The fractured Europe post-World War II is perfectly captured in 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 post-war intrigue, Martins finds layer upon layer of deception, which he desperately tries to sort out. Welles' 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 post-war society. Cotten and Welles give career-making performances and the Anton Karas zither theme will haunt you. --Anne Hurley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This 50th-anniversary DVD release of The Third Man is a perfect example of how the Criterion Collection continues to raise the bar on how a special edition should be produced. Not only did Carol Reed's classic undergo an impeccable facelift, drastically enhancing the sights and sounds of post-World War II Vienna, but the disc is also packed with pertinent extras that provide deep insight into the film. The new digital transfer was created from the restored 35mm fine-grain master positive, presented in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and mono soundtrack. A major element of The Third Man is its magnificent cinematography, and it is extremely satisfying to see the high-quality visual improvements. Notable extras include Peter Bogdanovich's introduction, an alternate opening voice-over by Joseph Cotton, and two radio broadcasts of The Third Man chronicling The Lives of Harry Lime. All in all, a wonderful repackaging of a true classic. --Robert Bracco --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I'm unable to submit a review because I ordered The Third Man in Blu-ray and have discovered that I can't play Blue-ray on my DVD player. I plan to donate it to the public library.Published 5 months ago by pecarol
I can't play this DVD on my DVD player. It seems to me you should have made this clear when I bought it.
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This DVD will not play on my machine. Why sell something that isn't made for Canada.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of my new favourite movies. A great mystery movie with a wonderful performance by the severely underrated Joseph Cotten.Published 8 months ago by Sara
I bought this for a friend who asked for it and then he didn't want it. I remember it well, haven't watched it againPublished 11 months ago by Bettyjane Wylie
This film edition is lovingly released with other background material of interest to any 'The Third Man' enthusiast......all in glorious black and white.Published 21 months ago by Shelley Gilmour
Bought this used as a gift, it was in great condition, at a great price for an OOP criterion and it shipped within a week. I'm very happy!Published on June 20 2013 by Sarah
Very well done. They sent an email confirming the order, with contact info in case there was any issue. Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2011 by ilikemovies
I was impressed with the writing and the cinematography most of all. The shadows and repressive overall feel as we try and find out what happened to Harry Lime is incredible. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2009 by Petronius