RE: RARA-AVIS: Noir Films: DJ Mark

From: Todd Mason (
Date: 21 Aug 2003

Well, I saw the butchered TOUCH OF EVIL decades ago on commercial television, and liked it, and saw the "recontructed" version in an "art" theater on its release a few years ago, and liked that, too. Likewise the Brackett, et al. THE BIG's been such a long time since I saw the shorter version, probably further cut for television, that the longer version released on VHS in the '80s (or was the "restoration" more recent? further restoration?) is probably the one I'd be happier with.

As for availability, don't know. I'm still waiting impatiently for the RKO Lewton-produced horror and suspense films to finally emerge on DVD. Next year, I'm told.

-----Original Message----- From: [mailto:] Which Touch of Evil? The original release or the recently reconstructed one from Welles's notes? Which is available on DVD? Both?

Hell, as far as that goes, which Hawks's Big Sleep? The original release or the original, but only recently released cut? Then again, aren't both on the DVD?

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