There's a new edition of "Touch of Evil" on region 2 DVD widely available in stores here (UK).
The new packaging features a 50s-looking green tinted image of Heston. (The previous cover had a blue tinted image of Welles).
Intriguingly, the back cover hints that this isn't just a repackage, but a new pressing with differences from the previous issue.
Of course, there's no sign of "Reconstructing Evil", or the semi-mythical Heston commentary.
The back cover lists the running time as 95 minutes (the previous edition lists a running time of 106 minutes). Both of these will be subject to PAL speedup, equating to prints of approx 99 minutes and 110 minutes respectively.
Neither 95, nor 99 minutes comfortable fit the 1958 release version, but they're closer to that than to either the preview edit, or the restoration...
The video, like the previous edition, is listed as 16x9 anamorphic.
The new edition boasts audio in English plus four European languages, while the previous edition lists only English. I'd make the assumption that the 1998 version wouldn't have dubs available in these languages, while the 1958 version might have.
However, the back cover blurb has the same copy as the previous edition, notably that this is the "restored version with extra footage" (quoting from memory).
The packaging has inaccuracies, one way or the other, but signs point to this being a new transfer of the 1958 release version. This raises a couple of points. One is that Welles connoisseurs will have the 2 cuts available in quality digital presentations for comparison. But secondly, casual movie buyers will be led to believe they're seeing the 1998 reconstruction, when they're not...
I'll try to pick up a copy and report back...