The magnificent Ambersons

Mercury Films Inc, RKO Pictures

DVD - 2018

A brilliant, moving portrayal of an aristocratic American family in what many critics consider a masterpiece equal to Citizen Kane. Based on a novel by Booth Tarkington, the drama begins in the 1870s when the Amberson family is at the height of its wealth and prestige. But the day arrives when all the Ambersons are stunned by the truth of their financial ruin.

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1st Floor DVD/MOVIE/DRAMA/Magnificent Due Dec 10, 2022
Criterion collection ; 952.
Feature films
Domestic drama
Fiction films
Film adaptations
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
[Irvington, New York] : The Criterion Collection [2018]
Two-DVD special edition ; DVD edition ; full screen
Item Description
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1942.
Special features: two audio commentaries; new interviews; new video essay on the film's cinematographers by scholar François Thomas; new video essay on the films score by scholar Christopher Husted; Welles on The Dick Cavett show in 1970; segment from Pampered youth, a 1925 silent adaptation of The Magnificent Ambersons; audio from a 1979 AFI symposium on Welles; two Mercury Theatre radio plays: Seventeen (1938), an adaptation of another Booth Tarkington novel by Welles, and The magnificent Ambersons (1939); trailer.
Physical Description
2 videodiscs (88 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
MPAA rating: Not rated.
Production Credits
Music, Bernard Herrmann ; cinematography, Stanley Cortez ; editor, Robert Wise.
Corporate Authors
Mercury Films Inc (-), RKO Pictures
Other Authors
Orson Welles, 1915-1985 (film director), Joseph Cotten, 1905-1994 (actor), Anne Baxter (-), Agnes Moorehead, 1906-1974, Booth Tarkington, 1869-1946