Citizen Kane [DVD] 
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Orson Welles makes his feature-length directorial debut with this classic drama which often tops critics' polls of the best films of all time. In 1940, newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane (Welles) dies after uttering the word 'Rosebud'. An anonymous reporter (William Alland) is assigned the task of uncovering the meaning of Kane's dying word, and in the course of his enquiries he receives varying accounts of his life from former colleagues Jedediah Leland (Joseph Cotten) and Bernstein (Everett Sloan), and ex-wife Susan Alexander (Dorothy Comingore). The film, which Welles also produced and co-wrote, was not-so-loosely based on the life of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst.
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.See all Product Description
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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!
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Blu Ray has beautiful picture transfer, some serious work has been done restoring this film. Each scene looks clean, with contrast and has lovely black and white... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lee09
Just bought this UK released 75th Anniversary edition of Citizen Kane from a high street shop as Amazon have it under review. Read morePublished 2 months ago by K. D. Allan
An outstanding masterpiece, cinrma at its very best, this movie has not dated and shows Welles's genius as a film-makerPublished 4 months ago by MIKE
A great film. As old as it is it could be modern life as the story is all about money & greedPublished 4 months ago by Richard J Bollard
I've watched this movie a couple of times now.
I don't understand what all the hype is about.
Maybe it's an American thing? Read more