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Citizen Kane (1941)

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NOTE: These commentaries are on the Warner Home Video 2-Disc Special Edition DVD. A different commentary track is available on the Region 2 Universal Special Edition.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Orson Welles biographer Peter Bogdanovich Rating:6.2/10 (48 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by space guy on August 7th, 2004:Find all reviews by space guy
Peter Bogdonavich knew Orson Wells. That has it's pluses and minuses for this track. Bogdonavich tells you alot about Wells. in fact he tells you too much. His views are alittle long winded and one sided at times
Reviewed by RodneyWelch on March 21st, 2006:Find all reviews by RodneyWelch
Bogdanovich knew everyone; he's almost made a second career of DVD commentaries. He's never boring, though; there isn't a story he tells that I don't want to hear.
Reviewed by reidca on July 20th, 2010:Find all reviews by reidca
If you've never heard Bogdanovich speak, you do kind of adore everything he says - it's just so interesting and his deep knowledge is admirable. After awhile however, he can grate a bit and if you have listened to him speak before and think you know everything about Kane you might want to give this a miss.
Reviewed by musíl65 on June 25th, 2020:Find all reviews by musíl65
This track is great. Bogdanovich talks a lot about about the camera and the light. He knew the late Wells. You hear great stories about Wells from him. The influence of this masterpiece is also a topic. He puts the film into the context of its time.

There are no gaps. Don’t miss that track. 10 out of 10.
Reviewed by grimjack on February 6th, 2022:Find all reviews by grimjack
Good, maybe even very good, but just not great. Or perhaps only because it withers when compared with Eberts enthusiasm. There is a lot more talk about Welles himself, and what the film did for other artists who discovered it twenty years later. Definitely worth listening to, as there are new things brought up that you might never have heard before in the many other reviews, commentaries, and essays, about the film.
Commentary 2: Film critic Roger Ebert Rating:8.2/10 (84 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by space guy on August 7th, 2004:Find all reviews by space guy
Roger Ebert has done his homework. This track is full of insights into why this film is considered one of the most important movies of all time
Reviewed by TommyT on December 16th, 2005:Find all reviews by TommyT
Roger Ebert knows film: he knows great direction, screenwriting, acting & even knows lots of things you didn't notice. His track made the film that much more enjoyable.
Reviewed by RodneyWelch on March 21st, 2006:Find all reviews by RodneyWelch
Roger Ebert is a great added bonus; he points out every great detail with enthusiasm and interest, as if he' still amazed by a movie he's no doubt seen countless times.
Reviewed by OgOggilby on June 12th, 2006:Find all reviews by OgOggilby
Ebert is enthusiastic! I like how he stuck to a lot of technical/background material for the film, rather than giving his own analysis (like the awful "Metropolis" commentary).
Reviewed by Tekker on October 18th, 2006:Find all reviews by Tekker
Superb commentary. Ebert points out many aspects with the movie that you might have overseen.
Reviewed by zombking on September 13th, 2007:Find all reviews by zombking
By far my favorite commentary out of the hundreds I have listened to. Essentially, it is a film class with Ebert personally telling you everything that's great about the movie. You'll never watch the film the same way again.
Reviewed by criterion_hunter on March 27th, 2008:Find all reviews by criterion_hunter
Reviewed by Bickle, T. on May 9th, 2009:Find all reviews by Bickle, T.
Warning: if you think this film is just okay, Ebert will completely shift your perception and convince you how brilliant it is via this insightful and highly informative commentary track. Couldn’t agree more with ‘criterion_hunter’.
Reviewed by Taishi81 on June 6th, 2010:Find all reviews by Taishi81
A standard for all commentaries. His analysis of CITIZEN KANE covers production history, visual strategies, cast/crew bios, film reception, and everything else you could think of. It will greatly heighten your appreciation of one of the greatest films ever made.
Reviewed by sedna on July 22nd, 2013:Find all reviews by sedna
This is by far, one of the greatest film analysis breakdowns in commentary form that I've come across. When you do a search on why Citizen Kane is so highly regarded, you will see a lot of people asking that same question. Well, if you're one of those people - look no further, period. Ebert's commentary points out every element of why this film was groundbreaking, specifically in film language. This is an incredibly illuminating commentary. Ebert is never short of breath, he fills the entire commentary with screen specific analysis. It's a goldmine of information both to film students and anyone curious why this film is so important and highly regarded.
Reviewed by grimjack on January 5th, 2015:Find all reviews by grimjack
Roger Ebert breaking down and analyzing one of the greatest films ever made. Of course this is fantastic. The man loves movies, loves talking about them, and has tons of wonderful things to say and point out. He discusses what he likes about it, and why we should to.
Reviewed by _Quarme_ on March 19th, 2015:Find all reviews by _Quarme_
This commentary actually made me like the movie more. Ebert seems to know this film in and out. If there is anyone who doesn't like the film, I think this track is definitely worth your time.
Reviewed by musíl65 on August 3rd, 2015:Find all reviews by musíl65
I never was a big fan of this masterpiece. But Ebert’s commentary let me change my mind.

Ebert is very good on this track. He talks about so many things in a listenable tone: The script, the cast, the lightning, the camerawork, the editing, the sets, the special effects, the reception and the legacy of this movie. You get a lot of interesting information.

The track is perfect. You will see the move differently afterwards. 10 out of 10.
Reviewed by grimjack on February 6th, 2022:Find all reviews by grimjack
Listening to it again, I cannot believe how terse I was in my first review seven years ago. I would now add that you havent fully appreciated Citizen Kane until you watch the movie with Eberts commentary. It manages to elevate the film, that is already at the very top of everyones list of greatest films.

Eberts knowledge of film really shows, but he never stops reminding us just how much he simply enjoys watching the film. How much he appreciates that the film exists. He even suggests you pause and rewatch a scene he just talked over so you can appreciate it further after he told you what to look for.

Ebert only got to do 5 (maybe 6) commentary tracks. And just hearing his voice again makes me wish he had done another 50.