The Third Man
Special Edition, Criterion Collection
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Orson Welles stars as Harry Lime, and Joseph Cotten plays his childhood friend, Holly Martins, in this all-time classic thriller scripted by Graham Greene and directed by Carol Reed. Martins searches for Lime through the seedy underworld of postwar Vienna and gets caught up in a web of love, deception, racketeering, and murder. The Third Man's stunning cinematography, twisting plot, and unforgettable zither score are immortalized in Criterion's pristine special edition, following the 50th Anniversary theatrical re-release.
The fractured Europe post-World War II is perfectly capturedin Carol Reed's masterpiece thriller, set in a Vienna still shell-shocked from battle. Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) is an alcoholic pulp writer come to visit his old friend Harry Lime (Orson Welles). But when Cotton first arrives in Vienna, Lime's funeral is under way. From Lime's girlfriend and an occupying British officer, Martins learns of allegations of Lime's involvement in racketeering, which Martins vows to clear from his friend's reputation. As he is drawn deeper into postwar intrigue, Martins finds layer under layer of deception, which he desperately tries to sort out. Welles's long-delayed entrance in the film has become one of the hallmarks of modern cinematography, and it is just one of dozens of cockeyed camera angles that seem to mirror the off-kilter postwar society. Cotten and Welles give career-making performances, and the Anton Karas zither theme will haunt you. --Anne HurleySee all Editorial Reviews
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All the extras are viewable as well. The subtitles and dubtitles are in English, French, and Dutch for both the film and extras. On blu-ray.com, it says this version is region free. I purchased this from OxfordshireEngland for about $18, via Amazon.com.
As for the film itself, it's one of the best of all time. If you consider yourself a film lover, you owe it to yourself to watch this film. I'm not a technical expert, but the 4K restoration looks and sounds great. Perhaps there's an Ultra High-Definition version down the line, hopefully? Please let me know if you have any questions about this Blu-ray.
Update on March 31st, 2017: The movie also plays fine on my PlayStation 3, which I also bought in New York. I don't know about the extras.
The story itself is fairly standard for a mystery, but the Viennese setting and the harsh black-and-white's of cinematographer Robert Krasker coupled with Anton Karas's Zither score build an atmosphere all their own that completely draws the viewer into the story. The chase sequence through the elaborate sewers under the city and the scenes in and around the cemetery are perfect uses of blocking and framing to tell a story. Though this film debuted in 1949 and its twists and turns are available online, the film still succeeds in drawing in the audience and surprising them. If you haven't seen this, you must watch it!
Had I watched this movie off an old-school VHS cassette, I would be thrilled with what I received. Blue-ray, however? Nope, should have been better.