English, French, Spanish, In English with optional subtitles in French or Spanish; closed-captioned.
Restored to Orson Welles vision. - Universal City, CA : Universal International : Distributed by Universal Studios, c2000.
1 videodisc (111 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Based on the novel "Badge of Evil" by Whit Masterson.
In 1957, Orson Welles completed principal photography on Touch of Evil and edited the first cut. Upon screening the film, the Studio felt it could be improved, shot additional scenes and re-edited it. Welles viewed this new version and within hours wrote a passionate 58-page memo requesting editorial changes. This version represents an attempt to honor those requests and make Touch of Evil the film Orson Welles envisioned it to be. This re-edited version was produced in 1998.
Special features: Welles' memo [slide show/text feature]; Theatrical trailer (2 min.); Production notes [text feature]; Cast and filmmakers [text feature]; Recommendations [text/video feature] (8 min.); DVD newsletter [text feature].
Murder in Mexico
Who's the boss?
Cop or the law?
All used up
Echoes of guilt
Some kind of man
Director of photography, Russell Metty ; film editors, Virgil Vogel, Aaron Stell ; music, Henry Mancini ; art direction, Alexander Golitzen, Robert Clatworthy ; gowns, Bill Thomas ; Orson Welles' requested editorial changes produced by Rick Schmidlin ; edited by Walter Murch ; picture restoration, Bob O'Neil ; consultant, Jonathan Rosenbaum.
Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Orson Welles, Joseph Calleia, Akim Tamiroff, Joanna Moore, Ray Collins, Dennis Weaver, Valentin de Vargas, Mort Mills, Victor Millan, Lalo Rios, Michael Sargent, Phil Harvey, Joi Lansing, Harry Shannon, Marlene Dietrich, Zsa Zsa Gabor.
Originally produced as an American motion picture in 1958.
On honeymoon with his new bride, Susan, Mexican-born police officer Mike Vargas agrees to investigate a car bombing. In so doing, he incurs the wrath of local police chief Hank Quinlan, a corrupt, bullying behemoth with a perfect arrest record. Vargas suspects that Quinlan has planted evidence to win his past convictions, and he is not about to let the suspect in the current case be railroaded. Determined to get Vargas out of his hair, Quinlan makes a deal with local crime boss Uncle Joe Grandi to frame Susan on a drug rap. Dissecting the nature of good and evil in a hallucinatory, nightmarish ambiance, this baroque south-of-the-border mystery opens with one of the most remarkably extended long takes in movie history.
MPAA Rating: Not rated.
DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby digital mono sound; anamorphic widescreen presentation, aspect ratio 1.85:1.