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Citizen Kane [Blu-ray] [1941]

Orson Welles , Joseph Cotton , Orson Welles    Universal, suitable for all   Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotton, Dorothy Comingore, Everett Sloane, Ray Collins
  • Directors: Orson Welles
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Nov 2012
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0090EUZX4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,101 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

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Arguably the greatest of American films, Orson Welles' 1941 masterpiece, made when he was only 25, still unfurls like a dream and carries the viewer along the mysterious currents of time and memory to reach a mature (if ambiguous) conclusion: people are the sum of their contradictions and can't be known easily. Welles plays newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane, taken from his mother as a boy and made the ward of a rich industrialist. The result is that every well-meaning or tyrannical or self-destructive move he makes for the rest of his life appears in some way to be a reaction to that deeply wounding event. Written by Welles and Herman J. Mankiewicz, and photographed by Gregg Toland, the film is the sum of Welles's awesome ambitions as an artist in Hollywood. He pushes the limits of then-available technology to create a true magic show, a visual and aural feast that almost seems to be rising up from a viewer's subconscious. As Kane, Welles even ushers in the influence of Bertolt Brechton film acting. This is truly a one-of-a-kind work, and in many ways is still the most modern of modern films this century. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

Digitally Remastered from original film elements held by the BFI
In May 1941, RKO Pictures released a controversial film by a 25-year-old first-time director. That premiere of Orson Welles' Citizen Kane was to have a profound and lasting effect on the art of modern motion pictures. Through its unique jigsaw puzzle storyline, inventive cinematography, brilliant ensemble acting and direction by Welles, the story of Charles Foster Kane is a fascinating portrait of America's love of power and materialism and the corruption it sometimes fosters. Like all great films, Citizen Kane is a memorable fusion of cinematic art and marvellous entertainment, and won an Oscar for Best Writing, Original Screenplay in 1942.

Bonus Features:
  • Anatomy of a Classic: a 50-minute feature presented by Barry Norman
  • Audio Commentary by Film Historian Ken Barnes
  • The original film budget
  • Welles Off-screen (the original 1938 radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds and Welles' 1945 commerical recording of Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince)
  • The Restoration of Citizen Kane (Blu-ray exclusive)


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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What are Universal and the BFI up to???? 16 April 2013
By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
Amazon have done their worse with most of the reviews in this page. Most of the positive ones refer to the excellent two disc DVD NOT the appalling Blu Ray actually for sale whose quality is far inferior to the DVD! What on earth are UNIVERSAL up to releasing this poor, flicker filled, faded and scratched print on HD! It should be withdrawn and burned! The documentary on the disc concerned with the "restoration" of the BFI source material, although interesting, shoots the company in the foot, as the end result is terrible! I have never previously seen such poor contrast ratios or weak black levels on a DVD let alone a "restored" blu ray. Shame on both Universal and the BFI for allowing such a release to go ahead! Buy the Warner release - which is far far better - but if you have the earlier two disc Universal DVD, you might not even need to do that! The only good news is that the audio/radio extracts on this blu ray are good - but they were already on the older DVD too. There have been numerous complaints about several Universal Blu Ray releases (ie a couple in the Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection are very poor for example) so surely the time has come for this company to look more carefully at the quality control of it's transfers and not distribute such sub-standard releases as this shocker!
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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars citizen kane blue ray uk 24 Nov 2012
Format:Blu-ray
The UK Universal Bluray is a different print from the the USA Warner BD.. release... the UK release is hugely inferior in picture quality with much print damage and poor contrast.....The USA release is completely free of these problems and is a superb presentation...The Region 1 release is Region Free.....
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware! 27 Jan 2013
Format:Blu-ray
Whatever you do, DO NOT BUY THE UK VERSION.
I was very pleased to receive the remastered version until I watched it. Quite possibly the worst remastering attempt ever. In the restoration documentary someone refers to the fact that it would be too time consuming to clean up every frame of the film. On one level I can see his point, however when you're dealing with a film of this importance, I think it deserves that level of respect. The print is dirty & has scratches throughout. The grade is awful.

In complete contrast (pun intended), the US release is a dream. The print is great, as is the grade. Someone clearly has spent time on every frame.

I am returning my UK version to the production company, not the retailer, to ask for a full explanation of why they bothered to release this absolute mess.

The US version may be more expensive but you'd be better off burning the money you'd waste on the UK release......and that is exactly what they should do with their masters of this rubbish. Orson Welles would be disgusted.

Great film though!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars How to ruin one of the best films of all time. 5 Sep 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I could write a long review that would say little favourable about this release. It's almost as if Universal and BFI want to destroy Welles' reputation. This is not a Blu-ray quality version of the film. It is taken from a poor quality reel and is appallingly re-mastered. Universal should withdraw this and issue a public apology.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars one of the wrst blu-rays ever released 28 Dec 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
But typical of universal who seem to release rubbish almost weekly . Hitchcock blu-ray colection, david lynch (fixed in the end) and now this. The warners US version is region free and is brilliant this looks like it was restored by someone they picked up off the street. avoid at all costs get the us version from amazon US .
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Citizen Kane 2012 Universal UK blu-ray 12 Dec 2012
By gerrard
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
the restoration bonus feature on this UK blu-ray 2012 release of Citizen Kane lasts about 6 minutes long, that's about 5 minutes longer than the time actually spent restoring this film if the dire picture quality is anything to go by.it pains me to write a negative review of this classic as it should be the crowning jewel of Universal's re-issues on blu-ray.this for the most part is not even VHS quality.very disappointing with constant flickering throughout and vertical lines running through most of the movie.i find it hard to believe that the usually quality conscious BFI let their name be associated with this.sadly and painfully one to avoid on UK blu-ray
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 2-disc set 9 Sep 2008
Format:DVD
A couple of the negative reviews on this page are actually referring to a very poor earlier DVD; yet Amazon (in their wisdom) have posted them on this page! Finding the best DVD (or the best copy for the money) is tricky enough without mixing the reviews up. It looks like they've posted the wrong product details as well. For the record, I'm talking about the NTSC R1 two-disc with a gold band at the top. The picture is a great improvement on earlier editions (at least one of which had sync problems, too). There's a lot more detail visible and with a film shot in gorgeous, deep-focus B&W that makes a big difference!
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113 of 127 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed DVD publication 6 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
It goes without saying that this movie is a 20th century masterpiece from a cinematic and dramatic genius. Being a film that undoubtedly gains through repeated viewing it would seem a natural for the new digital medium. However this DVD release is marred by the quality of the print which looks like it could do with some serious restoration but more importantly by the abysmal quality of the DVD digitisation. It appears suspiciously as though this disc was produced from a 30 fps NTSC video master and standards converted to 25 fps PAL frame rates, badly. Consequently the viewer is almost constantly aware throughout the movie of the 'jaggies' caused by the TV interlace which is very prominent on edges, excessively so during movement. Frankly this not good enough for a 35mm movie of this importance and particularly so on a high priced DVD. It's release in this condition would seem at best cynical and at worst insulting to both the audience and the work of a great filmic artist. As if to underline the cheapskate nature of this release the disc lacks any additional supporting material in the form of interviews and documentary footage. This is all the more bizarre given this was such a controversial movie and one which led to the dramatic and untimely end of the directors Hollywood career. If you're a fan or even an ordinary movie goer and think you're going to enjoy the benefits of digital quality with this magnificent film you'll probably be disappointed. If it wasn't for the power of the movie story telling this disc would be practically unwatchable. Looks like the money grubbing bean counters have won out once again. Disgraceful.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Citizen Bore
I watched this film expecting something great. After all, it is regularly labelled as the best film ever made. Well, it’s not even close. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alex da Silva
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking
An excellent story which is very well represented, in a style which we later came to regard as typical of Orson Welles. His acting throughout is excellent. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jacques van Heerden
5.0 out of 5 stars great
welles used every film technique available at the time as well that at the time were unique , as well as a story of ambition and greed
Published 4 months ago by cora
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic.
Classic film by Orson Welles. Good quality considering the time of release (1942). Even for people not into classics, it is still enjoyable.
Published 4 months ago by alicks scott
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic film
Good to own a cvopy of a film that was a major event in film history and is rarely shown elsewhere
Published 4 months ago by Lionel Bather
1.0 out of 5 stars Region B Blu-Ray Review
Obviously the Movie is beyond reproach...
But what a terrible print on this Blu-Ray edition. The worst transfer I've seen on Blu-ray of any film. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr M S Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful bargain
Bought this for my grandson for Christmas. My good luck that it was part of a bargain offer with the other two Blu-Ray dvds he wanted.
Published 6 months ago by Sophocles
3.0 out of 5 stars Great film, lazy presentation
It seems whoever "digitally restored" this version got bored half way through and gave up. In particular the last reel has lines all down one side!?! Read more
Published 7 months ago by David Hampson
1.0 out of 5 stars Restoration? What restoration?
The picture quality on this BFI "restoration" is a disgrace. It was so bad, I was actually angry watching the film. Read more
Published 8 months ago by The Demon Pazuzu
5.0 out of 5 stars A warning about the greed for money and power!
Excellent film, bought 3 for Christmas presents. A classic for all time with a strong message against greed for wealth and the ultimate cost to ones life. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mary Seaton
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