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Format: DVD
Sku: 222441866
UPC: 883929184811
UPC 14: 00883929184811
Rating: Game Rating Code
Orson Welles' masterwork (#1 in the American Film Institute's list of Best American Movies) dazzles anew in a superb 70th-anniversary digital transfer. It’s grand entertainment, sharply acted (starting many of Welles' Mercury Players on the road to thriving film careers) and directed with inspired visual flair. Chronicling the stormy life of an influential publishing tycoon, this Best Original Screenplay Academy Award winner (1941) is rooted in themes of power, corruption, vanity – the American Dream lost in the mystery of a dying man’s last word: “Rosebud.”

Special Features:

DISC 1: Orson Welles’ 1941 Classic Remastered for Maximum Picture and Audio Clarity with Audio Commentaries by Roger Ebert and Peter Bogdanovich
Interviews with Ruth Warrick and Robert Wise Premiere Newsreel Gallery of Storyboards, Rare Photos, Alternate Ad Campaigns, Studio
Correspondence, Call Sheets and Other Memorabilia Audio-Only Bonuses: Welles’ Legendary 1938 War of the Worlds Mercury Theatre Broadcast and the 1940 Radio Program H.G. Wells Meets Orson Welles Theatrical Trailer

DVD DISC 2: The 1995 Best Documentary Feature Oscar® Nominee The Battle over Citizen Kane Chronicling the Clash Between Welles, RKO Studios and Publishing Magnate William Randolph Hearst

DVD DISC 3: The Emmy®- and Golden Globe®-Winning 1999 Movie RKO 281
Starring Liev Schreiber, James Cromwell, Melanie Griffith and John Malkovich


Editor's Note
CITIZEN KANE is Orson Welles's greatest achievement--and a landmark of cinema history. The story charts the rise and fall of a newspaper publisher whose wealth and power ultimately isolates him in his castle-like refuge. The film's protagonist, Charles Foster Kane, was based on a composite of Howard Hughes and William Randolph Hearst--so much so that Hearst tried to have the film suppressed. Every aspect of the production marked an advance in film language: the deep focus and deeply shadowed cinematography (from Gregg Toland); the discontinuous narrative, relying heavily on flashbacks and newsreel footage (propelled by a script largely written by Herman L. Mankiewicz); the innovative use of sound and score (sound by Bailey Fesler and James G. Stewart, music composed and conducted by Bernard Herrmann); and the ensemble acting forged in the fires of Welles's Mercury Theatre (featuring the film debuts of, among others, Joseph Cotten, Everett Sloane, and Agnes Moorehead). Every moment of the film, every shot, has been choreographed to perfection. The film is essential viewing, quite possibly the greatest film ever made and, along with THE BIRTH OF A NATION, certainly the most influential.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Turner Home Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/13/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 319 minutes
Video UPC UPC: 00883929184811
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 3
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Orson Welles
Video Cast Info Louise Currie
Video Cast Info Erskine Sanford
Video Cast Info Edmund Cobb
Video Cast Info Milton Kibbee
Video Cast Info Paul Stewart
Video Cast Info Gino Corrado
Video Cast Info Georgia Backus
Video Cast Info Ruth Warrick
Video Cast Info Harry Shannon
Video Cast Info Edith Evanson
Video Cast Info Dorothy Comingore
Video Cast Info Benny Rubin
Video Cast Info Charles Bennett
Video Cast Info Joseph Cotten
Video Cast Info Ray Collins
Video Cast Info Walter Sande
Video Cast Info Everett Sloane
Video Cast Info Alan Ladd
Video Cast Info William Alland
Video Cast Info George Coulouris
Video Cast Info Arthur O'Connell
Video Cast Info Fortunio Bonanova
Video Cast Info Herbert Corthell
Video Cast Info Agnes Moorehead
Video Cast Info Gus Schilling
Video Cast Info Herman J. Mankiewicz - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Mark Robson - Editor
Video Cast Info Orson Welles - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Gregg Toland - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Orson Welles - Producer
Video Cast Info Van Nest Polglase - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Bernard Herrmann - Composer
Video Cast Info Edward Stevenson - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Vernon L. Walker - Special Effects
Video Cast Info Robert Wise - Editor
Video Cast Info Perry Ferguson - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Orson Welles - Director
Plot Summary
CITIZEN KANE is quite simply one of the greatest films ever made. Orson Welles is astounding as both actor and director in this sweeping drama, based largely on the life of newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst.

Memorable Quotes

"Rosebud."----the dying word of Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles)

"I am, have been, and will always be only one thing----an American."----Kane

"It'll probably turn out to be a very simple thing."----Mr. Rawlston (Philip Van Zandt), referring to Rosebud

"I think it would be fun to run a newspaper!"----Walter Parks Thatcher (George Coulouris)

"You provide the prose poems, I'll provide the war."----Kane

"I did lose a million dollars last year. I expect to lose a million dollars this year. I expect to lose a million dollars next year. You know, Mr. Thatcher, at the rate of a million dollars a year, I'll have to close this place in...sixty years."----Kane to Thatcher

"I only saw her for one second. She didn't see me at all. But I'll bet a month hasn't gone by since that I haven't thought of that girl."----Mr. Bernstein (Everett Sloane) to Jerry Thompson (William Alland)

Professional Reviews

Los Angeles Times
"...A tour de force of style and an ultimately tragic epic of a quintessentially American captain of industry, it is timelessly brilliant and incisive..." 07/23/1998 p.C18

Chicago Sun-Times
"...Its surface is as much fun as any movie ever made. Its depths surpass understanding....CITIZEN KANE is more than a great movie; it is a gathering of all the lessons of the emerging era of sound..." 05/24/1998 p.5

Sight and Sound
"...[A] masterpiece....[The film] seems more relevant than ever..." 08/01/2003 p.69

Total Film
"...KANE remains a source of fascination and inspiration..." 08/01/2003 p.120

Entertainment Weekly
"...Packed with cool effects and a surprise ending unsurpassed even by THE SIXTH SENSE..." 01/11/2002 p.26

"...It introduced a number of lively, nonlinear storytelling techniques..." 12/01/2003 p.5

"Eerily, it seems to predict the arc of Welles's career, one of great promise eventually betrayed or sold short. Time will never diminish the worth of this movie." 05/01/2006 p.97

New York Times
"CITIZEN KANE was a showstopper." 09/16/2011

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