Competition: Win ‘The Third Man’ [4k Restoration] on Blu-ray

THE THIRD MAN

DIRECTED BY CAROL REED

WRITTEN BY GRAHAM GREENE

STARRING JOSEPH COTTEN, ALIDA VALLI, TREVOR HOWARD AND ORSON WELLES

STUDIOCANAL are very proud to announce the first ever 4k restoration of THE THIRD MAN (1949) out now on DVD and Blu-ray, with more extras material than any previous version

Following its official selection in 2015 Cannes Classics, the UK release will take place as part of a worldwide reissue in celebration of the centenary of Orson Welles. 

This marks the first time that the film, once voted the “Best British film ever made” in a poll by the BFI, will be presented to audiences fully restored in 4k resolution. 

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Upon its release in 1949, Carol Reed’s atmospheric thriller THE THIRD MAN instantly became a classic, winning the Grand Prix at Cannes, a BAFTA for Best British Film, and the Oscar for Best Cinematography for Robert Krasker. Featuring some of cinema’s most memorable set pieces and quotable lines, the film’s Viennese locations quickly etch themselves in the memory – the vast sewers, the Ferris wheel, the elegant avenues of its central cemetery. The city may have been bombed out and strewn with rubble, divided into four sectors by the Allies, but it still stood tall in all its faded grandeur. 

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Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten), a writer of pulp Westerns, arrives in post-war Vienna on the invitation of his childhood friend Harry Lime. But on arrival he finds that Harry has recently been killed by a car whilst crossing the street, leaving a grief-stricken lover, Anna (Alida Valli). When local British investigating office Calloway (Trevor Howard) claims that Lime was an unsavoury criminal, Martins accepts an offer from a local book club to stay in Vienna in order to clear his friend’s name. As he investigates his friend’s last hours, he grows closer to the doomed Anna, and learns of an unidentified “third man” at the scene of the accident, who may hold the key to the deepening mystery surrounding Harry’s death.

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THE THIRD MAN has since been acknowledged as the masterwork of many of it’s key players – Reed, Cotten, Welles as actor, and novelist / sometime screenwriter Graham Greene, who wrote the script holed up in the now legendary Sacher Hotel, where Martins stays in the film. Then unknown, composer Anton Karas was a musician for hire playing in the wine gardens of Vienna when Carol Reed first encountered him. He then brought Karas to London for 6 weeks to work on the soundtrack to the film and the resulting unique and melancholy zither score became a worldwide phenomenon in itself. 

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Available Now (click image to buy)

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To celebrate, we have 3 x Blu-ray copies of the film to give away courtesy of our friends at Studiocanal.

To enter, fill out the following form with ‘Lime’ in the subject line, including your full name, address and contact number.

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Competition closes on Wednesday 29th July, 2015

Winners will be notified by phone / email

Best of luck!

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