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This review is from: Touch Of Evil [DVD] (DVD)This restored version of "Touch of Evil" is well worth getting. It is an intriging film-noir that keeps you guessing as to whats going on.
Welles himself is made to look huge. He was already a bit overweight anyway, but the camera angles used and make-up only serve to emphasis his bulk. He plays Hank Quinlan a crooked plice chief. The other main characters are Charlton Heston as Vargas a Mexican Policeman and Janet Leigh is his wife Susan Vargas. Both are excellent. From the famous oprning tracking shot, which lasts over 3 minutes, through to the ending this is a dark tale of corruption and drugs. The story is set right on the border between the U.S and Mexico so you are continually unsure about jurisdiction. You will have to concentrate when watching this!
The extras are reasonable, and particularly interesting is the memo (58 pages!) from Welles explaining how the film should be re-edited. This version of the film attempts to restore the film to the vision of Welles memo. In terms of its length and the re-editing it undoubtably suceeds. However the original film was not widescreen and to make it so they must have topped and tailed it. Effectively this is the reverse of panning and scanning. So it still isn't a perfect version but its dam close!