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5.0 out of 5 stars Falstaff (Chimes At Midnight) Mr Bongo DVD review
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...
Published on 3 May 2012 by D. Kelly

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3.0 out of 5 stars Chimes at Last
Many a devotee of Orson Welles has struggled in vain to find a copy of his 1964/5 masterpiece, 'Falstaff', or 'Chimes at Midnight'. Its inaccessibility is an unusual and unjust fate for the preferred film one of the 20th century's finest directors. Speaking in a 1982 BBC interview, Welles cited 'Falstaff' as his favorite film. Despite its flaws, the peerless cinematic...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 22 Sept. 2013
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A first rate addition to my library. I even thought that the style had in some way had influenced the recent "Hollow Crown".
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5.0 out of 5 stars MR WELLES, 13 Nov. 2010
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A. Hussain "atticus" (essex uk) - See all my reviews
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THE LAST CHAP SAID IT ALL,I MERELY WANT TO ADD THAT I WAS ONCE LUCKY ENOUGH TO MEET THE MAN HIMSELF AND HE STATED THAT THIS WAS HIS FAVOURITE FILM,UNFORTUNETLY KENNY WILLIAM,S SPIRITED HIM AWAY SO I NEVER FOUND OUT WHY?AT THE TIME HE WAS IN ENGLAND PUTTING ON MOBY DICK IN THE WEST END THIS REALLY IS TOP DRAW SHAKESPERE VERY CHARMING FILM,IF YOU CAN FIND IT BUY IT.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A master story teller inside another, 14 Jun. 2013
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J. A. Cathcart "andrewc1152" (australia) - See all my reviews
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Shakespeare, the dramatist shaped and configured by another dramatist, some beautiful images, earthy credibility, rich characters so the film isn't pure Shakespeare - the Director's adaptations are reverential and inspired. Shakespeare would approve.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of 2 plays in one film., 22 Aug. 2014
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This film has so many pluses: The editing down of the best of two Shakespeare plays into one concise film, an outstanding battle scene, John Gielgud as an old king tormented by his past and an enjoyable performance by Orson Welles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great item!, 12 April 2013
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David W. Bishop "Tojoone" (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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A really excellent item competitively priced and with reasonable postal charges for an overseas customer quickly posted - top marks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A triumph for Orson Welles as director and actor, 14 May 2012
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King Henry IV (John Gielgud) is deeply concerned with his son's (Keith Baxter) lack of interest in his Princely duties. The young Prince seems content to carouse and drink at taverns and brothels with the debauched and lazy knight Falstaff (Orson Welles, who also directed). But the time is coming when young Hal must choose between duty and a life of indulgence. Reputedly Welles' favorite among his own films, this audacious adaptation of segments from four of Shakespeare's plays (MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, RICHARD II, HENRY IV and HENRY V) easily ranks with Welles' CITIZEN KANE and MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS. Its flaws are technical rather than artistic. The multi international cast required dubbing, mostly with minor characters and the dubbing is obvious. In fact, one can clearly recognize Welles' own voice dubbing other characters and the narrative is sometimes vague. But those are insignificant quibbles. Visually, this is the most stunning of all Welles' films with Edmond Richard (DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE) responsible for the exquisite images. The battle scenes which are probably the most admired aspect of the film are superb, one would have to go back to Eisenstein's battle on the ice in ALEXANDER NEVSKY to find something comparable. Welles the actor does right by Falstaff, he's impeccable. The outstanding score is by Angelo Francesco Lavagnino. With Jeanne Moreau, Margaret Rutherford, Alan Webb, Fernando Rey, Norman Rodway, Marina Vlady, Beckley, Beatrice Welles and narration by Ralph Richardson.

The DVD via Great Britain courtesy of Mr. Bongo is a very pleasing transfer in an 1.85 aspect ratio.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 20 Nov. 2014
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Excellent service and product.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Buy Italian, 12 Oct. 2011
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I have to agree with some other reviewers - the version from the UK is unintelligible. I had to buy it again from Amazon Italy and it is like a different film i.e. one you can understand and see.

***** for the Italian version
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 12 April 2015
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Brilliant
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 2 Oct. 2014
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