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The Third Man

Carol Reed

 
The Third Man (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Out of Print
  • United Kingdom
  • 1949
  • 104 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #64

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, only grows in stature as the years pass.

Cast

Harry LimeOrson Welles
Anna SchmidtAlida Valli
Major CallowayTrevor Howard
KurtzErnst Deutsch
Holly MartinsJoseph Cotten
PorterPaul Hoerbiger
Dr. WinkelErich Ponto

Credits

DirectorCarol Reed
ProducerCarol Reed
ScreenplayGraham Greene
CinematographyRobert Krasker
Presented by Alexander Korda and David O. Selznick
Assistant directorGuy Hamilton
EditingOswald Hafenrichter
Associate producerHugh Perceval
MusicAnton Karas
SetsVincent Korda

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed mono soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Video introduction by writer-director Peter Bogdanovich
  • Two audio commentaries: one by filmmaker Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Tony Gilroy, and one 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
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring new essays by Luc Sante (DVD and Blu-ray), Charles Drazin (DVD only) and Philip Kerr (DVD only)

    New cover by Lucien S. Y. Yang

Film Essays

The Third Man: The One and Only . . .

By Luc Sante December 16, 2008

The Third Man (1949) is one of that handful of motion pictures (Rashomon, Casablanca, The Searchers) that have become archetypes—not merely a movie that would go on to influence myriad other . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Behind The Third Man

By Charles Drazin May 21, 2007

In January 1948, British film producer Sir Alexander Korda, head of British-Lion and London Film Productions, commissioned novelist Graham Greene to write and research “an original postwar . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Third Man: Seeing Greene

By Philip Kerr May 21, 2007

In The Third Man, Holly Martins, an alcoholic American writer of “cheap novelettes” (Oklahoma Kid and The Lone Rider of Santa Fe, among others) and a man who was “born to be murdered,” arrives . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Third Man

By Michael Wilmington November 08, 1999

In The Third Man—probably the greatest British thriller of the postwar era—director Carol Reed and screenwriter Graham Greene set a fable of moral corruption in a world of near-Byzantine visual . . . Read more »

Clippings

Greene On-screen

January 31, 2011

On the occasion of this week’s U.K. release of a new film adaptation of Graham Greene’s sinister classic 1938 novel Brighton Rock, Boyd Tonkin has written a piece for the Independent examining . . . Read more »


Video


Book Notes

Citizen and Father

November 11, 2009

When one thinks of Orson Welles, one can’t help but imagine a genius alone, monolithic—an image perhaps fostered by his greatest creation, the colossus Citizen Kane. Yet as the new book In My . . . Read more »


Greene’s Critical Moment

September 03, 2009

Around these parts, Graham Greene is best known as the brilliant British novelist who also wrote the screenplays for Carol Reed’s The Fallen Idol and The Third Man. But even before he made film . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Third Man: The One and Only . . .

By Luc Sante December 16, 2008

The Third Man (1949) is one of that handful of motion pictures (Rashomon, Casablanca, The Searchers) that have become archetypes—not merely a movie that would go on to influence myriad other . . . Read more »


Announcements


Press Notes

PRESS NOTES: SEEING BLU

December 11, 2008

Criterion Blu-ray editions debut next week—with Chungking Express, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Bottle Rocket, and The Third Man—and the reviews are already coming in. “Chungking Express, . . . Read more »


Web Exclusives

Listening to The Third Man

By John Doe May 21, 2007

As The Third Man’s opening credits roll, the vibrating strings of Anton Karas’s zither slide you into an angular, dreamlike state. The instrument has this particularly sideways and elusive . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Behind The Third Man

By Charles Drazin May 21, 2007

In January 1948, British film producer Sir Alexander Korda, head of British-Lion and London Film Productions, commissioned novelist Graham Greene to write and research “an original postwar . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Third Man: Seeing Greene

By Philip Kerr May 21, 2007

In The Third Man, Holly Martins, an alcoholic American writer of “cheap novelettes” (Oklahoma Kid and The Lone Rider of Santa Fe, among others) and a man who was “born to be murdered,” arrives . . . Read more »


On Five

The Other Side of the Tracks

By Kim Hendrickson May 02, 2007

At Criterion, producers spend a lot of time talking about each DVD release—from cover art and liner notes to the special features we present. In the case of the latter, we have a pretty . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Third Man

By Michael Wilmington November 08, 1999

In The Third Man—probably the greatest British thriller of the postwar era—director Carol Reed and screenwriter Graham Greene set a fable of moral corruption in a world of near-Byzantine visual . . . Read more »