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Citizen Kane (70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray] (2011)

Orson Welles , Joseph Cotten , Orson Welles  |  PG |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten
  • Directors: Orson Welles
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Collector's Edition, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Czech, English, French, Hungarian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,152 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0050G3NWG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,655 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Citizen Kane (70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]" 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
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
*Note: Special Features are on DVD format

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.”

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671 of 706 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A vanguard motion picture June 5, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Probably the most unfortunate thing that ever happened to `Citizen Kane' was that it found itself atop the AFI top film list. Now, no one can simply enjoy the film. Everyone feels compelled to scrutinize it and make a decision about its greatness. Asking whether `Citizen Kane' is the best film of the century is like asking if Marilyn Monroe was the most beautiful woman. It depends on whom you ask.
`Citizen Kane' is not the most entertaining film I've ever seen, but it is certainly one of the most important. It is a vanguard motion picture and a gargantuan achievement for Orson Welles. If you consider the fact that Welles was a 24 year old Hollywood outsider who had only done radio and theater when he landed the contract for this film, you begin to appreciate what a big deal it was. This was during a time when a few studios controlled every film that was made. How many 24 year old actor/directors can you name today, even in a world where independents abound?
The story is based on the life of William Randolph Hearst. Writer Herman Mankiewicz had an up-close look at Hearst as he had been an occasional house guest at the Hearst mansion. The similarities were striking, right down to the paramour whose career Hearst promoted, who loved to do jigsaw puzzles. The fact that this film was released at all is a marvel in itself. Hearst went on a personal campaign to crush the film and enlisted every powerful friend he had to stop it. Louis B. Mayer offered RKO $800,000 to destroy the print. John D. Rockefeller ordered the Radio City premier cancelled. All of Hearst's newspapers were forbidden to mention the film.
Hollywood was uniformly against it and Welles was branded an insolent maverick. The film was snubbed by the Academy.
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888 of 975 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ok...everyone relax!!!! October 19, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I had no intention of writng a review, but after reading several I couldn't stop myself.
It seems like most of the people here are falling into two camps, the "Film Snobs" and the " Folks whose brains have been rotted by MTV, etc..."
The comments of the"MTV people" seem to be typified by this quote I picked from out of many bad reviews: "Maybe you intellectual, artsy types go for this, but give me Star Wars any day!"
Where the "Snobs" counter back with:
"I cannot think of another film which so challenges the viewer time and time again. I still pick up little nuances, incredible effects and camara angles, and overlapping dialog on subsesquent showings. Gregg Toland's camerawork is justifiably among the most memorable in film."
Oh boy!
I, of course believe Citizen Kane is a great film, but I believe both sides in this argument are missing the point.
I really wish those who defended this movie spoke about it in human terms, rather then talk about the camera work, or Welles' age or it's "impact" on film history.
It is great because (if you let it)it will tell you a deeply emotional story.
It is no accident that the very first and very last image of the film are the same. A locked gate with a sign that says,"No Trespassing." For in this movie, Kane is a guy with a virtual "no trespassing" sign around his neck. He is a man who wants so deeply to control those around him, to FORCE them to love him, that he allows nobody close. He essentially locks out all hope of love!
Give it a chance...don't expect Star Wars. Pay no attention to the camera work and special effects, they are beside the point. Welles is talking about the very saddest, deepest, loneliest part of us might find something to relate to....if you are patient.
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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This 70th Anniversary Blu-ray release of arguably the best film of all time is a bit of a mixed bag especially for those who already have the standard disc version Citizen Kane (Two-Disc Special Edition). My copy of the standard disc upscales very well in 1080p on my blu-ray player and while the picture quality is very good and bright, there are still very faint white spots in some frames for example in the scene where the reporter is reviewing the manuscript in the vault. The sound quality is also good there but this blu ray version has a vastly superior sound quality coming in DTS mono. The strange thing is that when it comes to the picture quality, the blu-ray shows a lot more grain when compared with the vault scene in the standard version and while the white spots are virtually a thing of the past, the lighting is pretty dark and at the end when the reporters leave Xanadu, you can hardly see a thing on the blu-ray while you can still make out the faces on the upscaled standard disc. As the second disc on the "Battle for Citizen Kane" is virtually identical to the one on the standard release there is nothing to compare among the two here. The booklet packaging with the colour photos and pages is nice but other than that, there is nothing really to distinguish between the blu-ray and the standard dvd release.

Better sound quality but arguably slightly better picture quality when compared to the upscaled standard disc and equal special features except for the better blu-ray book packaging makes it a tough call on whether or not to double dip. For me, I kinda regret doing it as the improvements do not "wow" me enough.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thought a black and white movie would be lame and under appreciated by...
Thought a black and white movie would be lame and under appreciated by me...but the tale is timeless and the directors creativity and imagination is amazing.
Published 1 day ago by thaknowledgehustla
5.0 out of 5 stars Rose Bud.....
My favorite move ever. The RKO back story is excellent too.
Published 2 days ago by Timothy Kolber
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 days ago by Thomas Donahue
5.0 out of 5 stars Rosebud
"Rosebud". What a great movie from Orson Welles. Right up there with The Trial, Black Magic (Count Cagliostro), or the Third man.
Published 5 days ago by M. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
The actors in this film are excellent and they portray these characters at multiple stages in life. This was a tragic film and one every American should see.
Published 9 days ago by JACK
5.0 out of 5 stars Also a Thoroughly Enjoyable Movie
Is it possible to watch this movie and just enjoy it without feeling obligated to appreciate it as "the greatest movie ever?"
Published 10 days ago by NoOneYouKnow
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 15 days ago by Keith Running
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quality
Great quality, not to mention fantastic film.
Published 18 days ago by Avery
5.0 out of 5 stars I.... um .... forgot... I bought .... ya
I really need to actually watch this friggn movie
Published 23 days ago by Dalton
4.0 out of 5 stars Take That William Randolph Hearst! Kane Is An Achievement In Cinematic...
The problem with Citizen Kane is the much ballyhooed hype surrounding it. Like Salinger's Catcher In The Rye, which has become more of a legendary pulse for craziness and... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Mr. Sinister
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