Criterion announces support for 4K UHD Blu-ray, beginning with Citizen Kane

Coming soon in full 4K.

Enlarge / Coming soon in full 4K. (credit: Criterion)

The Criterion Collection, one of the most renowned distributors of home films on various formats, has long been dogged for not releasing movies on the latest high-resolution disc format, 4K UHD Blu-ray. That situation finally changes this week with the announcement of Criterion films coming to 4K discs later this year.

As it turns out, Criterion waited to secure the rights to a megaton film before making its 4K bow: Citizen Kane. This film choice, coming to 4K Blu-ray in "November 2021," is remarkable for a few reasons. But, beyond its inclusion in typical best-films-ever lists, Criterion hasn't been able to release a version of Citizen Kane since the company's very first laserdisc release of a film in 1984.

That same month, five other films from Criterion will join Citizen Kane in 4K UHD Blu-ray format:

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