Saturday, May 3, 2008

Orson Welles's "Don Quixote" Finally Comes to DVD (Region 1)

There has been little mention of this, but the 1992 assemblage of Orson Welles's unfinished Don Quixote is coming to DVD on August 19th. This much maligned attempt at making a feature film from Welles's nearly two decades worth of footage has been little seen. Despite the critical drubbing, I'm very curious to see this film-- just to see if there is even a glimmer of what might-have-been. However, you could argue, that purchasing this DVD validates what's generally considered a mutilation of Welles's work. If I thought it would be a blockbuster DVD I might hesitate, but considering The Other Side of the Wind looks like a bust, Don Quixote might be the only unfinished Welles film I get this year.

Link to Image Entertainment site's Don Quixote page.

Text of 1988 Sight & Sound article from on the making of the film.

More at including Oja Kodar's issues with the reconstruction.

A piece of the Patty McCormack footage is on You Tube [with odd music added] (none of which is in the 1992 assemblage, apparently):

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