Orson Welles on Mr Bongo: 'Falstaff: Chimes at Midnight: Restored Edition', ‘Too Much Johnson’ and 'The Immortal Story'


We are extremely proud to announce that we will be releasing a restored, 50th anniversary edition of Orson Welles masterpiece ‘Falstaff: Chimes at Midnight' ('Campanadas a medianoche' in Spanish) on Blu-ray and DVD this summer. This will be accompanied by 'Too Much Johnson', on Blu-ray and DVD, and 'The Immortal Story' on DVD.

For the 50th anniversary edition of ‘Chimes At Midnight’, we have worked with Luciano Berriatúa at Filmoteca in Madrid. The restoration has been undertaken with upmost respect for Welle’s original vision of the movie, and is not based on providing a quality of picture and sound according to the standard of current technologies (attempting to better what Welles filmed in the sixties), but to recover the film so that the viewer can experience the movie the same way they could watch it at the time.

Berriatúa says of his restoration; “For me the most important aspect of this restoration is to make a copy as accurate as possible to the original, with original photography. The most important thing is to play the grading, shadows and contrast selected by Welles. It is not a digital restoration in which the image is absolutely clean and no grains or problems. There is a no stereo 5.1, but mono sound, as of the time."

2015 see's both the centenary of Welles, and the 50th anniversary of 'Chimes at Midnight'.

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Cinema screening dates for 'Falstaff: Chimes at Midnight' are available here.

More news soon!