atcolomb wrote:DVD BEAVER has on their website a new dvd release link of Chimes as a region 2 British release on April 23 by Mr Bongo. The only info on the Amazon.co.uk website is that it is PAL disc at 113 minutes. Went to the Mr Bongo website but saw no info on the release...but from what i saw i think another cheap dvd release.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007H7OQW2/r ... amp=211189
This is purely a review of the new Mr Bongo DVD release of Orson Welles' 1965 film "Falstaff" (aka "Chimes at Midnight") released on the 30th of April 2012. I have bought two previous DVD releases of this superb Welles film only to be bitterly disappointed by the extremely poor quality of both. However, as the saying goes, third time lucky. I took the plunge with this new Mr Bongo version. I have previously bought several DVD releases from Mr Bongo and have been pretty impressed by them all, and now I can add their DVD release of "Falstaff" to that list as its an enormous improvement over the others. The image is anamorphic widescreen (enhanced for widescreen televisions) preserving the original 1.85:1 ratio and the grey tones and contrast are impressive. My only very slight concern is the image can appear a little soft at times, but that may be due to the original print used and may be how the film looked theatrically. There are no extras at all and no subtitles, but as far as bare bones DVDs are concerned, the film is really all you need as its quite excellent. The Mr Bongo release is the one to go for. There is no contest.
Roger Ryan wrote:Not having the new issue, I can only add that I've been fortunate to see CHIMES twice on 35mm and did not feel the image looked "soft" at all. The screengrabs for the Mr. Bongo release do look a little soft and others have commented on this. I suspect that whatever source Mr. Bongo has used, it went through quite a bit of DNR.
atcolomb wrote:So the print used for this dvd release is a good one and so far the best looking print of the film i have seen on video, laserdisc, or dvd. A big recommendation to buy it!!
atcolomb wrote:The next step i hope will be a blu-ray release taken from the original negatives of the film...who ever has them. Talked to Gary Tooze last night and they will have a review of it on his website DVD BEAVER.
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