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Mr. Arkadin may have been written, directed and starred Orson Welles, but it sure wasn't edited by him. So the story goes, since it took Welles too long to complete the editing process, producer Louis Dolivet banned him from the editing room and never allowed Orson to get the final cut. Welles, who was known to say "All of the eloquence of my film is created in the editing room" disowned the film claiming it was the most butchered of all his works. There were many cuts made of the Mr. Arkadin film stock over the years, none of which are considered "definitive", all of which contain pieces to the overall puzzle. Fueled by their passion for film, along comes the Criterion Collection. Their mission, to take all the pieces of Mr. Arkadin's troubled past (the best available versions of the films, documented timelines, a reprinted version of the novel, scholarly documentaries and feature length commentaries), compile it and present it to fans in one incredibly comprehensive set letting them decide which is the real Arkadin. The Complete Mr. Arkadin (A.K.A. Confidential Report) includes digitally restored transfers of the two well known versions of the film (the flashback "Corinth" (99 minutes) version and the notorious linear "Confidential Report" (98 minutes)). In addition, there is a newly edited "comprehensive" version (105 minutes) pieced together by top Welles scholars who have an intimate understanding of his style, his creative direction, and thought process in the editing room. This new "comprehensive" version is the crown jewel of the set and without a doubt the best version of Mr. Arkadin ever released. While no one will ever know what Welles intended, you cant help but feel this comprehensive version has got to be pretty darn close. Inevitably, purists may feel this is another instance of someone mucking with Welles's film stock, but in all honesty, the end result is stunning. So who is the real Mr. Arkadin? No one may ever know, but with the help of this set you have all you need to piece together the puzzle and draw your own conclusion. Enjoy. --Rob Bracco
The story might have some holes but you'll be having too much fun to stop and think about it.
The picture quality is abysmal, with a plethora of scratches, tears, squiggles, and all the other signs of a bottom-of-the-barrel print used for the digital transfer.
Orson Welles was many things - daring, ambitious, brilliant, egomaniacal - but structured was not one of them.
Excellent stuff! It came so fast I haven't even had a chance to watch it yet, but arrived just as advertised.Published 5 months ago by KubricLover
Welles is on top of his low-budget game as director and star of this odd noir. Welles is in campy makeup throughout as the evil and mysterious Minotaur-like tycoon, and he saves... Read morePublished 6 months ago by samuraireview
now to the man that gives no official word along comes a spider every bit as venomous as a any of the species that does bodily harm or do we have to back up say it doesn,t exist... Read morePublished 6 months ago by tim huxoll
Full and fair disclosure: I am an Orson Wells fan and recently purchased five of his films. I purchased the Criterion Collection box set. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Charles from Redondo Beach
I love all things Orson! He is one of a kind and I enjoy all of his work. This movie arrived on time and is a great buy, highly recommended.Published 8 months ago by Paul P.
Story is nonsense. Film quite disjointed and difficult to follow. Just as "Citizen Kane" was Wells' greatest film, this is
without doubt, his worst,
Possibly Welles' most enigmatic and interesting film, the fact that there are three competent versions (all on the nifty Criterion Collection boxed set) adds even more mystery to... Read morePublished 18 months ago by macdougallgreen6
There isn't much new that can be said about Orson Welles (1915-85). He created some of the very best theatre, radio, and films in history, and is credited by almost everyone for... Read morePublished on August 10, 2011 by Dr. James Gardner