The Third Man (Blu-Ray) in November

Mentioned here back in May, **Criterion** has now formally announced a November 18th release date for The Third Man (Blu-Ray). Bonus features are the same as in last year's Special Edition. And the cover art, for now, is identical. The single disc DVD release will retail for $39.95, but is available at for only $29.99.

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 haunting deep focus shots, off-kilter angles, and dramatic use of light and shadow, The Third Man, directed by the inimitable Carol Reed, only grows in stature as the years pass.


  • 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
  • Abridged recording of Graham Greene’s treatment, read by actor Richard Clarke
  • Shadowing "The Third Man", a ninety-minute 2005 feature documentary on the making of the film
  • "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 German 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
    • 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 and photos of postwar Vienna
  • A look at the untranslated foreign dialogue in the film
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by Luc Sante, Charles Drazin, and Philip Kerr

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