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Touch of Evil [Region B] (1958)

Charlton Heston , Orson Welles , Orson Welles  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Akim Tamiroff, Janet Leigh, Joseph Calleia
  • Directors: Orson Welles
  • Producers: Touch of Evil - 2-Disc Set
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 111.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0079CA9NU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,076 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B : it WILL NOT play on regular DVD player, or on standard US Blu-Ray player. You need multi-region Blu-Ray player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Alternative Footage, Black & White, Booklet, Commentary, Interactive Menu, Remastered, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Mexico's chief narcotics officer, Mike Vargas, is in a border town on a quick honeymoon with his American wife. Soon he must testify against Grandi, a drug lord whose brother and sons are tracking him, hoping to scare his wife and back him off the case. When a car bomb kills a rich U.S. developer, Vargas embroils himself in the investigation, putting his wife in harm's way. After Vargas catches local legendary U.S. cop, Hank Quinlan, planting evidence against a Mexican national suspected in the bombing, Quinlan joins forces with the Grandi family to impugn Vargas's character. Local political lackeys, a hard-edged whore, pachucos, and a nervous motel clerk also figure in the plot. Three versions of Welles' film: the 1998 reconstruction (in both 1.37:1 and 1.85:1 aspect ratios) the 1958 preview version rediscovered in the mid-1970s (in 1.85:1) and the 1958 theatrical version (in both 1.37:1 and 1.85:1). Original theatrical trailer for the film A host of other extras to be announced nearer the release date A lavish, illustrated, 56-page book containing the words of Orson Welles - and much more. ...Touch of Evil - 2-Disc Set

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303 of 321 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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78 of 83 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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40 of 41 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
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
I like Orson Welles, I like Henry Mancini, so I thought this would be great. First, I hated the music, then I felt that the "stars" were wasted on this movie. Read more
Published 11 days ago by D. Montano
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE
I LOVE THIS MOVIE IM A BIG FAN OF THE HOLLYWOOD CLASSICS AND THIS IS JUST ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE MOVIES I LOVE THANKS ALOT.
Published 1 month ago by JERRY WASHINGTON
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, but Lacks Features
This extended version is flawless. The only complaint I have is that it lacks special features, but I guess you have to pay extra for that. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Willie Yohanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Criminals and cops
"Touch of Evil" has the honor of being the last film noir of the genre's golden age -- a dark, grimy story about a corrupt little Southwestern town. Read more
Published 2 months ago by E. A Solinas
3.0 out of 5 stars Tedious
If I had the opporutunity to retrun this I would, the movie is boring. Yes, it does have Charleston Heston and Orson Wells but the story is lame and weak. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ebony Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars they don't make 'em like this one anymore
'touch of evil' has so much going for it (including its pre-release intrigue and studio bad behavior as added bonus which is worthy of research and very nicely summarized in the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by David E. Papenfuse
5.0 out of 5 stars Critical Classic Noir
The opening sequence alone will have you riveted to your seat. Welles knew how to build tension and weave an intricate plot. What's more he act as well as write and direct.
Published 3 months ago by Anyong
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Movie!
I saw this movie once before in high school and I loved it. I recently wrote a paper for a film studies class in which this was one of the two films I wrote about.
Published 3 months ago by Luciano
5.0 out of 5 stars Wells always challenges
Orson is long in the tooth but entertaining. A good addition to our oldies library. Good entertainment at the right price. I highly recommend it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Vince
5.0 out of 5 stars True Noir Film
A true Noir film , film angles , music and smokey scenes are great . Orsons best role , he's believable . Marlena Dietrich as Tana leaves you wanting more . Read more
Published 4 months ago by Randy
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