I agree that "more Beatrice" = "less good Welles on video".
This reminds me of the problem of Chaplin's films reverting to the Chaplin Estate. Over the years, some beautifully remastered Chaplin films have appeared on VHS, LaserDisc and DVD. Now that the Estate owns the rights to them all, Chaplin is going out of print. The Image DVDs are out of the catalog, and when they return, they will apparently not return in the remastered versions on the Fox LDs and Image DVDs.
For instance, Chaplins longer short films with First National (The Pilgrim, The Idle Class, Shoulder Arms, A Dog's Life) will only be available in the slowed-down versions supervised by Chaplin in 1960's as "The Chaplin Revue" (Chaplin had some of the frames repeated to slow down the action and make them more "realistic" looking to modern audiences. The result is a collection of draggy, jerky films that cease to be funny). Also, Killiam's restoration of the original Gold Rush with intertitles and a piano score will no longer be sold, and only Chaplin's 1942 re-issue with sound, narration (and cuts) will be available.
I expect the Estate does not want to share any potential royalties with the people who did the resorations of the films in the 90's, so they are using the versions that are owned by them outright. I fear that Beatrice owning Kane and Ambersons would result in a similar situation as the Chaplins, or at least of Othello, so I am not real jazzed about this. If, as Jeff says, they pay her a royalty, I agree w/dmolson that it will shove Amvbersons even further back on the schedule.