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The Third Man

Spine #64

Nov 30, 1999

Number of Discs: 1

  • 1.33:1 Standard
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • English subtitles

The Third Man

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2007 Edition


Directed By: Carol Reed
Starring: Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Ernst Deutsch, Paul Hoerbiger, Erich Ponto, Siegfried Breuer, Bernard Lee, Wilfred Hyde-White
Licensor: Studio Canal

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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.

  • Video introduction by writer-director Peter Bogdanovich
  • Abridged recording of Graham Greene's treatment, read by actor Richard Clarke The Third Man on the radio: (1) the 1951 "A Ticket to Tangiers" episode of The Lives of Harry Lime series, written and performed by Orson Welles; and (2) the 1951 Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of The Third Man
  • Joseph Cotten's alternate opening voiceover narration for the U.S. version
  • Archival footage of composer Anton Karas and the film's famous sewer location
  • A collection of rare behind-the-scenes photos, with a brief production history
  • Original and re-release theatrical trailers
  • Restoration demonstration


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