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The Third man
Welles, Orson, 1915-1985.
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
[Irvington, CA] : Criterion Collection, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (104 min.) ; sound, black and white, ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 leaflet (19 x 38 cm., folded).
Set in post-war Vienna, an American western-adventure writer searches for a friend who turns out to be the king-pin of the Austrian black market.
General Note:
Videodisc release of a 1949 motion picture.

Special features: recording of script treatment; radio adaptations; alternative opening voice over; archival footage of set; photos and production history; theatrical trailers.

For specific features see interactive menu.
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DVD 458 Adult DVD Open Shelf
DVD 458 Adult DVD Audio Visual

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Holly Martins, a writer of trashy novels travels to Vienna to meet his friend, Harry Lime, who has promised him a job. Martins arrives in Vienna only to find that his friend has been killed in a strange auto accident, and that there may have been darker secrets in his friend's life than Martins ever imagined. This DVD includes the following supplements: 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.


An American writer of pulp westerns arrives in post-war Vienna to take a job with an old friend, but discovers he has been murdered. Or has he? Based on Graham Greene's mystery. On three of the American Film Institute's Top 100 lists.

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Library Journal Review

Light and shadow have seldom been used to greater effect than in director Carol Reed's film noir of Graham Greene's script about a writer (Joseph Cotten) who finds out the truth about his old friend (Orson Welles), a black marketeer in postwar Vienna. This double-disc version of a previous single-disc release features an improved picture and cleaner audio (the signature zither music sounds even better), plus over a dozen extras. An essential title; any old copies should be replaced. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.