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  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 7, 2013
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BGLQHUO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,045 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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CITIZEN HEARST, directed by Academy Awardr-nominated filmmaker Leslie Iwerks and narrated by Academy Award nominee William H. Macy, traces the 125-year history of the Hearst media empire, from William Randolph Hearst's pioneering and controversial days of headline-grabbing yellow journalism to the global impact of the company's many successful media brands. Iwerks provides a rare glimpse behind the glass walls of the Hearst Tower, interviewing top magazine editors of Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, and Esquire, among others, and gaining unprecedented access to the Hearst Castle and family members in San Simeon, California.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Auburn Cinefile Society on June 18, 2013
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If you like a commercial for Hearst Industries you will like this documentary. Production values and story line into the present are good. What isn't is the films lack of discussing what made the book so fascinating, Hearst. Especially Hearst in the early years. I am disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah snodgrass on July 30, 2013
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Just like the title says, I got exactly what I ordered. Fascinating video of entrepreneurial inspiration... Amazing man. Thanks a lot :)
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By Mark Turner on December 31, 2013
With the decline of newspapers and magazines in the age of the internet there are probably many who aren't aware of the name Hearst when it comes to journalistic empires. This movie should correct that quite a bit. At least it starts out that way.

William Randolph Hearst created a publishing empire in the early portion of the last century that he used to create politician, celebrities and people of interest. He abused his power often but no one could put an end to his reign. That would happen after he was gone and all because no one left was quite like him. Most people today get their glimpse of what he was like via Orson Welles' classic CITIZEN KANE, based largely on Hearst and his life. But he was more than that.

The beginning of this film is wonderful in recreating the story of Hearst from childhood through the days of his run as the top newspaper owner in the world. You hear the stories of what he was like behind the scenes, the way he used his newspapers and the way he abused them as well. For young people who don't know the power of the press you get to understand just a little bit better what the world was like when it came to shaping society by the way of the printed word. It is this portion of the film that entertains and informs the best.

But the latter part of the film feels more like a promotional piece for the waning days of the once behemoth that it was. The newspapers are falling to the wayside due to people getting their information more quickly off the internet. They still have a steady income from the magazines that were at one time the way people learned how to act and what was "in". Magazines like Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Esquire and Town and Country were magazines most people read but these days just don't draw the readership they once did.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Edward Boyce,Jr. on October 2, 2013
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Years ago I had occasion to meet a member of the Hearst family and this product help me to learn more about the family and their place in history.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By donaldmize on August 2, 2013
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want a "new" perspective on facism and distorted history sign up for this one. Hearst as a progressive? who would have thunk it???!!!!
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