This was a film ahead of its time. It contains radical decisions in filmmaking and the story pushes aside the attitudes towards controversial topics of the time. Orson Welles contributed many things to the history of cinema, but this film is perhaps his potent contribution to the future of it.
Beautifully presented in multiple editions in various aspect ratios (there is some disagreement on whether it should be seen in the 1.85:1 ratio or 1.37:1), this release from Eureka’s Masters of Cinema label is the perfect gift for any cinephile. There is a steelbook available for those who don’t mind splashing out between £30 – £100, depending on where you’re buying it from (it’s become something of a rare collector’s item). For everyone else, there is the normal MoC edition which is so shockingly lovely already it should certainly satisfy most people.
Touch of Evil (1959), directed by Orson Welles, is released on Blu-ray disc in the UK by Eureka, Certificate 12.