it may have been the origin of the formula. And the great Orson Welles as a jaundiced police officer was not a patch on Tommy Lee Jones (No Country For Old Men).
All will appreciate the truly striking Marlene Dietrich. Otherwise not great.