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“Magnificent Ambersons” Finally Coming to DVD

“Magnificent Ambersons” Finally Coming to DVD (photo)

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As spotted by Badass Digest, Amazon just posted a pre-order for an exclusive “Ultimate Collector’s Edition” Blu-ray of Orson Welles’ masterpiece “Citizen Kane.” This is news in and of itself, I suppose, since the set represents the film’s first appearance on Blu-ray and it includes all sorts of goodies, like the documentary “The Battle of Citizen Kane,” the biopic “RKO 281,” a book, lobby cards, a bottle of vintage Paul Masson wine, a lock of Orson Welles’ beard hair, etc. But the real attention grabber for Welles fans is the fact that the set includes Welles “Kane” follow-up “The Magnificent Ambersons” on DVD as a bonus disc. Somewhat mind-bogglingly, this will be the first time “Ambersons” — a film widely regarded as one of the finest ever made — has ever been released on a Region 1 DVD. How is that even possible?

I’m not a big believer in curses, but “The Magnificent Ambersons” might just be a cursed film. After the studio, RKO, decided the original cut was too long and too big of a bummer, they demanded changes. But since Welles was out of the country shooting another film, they recruited his editor Robert Wise (who went on to become a fine filmmaker in his own right) to chop more than a half hour out of the film and reshoot the ending. Don’t hold your breath for a restored director’s cut either; the original negatives of the deleted scenes were “later destroyed in order to free vault space” according to Wikipedia. Other than the one time my own wiki page was updated to include my childhood nickname (“Matt Singer: Booger Flinger”) I have never more desperately wished that Wikipedia was wrong about something.

As BAD notes, “Ambersons” is included on DVD even though this it’s part of an “Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of “Citizen Kane.” Which is ironic; we’ve waited so long for an “Ambersons” DVD and now that the format’s practically obsolete, it’s finally here. Somewhat cruelly, the back of the DVD box art even proclaims that it’s “DIGITALLY REMASTERED FOR ENHANCED PICTURE AND AUDIO QUALITY!” This might not be the only “Ambersons” release coming down the pipeline; the fact that Amazon has separate box art for the film leaves room for hope. Maybe someday the curse will be lifted.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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