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This two DVD package commemorates the 60th anniversary of the original theatrical release of Citizen Kane -- a film considered by critics and enthusiasts alike to be the crowning achievement of modern American cinema. The story of Charles Foster Kane is told using several flashbacks from those who knew him best. Outstanding performances from Welles as Kane, Joseph Cotton as Kane's best friend Jedediah Leland, Agnes Moorehead as Kane's mother, and Everett Sloane as Mr. Bernstein, Kane's devoted business associate,...
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This two DVD package commemorates the 60th anniversary of the original theatrical release of Citizen Kane -- a film considered by critics and enthusiasts alike to be the crowning achievement of modern American cinema. The story of Charles Foster Kane is told using several flashbacks from those who knew him best. Outstanding performances from Welles as Kane, Joseph Cotton as Kane's best friend Jedediah Leland, Agnes Moorehead as Kane's mother, and Everett Sloane as Mr. Bernstein, Kane's devoted business associate, are among the silver-screen luminaries who make their motion-picture debuts in Citizen Kane. Disc one contains a pristine (for a 60-year-old film) print presented in full frame (1.33:1). The image is all but free of grain or other visual anomalies. At last viewers can revel in the subtle, yet oh so significant, labors of Wells -- who was also behind the camera in the director's chair -- and noted cinematographer Gregg Toland. Toland's revolutionary deep-focus lenses and high-contrast lighting look crisp and surprisingly fresh. The audio on the DVD is most startling and more revealing than ever. Welles' formidable background in radio immeasurably enhances the film's visual composition. Accompanying the film are two full-length discreet audio commentary tracks. Academy Award-winning director and Welles biographer Peter Bogdanovich supplies an intuitively personal commentary, which is peppered with reminiscence of and quotes from Welles. The audio analysis from film critic Roger Ebert contains complementary information pertaining to film technique and style. Together they supply a comprehensive, entertaining, and ultimately unique perspective of Citizen Kane. The special features menu accesses the extras on disc one. These include a minute of silent newsreel footage from the May 1941 New York premiere as well as an 11-minute gallery of still images including production documentations, photographs, storyboards, promotional posters, and various advertising campaigns with narrative audio by Roger Ebert. In addition, there is a hidden interview segment -- just look for "Rosebud." Disc two contains the two-hour Oscar-nominated documentary The Battle Over Citizen Kane -- which initially aired on the PBS series American Experience in 1995. The film examines the correlation between the real "Citizen" behind Kane. Was it Orson Welles, the actor on and off the stage, or William Randolph Hearst? The results might astound you.
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Special Features

Disc One: Introduction by Peter Bogdanovich, two audio commentaries, one by Bogdanovich and the other by Roger Ebert; 1941 movie premiere newsreel; storyboards, photo gallery; alternative ad campaigns; studio and personal correspondence; call sheets and other memorabilla; original theatrical trailer
Disc Two: The Battle over Citizen Kane, a two-hour making-of documentary with Orson Welles, the stars of Kane, and associates of both Welles and Hearst; rare footage from the San Simeon Estate; Orson Welles's The War of the Worlds radio broadcast; biographical profiles of Welles and Hearst
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Karen Backstein
Citizen Kane is widely hailed as the "great American film" -- and with good reason. From its complex and dazzling narrative structure to cinematographer Gregg Toland's pioneering deep-focus photography to its incredibly rich use of sound, Orson Welles's 1941 picture remains one of the most innovative movies ever to come out of a Hollywood studio. Not bad for a 26-year-old upstart who had never directed a single film. Unfolding almost entirely in flashback, Welles's masterpiece presents various perspectives on the outsized life of the just-deceased Charles Foster Kane, a charismatic newspaper magnate bearing more than a passing resemblance to William Randolph Hearst. Writers at the Hearst papers waged a campaign in print to have Citizen Kane banned. Through the reminiscences of friends, family, and coworkers, the film moves from Kane's childhood to his rambunctious adolescence, from the heights of his success to the depths of his isolation -- all the while searching for a clue to Kane's mysterious last word: "Rosebud." The enigmatic phrase drives the tale, but ultimately it is only a means of exploring the film's real theme: the impossibility of truly understanding the heart and mind of any human being. No less a figure than Jorge Luis Borges hailed Kane's "labyrinth without a center" structure. The 60th anniversary DVD edition digs deeper into the Hearst-Welles bond with the addition of a commentary track by Welles acolyte Peter Bogdanovich.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Widely considered the greatest American movie ever made, Orson Welles's film debut reconceived Hollywood conventions of story-telling and visual structure, suggesting the essential mystery of a person's inner self and inspiring countless filmmakers with its technical accomplishments. Already famous for his work in radio and theater, 24-year-old Welles was given complete creative freedom when RKO Pictures signed him in 1939. Co-authored with Herman J. Mankiewicz, the Kane screenplay dispensed with linear biographical narrative in favor of flashbacks recounting Kane's life from several points of view, ostensibly to solve the puzzle of Kane's deathbed utterance. Collaborating with cinematographer Gregg Toland, Welles used specially constructed sets to compose the film through a number of long takes in deep focus and high-contrast black-and-white, creating meaning through the juxtaposition of multiple actions and characters in a single take rather than through numerous edits. While the imagery and the carefully choreographed soundtrack provide clues to Kane's nature as he ages from innocent boy to corrupt magnate, he ultimately remains an enigmatic figment of memory. Kane's real-life model, however, was no mystery; newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst tried to suppress what he considered an unflattering portrait of himself. While RKO rejected an offer to reimburse their costs in exchange for burning the negatives, Citizen Kane's release was hindered by Hearst's campaign against it. Though non-Hearst papers recognized it as a vanguard work, and it was nominated for nine Oscars (four for Welles himself), Kane was not a popular hit. Despite the film's artistic approbation and subsequent wide-ranging influence, from 1940s film noir to the French New Wave to American film school grads, Welles never again had creative control in Hollywood.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2001
  • UPC: 053939656527
  • Original Release: 1941
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  • Source: Turner Home Ent
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo, monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:59:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Orson Welles Charles Foster Kane
Joseph Cotten Jedediah Leland
Everett Sloane Mr. Bernstein
Dorothy Comingore Susan Alexander
Ray Collins Boss Jim Gettys
Ruth Warrick Emily Norton Kane
George Coulouris Walter Parks Thatcher
Paul Stewart Raymond
Buddy Swan Kane as Child
Agnes Moorehead Kane's Mother
Harry Shannon Kane's Father
Sonny Bupp Kane III
Erskine Sanford Herbert Carter
William Alland Jerry Thompson
Georgia Backus Bertha
Philip Van Zandt Mr. Rawlston
Gus Schilling Headwaiter
Fortunio Bonanova Signor Matiste
Pedro de Cordoba Kane senior
Charles Bennett Entertainer
Joan Blair Georgia
Edmund Cobb Enquirer Reporter
Eddie Coke Reporter
Gino Corrado Gino
Herbert Corthell City Editor
Louise Currie Reporter
Robert Dudley Photographer
Al Eben Mike
Edith Evanson Nurse
Arthur Kay Orchestra Leader
Milt Kibbee Reporter
Alan Ladd Reporter
Ellen Lowe Miss Townsend
Irving Mitchell Dr. Corey
Arthur O'Connell Reporter
Benny Rubin Smather
Walter Sande Reporter
Tudor Williams Chorus Master
Technical Credits
Orson Welles Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Arthur Appell Choreography
Linwood G. Dunn Special Effects
Perry Ferguson Art Director
Bernard Herrmann Score Composer
Herman Mankiewicz Screenwriter
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
Mark Robson Editor
Maurice Seiderman Makeup
Edward Stevenson Costumes/Costume Designer
James G. Stewart Sound/Sound Designer
Gregg Toland Cinematographer
Vernon Walker Special Effects
Robert Wise Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- CITIZEN KANE
0. Scene Selections
1. Final word. [3:11]
2. News on the March. [9:18]
3. Rosebud dead or alive. [1:52]
4. She won't talk. [2:55]
5. Thatcher Library. [1:17]
6. Leaving home. [4:19]
7. Newspaper fun. [4:19]
8. Might have been great. [2:34]
9. Bernstein's memory. [2:32]
10. The New York Daily Inquirer. [5:01]
11. Declaration of Principes. [2:25]
12. Newspaper party. [5:19]
13. Social announcement. [4:16]
14. Life with Emily. [5:43]
15. Susan Alexander. [4:41]
16. Campaign speech. [:46]
17. Love nest confrontation. [3:06]
18. Love on his terms. [7:02]
19. Night at the opera (I). [4:39]
20. Negative review. [2:07]
21. Trying to prove things. [5:16]
22. Singing lessons. [2:24]
23. Night at the opera (II). [3:51]
24. Suicide attempt. [3:21]
25. Life at Xanadu. [5:49]
26. Everglades picnic. [2:20]
27. Susan walks out. [3:04]
28. Destroying Susan's room. [3:21]
29. Jigsaw puzzle. [4:21]
30. Rosebud. [3:21]
31. Cast and End Credits. [2:23]
Side #2 -- THE BATTLE OVER CITIZEN KANE
0. Chapters
1. Introduction [7:22]
2. An American Saga [3:25]
3. Hearst - Building an Empire [8:51]
4. Welles - A Controversial Career [15:56]
5. Hearst and American Politics [12:18]
6. The War of the Worlds [11:13]
7. Life at San Simeon [15:28]
8. Welles' Arrival in Hollywood [5:50]
9. Filming Citizen Kane [6:58]
10. Attempts to Crush Citizen Kane [16:24]
11. The Decline of Hearst and Welles [9:35]
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Menu

Side #1 -- CITIZEN KANE
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      Cast & Crew
      Commentary with Peter Bogdanovich
      Commentary with Roger Ebert
      New York Premiere Footage
      Theatrical Trailer
      The Production
         Storyboads
         Call Sheets
         Still Gallery
      Post Production
         Deleted Scenes
         Ad Campaign
         Press Book
         Opening Night
      Production Notes
         In the Beginning
         On the Set
         Postscripts
         Awards and Honors
   Languages
Side #2 -- THE BATTLE OVER CITIZEN KANE
   Play
   Extras
      Welles Filmography
      Web Link
      Other DVDs of Interest
         Everest: The Death Zone
         The Miracle of Life
         Africans in America
         To the Moon
      Request a Catalog
   English Subtitles
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dated but still Good.

    I concede it may be hard to get into the movie, it has not dated as well as other famous, big name movies have. What is considered acceptably entertaingining by one generation seems dull or even annoying n another. Still, Citizen Kane remains one of the most influential, best produced, visually brilliant movies ever made. Movies were very very different before and after its creation. Up to that point, the film industry had apparently defined everything that was possible, marketable and makable in the industry, and then Welles came in and destroys all the perceptions apart. Also interesting is that this one of the very first 'unauthorized biopics' in a sense it is an unauthorized adaptation of William Hearst's life story, fictionalized to a degree that you could distinguish the character from the real life person, but still enough similarities to tell that it was describing that person. Anyway, the use of innovative cuts, shots and sounds, the grandiose story, and some really solid acting make this an all time classic. I coul list all these guys who could not, or would not know how to make films the way they do if this film was not made. And I will: Coppola, Speielberg, Woo, Lucas, Rodriguez, Hitchcock, Tarantino, Scorsese, Cuaron, Lau, Chan, Hark, Peckinpah, et cetera. And no, I am not exaggerating.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Makes The Time Zip By

    I had been hearing all my life about how great a film this is. After having watched it, I couldn't agree more. A flawless masterpiece. From the acting, to the writing, to the camera work, I have nothing but praise for this work. It is little wonder that Mr. Welles was never able to top it. Worth every penny.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Is there any doubt?

    How could anyone give this gem anything but a 5-star rating. From the camerawork to the editing to the acting, there is nothing about this film that is less than superb. To say this is a classic is like saying "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" is a pretty good book. One of a handful of absolutely must-see films!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a time consuming, but at times worthwhile film

    if your looking for a movie to just sit down and not give your full attention, this is not the movie for you.if your looking at citizen kane from a filmakeing point of view, it's amazing.it's angles, flashbacks, and subtle humor are things to look forward to,but you will have to probably watch this film a few times to understand and appreciate.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Truly Original Movie

    Being only 25 when he made it, Orson Welles deserves three rounds for this one. Even if some do not find it exactly entertaining (though I am not one of them), the originality of the cinematography, script, and storyline all deserve a round of applause from any viewer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Forever A Milestone

    No film has touched Hollywood so gently or so forcefully as this innovative, honest, and truly American film did and still does. Orson Welles is in top form and shows why being well-known in pictures isn't required to be a good actor. His character ranks with Vito Corleone and Lawrence of Arabia as the most complexly human film character. I am only 15 and I thoroughly enjoyed this film. Some may ignorantly gripe about the films length and thought-inducing plot, but to do so is to forget what a movie is supposed to do: tell an engaging story. It may be older and lack color, but it is no less potent now than in 1941. It will never be forgotten and shall always be revered as the quintessential American film.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A tour de force

    Citizen Kane is not necessarially the greatest movie ever made, but it is near the top of the list of anyone who has any kind of understanding of the artistic portion of filmmaking. It was revoloutionary in many ways, including one of the first movies to have location shots. The story is great, and the cinematography is some of the best ever seen. A tour de force.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE KANE WILL LIVE FOREVER!!

    Don't go thinking this has paled with age, Thare's plenty to learn from and impassion us (IF you can) in this masterpiece.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Greatest film ever made

    Citizen Kane is undoubtedly best film ever made because of the great storyline, great acting, great transtition, great use of visual, and it's just truly great. Orson Welles was at his peak when making this film and it's shame that he never got a chance to make another masterpiece such as Citizen Kane. This is truly must see for every movie buff.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best film ever

    This is the best film ever released before in the history of films. The editing was like no other and the acting of Orsen Welles wasn't to bad either, I guess thats what you get when you let a genius direct a film.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Number one movie...I think not

    I'm not going to deny that Citizen Kane was a well-made movie for it's time period but honestly, with some of the movies that are out today, it doesn't even stand a chance. I didn't like the way that everything was so LOUD. I don't think that the acting was good at all. Everyone was just yelling about things it seemed. The graphics were really lame as well. Granted, the movie was made a very long time ago and is in black in white on top of it all. I just wanted to fall asleep at times, which may have had to do with the fact that I watched it during first hour or the movie may just be really bad. The best actor in the entire movie was Orson Welles. It wasn't by any means “really good” acting though. He just kept the movie going. I think that the plot was pretty good. You were able to see all the different aspects of this man's life through the characters introduced, which was really interesting. His love interests and his friends and coworkers did a pretty good job discussing Kane and what he was all about. But the whole rosebud bit was just not working for me. Why would he even say anything when he was dying and who even heard him say that? It was kind of sketchy material. The big point of the story being you cannot understand a person's life with only one word. But it had to do with the sled his parents gave him. He was always wanting something that he couldn't have, a normal life with his family. It was just really scattered and weakly portrayed. Maybe it was one of the first movies to use the art of flashback but it wasn't even done that well. I didn't really enjoy the movie much myself. It was not horrible but it wasn't very good either. I can think of many more movies that are better than this one. I’d give it 2 out of 4 stars and that is being generous.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disappointing

    I thought I was going to watch the "great American film" instead I watched the "great American disappointment." The story line wasn't coherent from the first and I think it is just overrated. Screw "Rosebud." Time somebody says what it really is "garbage."

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "HOUSECRUD"

    How in God's name is this the "greatest American movie?" They talk about "Rosebud the entire movie and it's a stupid sled! I got about One hour into the movie and nothing was still happening. You have to be a classic movie fanatic to enjoy this one. Not for anyone who doesn't like boring movies, which is everyone! OH!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    overrated

    this movie is considerated the greatest movie of all time, but its reign as king will soon be over. The people who loved this movie so much are dying, and the new generation will stamp it out as number one. Overrated. thats all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What The Hell??!!

    With All due respect to ''Gone With The Wind'',''Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn!''. All you're hearing is ''Rosebud'' for at least 2 hours and gets irritating. I don't know about the rest of you guys, but I could care less about this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2002

    Classic

    This is a good film and a classic example of 1940's storytelling put onto film along with innovative (for its time) cinematography. Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles) is a newspaper mogul that has recently passed away. Through stories told and memories shared by friends and colleagues, we learn about this man from his childhood, to his rise to fame and fall from grace. This is a movie classic and an essential film to see if you are a film buff. Orson Welles gives a spectacular performance as do Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Everett Sloane, Agnes Moorehead and Ruth Warrick. The film may be a little hard to get into at first, but as the stories behind Mr. Kane's life are told and scandals revealed, one can't help being compelled to stay and see what else comes to light. Highly recommended!

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