I'm new here, and am very glad I found this site, being a big admirer of Welles. My question, for those who might know, is about the excellent quality regarding DVD transfers in the European market vs the US and Canada (Region 1). For example, Germany and France DVD releases of Welles' films are amazing, clear and untouchable as far as quality.
My favorite Welles' Film, The Trial, realeased by Studio Canal/Universal is excellent. I've had to settle for the Delta Version. (region 1)
I also bought an all region (0), fully restored Macbeth Korean import with removable subtitles, which is fantastic and I'm happy to own.
Needless to say, it seems strange to me that other countries, from what I can see, have access to better film negatives of brilliant movies than the US has, especially regarding Welles. Obviously, Universal and Studio Canal go hand and hand, so why can't we have the same type of quality over here in the United States?
I would love to see The Stranger and The Trail released with the same quality I see with other regions. I have not yet seen The Magnificent Ambersons and can't seem to find it on DVD (Region 1 at least). I have emailed Criterion with suggestions for some of these Orson Welles' films, hoping that they will supply. It is nice to see Mr. Arkadin being released soon by said company, so hopefully they will pile on more. They also have F For Fake out as well.
I've had to settle with The Stranger as part of a 3 movie Mystery set with two other non-Orson Welles' films. It's by a Canadian company called BFS and it's the full 95 minute version (not the 85 minute one), matching up pretty well in quality, and proably one of the best we're going to find in a region 1.
I have heard that Universal, from rumors here and there (who know's what's true regarding these) that they will be releasing The Trail and the Stranger in the coming months, but can't confirm it, certainly not on their website. Any information would be great.