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Citizen Kane [DVD] [1942]
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76 of 78 people found the following review helpful
on 24 November 2012
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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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 16 April 2013
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 It should be withdrawn and burned!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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 15 November 2013
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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 5 September 2013
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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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on 27 January 2013
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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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on 28 December 2012
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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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 12 December 2012
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 31 January 2013
It goes without saying that the film is a classic - but we in the UK have been seriously short changed by Universal with this Blu-ray. It is not the same as the well-reviewed Warner release in the USA.

The special features claim that the film has been restored by the BFI, but it's hard to believe that they put very much time or effort into it, judging by these feeble results.

It's hard to say which aspect of the video presentation is worst. There is still a fair amount of print damage. The contrast is all over the place, with very few real blacks throughout the whole movie. The contrast also fluctuates constantly. Frequently the contrast varies across single frames, with the middle dark and the edges faded and grey. The whites and highlights are often washed out. Other than in a few scenes, there is very little detail to the image. For much of the time it is hard to believe you're not watching a standard definition DVD - and a bad one at that!

The audio is not much better. The best you can say is that the dialogue is intelligible - but it is also often harsh, as is the music.

Really Universal - is this the way to treat one of the most important movies of all time (and your UK audience)?
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on 9 September 2008
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
on 6 November 2000
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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