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on 21 June 2017
There are several standard DVD Special Editions, Collector's Editions, Special Collector Editions, though the major playoff appears to be between this Warners NTSC edition and a Universal PAL edition. The opinion expressed here does not consider the 3 disc collection on blu-ray.
However...trust me, THIS Warners wins hands down! Enough down to put its competition underground! Make a comparison and you will never look at any other edition again without wincing! And the Warners includes 2 excellent commentaries worthy of repeated listenings. How often can THAT be said?
(Note: the Universal is also accompanied by an excellent commentary, but the image is soft and shadow detail non-existent.)
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on 11 September 2017
An excellent universal (can be played in any zone/region) Blu-ray DVD of perhaps the best known of Welles' films. A film worth watching more than once the 75th anniversary edition also comes with a slim book about the film and a series of postcards featuring posters, receipts and other collateral from the production which will be of interest to fans of the film and/or Welles.
A bargain for the price, I look forward to seeing Welles and the supporting cast bringing to life the character of Kane and the trials and tribulations of his life and his business empire.
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on 12 August 2017
Good but not the perfect transcription it deserves. However the Barry Norman extra is awesome.

The film itself should feature in every child's education in every school in every country.
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on 19 September 2017
Overrated
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on 30 October 2016
Beautiful edition. I carefully pulled off the horrible outer sleeve paper that had been attached and it revealed the lovely case underneath.

Played the movie briefly and the sound and picture are fantastic. I have seen Kane as the original non blu ray version and this is a huge improvement. The picture is much sharper, with more detail. The sound also seems much better. The improvements only enhance the experience.
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NB: As is Amazon's Wont, they've very unhelpfully bundled all the reviews for various editions and formats together. This review refers to the Warner Bros. region-free Blu-ray releases.

In all the hundreds of thousands of words written about Citizen Kane, one of the most rarely repeated is Martin Masheter's observation in Movie Collector magazine that it's one of the few great films that's really great fun, but it certainly bears repeating. Love, loss, emptiness, the corruption of power, human tragedy, the remarkably mastery of technique, the innovative deep focus photography, the groundbreaking non-linear screenplay, all are carried along by a surprising level of wit, both verbal and visual as injokes ("Don't believe everything you hear on the radio") rub shoulders with insight, keeping the film fresh, entertaining and endlessly quotable. Like its main character there may ultimately be less to it than meets the eye - it can be neatly summed up as `money can't buy me love' - but it's still a fascinating attempt to make sense of a man who, for all his power and influence, may not even be there to make much sense of.

Welles certainly bestrides the film like a colossus (though one who modestly bills his lead performance last in the credits and shares his directorial credit card with cinematographer Greg Toland's credit), playing the role with a twinkle in his eye that fades as a lifetime's disappointments and his failure to get love on his own terms take their toll, but still allows supporting players like Everett Sloan and Joseph Cotton to make their mark without feeling the need to constantly upstage them. And it still has one of the all-time great pickup lines: "I run a couple of newspapers. What do you do?"

Warners haven't exactly pushed the boat out with their region-free US Blu-ray release of their Ultimate Collector's Edition by coming up with anything new, offering the same impressive extras as their fine two-disc DVD set: audio commentaries by Peter Bogdanovich and Roger Ebert, interviews with Ruth Warwick and Robert Wise; newsreel footage of New York premiere, the specially filmed trailer narrated by Welles and introducing the cast, storyboards, call sheets and stills galleries, sketches and stills with commentary by Ebert, deleted scene storyboards, press ads and pressbook extracts and premiere stills montage. Unfortunately the feature length documentary The Battle for Citizen Kane has been released on a separate DVD rather than upgraded, as is the previously separately available cable movie about the making of the film, RKO 281 (the latter only available on the Ultimate Collector's edition, which also comes with a 48-page book, reproduction souvenir program, 10 studio memo reproductions, 5 art cards and, if you bought it from Amazon.com, an extras-free DVD of The Magnificent Ambersons). For tighter pockets, Warners released a two-disc digibook edition without the last two features (RKO 281 and The Magnificent Ambersons). But it's the excellent transfer of the feature itself that impresses the most, especially compared to the poor UK and French editions of the film from other distributors that didn't have the benefit of the studio's restoration budget. It's region-free too, so any of the US editions is the way to go to see the film at its best.

Here's a breakdown:

US Ultimate Collector's edition (3 discs):
Disc One (BD) includes audio commentaries by Peter Bogdanovich and Roger Ebert; interviews with Ruth Warwick and Robert Wise; newsreel footage of New York premiere; original theatrical trailer; storyboards, call sheets and stills galleries, sketches and stills with commentary by Ebert; deleted scene storyboards, press ads and pressbook extracts and premiere stills montage
Disc Two (DVD) includes 113-minute documentary The Battle Over Citizen Kane.
Disc Three (DVD) includes RKO 281.
Plus 48-page book; reproduction souvenir program; 10 studio memo reproductions; and 5 art cards.

US Standard 70th Anniversary digibook edition:
Disc One (BD) includes audio commentaries by Peter Bogdanovich and Roger Ebert; interviews with Ruth Warwick and Robert Wise; newsreel footage of New York premiere; original theatrical trailer; storyboards, call sheets and stills galleries, sketches and stills with commentary by Ebert; deleted scene storyboards, press ads and pressbook extracts and premiere stills montage
Disc Two (DVD) includes 113-minute documentary The Battle Over Citizen Kane.
48-page digibook packaging

Warners UK single disc edition:
- includes audio commentaries by Peter Bogdanovich and Roger Ebert; interviews with Ruth Warwick and Robert Wise; newsreel footage of New York premiere; original theatrical trailer; storyboards, call sheets and stills galleries, sketches and stills with commentary by Ebert; deleted scene storyboards, press ads and pressbook extracts and premiere stills montage

The original UK Blu-ray from Universal seems to be an upgrade of the old 2-disc UK DVD:

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 commercial recording of Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince)
The Restoration of Citizen Kane
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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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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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on 31 August 2017
If we think about cinema of the 1940's certainly Citizen Kane has it's own special place there. It is a great piece of art not only because of its artistic merits but also for the great influence had on the filmmakers to follow up to date.
Great blu ray version too.
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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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