The UK apparently have very good editions of both Macbeth
that were taken from restored elements. Second Sight Films is the company distributing them.
From the Back Cover
This fully restored Macbeth is the original version produced and directed by Orson Welles.In a bid for commerciality,the studio later trimmed the film by twenty minutes and redubbed the Scottish accents employed by Welles and his cast.This tampering with his work would come as no surprise to a director growing disillusioned with a Hollywood that tampered with all his films after Citizen Kane. Welles shot the film in just 21 days in the summer on 1947,at the small 'B'movie studio Republic.Here he believed was the perfect environment in which to undertake his first Shakesperian project for the screen.The result was powerful,intense and distinctively Welles.From the omnious encounter with the witches to the fateful marching of Birnam to Dunsinane,Wellesm the director captured the very essence of this,Shakespear's darkest play.With typically expressive use of camera,Welles conjured up a claustrophobic world,where Welles the actor portrayed an increasingly deranged Macbeth. One of Welles'filmmaking experiments in Macbeth was a ten minute take,subsequently edited when Republic shortened the film for general release.In 1980,a film archivist in America discovered half the reels of the original version on a high grade stock,among which was this 'one take' reel.After sourcing the missing footage from elsewhere,he was able to create a high quality,restored version of Macbeth,as Welles had intended it to be seen.In this complete form,it remains on of the most powerful and atmospheric of the many screen adaptations of Shakespeare..
â€¢ Special Feature Information:
Â° Restoring Othello Feature
Â° Restored Othello Trailers
Â° Production Stills
Â° Orson Welles Short Film Return To Glannascaul
â€¢ Aspect Ratio: 4:3
â€¢ Available Audio Tracks: Dolby Digital Stereo
â€¢ Main Language: English
The story of a man driven mad by the power of his self-contained emotion. A Shakespearean classic. Orson Welles' production began in 1948 but with money in short supply the production took a further four years to complete. An original negative found in 1992 allowed a restoration project to begin.
I'm surprised Gary over at the Beaver hasn't got himself around to comparing these two.