Touch of Evil - 2-Disc Set [ NON-USA FORMAT, Blu-Ray, Reg.B Import - United Kingdom ]
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was an upgrade for me from the DVD. The picture quality was good and the two extras featuring some of the actors and a part of the restoration team were interesting and... Read morePublished 11 hours ago by Michael Berry
Absolutely one my my favorite noir films of all time. A tour de force by the late, great Orson Welles, and well as strong performances by Janet Leigh and Dennis Weaver. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Karen Collins-Fleming
arrived fast, excellent quality and content. What an off-beat movie. I liked it.Published 9 days ago by Lorraine
Love that it has the directors cut. Wells wrote a 58-page memo to the studio on how they messed up his intro, so it's cool to see his original vision! Read morePublished 18 days ago by Shannon Calhoun
"Touch of Evil" is simply a masterpiece of film noir from Orson Welles, seen here uncut and restored in the way Welles intended it to be seen. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert I. Hedges
Didn't expect to be getting three versions of this movie. I love reading the included Orson Wells production notes.Published 1 month ago by Eric Lankford
Classic Welles, I am glad Heston stood up for Welles and even happier that the film has been put back together per Welles notes.Published 2 months ago by RJT