You see, I am one of these people who believe that Orson Welles is the perfect Shakespearian actor. He has the voice (that awesome voice!), he has the native talent, and he has the passion that makes him.
I am glad that his genius is preserved and restored on this DVD. In fact, the documentary on the restoration process of this film is worth the price of the DVD itself, if you are into the "Learning Channel" type of things. This film would have been lost, and Welles perfect interpretation of the Bard would have been forever gone.
Welles, due to the "Citizen Kane" feedback, had to scrounge for money, and so this project appears jumbled at times, and here and there the lips are out of synch with the soundtrack, since the overdubbed the voices after filming. There are also some continuity problems with Welles blackface paint. But Venus de Milo is a beautiful statue, even without the arms.
This "Othello" was filmed on location, so the ambiance is perfect, with the canals, the only Italian building, and the long Italian faces that bespeak of character and pith. The cinematography is pure Gregg Toland, so you feel like you are looking at a series of high-art Renaissance paintings, and not just a blur of people speaking archaic English.
Welles does take some liberties with the script, but that is his prerogative. The story flows, and you get the feel and essence of the story, which is not as easy as it seems. I am glad that it was preserved or future generations.