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Citizen Kane [Blu-ray] [1941]
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 12 May 2013
Citizen Kane [Blu-ray] [1941]What a disappointment!! Couldn't believe that this was a Blu-ray. Compared to the Region 1 2-disc special edition from a few years back, this is practically an insult.I really don't recommend this Blu-ray to anyone!!!!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 21 December 2012
The world of film criticism does not need my humble opinion about how wonderful this movie is- it is remarkable to me how a young man could have made a film that gets better as the viewer gets older.

But I did wish to flag a warning about this UK blu ray.

Universal claim that it has been digitally restored.

I do feel that it has had some work done on it, but in my opinion it is not a succesful restoration.

The USA blu ray, which is region free, is vastly superior.

Avoid this UK compromised effort.

Another shambles from Universal......
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
More words about Citizen Kane! I can't possibly do justice to this colossus of a film in a short Amazon review. So perhaps a few words about why I think it's definitely one of the best films ever made.

Firstly Citizen Kane was made by an artist, not a film maker. Orson Wells knew very little about film technique and as a result relied heavily on others to help make a film on his own terms. He cleverly surrounded himself with as much raw talent as he could and was, unusually for the time, left to his own devices by RKO who were bankrolling the entire project. Using a pool of personal friends as stock players and only having a vague idea of what he wanted to film he set about making a very personal film that eventually became Citizen Kane. Hated and understood by the studio, and not overly loved by the public, it was only a modest success on release and for some time it became little more than a footnote in Welles' film career. Nominated for nine Oscars it won only one. However quality will out and over time it began to be recognised for what it was; a wonderfully realised broadside at the alarming growth of consumerism, conspicuous consumption and corruption in pre WWII America.

Citizen Kane is shot and presented in a kind of "Jigsaw puzzle storyline". What that means is that cause and effect are often presented back to front; effect and then cause, answers are given before questions are posed, different points of view offered by characters now in old age, then returning to the present, or is it the past. Flash back scenes pepper the narrative. Quentin Tarantino often employs a similar technique, but with less pleasing results. The direction by Wells is astonishing considering he was so very inexperienced; the beautiful Black and White high contrast photography is stunning even today. Using shadow and deep depth of field (like our eyes) odd framing and low angle shots (again like Tarantino) the photography has a distinct European feel and has been influencing film makers ever since.

Although Kane tackles some pretty hefty issues head on (and upset many in the establishment in doing so) it's never feels leaden or preachy, it feels light and almost frothy. There are a couple of fabulous visual jokes in there for good measure. Wells' comedic touches remind us that even a difficult, hard, and ultimately fruitless life will still have some good times. If this were Shakespeare it would be classed as a comedy.

This particular two disk version has a good quality print on disk one and a particularly good set of extras on disk two. Barry Normans 50 minute documentary is a little stale and formulaic but is watchable. It also comes with a 10 page collector's booklet that was far more interesting to read than at first glance suggested.

You can currently get this fabulous DVD edition for about £1.50 including postage. Any serious film buff should have Citizen Kane in their Library and this release is a joy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 9 August 2013
The picture quality is very disappointing! Also, although it says DTS-HD Master Audio on the cover, it contains what appears to be a PCM mono track, of which the quality didn't really impress me either. Buy the US version!
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79 of 92 people found the following review helpful
on 16 September 2002
The R2 version of Citizen Kane - the one with the yellow cover - has to be one of the worst DVDs ever. There's no extras, aside from the (rather good) trailer, and the picture and sound quality is truly awful.
For example, there's a scene near the end, where Kane as an old man is walking down a long flight of stairs. I swear, he appears to jump a dozen stairs in one go. That's how bad the picture quality has been mangled.
If you've got a multi-region player, go for the R1 Special Edition instead. Picture and sound have been massively cleaned up (Kane now walks down ALL of those stairs!), plus there's some cracking extras too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 December 2013
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!?! The blu-ray comes with a documentary on the restoration but I can't be asked to watch it and find out why they did such a bad job. ***** for the movie, * for the presentation makes an average of ***...
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on 21 October 2008
Watch out!

I bought this edition after reading the "Amazon.co.uk Review" above, where it says "On the DVD: Citizen Kane in this DVD special edition is beautifully remastered and comes with a feature illustrating the before and after of the restoration process. A 50-minute documentary, 'Anatomy of a Classic', hosted by Barry Norman, delves into the making of the film..." etc.

Big mistake: Nothing of the description of the DVD is true! The review is written about a completely different edition of the film, not this one.

The original film is a masterpiece, but this edition is certainly not!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 June 2013
US Blu-rayCitizen Kane 70th Anniversary [Blu-ray] [1941] [US Import] picture quality is the best i've ever seen it. It's region free, has extras and comes in a two disc digi-book. Mine was £20 from All Your Music, who i've used about a 100 times with no problems.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 1 November 2003
This universal release really does deserve to be called a special edition, especially when compared to the previous yellow jacketed DVD version.
The first disc contains the main feature which has been beautifully restored. There's also an interesting audio commentary by Ken Barnes.
Disc two features plenty of extras, including a documentary featuring Barry Norman. But the biggest and most welcome surprise was the inclusion of the entire 1938 radio version of "War of the Worlds", which is as much as a creative achievement as 'Kane' itself.
Whether one believes this is the greatest film ever or not, it's a superb piece of cinema which should be seen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 March 2015
Where to begin? Welles directorial debut can still astonish all these years later .Based on the life of William Randolph Hearst the movie takes us on a classic rags to riches story as the young Kane becomes a newspaper tycoon and tries to enter a life of politics but in the end becomes a reclusive millionaire uttering the word Rosebud on his death and thereby creating a mystery which is only resolved in the last frame .Photography,screenplay, music, performances and of course direction all add up to the greatest movie ever made Probably.
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