"Citizen Kane" is the greatest film ever made -- and now it's available on Blu-ray for the first time.
Yes, hard as it is to believe, the brand-new 70th anniversary edition is the first time "Citizen Kane" -- widely regarded by critics and film fans alike as the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) -- has been available on Blu-ray. And it's even harder to believe that it has been 70 years since Orson Welles wowed the world with "Citizen Kane," as the film seems just as vibrant and stunning today as it did back in 1941.
That, of course, is owing in large part to the fact that the entire medium of film was fundamentally changed by the way Welles made "Citizen Kane," creating a new visual language that became the standard by which all future films would be judged. Not bad considering Welles was all of 26 years old when he wrote, directed and starred in the film.
From the first scene, in which we meet Charles Foster Kane and hear his mysterious dying word -- "Rosebud" -- "Citizen Kane" takes viewers on a whirlwind tour, charting the entire arc of a man's life from childhood to old age. From triumph to tragedy, from love to loss, "Citizen Kane" remains the ultimate exploration of humanity on film.
Not bad for one little Blu-ray.
Extras! How good is "Citizen Kane?" The documentary about the making of the movie, "The Battle Over Citizen Kane," was itself nominated for an Oscar. And that doc is just one of a slew of comprehensive extras in this release, including commentary tracks from the likes of Roger Ebert, deleted scenes, cast interviews, archival footage, the groundbreaking theatrical trailer and pretty much everything else you can think of.