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Title The magnificent Ambersons / an RKO Radio picture ; a Mercury Production by Orson Welles ; screenplay, production and direction by Orson Welles.
Imprint [New York, N.Y.] : The Criterion Collection, [2018]
Edition 1942 motion picture production.

Series The Criterion collection ; 952.
Criterion collection ; 952.
Subject Families -- Indiana -- Drama.
Children of the rich -- Drama.
Inheritance and succession -- Drama.
Loss (Psychology) -- Drama.
Mothers and sons -- Drama.
Social change -- Drama.
Alt Name Welles, Orson, 1915-1985,
Cortez, Stanley,
Herrmann, Bernard, 1911-1975,
Wise, Robert, 1914-2005,
Cotten, Joseph, 1905-1994,
Baxter, Anne,
Moorehead, Agnes, 1900-1974,
Costello, Dolores, 1905-1979,
Holt, Tim, 1918-1973,
Collins, Ray, 1889-1965,
Sanford, Erskine, 1885-1969,
Bennett, Richard, 1873-1944,
Motion picture adaptation of (work): Tarkington, Booth, 1869-1946. Magnificent Ambersons.
Mercury Productions, Inc.,
RKO Radio Pictures,
Criterion Collection (Firm),
Uniform Title Magnificent Ambersons (Motion picture)
Description 2 videodiscs (88 min.) : DVD video, sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 insert (12 panels ; folded to 19 cm).
4 3/4 in.
stamping. rdapm
Motion pictures lcgft
Edition 1942 motion picture production.
System Details DVD; NTSC, region 1; fullscreen; 4:3 presentation; 1.37:1 aspect ratio; Dolby Digital monaural.
Note In English with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH).
Performer Narrator, Orson Welles ; cast, Joseph Cotten, Anne Baxter, Agnes Moorehead, Dolores Costello, Tim Holt, Ray Collins, Erskine Sanford, Richard Bennett.
Credits Director of photography, Stanley Cortez ; editor, Robert Wise ; original score, Bernard Herrmann.
Note Title from title frame.
Based on the novel by Booth Tarkington.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1942.
Credits from booklet; most film credits are spoken aloud.
Features: New 4K digital restoration; 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; video essay "The cinematographers" by Orson Welles scholar Fran├žois Thomas; video essay "The score" by Bernard Herrmann scholar Christopher Husted; Director Orson Welles on The Dick Cavett Show in 1970; Segment from a 1925 silent film 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; and a booklet with an essay by critic Molly Haskell.
Audience MPAA rating: Not rated.
Summary "Orson Welles's beautiful, nostalgia-suffused second feature--the subject of one of cinema's greatest missing-footage tragedies--harks back to turn-of-the-twentieth-century Indianapolis, chronicling the inexorable decline in the fortunes of an affluent family. Adapted from an acclaimed Booth Tarkington novel and featuring restlessly inventive camera work and powerful performances from a cast including Joseph Cotten, Tim Holt, and Agnes Moorehead, the film traces the rifts deepening within the Amberson clan--at 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"--Container.
Contents Disc one. [Feature film]; trailer -- disc two. [Special features].
ISBN 9781681435251
ISBN/ISSN 715515223614
Publisher # CC2968DDVD The Criterion Collection
CC2968D The Criterion Collection
OCLC # 1104914917

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