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Mr. Arkadin [DVD]

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  • Actors: Orson Welles, Peter van Eyck, Michael Redgrave, Patricia Medina, Akim Tamiroff
  • Directors: Orson Welles
  • Writers: Orson Welles
  • Producers: Orson Welles, Louis Dolivet
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Metrodome
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jan. 2002
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UJAT
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 317,723 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Orson Welles directed and starred in this film version of his own novel. Powerful financier Mr Arkadin (Welles) claims to be suffering from amnesia, and hires smuggler Guy van Stratten (Michael Redgrave) to research his past. Arkadin has an ulterior motive, however: to uncover and eradicate his former enemies, so that his daughter (Paola Mori) remains unaware of the ruthlessness with which he has secured his wealth.

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Format: DVD
Let's be clear: the many negative reviews of 'Mr. Arkadin' on this site refer to the shoddy editions that populated the marketplace prior to Criterion's definitive and gorgeous 2005 3-disc release. The film's chaotic production history was matched by an equally chaotic release history in which it circulated in as many as seven different versions under the various titles 'Mr. Arkadin' and 'Confidential Report'. Its copyright status was equally chaotic, leading to its definition as a public domain artefact and allowing opportunistic video and DVD releases by companies who cared nothing for the quality of the print or the integrity of the version they peddled.

Thankfully, with this splendid package, Criterion have made all other versions redundant and have revealed the full beauty, complexity, originality, wild humour and waywardness of Welles's conception. Shot on the run across Europe in 1954, financed on a shoestring budget, and edited in acrimonious circumstances with the producer throwing Welles out of the cutting room with less than a third of the work done, the film tells the tale of Van Stratten, a shady American smuggler, hired by Arkadin, a shady international finance capitalist, to investigate his past which, he claims, he has lost to amnesia. The commission itself, and the motives of the two principals, soon turn out to be far more sinister than they intially appear, gradually revealing a complex web of murder, espionage, white slavery and organised crime which resolves into a power struggle over ownership of the past and possession of the tycoon's beautiful and innocent daughter.
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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 17 Dec. 2012
Format: DVD
NB: As is Amazon's wont, they've very unhelpfully bundled all the reviews for various editions and formats together. This review refers to Criterion's three-disc US DVD release.

Mr Arkadin, aka Confidential Report - or, to give it its rather wonderful German title, Mr Satan in Person - is certainly one of the most problematic of Awesome's films, with a lot of money obviously spent on screen in all the location-hopping, but far too little in post-production (the lip-synching is truly atrocious throughout thanks to constant script changes). It also boasts every conceivable manner of (often wildly incompatible) performance from its interesting cast - Robert Arden gives possibly the loudest performance in a leading role until Al Pacino started making movies, Welles towers and glowers behind one of cinema's worst wig, beard and putty nose ensembles, Patricia Medina is almost endearing in her total lack of ability, Michael Redgrave hams it up outrageously while the likes of Katina Paxinou and Suzanne Flon tone it down and Akim Tamiroff steals every scene going. The first third is awkward in each of the three versions on Criterion's excellent DVD, but it gradually exerts a grip, filled throughout with Welles' trademarks, from the almost omnipresent ceilings in shots to the director conspicuously dubbing bit players (everyone from Gregoire Aslan's dying blackmailer to Mischa Auer's flea circus impresario).

Most of the changes in the `comprehensive version' make sense, even if after seeing the other two versions it is jarring to see the visit to Sophie come after Arkadin's appearance in Mexico (which does explain why Van Stratten didn't tell him that Sophie didn't care).
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Although not regarded as one of his finer films, this has much to delight the Welles aficionado.Peopled with bizarre characters over a shifting array of countries and landscapes, this is essentially a deconstruction of Citizen Kane. Welles plays Gregory Arkadin, an all powerful tycoon who pays to have his past unearthed in order to elimate those who remember his origins. This is easy to read as autobiographical - Welles wishing to wipe out the memory of Kane so that he may step out of the shadow of his past. Seen as such, this is a highly intriguing film. Although shot on a restrictive budget and cut against his wishes, Confidential Report is filled with dense, literate set pieces and remains a must see for those enamoured of the great man.
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This is an excellent film and an excellent Dvd. You get three versions of the film on three discs, and some really good extras.

It comes in a fat digipak fold-out style case that fits into an outer slipcase. It's accopanied by a book about the film that also fits into the slipcase.

The extras are impressive. You get;
All three versions of the film: Corinth version, Confidential Report, and the new comprehensive version, are newly restored.
There is a commentary.
An interview with Welles biographer.
Three half-hour episodes of THE LIVES OF HARRY LIME.
A documentary.
Outtakes, rushes and alternate scenes from the film.

This is an excellent Dvd for Orson Welles fans. Highly recommended.
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Although not regarded as one of his finer films, this has much to delight the Welles aficionado.Peopled with bizarre characters over a shifting array of countries and landscapes, this is essentially a deconstruction of Citizen Kane. Welles plays Gregory Arkadin, an all powerful tycoon who pays to have his past unearthed in order to elimate those who remember his origins. This is easy to read as autobiographical - Welles wishing to wipe out the memory of Kane so that he may step out of the shadow of his past. Seen as such, this is a highly intriguing film. Although shot on a restrictive budget and cut against his wishes, Confidential Report is filled with dense, literate set pieces and remains a must see for those enamoured of the great man.
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