DVD REVIEW: The Complete Mr. Arkadin
|The Criterion Collection |
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Images look as good as can be expected from a 50-year-old, extremely indie production. But detail is fine, even in deep-focus compositions and convincing shadows (though a few artifacts are visible). Sound effects seem a bit crisper in the new version, but dialogue is clear in all three cuts.
The set is loaded with extras: three 1951 BBC Harry Lime radiocasts with Welles (alas, the recordings are in poor condition), a scholarly commentary that's much stronger on analysis than production details, and interview segments with Welles biographers Simon Callow and Peter Bogdanovich that cover a lot of interesting territory. You also get alternate takes, rare footage of Welles directing, Spanish-language excerpts with different actresses, a 36-page booklet of essays, and a copy of the novel, attributed to Welles, which reads like a radio play and helps flesh out the characters. [NR] English, Dolby Digital mono; full frame (1.33:1); three dual-layer discs.