I think it should be obvious, that Rick Schmidlin and Jonathan Rosenbaum never wanted their re-edit to be considered the be all and end all version of TOUCH OF EVIL.
One only has to look at Rosenbaum's book on Welles to see he thinks all three versions should be made available.
So if this rumor is true - and I certainly hope it is - please show your interest, because I know some Universal Home video executives look at this site, from time to time. So even a simple comment, like "I'd like to buy a 2-DVD set of TOUCH OF EVIL, with all three versions of the film, along with the "Reconstructing Evil" documentary, and the audio commentary producer Rick Schmidlin recorded with Charlton Heston and Janet Leigh, included," could prove to be the tipping point for making it actually happen. Naturally, the more interest that is shown here, the greater the chance that it will actually happen!
J. ROSENBAUM: The first two release versions of TOUCH OF EVIL are my second favorites. I was a consultant on the third version--a re-edit by Walter Murch based on a memo written by Welles to Universal in the 50s--and it was never the intention of Murch, me, or our producer Rick Schmidlin to replace the film’s original release version or the longer preview version that supplanted it in the 70s. We were hoping that all three could be released in a DVD box set.
So Universal, are you listening?