nolanoe wrote:They are waiting for better versions - somebody working for Warner in the restoration process has, apparently, said that he can't say anything further about it.
Do you have any information even this was said? Recently?
Sorry to post that late.
When the DVD came out, somebody asked, and a Warner response equaled "We waited with Citizen Kane, and it was worth it. With Ambersons, the search for a print that meets our standards continues, and it will be worth it."
There were news some time ago, from somebody rather trustworthy (I believe a south american film historian), that "damaged Ambersons parts" were supposedly found somewhere in Brazil. Now, we all know the interwebz and their inner webs, so it might all just be heresy. But if Warner has a lead, and are working on turning up more, it would explain why they not just go with the print they used for the DVD (and yes, they could just have it scanned and restored for a good BD).
With Ambersons' history, I could see a bit turn up here and there, and Warner going after it without too much ado, else imagine the frustration if they found 20 seconds from the old man ramble, yet nothing else, but released news of a restored long version to come out too early.
So that's my guess: they found some bits and pieces (again: probably only seconds), and are now keeping the ball low, trying to figure out what to do about these bits.
Here is the bit:
http://www.wellesnet.com/phpbb2/viewtop ... f=1&t=1555
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DVD in 2008/09.
Warner will be releasing the 131 minute restored version of Ambersons in late 2008 or early 2009. A complete print was located in a Brazilian film archive. The print is undergoing the 4k restoration process.
Ambersons film sent to Welles at his hotel the Copacabana Palace. Film did not leave Brazil after that due to customs problems. Adhemar Gonzaga did not destroy fil as directed, unclear why. So film ends up back at the Palace. Hotel finds film cans after the war and for whatever reason sends film to the Cinemateca. Sometime between 1946 and 1976(?) film probably in unauthorized private hands beacause if still at Cinemateca it would have burned in 1957 fires. It ends up at the São Paulo Cinemateque in 1976(?), cans labeled correctly but ignored by over-worked local perservation staff which assumed it was regular print of film. In 2006 their archivist contacted Warner about film cans which turned out ot be complete print in poor but salvagable condition. Film flown to US once Warner gets o.k. from Brazilan court.