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Citizen Kane (Amazon Exclusive 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition + The Magnificent Ambersons on DVD) [Blu-ray] (1950)

Orson Welles , Joseph Cotten , Orson Welles  |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten
  • Directors: Orson Welles
  • Format: Black & White, Multiple Formats
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001PIHH5M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,713 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Citizen Kane (Amazon Exclusive 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition + The Magnificent Ambersons on DVD) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Bonus Disc: The Magnificent Ambersons (DVD)
Bonus Disc: RKO 281 (DVD)
Bonus Disc: American Experience: The Battle Over Citizen Kane (DVD)
Commentary by Peter Bogdanovich
Commentary by Roger Ebert
The Battle Over Citizen Kane Documentary
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
10/28/40 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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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray bundle review September 24, 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
As a fan of Orson Welles, here's my take on the box set after viewing both movies last night. It will be impossible to keep this brief and more detailed analysis of the films can be found elsewhere but here goes...

THE FILMS
Citizen Kane - score: A
It's been consistently ranked as the greatest motion picture of all time but first time viewers may be put off by CK's antiquated style and may struggle to appreciate its' artistic qualities without some historical context. In today's world, this would be mind-boggling: a major film studio handing over 9 million dollars and final cut directing-producing-writing-acting authority to a 25 year old kid who has never made a movie. Further imagine the same brash kid, fresh from creating national mass hysteria (the infamous 'War Of The Worlds' broadcast) making a film that essentially thumbs its' nose at a man who controlled the media at that time. We're accustomed to seeing authority being questioned in all art forms today but it was especially bold and scandalous 70 years ago. That Citizen Kane even survived attempts to have it bought and literally burned by those in power is but one testament to its' lasting influence.

Beyond the backstage legends of CK what remains is powerhouse story telling told through an unusually complex labyrinth style and clever movie making techniques. Orson Welles wanted to bring art to the masses and the oblique meaning of Rosebud pushed audience participation to new levels. The Mercury Players and everyone involved in the production all had equal importance but make no mistake, Welles' imposing shadow is evident in every frame.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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Just in time for the 70th anniversary of "Citizen Kane," this September will see the release not only of "Citizen Kane" in 1080p HD, but also the release of the much sought after "The Magnificent Ambersons." Much has been written here about "Citizen Kane" and whether it truly deserves the title of "greatest movie ever made," so I will only say that it was an innovative film during its release that greatly impacted decades of filmmaking to come. That said, it is up to the individual viewer to decide whether they find the rise of Citizen Kane and his media empire to be "boring" or "completely enthralling."

Either way, this release brings with it an amazing extra that has yet to see the light of American home vide, "The Magnificent Ambersons." Welles' follow up to "Citizen Kane," and an adaptation of the 1918 pulitzer prize winning novel, "The Magnificent Ambersons" has widely been hailed as one of Welles' most brilliant films. This comes in spite of the fact that the studio cut the film down from Welles' 148min envisioned cut, with the cut footage presumably lost to the world since its preview release. Yet, even at a brisk 88 minutes, "The Magnificent Ambersons" still remains a remarkable tale of class and family dynamics. The film has been remastered, and will be a much welcomed DVD considering that it was previously available solely via shoddy bootleg copies and imports. The DVD will be exclusive to Amazon, but it is worth noting that it will be bundled along with the "Citizen Kane" in its own separate casing with its own UPC. In other words, it is highly likely WB will keep it as an "Amazon Exclusive" for a year before releasing it to all retailers as a stand alone release.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Personal Value November 2, 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I admit I purchased this Amazon.com package more as a way to get a DVD copy of The Magnificent Ambersons than a Blu-Ray of Citizen Kane. The former is a plain Jane version and only offers language and sub-title options, however, it's the movie itself that's the important thing and the print on the DVD, though not remastered, is about the best you could hope for, and is certainly an improvement over my old VHS copy. As for Citizen Kane, the Blu-Ray image is an improvement over the previous remastered standard DVD version, which I thought in itself was pretty good. The main additional features, commentaries by Roger Ebert and Peter Bogdanovich, are carried over from the standard DVD that I have. The additional extras (a documentary, a TV movie, souvenir program and lobby cards) add to the value of the package for those without a previous copy of Citizen Kane, but as indicated above, I'm happy to finally latch onto a DVD of The Magnificent Ambersons.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Negative comments made me want to buy it. May 19, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
This set is beautiful and these reviews would be an interesting demographic study. Boring is as boring does. Nonstop action IS boring.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ambersons on DVD is the HUGE news here! June 24, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
"The Magnificent Ambersons" has never officially been released on DVD in the U.S. I've been checking a DVD release website for it for years, hoping at some point a DVD version would at least mirror the LaserDisc Criterion release of the film from years ago. I'm guessing that this is the film only, probabably comparable to what's occasionally been shown on TCM. Even so, that it is being added as a bonus disc to the Blue-Ray version of the new "Kane" ONLY is very annoying. However, even if it wasn't included, I'd proably buy this set for the other Kane material though I've seen it before, just to have it all together in one place.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic movie.
Replacing my VHS copy that I've worn out! Best movie ever made! Way ahead of it's time! Orson Wells makes Kane into a living legend!
Published 18 days ago by Walt Adler
5.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood Shimmers
"You know, Mr. Bernstein, if I hadn't been very rich, I might have been a really great man." Just one of the instant memorable quotes from this brilliant piece of Hollywood cinema... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Hayley
1.0 out of 5 stars Would rather get a root canal than watch this again.
Beyond boring! I like a wide variety of movies, including many classics but how this is so highly ranked is beyond me, I truly feel it is one of the worst experiences I have had to... Read more
Published on February 5, 2012 by Corey
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm Not Finding War of the Worlds Broadcast?
According to Amazon, there should be included in Citizen Kane 70th Anniversary Edition a recording of War of the Worlds. I'm not finding it. Advice, anyone?
Published on December 19, 2011 by Jarod
5.0 out of 5 stars The summit of creativity
The newly released 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition of Citizen Kane on Blu-ray and the accompanying Magnificent Ambersons is a complete joy for any devotee of film and... Read more
Published on December 19, 2011 by Irwin D. Miller
1.0 out of 5 stars Main Feature DTS only!
Well I finally got to have Citizen Kane in HD, too bad its now a silent picture. the sound is in DTS only and I dont have a DTS decoder, So its the commentaries which I have... Read more
Published on December 12, 2011 by DJRay
5.0 out of 5 stars It really is #1
This is a great version of the absolute best movie ever. The picture is superb. The story interesting. It is the number one movie of all time for a reason. Read more
Published on October 29, 2011 by T. Kazalski
1.0 out of 5 stars should have made it clearer that Ambersons is NOT on blu ray
seems a bit of a rip off..was really hoping that Ambersons was also on Blu Ray...i guess a lesson to all to read the fine print.
Published on September 15, 2011 by Jules
4.0 out of 5 stars The 'Citizen Kane' of movies!
This review is for the 70th anniversary 2011 Blu-ray set with 'The Magnificent Ambersons', if anyone besides me is tired of the generically lumped reviews that go back ten... Read more
Published on September 14, 2011 by Keith Paynter
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a "Must Get"!
This is a "Must Get" due to not only getting one of the greatest movies ever made on Blu-ray (YAY!), but in addition you get the feature length documentary "The Battle Over Citizen... Read more
Published on September 13, 2011 by Rob Bush
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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
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
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 3 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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