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Citizen Kane (Two-Disc Special Edition)

Orson Welles , Joseph Cotten , Orson Welles , Michael Epstein    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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Citizen Kane (Two-Disc Special


Arguably the greatest of American films, Orson Welles's 1941 masterpiece, made when he was only 26, 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 subconsciousness. As Kane, Welles even ushers in the influence of Bertolt Brecht on film acting. This is truly a one-of-a-kind work, and in many ways is still the most modern of modern films from the 20th century. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AFI got this one right July 10 2004
Can you imagine what the perception of RKO was at the time they made this decision? Let's see, how about we give complete control of a major film to a twenty five year old radio voice with zero film experience (whose claim to fame was scaring the life out of the public with a fake story about aliens landing on earth) and even better, let him staff the movie with actors who have little to no screen experience. On top of that, we'll let it become one of the most controversial pictures of its time because it mirrors the life of one of the biggest names in America today. Why, it may never be able to be released because of the lawsuits-- Great idea!
I have just described Citizen Kane. All of the above is true, which makes the fact that it is possibly the greatest film in American Film History even more amazing. Everything is perfect. The script (which Welles co-wrote), the actors (all relative unknowns except Welles and Joseph Cotton), the special effects (listen to Roger Ebert's Commentary on this special edition for details) and finally, the makeup-- You won't believe how great a job they do making 25 year old Welles look 60.
As for the story, it's done in a most interesting fashion. Charles Foster Kane (Welles) dies at the very beginning of the movie and utters his famous last word "Rosebud". A reporter is given the task of finding out just what that one word meant. So he goes and interviews all the people who knew Kane to try to learn the meaning of the word. In the process, we are shown Kane through the eyes of those who knew him. We never see Kane through his own eyes, always what his former associates saw.
This is interesting, because Kane is a tragic figure as seen by just about everyone. He is unhappy and lonely. We as an audience eventually learn the meaning of Rosebud.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Up until recently I had never seen Citizen Kane in toto.I had seen bits of it here and there in arts classes and on TV.After watching this movie and reflecting I can only envision one man that could ever had played this part to perfection and that was Orson Welles himself.This movie is as much autobiographical as it is biographical,that is there is as much Welles in this picture as Hearst.From what little I have read on both subjects over the years it is amazing how much these two men had in common in real life in their personalities and their subsequent dealings in whatever concerns were of most importance to them at any given moment.It was almost art imitating life imitating art.
But in 1941 both came together in one glorious time which would never be repeated.The picture earned Welles and company I believe around 10 OSCARS(if memory serves) of which only one was issued denying Welles his just due.Hearst had won the battle but in the end Welles won the war.
On further reflection another thing that very much jumped out at me as I viewed this film was the cinematograpy.The camera work was phenomenal.The lighting,the angles and the placement of shots added totally to the entire feel and execution of this picture.
And another aspect that I noticed was the editing.Of course as Welles controlled just about every aspect of the picture this,I would assume,could also be laid at his feet.But take for example a scene which involves Kane and his first wife.It lasts about five minutes in all but it shows them sitting at either end of a large table.Through several dissolves we see Kane and his wife going from a newly happily married couple to two distant and cold individuals.Brilliantly done.
Technically this picture has been cleaned to perfection.It is a fine transfer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works on the basic levels as well as artistically June 23 2004
So many of the films that critics unanimously pick as the greatest of all time are overrated, confusing, ponderous, overly symbolic art pieces that leave viewers scratching their heads. The collective reaction is, "What in the hell was the director smoking?" Arty camera work and tons of symbolism and metaphors can never take the place of good acting, solid direction and, most importantly, a good script.
Much has been made of Citizen Kane's technical brilliance -- Welles' use of overlapping conversations, Gregg Toland's deep focus photography, set design that incorporates ceilings, etc. However, none of this would really mean anything if the film didn't have a great story and screenplay. Citizen Kane may be a triumph in filmmaking technique, but it is also a deeply engrossing story with characters we can relate to and sympathize with. Welles' Kane is a selfish, unhappy, overly controlling dictator who has everything and yet still manages to make himself more and more unhappy. Most of us know the feeling of not appreciating someone or something good in our lives until he/she/it is gone. We see the promise and idealism in Kane's early life, like him and believe, as Joseph Cotten's Jed Leland does, that Kane is a great man who can do so much good in society. As Kane's life progresses, however, he becomes more and more bitter, alienates everyone who cares about him and dies alone, longing for the simplicity of his early life before he became wealthy. When Kane, as an old man, loses control when his second wife Susan Alexander (Dorothy Comingore) leaves him, we can't help but feel for him -- even though most or all of his unhappiness is his fault. That the audience feels such empathy for such a flawed character is Citizen Kane's greatest triumph and is the true basis for Kane's reputation as one of the greatest films of all time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great film
What can I say: one of the best film\s ever made, and a headliner performance. This film was made at a time when there was a cross-over in quality from stage to radio to film. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Maurice A. Rhodes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Great movie, nice to own in BD format, excellent picture and sound!
An all time classic movie to have in the collection
Published 5 months ago by SAM
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
The whole volume presented everything needed to enjoy all the détails concerning the "making of". I appreciated the DVD with the complete story. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Claroben01
5.0 out of 5 stars good for it's value
The movie itself is worth watching. now with blue-ray it looks way better than SD version. Great cinematography it's worth buying if you like to see details.
Published on Jan. 10 2012 by Wenzhong Zhang
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection with one really annoying flaw
This is truly the ULTIMATE collection for Citizen Kane. Any film buff or fan of this picture will truly be entertained by the hours and hours of material and the inserts add... Read more
Published on Nov. 27 2011 by Matt_C
5.0 out of 5 stars Your Life Changes After You See This Movie.........
The Script Is Amazing and Mr.Orson Welles Is Completely Crystal(You don't See just an Actor!, You See a Person! Read more
Published on Nov. 7 2011 by PAULO
5.0 out of 5 stars NO AMBERSONS FOR CANADA?
I contacted Amazon.ca, and it appears that the DVD of "The Magnificent Ambersons" will NOT be available to Canadians as an extra with the Blu Ray set of "Citizen Kane". Read more
Published on Aug. 31 2011 by BARRT
5.0 out of 5 stars This is my favourite film of all time. This film is genius.
When this film came out originally in 1941 it courted a lot of controversy because Orson Welles based Charles Foster Kane on William Randolph Hurst, the newspaper magnate. Read more
Published on July 23 2010 by film fan
5.0 out of 5 stars citizen kane the film of all films
people really need to watch this film 1 or 3 times, to really understand how great this film is,it took me ten years to really understand the story i watched twice or more and... Read more
Published on Oct. 6 2007 by kane
1.0 out of 5 stars i hate to say this but i was underwhelmed by this movie (1.5/5)
OK,i'm certain i'm in the minority here,but whatever.i did not like
Citizen Kane.first off,i didn't think it was profound at all. Read more
Published on Aug. 18 2007 by falcon
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