The Magnificent Ambersons 12/18/18

The Criterion Collection

Hollywood’s most tragic ‘mangled masterpiece’ gets a new lease on life with this special edition of what could have been Orson Welles’ greatest film, had RKO not intentionally destroyed it to obliterate the stature of the unlucky Boy Genius. The movie can’t be reconstructed but its reputation can be restored — the story of the demise of a powerful industrial family would have been a dramatic powerhouse, perhaps more impressive than Citizen Kane. Terrific acting work here, from Joseph Cotten, Dolores Costello, Ray Collins, Anne Baxter and particularly from Agnes Moorehead and Tim Holt. On Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection.