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Citizen Kane

It is Kane's death that begins the story, sending a reporter (William Alland) to interview the closest associates of the multimillionaire and media tycoon in order to write a eulogy. Orson Welles stars as Citizen Kane, as well as acting as writer and director. This groundbreaking classic is considered one of the greatest films of all time. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A
Violence: B+
Sexual Content: B+
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Run Time: 119
Theater Release: 01 May 1941
Video Release: 13 Sep 2011
MPAA Rating: PG
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Snow Falling on Cedars (made in 2000) is a wonderful example of broken storyline. In Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Jimmy Stewart battles characters that use wealth and status to gain control. And A Simple Twist of Fate also deals with the power of money and the value of love.

Home Video Extra Features

Home Video Notes: Citizen Kane: 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition

Release Date: 13 September 2011

Citizen Kane releases in a 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition on September 13, 2011. This Blu-ray edition includes:

- Audio commentaries with Peter Bogdanovich and Roger Ebert

- World Premier of Citizen Kane featurettes

- Interviews with Ruth Warrick and Robert Wise

- Production galleries (featuring commentary from Roger Ebert)

- Deleted scenes

- Theatrical trailer

- Full-length The Battle Over Citizen Kane documentary on DVD

- HBO Films’ docudrama RKO 281, starring Liev Schreiber as Orson Welles and James Cromwell as newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst on DVD.

DVD Release Date: September 25, 2001

Runtime: 119 minutes

Production company: Warner Home Video

Package type: Snap case

Aspect ratio:Full screen standard, 1.33:1 DVD encoding: Region 1

Layers: Dual

Available audio tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono).

Available subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese.

DVD Extras:

Commentary by Roger Ebert and biographer Peter Bogdanovich

Theatrical trailer

1941 movie premiere newsreel

Story bopards, photographs, ad campaign, correspondence, etc.

The Battle Over Citizen Kane—a 2 hour documentary detailing the power struggle between Mr. Hearst and Mr. Welles.

Parents should be aware that some of the documentary interviews contain mild language concerns. Descriptions of violent behavior, unethical journalism practices, comments about homosexuality, and accusations of communism also surface as the facts of the subjects’ lives unfold.

But what most fans will want to know is the answer to the $64,000 question: What is the meaning of Rosebud? Apparently the term (which Roger Ebert points out “explains everything, but really it explains nothing”) is believed to have had a sexual connotation for Mr. Hearst. Now that’s a notion that explains everything, but really explains nothing at the same time!

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