Knowels - Thanks for your feedback on my "Ambersons" reconstruction attempt. You are correct that I did not follow the March, 1942 cutting continuity exactly as presented, but as I have mentioned before on this site, my intention was to create a version that would be watchable by a general audience. This does not mean that I think the 131 min. version of Ambersons (as detailed in the Carringer book) would be "unwatchable", but that my attempt to recreate it exactly would prove to be more academic than entertaining. For example, would inserting George's cut line about "people not bringing their elephants with them" really improve the scene after the ball, or would hearing this line voiced by someone imitating Tim Holt disrupt the scene unnecessarily? I didn't find the line to be significant enough to interrupt the flow of the scene with a "restoration" attempt.
There were other scenes (including George's fantasizing about Lucy) that I just didn't think I could pull off convincingly, so I didn't attempt them. I would have loved to include Gus Schilling's scene where he tells his poolhall cronies about Lucy fainting at the drugstore, but I didn't want to resort to using storyboards; I wanted all the visuals to be actual stills, freeze-frames or composites that might look like they were freeze-frames from the original film.
I was also hesitant to eliminate actual performances from the original actors even if the surviving footage was from a reshoot. Agnes Moorhead giving a toned down performance under Jack Moss' direction is still going to be better than my friend imitating Moorhead reading the original lines. I will say that I regret not recreating the scene where George confronts Isabel and she writes him a letter in response. Wise changed that scene quite a bit and the tone is way off from what Welles intended.
Finally, the choice to include two additional voice-over narrations near the end was simply my attempt to compensate for the lack of visual information Welles originally provided. I couldn't convincingly show Eugene leaving the factory, going to the hospital, then to the boarding house, so I came up with some narration to explain the action. In the same vein, while I'm sure the original final shot of Eugene being driven from the boarding house through the busy city streets looked fantastic, I didn't have it. So, I created an ending that I thought remained true to Welles' intentions while giving the "reconstruction" the sense of closure I felt it needed. If you're wondering, the "Eugene asked his driver to take him to City Hospital... and then to make one last stop in a darker, more solemn part of the city" line was purely my invention. Also, the lines concerning "Eugene's driver taking him up the same streets he had walked in his youth to his new home, now over eight miles north of the city" and Eugene's failure to recognize Amberson Boulevard were my inventions as well. The remaining narration from these segments came directly from Tarkington's book. Taking liberties? Very much so, but I wanted my reconstruction to serve the story in a way the released version didn't; to honor the "mood" Welles was originally going for. Again, I wanted it to be entertaining, not just an academic exercise (although there's nothing wrong with the academic approach either).
Once more, thanks so much to everyone for their responses and here's hoping that Warner Brothers will deliver a slam-bang official DVD version soon!