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Citizen Kane (1941)

Director: Orson Welles     Starring: Joseph Cotten Everett Sloane
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40157598
UPC: 053939656527
UPC 14: 00053939656527
Rating: Game Rating Code
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The classic story of power and the press.
About an influential and ruthless publishing tycoon shines in a magnificient 60th-anniversary digital transfer with revitalized digital audio.

"...the most sensational product of the U.S. movie industry.  Time Magazine
"...the best picture, the best actor, it lacks nothing.  Newsweek

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.


Video Features DVD, Special Edition, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/4/2003
Video Play Time Running Time: 119 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1941
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 6565
Video UPC UPC: 00053939656527
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Agnes Moorehead
Video Cast Info Joseph Cotten
Video Cast Info Orson Welles
Video Cast Info Everett Sloane
Video Cast Info Orson Welles - Director
Video Cast Info Gregg Toland - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Bernard Herrmann - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Orson Welles - Producer
Video Cast Info Herman J. Mankiewicz - Writer
Video Cast Info Orson Welles - Writer
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.


Oscar (1942)
Video Award Name Herman J. Mankiewicz, Orson Welles, Winner, Best Writing, Original Screenplay
   Video Award Name Orson Welles, Nominee, Best Actor
   Video Award Name Orson Welles, Nominee, Best Director
   Video Award Name Orson Welles, Nominee, Best Picture
   Video Award Name Bernard Herrmann, Nominee, Best Music, Scoring Of A Dramatic Picture

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

San Francisco Examiner 10 of 10
Citizen Kane...has the best of everything: a great director and star, innovative cinematography, dreamlike--even nightmarish--art direction, a sonorous musical score, a skillful screenplay...a psychological/narrative form that predates our contemporary "psycho-histories" by at least 40 years, and best of all, a memorial word that, when spoken, recalls the film out of thin air... - Bob Stephens

Chicago Sun-Times 10 of 10
It is one of the miracles of cinema that in 1941 a first-time director, a cynical, hard-drinking writer, an innovative cinematographer, and a group of New York stage and radio actors were given the keys to a studio and total control, and made a masterpiece. Citizen Kane is more than a great movie; it is a gathering of all the lessons of the emerging era of sound... - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Welles,Orson
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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