‘Citizen Kane’ Blu-ray Arriving This Fall

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Citizen Kane Blu ray arriving in September 2011 Citizen Kane Blu ray Arriving This Fall

There are certain motion pictures that any cinemaphile or general film lover worth their salt knows to watch. Among the titles on that list are The Wizard of Oz, Casablanca, The Godfather, Star Wars – and of course, what the American Film Institute still ranks as the greatest American movie ever made, Citizen Kane.

Orson Welles’ 1941 masterpiece is long overdue to be unveiled in the Blu-ray format (it was rightly included on our 10 Movies That Need A Blu-ray Release list) – but now, some seventy years after the film’s initial theatrical release, it’s getting an upgrade to the best home video format around.

Citizen Kane is slated for release on Blu-ray this fall, on September 13th. As is to be expected, the original black-and-white print is being meticulously restored and cleaned up on a frame-by-frame basis, so as to counter the effects of the aging process. Much like Steven Spielberg’s Jaws Blu-ray, there will be no digital alterations or “corrections” made to Welles’ original work; it will be preserved whole, flaws (what little noticeable ones there are) and all.

On the off-chance you’ve not yet seen Citizen Kane (or need your memory refreshed): The film chronicles the efforts of news reporters to uncover “the truth” about the recently-deceased Charles Foster Kane (Welles), an immensely wealthy publishing tycoon whose public life was plagued by controversy. However, perhaps the most intriguing mystery of all is the meaning behind Kane’s final word: “Rosebud.”

Check out the famous opening sequence of Citizen Kane below:

Among the special features that will be included on the 70 anniversary Blu-ray collector’s edition of Citizen Kane are:

  • A 48-page booklet that includes a reproduction of the film’s original souvenir program
  • The Oscar-nominated documentary The Battle Over Citizen Kane
  • RKO 281, the Golden-Globe winning drama about the conflict between Welles (played by Liev Schrieber) and William Randolph Hearst (James Cromwell), the man whose life was the inspiration for Citizen Kane

The Blu-ray format seems an excellent fit for Citizen Kane, which still boasts some of the more luscious cinematography, picturesque shot composition, and ingenious sound design ever put to film. It’s a timeless tale about The American Dream (among other things) that heavily influenced essentially an entire generation of cinematic artists – and it remains a cornerstone of film theory and education to this day.

Beyond its cultural and historical significance, Citizen Kane is just a very entertaining piece of cinema. It’s an endlessly watchable picture that features several great performances, gorgeous visuals, and one of the most heavily-debated ambiguous endings ever put to film (yes, even more so than Inception).

To reiterate: Citizen Kane will hit Blu-ray later this year on September 13th, 2011.

Source: Warner Home Video (via THR)

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  1. Hmmmm. Honestly, as much as I have embraced Blu Ray, it makes old films like this look weird and too sharp on the screen. Black and white films should be grainy.

    Also, I’ve never been a huge fan of this film at all. I love these old films, honestly prefer them to to new ones but Citizen Kane never did much for me at all.

  2. I am looking forward to this. I hope they also restore Touch of Evil, another Welles masterpiece.

  3. @DrSamBeckett: you learn to appreciate it the more you see it, and when someone shOws you what makes it great. It’s certain things like camera angles, deep focus, special effects, etc. Even knowing the back story of it, welles’ first film ever and it’s considered the greatest, and with very good reason. It’s considered the best because it showed the possibilities of film. It was a very revolutionary film.

    • I would add that one should also use “historical perspective.” A lot of the things you mentioned have been taken for granted since then. I agree with you. This movie, like Casablanca, suffers from being over-hyped. Plus, the whole “rosebud” thing is referenced in toothpaste commercials and Disney cartoons.

  4. DrSamBeckett: you learn to appreciate it the more you see it, and when someone shOws you what makes it great. It’s certain things like camera angles, deep focus, special effects, etc. Even knowing the back story of it, welles’ first film ever and it’s considered the greatest, and with very good reason. It’s considered the best because it showed the possibilities of film. It was a very revolutionary film.

  5. Sorry for the double post.

    And I also agree some classics don’t need blu-ray releases.

  6. I thought my special ed dvd has held up very well even on my 73″ Mitsu but I am a sucker so I will buy the blu

  7. I believe that if you order from Amazon you also get The Magnificent Ambersons on DVD.

  8. I have been putting off getting this film for years, VCR, DVD, etc., and now, having bought a Blu-Ray Player and the best TV I’ve ever bought, I think it is time….(little joke there on Welles with his selling wine…and time… and… okay, I’m going away now).

  9. As much as I love this movie (I certainly don’t think its the greatest movie ever but I find it fascinating and don’t mind the acclaim) I’m sure that my 2 Disc DVD is good enough.

    BTW, any word on when The Seventh Seal arrives on Blu-Ray?

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