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  • Actors: Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Everett Sloane, Glenn Anders, Ted de Corsia
  • Directors: Orson Welles
  • Writers: Orson Welles, Charles Lederer, Fletcher Markle, Sherwood King, William Castle
  • Producers: Orson Welles, Harry Cohn
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : General Audience (G)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Oct. 3 2000
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004W229
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,366 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roger Zeus on Aug. 8 2003
Format: DVD
This starts off veryyy slowly. Welles' narration in a strong irish accent kicks in as soon as the credits drop and is at first pretty painful. Luckily, it doesn't take long to accept it. The last half hour of the movie is great, as are bits of the first hour. Stick with it, I almost gave up on it, as it does pay off at the end. A weak 4 out of 5 stars, but definitely worth a look. I bought mine cheap and used so I'm not complaining. The camera-work, especially at the end, makes the movie. Even though the story is pretty typical Hollywood fare, Welles' direction is anything but.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Big Bill TOP 100 REVIEWER on Sept. 9 2014
Format: DVD
Orson Welles is remembered more for Citizen Kane than this film , but I don't know why. This movie isn't just film noir , it is
black cinema. Screenplay by Welles , directed by Welles , and featuring Welles . He has control of everything , and as you watch it
you realize that every scene , every camera angle , is for a reason. The film revolts the viewer as it unfolds , it is sort of like a train wreck ; a terrible thing , but you can't help but watch. The characters are repugnant , obviously on purpose. The camera shots ,
particularly on faces , are too tight , too close , and this too , is in my opinion , designed to revolt the viewer. The characters
all seem to hate each other , and if it weren't for the fact that they are trapped together on a yacht , or by marriage , or by
bussiness associations , you would expect them to flee each other. To further irritate the viewer ( me at least ) Welles assumes a phony Irish brogue accent that seems out of place , and not necessary to the story. The convoluted plot involves murder , but who is doing what to whom is a multilevel mystery. Without describing it , the finale is nothing less than superb.
So far my description may not motivate you to want to see it , but it is so well done in its' weird direction , that it is a must see.
Welles had control of Citizen Kane too , but this is seven years later , and he is more accomplished at his craft , and it is fascinating
in its' offbeat way. Forget Mars , forget Kane , see this. In Glorious Black & White.
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Format: DVD
Columbia Pictures was a strange concoction. In many ways the most american of all studios with its two reelers and B movies and also its cover girl star Rita Hayworth. The big star on the lot and a personal favourite of the movie mogul, a studio which he built and he assembled a large production team which built very marketable products over time..especially in Rita and they did not have many large stars on the lot. They had the Three stooges, and they used their large stars to sell so many of their marketing products, this was largely the business smarts of its head Harry Cohn, thats how he built his studio, and the down to earth common values of so much of these two reelers. Rits needed good profitable films and they were always on the search for material so when Orson called about a minor film the studio decided to go all aout and make a big expensive production for his star Rita..his wife and on the verge of divorce it was the couple's last chance to put their marriage back together largely at Rita's insistence. Welles agreed and the film. The film came out at 2 and a half hours. All we have is the 85 minute version, delayed two years for release and the couple split after the marriage. Welles one success in america THe STranger had just come out so they were hopeful with this film..it basically tells a complex tale about a cruise in the Panama and caribbean and then an assortment of minor characters, and here as Bogdonavich the analyst of the film notes they are put together with Dickensian skills. There are various murderous and low lifes and they act in a way which you will not see in films..they murder but in a frenzied way which seems rather unique like something we have never seen before..the charm of this film.Read more ›
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Format: DVD
Orson Welles was a man ahead of his time. Today he may very well have been placed on the pedestal reserved for the likes of David Lynch or David Cronenberg. Unfortunately, during his tenure, Welles generally ticked off the ruling class and as a result, all of his masterpieces suffered at the hands of lesser men, determined to ruin Welle's screen legacies by chopping them up. Such is the case with "The Lady from Shanghai", a convoluted thriller about a guy who meets a woman who may want to have her husband killed or may not and sets up another guy to frame Welles for....oh, hell! Trust me, it's a real mind twister and just like "The Big Sleep" the ending makes no sense. Columbia executives took Welles' masterpiece apart after he had already departed for greener pastures and what remains is a 98 min. movie that really makes no sense. Having said that, the film left a lasting impression on me and a favorable one.
Welles genius lays in his camera work, his ability to create mood and an unsettling atmosphere that can rival any film noir of his day or the present. Rita Hayworth, who by this time was ending her marriage to Welles, is the lady in question, her hair cut short and dyed blonde - both of which infuriated Columbia studio boss, Harry Cohen who put Hayworth on suspension shortly thereafter.
Columbia Home Video has done a remarkably fine job on the transfer of this movie. Contrast level is superb. Clarity is remarkable, even to the most minute detail in costume and set design. The moody film noir atmosphere is well represented. The audio, though mono, is also exceptionally well represented. No extras, save a brief little featurette and some stills. This is not a jam packed DVD but one that will definitely impress nevertheless. BOTTOM LINE: As vintage "Welles" its a classic bar none (except for Citizen Kane)!
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