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The Orson Welles Collection 3 DVD Set [2007]

Orson Welles    Parental Guidance   DVD
2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Orson Welles
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Elstree Hill
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Oct 2007
  • Run Time: 276 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WPMX6M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,371 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

The notoriety Orson Welles achieved with his radio broadcast of War of the Worlds made it a surefire certainty he would go into films. That his first major film should be the highly controversial Citizen Kane only added to his reputation. His acting talents have frequently been overlooked in the ensuing years, simply because there was always much to discuss about his diriectorial style, but as the three films included here show, Orson Welles was an exceptional actor, able to turn his talents to biblical and Shakespearan characters with ease.

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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
I will not comment the feature "David and Goliath" in this review, as it is below anyone's dignity, including the viewer's and the most honourable Mr. Welles himself.

I knew I could download "The Stranger" from many a'places, but chose not to, and instead opted for a decent copy on DVD. At least that's what I thought I would get. I was however completely wrong. I'm OK with less-then-perfect video quality when I'm about to watch an old flick, but what on earth have they managed to do with the sound, this Czech production company?! Through the whole movie it has a very annoying clicking sound -- I actually couldn't sit still and finish the movie because of it. Therefore I ended up (don't read this next part) going back to the place on The Internet where they are renowned for their collection of legal public domain movies, and there I found one in the 720p format.

As already mentioned in another (short) review, you could be one of those who are considering to buy this becasuse of the inclusion of "King Lear", made-for-TV play. And yes, this is one of the few possibilities of obtaining a copy of this. And no, it's far from good quality on this print, but it is bearable, mainly since it is not many options for anyone who want to watch it before they perish. The image is of course not sharp, and voices out of sync. Still, the production is an important piece of our history and of Mr. Welles's theatre participations recorded to tape.

And finally, let me quote the small inscription on the back of every DVD in this box, where "Elstree Hill Entertainment" CLEARLY states that they DID NOT INTEND TO RE-MASTER OR IN ANY WAY BETTER THE QUALITY of the features, when they write: "When transferring to digital format some quality may have been lost." ???? Isn't this the complete opposite of any self-respecting company who deals with the combo 'DVD' and 'significant movie classic' would try to achieve?

- Thank you for reading!
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing box set 1 Nov 2009
By M. Heim
Clearly, this box set does not deserve the label 'The Orson Welles Collection'. Get it if you're interested in the TV Lear - but otherwise don't bother. The quality is really bad.

There are better versions of 'The Stranger' out there and you will not be interested in the 'David and Goliath' (trust me).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars should this have any stars? 21 Dec 2012
By Mum
What is on the dvd? Only an idiot would buy a collection without knowing the titles of the films.

And how do you write 20 words about something unknown.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother 28 Oct 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I've given this only one star, which is not a comment on the two genuine Welles films included, The Stranger The Stranger [1946] and The Trial The Trial [1963], but on the strength - or weakness - of the other three discs.

One contains two documentaries and one television appearance, on the Herb Shriver Show in 1955. This show is included in full, and anyone who wants to know just how awful, smug and unfunny American TV could be in the 1950s might want to subject themselves to this for, maybe, five minutes. Welles' appearance, for ten minutes, includes some patronising banter with the folksy host, and a reading of a bad poem by Carl Sandberg, inflating an already grandiose piece of self-congratulation with his admittedly impressive oracular delivery.

The American TV documentaries overlap a lot in material, both relying on trailers for Welles films in their entirety (out of copyright, I suppose)to pad out the time. You won't learn anything much about Welles you didn't know before.

"David and Goliath" is an Italian epic so bad that most of the actors in it appear under false names. Only Welles, as Saul, secure in the knowledge of his genius, has enough self-confidence to allow his name to be attached to it. He must have dropped into Cinecitta for all of four days, the amount he has to do, but really he might just as well phoned in is performance from wherever his peripatetic life in search of funding happened to find him at the time.

The only other actor of any note is Hilton Edwards (Michael MacLiammoir's boyfriend in real life) - credited here as Edward Hilton - as the shaggy prophet Samuel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What's in the box please? 22 Aug 2012
How do you expect to sell stuff if you don't say what is on the DVDs?
Please tell us what is included.

The Orson Welles Collection [1946] [DVD]
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