It is as if a long-lost time capsule had been unearthed, opened and the contents therein were once again available after being locked away for a half-century.
That’s what B2MP, Inc. has done — metaphorically speaking — with the announcement this past week that a restored (from the 35mm interpositive) Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack edition of Around the World With Orson Welles: The Complete Series (Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack) will be available on July 14.
Back in 1955 Welles contracted with England’s newly-launched ITV channel (a counter-balance to the BBC) to produce and direct a series of “high brow” travelogues. The project quickly blew up and only six episodes ever saw the light of day.
B2MP, Inc. has assembled all six episodes of this series, which includes trips to Spain, including Madrid and the Basque region, plus St.-Germain-des-Prés in Paris and a return to Vienna, where Orson Welles filmed The Third Man.
As a bonus, the partially completed seventh episode in the series was the subject of documentary filmmaker Christophe Cognet’s 2000 release of L'affaire Dominici Par Orson Welles, which included footage shot by Welles and is presented mainly in French (with some English) and includes English subtitles.
Other bonus goodies include a new essay by film critic Peter Tonguette, the author of “Orson Welles Remembered.”