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Product Details

  • Actors: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotton
  • Directors: Orson Welles
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Collector's Edition, Color, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Subtitled
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Portuguese, English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2011
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0050FXDDQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,983 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Citizen Kane (70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

Bonus Disc: American Experience: The Battle Over Citizen Kane Documentary
Bonus Disc: RKO 281
Commentary by Peter Bogdanovich
Commentary by Roger Ebert
Opening: World Premier of Citizen Kane Vintage Featurettes
Interview with Ruth Warrick
Interview with Robert Wise
Storyboards
Call Sheets
Still Photography with Commentary by Roger Ebert
Deleted Scenes
Ad Campaign
Press Book
Opening Night
10/30/38 Mercury Theatre Broadcast of War of the Worlds (Audio Only)
10/28/40 KTSA, San Antonio Broadcast of H.G. Wells Meets Orson Welles (Audio Only)
Theatrical Trailer

Editorial Reviews

Orson Welles’ timeless masterwork is more than a groundbreaking film. Presented here in a magnificent 70th anniversary digital transfer with revitalized digital audio from the highest quality surviving elements, it is also grand entertainment, sharply acted and superbly directed with inspired visual flair. Depicting the controversial life of an influential publishing tycoon, this Best Original Screenplay Academy Award Winner (1941) is rooted in themes of power, corruption, vanity—the American Dream lost in the mystery of a dying man’s last word: “Rosebud.”

Customer Reviews

This is a perfect addition to his collection.
Carol H Dooley
It is why CITIZEN KANE still stands a one of the greatest films ever made.
Nick T
Welles uses unique camera angles to perfection, as well as lighting.
Todd7

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

54 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Kit Sargeant on May 31, 2011
Format: DVD
By all accounts this appears to be a wonderful reissue and collector's edition. However, one "little" problem remains. And it will remain forever. A clue to this problem is found in a comment from the product description:

"Presented here in a magnificent 70th anniversary digital transfer with revitalized digital audio from the highest quality surviving elements ..."

What that means is the original negative of "Citizen Kane" was destroyed years ago. Lost forever by an RKO executive's mistake to slate the negative for silver reclamation, the "highest quality surviving elements" are basically cannibalized intermediate negatives of fair to poor quality. I know, because I was given the job of assembling the best possible negative to strike new prints from for the 50th anniversary theatrical release. In the 20 years since, there is a remote possibility that better elements have been found. However, I seriously doubt any cleaner elements were discovered since RKO provided me with every positive master and intermediate negative they could find in their library.

I did the best job I could given the circumstances and I was able to deliver a decent negative to strike new prints from. Still, one segment of the negative proved impossible to fix. Near the end of one reel, permanent emulsion scratches appear for several seconds. They are thick and white and impossible to miss. At the time, there was no replacement footage available.

I am eagerly awaiting the release of this new edition to check and see if others were able to fix what I could not and to see if some how, some way, better "quality" elements were found in the interim. When I have a chance to screen this edition I will report back on what I see.

However, know this: No new print or DVD will ever be struck from the original negative.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L'escribe on October 2, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
It is amusing to read some of the other reviews for the Citizen Kane 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition. The way some people nitpick about trivialities! Who cares if the original negative is gone, and this one isn't dipped in platinum? Not me. The awesome Citizen Kane is extremely well done in every way. The genius of Orson Welles is evident in every frame, nook and cranny of this extraordinary film.
It is,simply, a stunner of exhorbitant proportion. CK is a treat for the senses, it sort of lulls one into an asctetic experience of what real film making is, and, sadly, will never be again. This boxed set is magnificent. I will not extrapolate on the contents, as other reviewers have repeated ad nauseum. Suffice to say that, for roughly thirty bucks you get a marvelous package. The other two discs are very interesting nostalgia as to the behind the scenes scuffle regarding W.R. Hearst and Marian Davies (shhh that's where "rosebud" had its origins. It supposedly was a pet name given by Hearst to describe part of Davies' anatomy that he was extremely fond of). Needless to say, CK fans will adore this boxed set.I did not find any fault with the packaging, unlike some other reviewers here, and, again, to nitpick through this legendary film is to dilute its impact on future first time viewers.
It is a first class film, THE film of the century. Welles and Toland created a masterpiece.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BWP on January 28, 2012
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I initially hesitated to buy this deluxe set and considered instead buying the smaller one that just has the "Battle Over Citizen Kane" documentary on it. I love this brilliant film, but I prefer "Casablanca" (sorry folks) and I just wasn't sure I wanted this big of a set. In the end, I decided to just go ahead and buy big. I am so grateful that I did. In addition to the film itself, which is beautifully crisp and clean, the set came with an impressive set of extras. The little hardcover book inside talks about the production of the film and the difficulties it had getting off the ground in the face of W.R Hearst's objections. A set of vintage movie posters for the film printed on card stock, and a reproduction of the pamphlet that accompanied the film's premiere round out the printed extras and are fun to look at. The actual special features about the film aren't going to seem like much to those of us who spent long evenings wading through the special features on the "Lord of the Rings" extended edition DVDs. They include a few interviews, production stills (one of which is partially narrated by Roger Ebert) and the theatrical trailer. The real gem of the set are the two additional features, "The Battle Over Citizen Kane", a 1998 documentary about the film, and "RKO 281", an HBO movie from 1999 about the making of Citizen Kane. Both of these features shed light on the film and leave the viewer knowing more about the film than they ever intended to know. This set is a great buy that literally has everything about the movie in one handy, attractive package. The packaging is high quality, and the puzzle-piece pattern on the box is a clever nod to the film itself. You won't regret this great buy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By steve_manassas on January 7, 2013
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CITIZEN KANE is probably my favorite dramatic film of all time. Produced and directed by Orson Welles at age 26, just three years after his Mercury Theater On The Air production of H.G. Wells' THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, broadcast on the Columbia Broadcasting System (no initials in those days) on October 30, 1938, actually convinced millions of Americans that Martians were invading Grovers Mill, New Jersey.

Welles plays Charles Foster Kane, a "yellow journalist" whose life and career is closely modeled on the real-life William Randolph Hearst, who tried everything in his power to stop CITIZEN KANE from being released. Many Hollywood studios offered to buy the negative from RKO Pictures and destroy it, but Welles refused to back down, and the film was finally released in May 1941. Because of all the negative publicity from the Hearst newspapers and other outlets, the film, much like another 1940s classic, It's a Wonderful Life (60th Anniversary Edition), initially bombed at the box office. The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards, but only won one: for Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay) by Herman Mankiewicz and Orson Welles.

Bernard Herrmann wrote the musical score for the film; he later went on to score the music for The Twilight Zone: The Complete Series [Blu-ray] and many Alfred Hitchcock films, including
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