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On May 2nd 2016, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) will release the 75th Anniversary Blu-rayTM edition of the Orson Welles classic Citizen Kane.

1940. Alone at his fantastic estate known as Xanadu, 70-year-old Charles Foster Kane dies, uttering only the single word Rosebud.

So ends the odyssey of a life… and begins a fabulous tale of the rise to wealth and power – and ultimate fall – of a complex man: A boy abandoned by his parents inherits a fortune, builds a global newspaper empire and aspires to become President of the United States, but he loses everything over an affair with an untalented nightclub singer. This fascinating story unfolds through the eyes of the people important to the tycoon – each showing a different aspect of Citizen Kane.

As reported this week, previously unpublished documents have revealed a plot by the media mogul William Randolph Hearst to discredit Orson Welles and destroy CITIZEN KANE, his film about the rise and fall of the fictional newspaper proprietor Charles Foster Kane.

Records show that Welles felt Hearst was not linked to the attacks on him and Citizen Kane, but that his minions wanted “to show the boss that they were on the ball”. On a lecture tour before Citizen Kane’s release, Welles was warned by a police investigator: “Don’t go back to your hotel. They’ve got a 14-year-old girl in the closet and two photographers waiting for you to come in.” But the director at the time blamed a “hatchet man” from a local Hearst paper.

Welles and RKO Pictures faced extortion, media manipulation and other underhand tactics in a plot that was much darker and began earlier than was previously known, according to research by Harlan Lebo for a forthcoming book. Read further details over on The Guardian.

The Blu-ray is from the re-mastered 2011 Warner Bros. U.S version of the film now making its UK debut just in time for the film’s 75th Anniversary. The set comes with a set of collectables including; 5 x One Sheet/ Lobby Card reproductions, a 48-page book with photos, storyboards and behind the scenes info, a 20-page 1941 souvenir programme reproduction and 10 x production memos and correspondence.

The Oscar-winning film, directed, written by and starring Orson Welles, is considered to be one of the finest achievements in cinema and last year topped the BBC Culture poll of the 100 Greatest American Films. Welles was only 25 years old when he made this, his debut film, a gripping drama which would cement his reputation as one of Hollywood’s most influential directors and stars.

With a cast including Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead and Everett Sloane, Oscar-nominated camerawork by Gregg Toland (Wuthering Heights, The Grapes of Wrath), and featuring a debut score by Bernard Herrmann (Psycho, Taxi Driver) this is a film that Time Out says “still amazes and delights”.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Commentary by film director Peter Bogdanovich
  • Commentary by film critic Roger Ebert
  • 1941 newsreel: “Opening: World Premiere of Citizen Kane”
  • Interview with actress Ruth Warrick
  • Interview with director Robert Wise (editor of Citizen Kane)
  • Production Stills Gallery
  • “Still Photography” featurette with Roger Ebert commentary
  • Gallery of rare photos, Alternate Ad Campaigns, Studio Correspondence, call sheets and other memorabilia.
  • Theatrical Trailer

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