Just got my 'Chimes' DVD in the mail today; ordered it from some guy in Spain, who got it here pronto. I bought it on eBay for $25.00: better than ordering it from DVD web-sites who usually are asking $40.00.
The picture and sound are excellent! It's from Suevia Films, and has been reviwed by Jeff, I believe. I didn't get any extras, pamphlet-wise, but the disc has scene selections, interviews (all in Spanish, I think) and some never-before-seen-by-me photos on the set of 'Chimes' in a small gallery.
The disc is PAL Region 0, and it plays on my Apex AD1100W DVD player. My Apex plays PAL or NTSC, but it only plays region 1. Somebody in an old post mentioned that some Apex DVDs can play any region if you know the secret code, but I don't think mine is one of them.
As for 'Chimes' itself, the older I get, the more it means to me, and I've never felt the emotion that I did today. Previously I've only had an intellectual understanding, but now I'm old enough to begin to feel it. I used the English subtitles, and though they are approximations of what is said, and often inaccurate, they still helped me understand more that I ever have previously. Curiosly, Gilguid affected me enormously today; he was only on the set a few days, but is a strong presence, and plays a very difficult role, I think. I can't remember before feeling the clarity of his vision in his last conversation with Hal, when he acknowledges that he got the crown illigitamately, but that Hal will be on slightly firmer ground, even though the knives will still be drawn. The King seems very sympathetic to me now. Even Hal, when he banishes Falstaff, seems almost to have no choice, as Jack has just burst in on a very somber ceremony like a bull in a china shop, and Hal is trying to change his image. Still, the new King does make sure that Falstaff has a pension, and that he is let out of jail almost immediately. As usual with Welles (and Shakespeare) "everyone has their reasons".
I can highly reccommend the DVD, and encourage other Wellesians to get it before Beatrice does a "restoration"!