Touch of Evil - Limited Edition (Blu-ray + DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet)
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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 ›
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For when the movie was made, it's a great movie. Modern-day viewers will likely find it racist, sexist, and offensive by modern standards. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Brandy Eileen
The restored opening alone is worth the price of admission. Watching the three versions of the film presented, along with the extras, are like compressing a semester of film school... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ronald Pesch
I had read quite a lot about this movie, but had never seen it, even on television, until I purchased this DVD. Read morePublished 1 month ago by steve_manassas
"Touch of Evil" is striking from the first frame, as the camera tracks the action from above, following the characters and creating a sense of continuous forward motion. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Larry Benjamin
If you haven't seen this (as I hadn't) please do (the restored version is best IMO). Then go back and watch each with the commentary "on". Read morePublished 1 month ago by Maxman
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