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New Release: Citizen Kane Ultimate Collector's Edition,

Due September 13

photo Citizen Kane, Orson Welles' tour de force which the American Film Institute (AFI) chose as the #1 film of all time, celebrates its 70th Anniversary with an all new 1080p hi-definition restoration from original nitrate elements in stunning 4K resolution and revitalized digital audio. Warner Home Video will bring the iconic masterwork to a new generation with their new Blu-ray 70h Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition, complete with more than three hours of bonus content and an array of rare and collectible premiums including a 48-page collector's book filled with photos and behind-the-scene details, 20-page reproduction of the original 1941 souvenir program, lobby cards, reproductions of rare production memos and correspondence (Blu-ray Disc $64.99 SRP; DVD $49.92 SRP).

This classic story of power and the press starring, produced, directed and co-written by then 25-year-old Orson Welles captured nine Academy Award (1942) nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director, and won for Best Writing, Original Screenplay.

These newest 70th Anniversary editions will present the film in the highest quality yet. "The work to recreate the original look of the film and to clean up the effects of aging was a painstaking, frame-by-frame process. The source for most of the picture was a 4K scan from a 1941 composite fine grain positive master." says Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging (MPI) colorist Janet Wilson.

The new edition includes feature-length stories-behind-the-story that include the two- hour Academy Award-nominated documentary Battle over Citizen Kane and RKO 281, the Golden Globe and Emmy-winning HBO docudrama that chronicles the clash between William Randolph Hearst and Hollywood. Memorabilia in the premium packaging includes the 1941 movie premiere newsreel, gallery of storyboards, studio correspondence, call sheets, rare photos and more.

Citizen Kane 70th Anniversary Edition is new to digital and will be releasing with iTunes Extras and will be available On Demand from cable and satellite providers and for digital download from online retailers including iTunes, VUDU and Amazon Instant Video.



Disc 1

·         Commentary by Peter Bogdanovich

·         Commentary by Roger Ebert

  • Opening: World Premier of Citizen Kane Vintage Featurettes
  • Interview with Ruth Warrick
  • Interview with Robert Wise
  • Storyboards
  • Call Sheets
  • Still Photography with Commentary by Roger Ebert
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Ad Campaign
  • Press Book
  • Opening Night
  • Theatrical Trailer


Disc 2

·         The Battle over Citizen Kane Documentary


Disc 3

·         RKO 281 (HBO Feature)


About Orson Welles and Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane and Orson Welles are, according to director Martin Scorsese, “responsible for inspiring more people to be film directors than anyone else in the history of cinema.”

Welles himself played Charles Foster Kane in a role that spanned the publisher's life, moving from a boyish, ambitious young man to the embittered recluse he became in later life. Joseph Cotten made an impressive screen debut as Jedidiah Leland, newspaper reporter and Kane's longtime friend, from whom he had become estranged over the issue of journalistic integrity. Other actors included Everett Sloane, Agnes Moorehead, Ruth Warrick, Paul Stewart and William Alland as the investigative reporter who delves into Kane's life and his mysterious “Rosebud.” Alan Ladd and Arthur O'Connell appeared uncredited as reporters.

The legendary Gregg Toland was the film's cinematographer and Robert Wise, later a two-time Academy Award-winning director, edited the picture.

After remaining out of circulation for many years, in the early 1960s Citizen Kane was selected by a panel of film critics as the greatest film of all time. During the ensuing years, in poll after poll, Citizen Kane has been consistently ranked as the highest embodiment of film art. Said Roger Ebert, “This towering achievement is as fresh, as provoking, as entertaining, as sad, as brilliant, as it ever was. Many agree it is the greatest film of all time.”  And one-time dean of American movie reviewers, Pauline Kael, noted, “Citizen Kane is perhaps the one American talking picture that seems as fresh now as the day it opened. It may seem even fresher.”


About The Battle over Citizen Kane

The Battle over Citizen Kane is a two-hour Oscar-nominated (1995) documentary that chronicles the titanic struggle between filmmaker Orson Welles and newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, who claimed Citizen Kane was a thinly veiled and slanderous account of his own life. The documentary reveals the fascinating behind-the-scenes story of how Hearst used his formidable power to try to stop production and distribution of the film, and how he ultimately sought to destroy Welles himself.


About RKO 281

The 1999 HBO film, RKO 281 (titled for the production number given to Citizen Kane by RKO), won three Emmys (with 13 nominations), and the Golden Globe for Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made for Television (2000). Directed by Benjamin Ross and written by John Logan, this dramatic depiction of the making of Citizen Kane stars Liev Schreiber as Welles, James Cromwell as William Randolph Hearst, Melanie Griffith as Marion Davies, John Malkovich, Roy Scheider and Brenda Blethyn as Louella Parsons.