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Citizen Kane [Blu-ray] [1941]


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  • 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 (104 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0090EUZX4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,669 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 April 2013
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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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful By martyn cros on 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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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Cricklade on 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Barney McRubble on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Demon Pazuzu on 15 Nov 2013
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The picture quality on this BFI "restoration" is a disgrace. It was so bad, I was actually angry watching the film. Yes, there is fine detail here but the image is chock full of print damage with flickering, vertical white lines throughout, accompanied by an overly bright image that gives a drab greyscale of no real blacks and no real whites. My anger then worsened when I switched on the restoration featurette to hear the nerve of the BFI actually saying the image quality wasn't cleaned up properly because it "wouldn't have looked right" and would have "compromised the age and authenticity of the film" (actual quotes). What an unbelievable, patronising thing to say, put up against the superb restoration work done by the people at Eureka and Criterion. I mean, what are those latter two video labels thinking by making old films look pristine and beautiful again? They should hang their heads in shame!! The BFI know best! Maybe Eureka and Criterion should start releasing their new Blu-rays with the prints looking as though they've been dragged along the floor of a pine forest and through the occasional muddy puddle. As the BFI might say... that's the way to do it!

I'll leave you with this verbatim final quote from the restoration featurette by Paul Collard, Vice-President of Film & Digital Services at the BFI. He says...

"We're very, very sensitive to how much restoration we do, and it all comes down to experience of knowing what to leave in and what to take out".

Well, in that case, Paul, maybe it's about time you and your team were taken out of all future restorations at the BFI, as it seems you have little regard for film restoration and little regard for the people waiting to buy your product. You should be ashamed of yourself!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By frankiecrisp on 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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