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IMPORT DVD FROM SOUTH KOREA - LANGUAGE: ENGLISH - OPTIONAL SUBTITLES: ENGLISH, KOREAN, or NONE - NTSC REGION FREE (PLAYS ON ALL STANDARD US DVD PLAYERS) - ENGLISH AND KOREAN TEXT ON FRONT AND BACK - One of British cinema's most enduring and atmospheric thrillers. A genuine and endlessly rewatchable classic. Orson Welles's Harry Lime steals the show(and anything else he can get his hands on) in this stunning noir set amid the ruins of post-War Vienna,and featuring perhaps the most memorable chase sequence in cinema Writer Graham Greene enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with film,but nothing matched this sly noir-a great British thriller that united Greene with director Reed, and which enabled Orson welles to deliver cinema's single most memorable reference to Switzerland. Holly Martins(Cotten) is a hack writer arriving in Vienna shortly after the end of WWII. He plans to meet up with his old friend,Harry Lime, but discovers that he has recently been killed in a road accident. He is told a few home truths about his old chum by a British Army officer (Howard) and from Lime's distraught girlfriend (Valli), and focuses his own energies on trying to discover the identity of the third man who helped carry Lime's body from the street. In fact it's this creeping sense of corruption and moral ambiguity that makes the film so fascinating. It was producer Korda's idea to set the action in a divided Vienna, and, in the course of Greene's research, he happened upon the city's thriving post-War trade in black-market penicillin, and the illicit use of the city's sewer network. The film's success was sealed by Welles's film-stealing extended cameo, Oscar-winning photography of Krasker, and the instantly evocative zither score by Anton Karas, who Reed discovered while scouting locations in Vienna.
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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.
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.