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Third Man, The (1949) - Criterion [Blu-Ray]


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Five out of Five

Movie

Rating: NR
Length: 104 minutes

Video

Standard 1.33:1 B&W Not Anamorphic

Audio

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono

Captions

English

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Plot

An American goes to Vienna to visit a long-lost friend who sent him an invitation. Upon his arrival, he discovers his friend has been killed and he gets there in time to attend the funeral. After talking with some people, he starts to suspect his death is not an accident and proceeds to do his own investigation. From there, the plot unravels.

Pros

This is a very well-developed story with interesting characters within it portrayed by an excellent cast; even though this movie is over sixty years old, if you're any kind of a movie buff you will recognize many of the actors. There are numerous inter twining subplots and enough twist and turns to keep your interest throughout though it might take more than one viewing to catch everything. Who is telling the truth and who is lying?

Cons

There is a lot going on, you will need to pay attention. I was also annoyed that on the few occasions that German was spoken, there were no English subtitles. I suppose that's why they included the extra that they did.

Extras

  • Audio Commentary with Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh and Screen Writer/Director Tony Gilroy
  • Audio Commentary with film Scholar Dana Polan
  • "The Third Man Treatment"
  • Peter Bogdanovich Introduction
  • "Shadowing The Third Man" Documentary
  • "Who was the Third Man?" Retrospective
  • "A Ticket to Tangiers" Featurette
  • "Lux Radio Theatre Presents The Third Man Featurette
  • Insider Information Photo Gallery
  • "U.S. vs. UK Version" Featurette
  • "Kind to Foreigners" Featurette
  • "Anton Karas at London's Empress Club" Featurette
  • "In the Underworld of Vienna" Featurette
  • "The Third Man's Vienna" Featurette
  • "Graham Greene: The Hunted Man" Featurette
  • Original UK Press Book
  • Original U.S. Trailer

Recommendation

This is a must for anyone that claims to like movies and is willing to pay attention. This is not an action flick or a fluff piece that you can just listen to and catch everything. Add to that the quality work that Criterion always does to films and the tons of extras that were included and it makes the decision of whether or not to buy this a no-brainer.

Director

Actors

Hedwig Bleibtreu - Anna's Old Landlady
Siegfried Breuer - Popescu
Joseph Cotten - Holly Martins
[Citizen Kane, Soylent Green, Tora! Tora! Tora!]
Ernst Deutsch - 'Baron' Kurtz
Paul Hörbiger - Harry's Porter
Trevor Howard - Major Calloway
[Battle of Britain, Mary Queen of Scots, Superman, Von Ryan's Express]
Wilfrid Hyde-White - Crabbin
Bernard Lee - Sergeant Paine
[Diamonds are Forever, Dr. No, From Russia with Love, Gold Finger, Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, Moonraker, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, The Spy Who Loved Me, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice]
Erich Ponto - Dr. Winkel
Alida Valli - Anna Schmidt
Orson Welles - Harry Lime
[A Man For All Seasons, Citizen Kane, History of the World: Part I]

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