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Title:
Touch of evil
ISBN:
9780783230610
Uniform Title:
Touch of evil (Motion picture : 1958)
Publication Information:
Universal City, CA : Universal International : Distributed by Universal Studios, c2000.
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (111 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
DVD format ; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby digital mono sound; anamorphic widescreen presentation, aspect ratio 1.85:1.

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].
Contents:
Prologue -- Murder in Mexico -- Grandi's message -- Tanya -- Who's the boss? -- Following Vargas -- Mirador Motel -- Boyfriend -- "Evidence" -- New managers -- Partners -- Cop or the law? -- Assault -- Quinlan's setup -- All used up -- Echoes of guilt -- Some kind of man -- End titles.
Abstract:
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.
Reading Level:
MPAA Rating: Not rated.

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