Blu-ray, DVD Release: Citizenfour

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 25, 2015
Price: DVD $22.98, Blu-ray $26.99
Studio: Sony

The critically acclaimed Citizenfour was is the 2014 Academy Award winner for Best Documentary Film.

Citizenfour is a real life international thriller that follows filmmaker Laura Poitras (The Oath) and journalist Glenn Greenwald as they embark on a series of remarkable encounters with whistle-blower Edward Snowden in a Hong Kong hotel room as he hands over classified documents that provide evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA).

Edward Snowden in Citizenfour

Edward Snowden in Citizenfour

Just as the controversial US Patriot Act was to expire on May 31, 2015, the US Senate voted to pass the US House version of the USA Freedom Act, the successor to the Patriot Act, which saw three of its major sections end, one of which was the mass surveillance of all Americans. Shortly thereafter, President Obama signed the bill into law. Arguably, Edward Snowden and the events documented in Citizenfour were a powerful catalyst in calling attention to the unlawful surveillance of Americans by the government.

Executive Produced by Steven Soderbergh (Magic Mike), Citizenfour – in addition to taking home this year’s Academy Award — also won the Independent Spirit Award, Gotham Award, BAFTA and DGA, among others. It was heralded Best Non-Fiction Film from The New York Film Critics Circle, Boston Society of Film Critics and Lost Angeles Film Critics Association and Best Feature from the International Documentary Association.

Special features on the Blu-ray and DVD include the following:

-Bonus Scenes
-New York Times Talk with Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald, Edward Snowden and David Carr
-Film Society of Lincoln Center Q&A with Laura Poitras
-“The Program” – A New York Times Op-Doc by Laura Poitras


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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.