Plot: What’s it about?
As you all know, Citizen Kane is considered to be one of the finest films of all time, even taking the prize position atop the AFI’s list of best American movies. The man behind Citizen Kane was Orson Welles, who worked under many titles on the film including lead actor and director, but fell short not even once within his tasks. But this all time classic didn’t get made overnight and with no speed bumps, as the battle over the film is well documented and noted. This can be viewed as either Welles being stubborn over changes or honorable for demanding his vision be shown, depending on how you view the filmmaking process as a whole. This documentary follows the story of Welles and his battles against the studio and publishing kingpin William Randolph Hearst. The Battle Over Citizen Kane is well made in all respects, with rare footage from some of Welles’ work and the first DVD glimpse at Citizen Kane, which is nice to see, though the whole picture would be even better. This is a very good documentary, one that will serve well beside the real film once it has been released. If you’re a fan of Welles, Citizen Kane, or the story behind the production, do not miss this disc!
Video: How does it look?
The Battle Over Citizen Kane is presented in a full frame transfer, which preserves the documentary’s intended aspect ratio. This was a television documentary, so it doesn’t look as polished as a feature film, but this transfer still looks very good. Of course, the image varies from clip to clip, due to condition of the footage, but the overall impression is a solid one. The colors seem well balanced when present, while the black & white sequences look sharp and well defined as well. As far as television documentaries go, this one looks just fine on this disc.
Audio: How does it sound?
Again, this sounds good and all, but the material is reliant on dialogue and little less, so no real memorable sequences to discuss. You won’t be blown away by this mix, but it does the material justice and provides a nice audio experience in the end. The sound effects come across well, while the vocals seem even and effective. Of course, some portions sound better than others, but all are decent at worst. This disc also contains English subtitles, in case you might need them.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc contains a weblink and a talent file on Orson Welles.