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DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Citizen Hearst'

Citizen Hearst (NR)

Movie: 3 out of 4 stars

Disc: 3 out of 4 stars

Easily the most influential newspaper magnate of the 20th century, William Randolph Hearst was an innovator and trailblazer and as well a lightening rod for controversy and pioneer of yellow journalism. Making his fortune by gobbling up competing publications (then radio station and movie theaters), Hearst essentially had the market cornered on information distribution and played his self-anointed role of kingpin to the hilt. This documentary from director Leslie Iwerks and narrated by William H. Macy covers most of Hearst's life but barely touches on the more seedy aspects, specifically his battle with Orson Welles and his film "Citizen Kane" (which was inspired by Hearst). It's highly informative and entertaining but far from complete or balanced.

Technical specs: aspect ratio: Widescreen (1.78:1), audio: English (5.1 Dolby Digital), subtitles: English.

Special Features:

Three featurettes

A&E episode "Hearst Castle"

Lionsgate, $19.99