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Citizen Kane (Two-Disc Special Edition) (1941)

Orson Welles , Joseph Cotten , Orson Welles  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,154 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead, Ray Collins, Dorothy Comingore
  • Directors: Orson Welles
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Turner Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2001
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,154 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CX9E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,645 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Citizen Kane (Two-Disc Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Disc 1:
  • Feature Film
  • 1941 Movie Premiere Newsreel
  • Gallery of storyboards, rare photos, alternate ad campaign, studio and personal correspondence, call sheets and other memorabilia
  • Disc 2:
  • Two-Hour Documentary: The Battle Over Citizen Kane, details the power struggle between Orson Welles and William Randolph Hearst

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Product Description

The story of an immensely wealthy newspaper publisher, as he is remembered by his friends and former wife after his death. Loosely based on the life of William Randolph Hearst. Frequently called the greatest film of all time.
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Media Type: DVD
Street Release Date: 09/24/2002
Genre: DRAMA

Additional Features

No minuscule "featurette" for the greatest movie ever made. The backbone for this grand two-disc set is the 1995 Oscar®-nominated documentary The Battle over Citizen Kane, a very rich two-hour film on how this masterpiece was almost destroyed by Welles's adversary, William Randolph Hearst. A great remastered print is complemented by two running commentaries, the better one by critic Roger Ebert. Don't think you want a two-hour lecture by Mr. Ebert? Just listen to his 10-minute talk over the gallery of photographs from the movie (which you can flip through manually with your remote or see as a slide show), and you'll want more. Ad campaigns, storyboards, and even call sheets are included in this must-have DVD. --Doug Thomas

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675 of 710 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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75 of 79 people found the following review helpful
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 3 days ago by Susan
1.0 out of 5 stars Shame on you, Mr. Welles!
I wanted to like this film, but my loyalty to a certain newspaper publisher (and his consort, "Rosebud") won't allow it. Read more
Published 4 days ago by David Drake
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 10 days ago by thaknowledgehustla
5.0 out of 5 stars Rose Bud.....
My favorite move ever. The RKO back story is excellent too.
Published 12 days ago by Timothy Kolber
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 12 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 15 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 19 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 20 days ago by NoOneYouKnow
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 25 days ago by Keith Running
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quality
Great quality, not to mention fantastic film.
Published 28 days ago by Avery
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Does nothing for Me.
"It has always been the prerogative of children and half-wits to point out that the emperor has no clothes. But the half-wit remains a half-wit, and the emperor remains an emperor."

I hate the story of the Emperor's New Clothes. Its something morons say when they cant understand... Read More
May 19, 2011 by R.S. |  See all 5 posts
warner, put out a real " citizen kane/ magnificent amberson"set, both blu!
Why not just be grateful that MagAm will be on Region 1 DVD at all? I'm no apologist for the studios, but how many years have we waited just for that?
Sep 10, 2011 by Harvey M. Canter |  See all 6 posts
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Sep 21, 2007 by J. A. Yager |  See all 4 posts
Citizen Kane blows !!!!!!!!
He was echoing - and thus mocking - the first poster's spelling. He was not himself making an identical spelling error. You are both lacking in wit and perception. I rate you an idiot.
Feb 27, 2007 by James Stein |  See all 12 posts
Not so great!
When watching older movies you nee dot take into account that what was being done, had never been done before. Or else you end up like one of those people who say who say the classics where so cliched.
You also should look at the social impact, the impact on Welles, and also the impact on... Read More
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