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The Magnificent Ambersons (Blu-ray)



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Orson Welles’s elegiac follow-up to Citizen Kane, on Blu-ray for the first time in an edition packed with special features.

This beautiful, nostalgia-suffused second feature by Orson Welles (Citizen Kane)the subject of one of cinema’s greatest missing-footage tragediesharks back to turn-of-the- twentieth-century Indianapolis, chronicling the inexorable decline of the fortunes of an affluent family.

Adapted from an acclaimed Booth Tarkington novel and characterized by restlessly inventive camera work and powerful performances from a cast including Joseph Cotton (The Third Man), Tim Holt (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre), and Agnes Moorehead (Citizen Kane), the film traces the rifts deepening within the Amberson clanat the same time as the forces of progress begin to transform the city they once ruled.

Though RKO excised over forty minutes of footage, now lost to history, and added an incongruously upbeat ending, The Magnificent Ambersons is an emotionally rich family saga and a masterful elegy for a bygone chapter of American life.

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Two audio commentaries, featuring scholars Robert L. Carringer and James Naremore and critic Jonathan Rosenbaum
  • New interviews with film historians Simon Callow and Joseph McBride
  • New video essays by scholars François Thomas and Christopher Husted
  • Director Orson Welles on The Dick Cavett Show in 1970
  • Segment from a 1925 silent adaptation of The Magnificent Ambersons
  • Audio from a 1978 AFI symposium on Welles, and audio interviews with Welles conducted by filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich
  • Two Mercury Theatre radio plays: Seventeen (1938), an adaptation of another Booth Tarkington novel by Welles, and The Magnificent Ambersons (1939)
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: Essays by authors and critics Molly Haskell, Luc Sante, Geoffrey O’Brien, Farran
  • Smith Nehme, and Jonathan Lethem, and excerpts from an unfinished 1982 memoir by Welles
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SKU 5050629239935
Catalogue Number CC2967BDUK
Product contents 1 disc
Year 1942
Director Orson Welles
Format Blu-Ray
Countries USA
Colour Black & White
Language(s) English
Running time 88 min
Blu-ray region B
Certificate PG
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