‘Touch of Evil’ being readied for Blu-ray release
Universal Studios is readying "Touch of Evil" for domestic release on Blu-ray.
Wellesnet veteran Roger Ryan alerted us to a remark made by Michael Daruty, head of Universal’s Technical Operations, in TIME. While the article focused on the restoration and home video release of "Schindler's List," Daruty revealed that Welles' 1958 thriller is undergoing its own restoration.
"We have a commitment to restore 3 to 5 new prints a year. Right now, we’re working on ... Touch of Evil, High Plains Drifter, Double Indemnity – and we’ll probably add another title or two at the end of the year," Daruty said.
Daruty details Universal's restoration program in the informative interview.
In 2011, Masters of Cinema released a 2-disc Blu-ray set in England. The set, which only plays in Region B players, included the 1998 reconstruction by Rick Schmidlin and Walter Murch (111 minutes); the 1958 preview version (109 minutes); and the 1958 theatrical version (96 minutes). The set included 1.85:1 and 1.37:1 aspect ratios versions of the film.
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