Restoration of Chimes in the planning stages??!!! This is from the Aug. 9, 2007 Roger Ebert column: Ask the Movie Man:
Q: Are there any plans to restore Orson Welles' "Chimes at Midnight" (aka "Falstaff") and give the film a proper DVD release in America?
- Scott Brady, Chicago
A: Jonathan Rosenbaum, film critic of the Chicago Reader and expert on Welles, tells me:
"Michael Dawson, the guy who rejigged the lip-sync on Welles' 'Othello,' has been planning for years to do the same thing with 'Chimes at Midnight' -- only this time, I'm happy to say, without changing the music and sound effects and without turning the soundtrack into stereo. (My only beef with his ground plan is that he wants to add the sound of neighing horses to one shot! Go figure.)
"The problem is, until or unless the labyrinthine rights issues get cleared up with the widow of Harry Saltzman, one of the producers, you can't even buy DVDs now from Europe, either, judging from my latest Google search. (When the Locarno film festival had a huge Welles retrospective and conference two years ago, they had to get special permission from her just to show the film once.)"
Ebert again: For my Great Movies piece on the film, I was able to find a decent DVD from Brazil. Probably no longer available.