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Citizen Kane

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Three-Blu-ray special edition.


English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.


Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Ray Collins, George Coulouris, Agnes Moorehead, Ruth Warrick, Erskine Sanford, Everett Sloane, William Alland, Paul Stewart.

Publication Information

[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2021]

Physical Description

3 videodiscs (119 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (42 pages : illustrations ; 17 cm)


MPAA rating: PG.


"In the most dazzling debut feature in cinema history, twenty-five-year-old writer-producer-director-star Orson Welles synthesized the possibilities of sound-era filmmaking into what could be called the first truly modern movie. In telling the story of the meteoric rise and precipitous fall of a William Randolph Hearst-like newspaper magnate named Charles Foster Kane, Welles not only created the definitive portrait of American megalomania, he also unleashed a torrent of stylistic innovations, from the jigsaw-puzzle narrative structure to the stunning deep-focus camera work of Gregg Toland, that have ensured that this film remains fresh and galvanizing for every new generation of moviegoers to encounter it."--Container.


Originally released as a motion picture in 1941.

Special features: New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack ; three audio commentaries, featuring Orson Welles scholars James Naremore and Jonathan Rosenbaum, filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich, and film critic Roger Ebert ; The complete "Citizen Kane" (1991), a rarely seen feature-length BBC documentary ; new interviews with critic Farran Smith Nehme and film scholar Racquel J. Gates ; two video essays, by film scholar Robert L. Carringer and filmmakers David Cairns and Randall William Cook ; new program by film scholars and effects experts Craig Barron and Ben Burtt ; interviews with collborators of Welles, as well as film professionals who have been influenced by the film ; new documentary featuring archival interviews with Welles ; television appearances by actor Joseph Cotten ; The hearts of age, a silent film made by Welles as a student in 1934 ; television programs featuring appearances by Welles and Mercury Theatre producer John Houseman ; actor William Alland on his collaborations with Welles ; Mercury Theatre radio plays ; production stills ; newsreel footage ; trailer.

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