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Description of the book "The Lady from Shanghai":
Another first-rate effort by Orson Welles, the artfully baroque noir The Lady from Shanghai has only gotten better with age. Not only does this Columbia DVD showcase the movie in a pristine full-screen transfer (which matches the theatrical release), it also comes with an excellent commentary from director/historian Peter Bogdanovich. Thankfully free of any cheap sociological insight, Bogdanovich reads liberally from interviews that he held with his mentor Welles. Instead of being an "artiste," Welles' insights into his own work are superb and surprisingly unclouded by the fact that this was yet another picture that the PDF studio ultimately took out of his hands and buried on the "B" side of a double bill. Even though Columbia re-edited the movie and threw out a substantial portion of the still stunning "hall of mirrors" gun battle, Welles indicates that he was most unhappy with the traditional score the studio superimposed onto the movie. There are many "expert" commentaries on DVD but few match Peter Bogdanovich for insight that is delivered in a consistently entertaining fashion.
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