CITIZEN KANE – 75th Anniversary Blu-ray Audio Review
Citizen Kane received a glorious Blu-ray release from Warner Bros. for it’s 75th anniversary. The film is a true masterpiece and the Blu-ray is a must-own for cinephiles. I decided that this Blu-ray review was worthy of a brief audio recording.
If you have not seen Citizen Kane, then this is the perfect opportunity to pick up a classic.
Here is a press release with more information about the Blu-ray release:
By the early 1960s “Citizen Kane” had been out of circulation for many years when a panel of top industry tastemakers, selected by the AFI, voted it as the Greatest Film of All Time. Since then, “Citizen Kane” has remained # 1 or # 2 on countless critics’ lists and other surveys including those from Roger Ebert, The BBC, Rolling Stone Magazine, Pauline Kael, among many others.
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.” Ebert echoed, “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.”
According to Martin Scorsese, Welles and the film are “responsible for inspiring more people to be film directors than anyone else in the history of cinema.” Woody Allen: “Welles takes a quantum leap above every American director with that intangible thing called genius. Just an exhilarating movie.” Mel Brooks: “Maybe the best American picture ever. A masterpiece with artistic genius on a ‘Beethoven’ level.” Richard Dreyfuss: “I usually avoid questions about my favorite movie but then people keep pressing me. ‘OK, ‘Citizen Kane’ is my favorite movie. It’s the greatest movie ever made, OK?’ Without a doubt the only film you can watch 138 times, and each time you’ll still see something new.” And finally, Steven Spielberg: “Just one of the great movies ever made. A great American experience in cinema.”
Citizen Kane” also heads a long list of film dramas about the media including such classics as “All The President’s Men,” “Sweet Smell of Success,” “The Killing Fields,” “Absence of Malice,” “The Paper,” and last year’s Academy Award®-winning Best Picture, “Spotlight.”
Not only did he star in the film, but the then only 25-year-old Orson Welles also produced, directed and co-wrote the film which won the Academy Award® for Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Welles and Herman J. Mankiewicz) and captured nine nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director (Welles).
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 appear uncredited as reporters. Gregg Toland was the film’s cinematographer and Robert Wise, later a two-time Academy Award-winning director, edited the picture.
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