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The Third Man


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  • Actors: Michael Rennie
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Timeless Media Group
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2007
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MKXFG4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,544 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Michael Rennie stars as Harry Lime, international business tycoon and trouble-shooting private detective. Jonathan Harris co-stars as Lime's assistant. The Third man was filmed on location in Europe. Enjoy these episodes: The Third Medallion, A Pocketful of Sin, As The Twig Is Bent, Broken Strings and One Kind Word.

Customer Reviews

The quality is not remastered or digitally restored.
R. G. Bright
The pros certainly outweigh the cons, but one also wishes that Timeless Media would have done a better job with the presentation and, for this, I'm subtracting a star.
Robert Huggins
Based on this sampling, the quality of the series appears to be quite outstanding.
trebe

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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Robert Huggins VINE VOICE on November 20, 2006
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"The Third Man" was a late 1950s/early 1960s U.S./British co-production that was very loosely based on Carol Reed's classic 1949 film of the same name and starred Orson Welles as Harry Lime. In this television adaptation, Lime is an international businessman portrayed by Michael Rennie and, in many of the episodes, he is joined by his assistant Bradford Webster, portrayed by Jonathan Harris (yes, the same Jonathan Harris of "Lost in Space" fame). The tone and texture of this weekly series is much lighter than the film, but it can be enjoyed on its own merits.

This 10-episode, 2-DVD set from the Timeless Media Group, while much anticipated by this viewer, could have been better. The good news is that the episodes included in this set are, visually, a major improvement over a 4-episode single disc of "The Third Man" from Critics Choice Video that was released a few years ago. The prints are fairly crisp and clean looking, certainly better than what I would have expected for a release in this price range. Some background audio "flutter" can be heard in some episodes, but it's really not too intrusive. And, fortunately, none of the episodes in this collection are duplicates of the Critics Choice release, a real plus for collectors of this series. There are plenty of recognizable guest stars from both sides of the Atlantic, character actors like Nehemiah Persoff, Werner Klemperer, Robert Shayne, Hugh Marlowe, Mai Zetterling, Steven Berkoff, Marius Goring, Patrick Troughton and even Oliver Reed, among others, as well as the always fun-to-watch Jonathan Harris, who appears as a semi-regular.

Now for the bad news . . .
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By trebe TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 4, 2009
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The Third Man (1949) is one of the classics of film noir, an Oscar winning suspense thriller starring Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard and Bernard Lee. Welles played thief and selfish schemer, Harry Lime, who is killed in a well-remembered scene, in the sewers of Vienna. Orson Welles adapted the character Harry Lime for the radio, in the program The Lives of Harry Lime in 1951. These adventures occur before events in the film, and feature a somewhat less sinister version of the mysterious Mr. Lime.

The television version of The Third Man, should delight lovers of mystery and intrigue. The series ran from 1959 through 1965, with Michael Rennie (The Day the Earth Stood Still) playing the infamous Harry Lime, an expert in art, who has business offices in London and New York. Jonathan Harris (Lost in Space) is Bradford Webster, the company treasurer and Lime's aide. A total of 77 half hour episodes were produced. This DVD collection contains a selection of ten episodes, on two DVD's, with approximately four hours of content.

Initially a joint production of National Telefilm Associates and the BBC, The Third Man is a very well-written and acted series, set in various domestic and international locations, where the plot usually unfolds in an unpredictable manner, often with an unexpected conclusion. It is all about intrigue. With a mysterious background, when he is not involved in the world of art, Harry Lime is sometimes hired to do unusual tasks. Michael Rennie brings confidence and class to the role, and is right at home hobnobbing with the upper crust of society. Being more athletic than Welles, this Harry Lime can move quickly and more than hold his own in a fight.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Dan Cram Olsen on January 14, 2008
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I had never heard of the Third Man TV series before seeing this ten show DVD offered here. I had heard several old Orson Wells Harry Lime radio shows and hoped it fell into that type of interpretation. That was a good assumption because it was just as well made as Orson's own radio show. Michael Rennie is excellent as the reformed but still wise Harry Lime solving post WW2 intrigue. I am only half way through the ten episodes offer and enjoying the stories quite a lot. I wish the entire 77 episodes made over five years both in the USA and the UK could be offered on commercial DVD.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Don Fordillo on October 26, 2011
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When I watch something on TV I expect to see logos all over the place. I do not expect it when I buy DVD's. These disks have the logo on ALL THE TIME, except for the closing credits. For me, Timeless Media Group now join Platinum as two companies from which I will never again purchase DVD's.

It's one thing for a first-run movie, but for a 50+ year old TV series, Give me a break!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Dobey on March 28, 2010
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'The third man" is a classic movie of the highest order. This is loosely based on that movie. This dvd collects some of this pretty good show. I thought the plots were engaging and the production values were what you would expect from a early 60's tv show. It's black and white and has the excellent actors Michael Rennie and Jonathon Harris as its leads. The prints are very watchable but full of artifacts and lines in some areas so this is by no means from the master prints. But then it's a cheap set and is very cold war in feel. It's worth getting some vintage tv and such a low price because this show is a decent show that deserves not to be forgotten.
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