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Touch of Evil - Limited Edition (Blu-ray + DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet) (1958)

Orson Welles , Charlton Heston , Orson Welles  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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Product Details

  • Actors: Orson Welles, Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Marlene Dietrich, Zsa Zsa Gabor
  • Directors: Orson Welles
  • Writers: Orson Welles
  • Producers: Albert Zugsmith
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Ultraviolet, Blu-ray, Limited Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English (DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: April 15, 2014
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: May 2, 2016 (Click here for more information)
  • Run Time: 316 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00I3C1T1Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,700 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Digital Copy of Touch of Evil (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
  • Includes UltraViolet (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
  • Bringing Evil to Life
  • Evil Lost and Found
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reconstructed Version Commentary with Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, and Reconstruction Producer Rick Schmidlin
  • Reconstructed Version Commentary with Reconstruction Producer Rick Schmidlin
  • Theatrical Version Commentary with Writer/Filmmaker F.X. Feeney
  • Preview Version Commentary with Orson Welles Historians Jonathan Rosenbaum and James Naremore

  • Editorial Reviews

    Directed by Orson Welles, Touch of Evil is a film noir masterpiece whose Hollywood backstory is as unforgettable as the movie itself. Starring Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh and Orson Welles, this dark portrait of corruption and morally compromised obsessions tells the story of a crooked police chief who frames a Mexican youth as part of an intricate criminal plot. Featuring three versions of the film – the Preview version, the Theatrical version and the Reconstructed version based on Orson Welles’ original vision, Touch of Evil is a “a stylistic masterpiece!” (Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide) that stands the test of time.

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    308 of 326 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this, even if you've already seen this film 20 times! November 20, 2000
    Format:DVD
    Generally considered as the ultimate Film Noir (and the last film of the genre), TOUCH OF EVIL is certainly one of the most macabre, bizarre poignant films ever produced in Hollywood. The director Orson Welles is of course the man who made CITIZEN CANE, but many Welles affectionados such as Peter Bogdanovich actually consider TOUCH OF EVIL better than KANE; as a matter of fact the best film Welles has ever directed.
    Welles' bravula mise en scene, with the help of Russel Metty's startling black-and-white lighting and stunning camera movement, transform Venice, California into a chaotic frontier town between the US and Mexico. Charlton Heston, often refereed to as the most wooden actor in American cinema, gives a performance of his life as a Mexican cop. His casting may sound funny, but please forget that it's the same guy who played BEN HUR and Moses in the TEN COMMANDMENTS watching this movie then his highly energetic, rather over-the-top performance is actually convincing, especially as opposed to Welles' deliciously vicious portrayal of a corrupted American cop. It was actually Heston who suggested Universal that Welles would not only act in this film but also direct it, so you should give him some credit. Janet Leigh plays Heston's all-American wife "from Philadelphia", and is also quite marvelous in the way she turns out to be something else that we first think she is. With Hitchcock's PSYCHO and Anthony Mann's THE NAKED SPUR, this is probably her best performance. Metty's contrasty black-and-white photography also makes her very beautiful. She looks always better in blacho and white than in color, don't you think so?
    This unorthodox casting works, because the film is a bigger than life caricature.
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    81 of 86 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars "And this is where you're going to die..." July 22, 2003
    Format:DVD
    The story is pretty much known by many that after the heated battle with "Citizen Kane," Orson Welles was never given complete control over his films again. This would lead to the studio editing his movies and changing things he didn't want changed. This was the case with "Touch of Evil," and of course this really upset Welles. Now circumstances are different, as the DVD "Touch of Evil" offers you the restored and uncut version that is as close to Orson Welles' vision as you can get. And the results are pretty amazing, I must admit. "Touch of Evil" is an outstanding film noir that is unlike any you have ever seen.
    It all starts with a car explosion that kills two. A Mexican narcotics investigator and a very obsessive and cold police chief are thrown into the investigation. That's only half the story, as the investigator's wife is confronted by a known criminal and his gang of hoodlums that threaten to cause trouble for them. And what's worse is that the police chief doesn't appear to be the most honorable man in the world, and perhaps is even crooked. This all leads to an explosive plot with an unbelievable finale that is both unpredictable and satisfying. It is very clear why "Touch of Evil" is hailed as a classic by many.
    It's great to see that the movie has been restored to Welles' original vision. I've never seen the studio version of the film, and I never want to. I'm sure they did a fine job butchering it. Welles has done for "Touch of Evil" what Hitchcock has done for "Psycho." The outcome is an authentic and exhilarating film noir that is very different from any other film noir that is out there.
    Charlton Heston is great in his role. He proves to be a pretty convincing Mexican narcotics investigator. Very hard to imagine, but it works on the screen.
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    42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars He Was Some Kind Of A Man August 21, 2000
    Format:DVD
    Touch Of Evil has been my all-time favourite film eversince I first viewed it with eyes fixed & mouth agape at the stunning opening sequence. The cinematography is amazing (apart from Robert Foster's corny inserts). Heston agreed to do the movie because he heard Welles was signed on. He would have done anything Welles told him to do, and it shows. Orson gives one of his best cinema appearances as the bent cop, Hank Quinlan. He uses great make-up & costume for the role which still fools viewers till this day. I'd like a dollar for every idiot who comments, "He's not looking too good in this film". Janet Leigh gives nice performance with broken arm & Akim Tamirof nearly steals all the thunder from the others with great character as head Grande. Dennis Weaver is perfect as goofball nightman & Deitrich is unforgetable. This is the greatest film noir ever made. With Welles behind & in front of the camera, it is a feast for all film lovers. After seeing the standard UCLA art house print & the restored print from recent years, I was so glad that someone decided to re-edit the film according to Welles' 58 page memo to MGM. The result is impressive to say the least. Not only do we get to see that famous opening crane shot without obtrusive opening credits, but the entire movie flows a hell of alot smoother & is easier to follow than the earlier theatre cut. Soon we'll all be able to see this masterpiece on DVD, re-edited & including Welle's 58 page memo. Who could ask for more?
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars janet leigh's best movie
    one of my all time fav movies...have watched it maybe six times...it is timeless and particularly janet leigh who I never really liked was great as the tough woman who doesn't... Read more
    Published 21 hours ago by Mariana Chinn
    1.0 out of 5 stars I Pretty Much Hated Everything About This Movie.
    Yep. I Hated It. I did watch the entire movie, but I pretty much hated it. I could say I didn't like it, and I really didn't, but mostly I really hated it. Read more
    Published 1 day ago by Holly
    3.0 out of 5 stars Welles has done much better films in his career./
    One Welles' lesser works. Notable opening sequence runs for several minutes without a cut, covering several blocks of Venice California.
    Published 7 days ago by LYDIA C. JARBOE
    4.0 out of 5 stars Watch more than once...
    This film took me a couple of times to really like it. I had it in dvd and really bought the blu- ray just for my movie collection. Read more
    Published 8 days ago by Rocky
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    A truely great film tranferred to bluray with the picture/sound quality it deserves,flawless.A must own!
    Published 9 days ago by Keith E. Hunsucker
    2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing. The scenes with Janet Leigh were difficult ...
    Very disappointing. The scenes with Janet Leigh were difficult to sit through. No fault of hers, the script was just poorly written. Read more
    Published 19 days ago by True Review
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good for documentation of an area gone away
    My wife spent much time painting in the area (Playa del Rey & Venice, CA) Best B movie ever made.
    Published 23 days ago by Ken
    5.0 out of 5 stars and one of the best things Welles ever did
    It's a comedy, and one of the best things Welles ever did.
    Published 27 days ago by Jan Deputy
    5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly I love both versions
    Picked this one up because i had heard so much about it being cut to pieces. Surprisingly I love both versions. Hopefully Orson won rise from the grave. Read more
    Published 28 days ago by Signifying Monkey
    3.0 out of 5 stars Very Hard To Watch; It's Too Much Like Reality IN THE USA
    This review is of the 1998 "restoration" DVD version.

    I am in no position to say how close to Welles' original vision this actually came (Though a bio of Welles I'm... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by G. Ratcheson
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