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The Third Man (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

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Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, black-market opportunist Harry Lime and thus begins this legendary tale of love, deception, and murder. Thanks to brilliant performances by Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, and Orson Welles; Anton Karas s evocative zither score; Graham Greene s razor-sharp dialogue; and Robert Krasker s dramatic use of light and shadow, The Third Man, directed by the inimitable Carol Reed, just continues to grow in stature as the years pass.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:
Restored high-definition digital transfer
Uncompressed mono soundtrack
Video introduction by writer-director Peter Bogdanovich
Two audio commentaries: one by filmmaker Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Tony Gilroy, and one by by film scholar Dana Polan
Shadowing The Third Man (2005), a ninety-minute feature documentary on the making of the film
Abridged recording of Graham Greene s treatment, read by actor Richard Clarke
Graham Greene: The Hunted Man, an hour-long, 1968 episode of the BBC s Omnibus series, featuring a rare interview with the novelist
Who Was the Third Man? (2000), a thirty-minute Austrian documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew
The Third Man on the radio: the 1951 A Ticket to Tangiers episode of The Lives of Harry Lime series, written and performed by Orson Welles, and the 1951 Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of The Third Man
Illustrated production history with rare behind-the-scenes photos, original UK press book, and U.S. trailer
Actor Joseph Cotten s alternate opening voice-over narration for the U.S. version
Archival footage of postwar Vienna
A look at the untranslated foreign dialogue in the film
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by Luc Sante

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Product details

  • Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
  • Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
  • MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
  • Product Dimensions : 6.5 x 5.25 x 0.25 inches; 3.2 Ounces
  • Director : Carol Reed
  • Media Format : Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Black & White, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Run time : 1 hour and 33 minutes
  • Release date : December 16, 2008
  • Actors : Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Trevor Howard, Bernard Lee
  • Producers : Alexander Korda, Carol Reed, David O. Selznick
  • Studio : Criterion
  • ASIN : B001EP8EKS
  • Writers : Alexander Korda, Carol Reed, Graham Greene, Orson Welles
  • Number of discs : 1
  • Customer Reviews:
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