Best Blu-ray Deals

Best Blu-ray Deals, See All the Deals »
Top deals | Price drops  
 All countries United States United Kingdom Canada Germany France Spain Italy Japan
Lawrence of Arabia (Blu-ray)
Grave of the Fireflies (Blu-ray)
Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
Singin' in the Rain (Blu-ray)
The Walking Dead: The Complete Fifth Season (Blu-ray)
Spirited Away (Blu-ray)
Mad Max (Blu-ray)
Kingsman: The Secret Service (Blu-ray)
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 3 (Blu-ray)
Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (Blu-ray)
Hyperdimension Neptunia The Animation: Complete Series + OVA LE (Blu-ray)
The Boy Next Door (Blu-ray)
What's your next favorite movie?
Join our movie community to find out

Image from: Life of Pi (2012)
Manage your own movie collection and always keep it with you with our Apps. Price track movies and get price drop notifications instantly. Become a member to take full advantage of all site features.


 Best deals
 New deals
 Lowest prices
 New price drops
 New lowest prices
 Big price drops


 New reviews
 Browse reviews
 Search reviews


 Release calendar
 Now available
 New releases
 Coming soon
 Recently listed
 New pre-orders
 New covers

Top lists

 Top movies
 Top collected
 Top Blu-ray
 Top sellers
 Top pre-orders


 Search movies
 Blu-ray movies
 Blu-ray box sets
 TV on Blu-ray
 3D movies


 Latest reviews
 Top reviewers
 Top contributors

By genre

 Action (40812)
 Adventure (31371)
 Animation (9430)
 Anime (5243)
 Biography (4335)
 Comedy (30263)
 Comic book (5855)
 Coming of age (2042)
 Crime (21083)
 Dark humor (4274)
 Documentary (5330)
 Drama (49060)
 Epic (5853)
 Erotic (1274)
 Family (13158)
 Fantasy (18007)
 Film-Noir (1321)
 Foreign (7027)
 Heist (1821)
 History (6343)
 Holiday (1312)
 Horror (15428)
 Imaginary (999)
 Martial arts (3656)
 Melodrama (2650)
 Music (9453)
 Musical (4241)
 Mystery (12218)
 Nature (1886)
 Other (724)
 Period (7682)
 Psychological thriller (3495)
 Romance (17631)
 Sci-Fi (20195)
 Short (449)
 Sport (3094)
 Supernatural (4882)
 Surreal (1619)
 Teen (3585)
 Thriller (35590)
 War (6325)
 Western (2624)

By studio

 20th Century Fox
 Disney / Buena Vista
 Lionsgate Films
 New Line Cinema
 Paramount Pictures
 Sony Pictures
 Studio Canal
 Universal Studios
 Warner Bros.

 Show all studios


 Blu-ray movies
 Blu-ray studios

The Third Man Blu-ray

United States
DigiPack / The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1949 | 104 min | Not rated | Dec 16, 2008

The Third Man (Blu-ray)

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (30.48 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

English: LPCM Mono

English SDH

50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

Slipcover in original pressing

Region A (locked)

List price: $39.95, Price history

New from: $249.99
Available from Amazon sellers

Buy The Third Man on Blu-ray Movie

Buy on:

Movie rating
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Blu-ray rating
Video 4.9 of 54.9
Audio 4.9 of 54.9
Extras 4.9 of 54.9
Based on 14 user reviews

Movie appeal 
Psychological thriller22%

The Third Man


The Third Man Blu-ray truly is a masterpiece with perfect scores all around making it one of the best Blu-ray's ever

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.

For more about The Third Man and the The Third Man Blu-ray release, see the The Third Man Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 5.0 out of 5.

Director: Carol Reed
Writer: Graham Greene (I)
Starring: Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Bernard Lee (I), Paul Hoerbiger

» See full cast & crew

The Third Man Blu-ray, Video Quality

  5.0 of 5

Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.37:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Carol Reed's The Third Man arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

I could not wait to get my hands on this disc. I was excited to see Wong Kar-Wai's Chungking Express in 1080p but, for a number of reasons, I was waiting to see how Criterion will treat their B&W films. Suffice to say, I have some terrific news that will surely warm plenty of hearts.

First of all, the big news is that The Third Man is not picture-boxed. Those of you who have followed Criterion's output on SDVD closely know that there have been a number of issues related to their window-boxing practice, which have left perfectionists hoping for more. Put all those hopes aside - your wish has been granted. The Third Man arrives in a handsome 1080p transfer lacking the tiny little lines seen on the SDVD version. As a result, not only does this transfer look mighty impressive on a large HDTV set but, blown through a digital projector, it convincingly overshadows the image quality the SDVD set boasts. Here the blacks are rich and lush, the whites are sharp, and the actual color-scheme significantly more nuanced than that seen on the SDVD. Furthermore, contrast is absolutely superb. The fine film grain The Third Man reveals is perfectly intact and I could not help but admire how impressive the picture quality is. Folks, this isn't the rant of a film snob who has been suddenly exposed to a marvelous discovery, no, this is the evaluation of someone who has seen four different releases of The Third Man and each time he found that there was something of substantial importance missing.

Furthermore, those of you who own the old Criterion SDVD know that there were some scratches, dirt, and debris that were eliminated on the reissue disc. Last night, when I started watching the Blu-ray disc, the first thing that made an impression on me was the superb quality of the print. Yes, the SDVD reissue of the The Third Man also had the scratches, dirt, and specks eliminated but when you look at the Blu-ray release, with the terrific black and white gradation I addressed before, I am convinced you will see a completely different film. Finally, I also noticed that the Blu-ray transfer appears to have eliminated a substantial amount of the background flickering I've seen on the SDVD disc. To sum it all up, this is an outstanding release which has absolutely no flaws whatsoever! For the record, the packaging is exactly the same as the one Criterion used for Chungking Express. (Note: This is a Region-A encoded Blu-ray disc which you will not be able to playback on your Region-B only hardware. You will need Region-Free hardware in order to view its content).

The Third Man Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  5.0 of 5

On this Blu-ray disc you will find exactly what the majority of us were hoping to hear - an uncompressed English mono track. I really do not have any critical thoughts pertaining to this audio track. The dialog is crystal clear and very easy to follow, there aren't any inconsistencies that I could detect, and overall it really shows that serious restoration efforts have gone into securing a deserving audio presentation. Of course, I am certain, the big question many of you are pondering is: Is there a difference between the SDVD mono track and the uncompressed mono track the Blu-ray version boasts. Yes, there is. I was listening very carefully last night and I could convincingly state that not only is the uncompressed mono track clearer, but - and I hope this makes sense to the audiophiles - it is also a lot more stable. I would like to point you to a particular scene from The Third Man which I found to be quite revealing of the discrepancies between the two tracks. If you could, listen to the dialog between the main protagonists right after they approach the home of the doorman who has been murdered. Pay attention to the lines they exchange, and listen to the cries of the kid with the ball. It is very clear, to me, that the uncompressed mono track delivers a much more stable audio quality here. Lastly, the actual track is, as noted earlier, free of pop-ups, hissing, or cracks. Optional English subtitles (white) are provided for the main feature.

The Third Man: Other Editions


Similar titles you might also like

What is this?

Show more titles »

Similar titles suggested by members


The Third Man Blu-ray, News and Updates

Lionsgate Announces Delicatessen, The Third Man on Blu-ray - July 5, 2010

Lionsgate Home Entertainment has announced that it will release two films on Blu-ray on September 14 as part of its StudioCanal Collection: Delicatessen (Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro, 1991); and The Third Man (Carol Reed, 1949), which had previously been released ...

The Third Man Criterion Blu-ray Going Out of Print (Update) - October 29, 2009

We have the first discontinued Criterion BD before us. Both the DVD and Blu-ray editions of the classic movie 'The Third Man' are listed on the Criterion Collection site as out-of-print. Hence, the only available copies will be those already in the retail channel. ...

Today on Blu-ray - December 16th - December 16, 2008

Since the days of Laserdisc, the Criterion Collection has dedicated their efforts to collecting the greatest classic and contemporary films from around the world, and make them available to the general public at the highest quality possible. Today, they release ...

» Show more related news posts for The Third Man Blu-ray


Get Daily Blu-ray Deals

* We do not share your email and you may opt out at any time.

Top Blu-ray Deals


The best Blu-ray deals online. Don't miss out on these great deals.

See Today's Deals »

 Top movies

Latest Deals United States

The latest deals on Blu-ray movies
at Amazon.

Show new deals »

Trending Blu-ray Movies
1. Taken 3
2. Escape from New York
3. Interstellar
4. The Babadook
5. Batman vs. Robin
6. Birdman
7. Big Hero 6
8. The Imitation Game
9. Nightcrawler
10. Gone Girl
11. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five ...
12. The Cabin in the Woods
13. John Wick
14. Mad Max
15. The Equalizer

Trending in Theaters
1. Furious 7
2. Ex Machina
3. It Follows
4. Maps to the Stars
5. The Voices
6. Kingsman: The Secret Service
7. Unfriended
8. While We're Young
9. Hot Tub Time Machine 2
10. Jupiter Ascending
11. Everly
12. Cinderella
13. Chappie
14. The DUFF
15. Monkey Kingdom
16. Seventh Son
17. Run All Night
18. The Divergent Series: Insurgent
19. Accidental Love
20. Digging Up the Marrow
21. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
22. Kidnapping Mr. Heineken
23. Get Hard
24. True Story
25. Home Sweet Hell
26. The Last Five Years
27. Fifty Shades of Grey
28. Lost River
29. Wild Card
30. '71
31. The Longest Ride
32. Woman in Gold
33. What We Do in the Shadows
34. Welcome to New York
35. Clouds of Sils Maria
36. Zombeavers
37. Unfinished Business
38. Hard to Be a God
39. The Salvation
40. Supremacy
41. Girlhood
42. Cut Bank
43. The Riot Club
44. White God

Top 10 Sellers United States
1.  Fifty Shades of Grey
2.  American Sniper
3.  Interstellar
4.  Taken 3
5.  Paddington
6.  Kingsman: The Secret Service
7.  Big Hero 6
8.  Furious 7
9.  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five ...
10.  Star Wars: Episodes IV-VI
  » See more top sellers

Top 10 Pre-orders United States
1.  Fifty Shades of Grey
2.  American Sniper
3.  Paddington
4.  Kingsman: The Secret Service
5.  Furious 7
6.  Cinderella
7.  Mad Max
8.  Jupiter Ascending 3D
9.  Inherent Vice
10.  Spirited Away
  » See more pre-orders

Top 10 Bargains United States
1.  Taken 3
$19.89, Save 50%
2.  Paddington
$19.91, Save 50%
3.  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five ...
$24.94, Save 45%
4.  Game of Thrones: The Complete Fourt...
$39.96, Save 50%
5.  Fast & Furious 6-Movie Collection
$36.49, Save 54%
6.  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
$19.99, Save 50%
7.  The Imitation Game
$17.96, Save 49%
8.  Grave of the Fireflies
$9.99, Save 67%
9.  Iron Man 3
$16.96, Save 58%
10.  Into the Woods
$19.83, Save 50%
  » See more deals

Most Popular Blu-ray Movie Deals

Lawrence of Arabia

 United States

$95.99 $38.99

Grave of the Fireflies

 United States

$29.98 $9.99

Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season

 United States

$79.98 $19.95

Best Blu-ray Movie Deals »

This web site is not affiliated with the Blu-ray Disc Association.
All trademarks are the property of the respective trademark owners.
© 2002-2015 All rights reserved.
Registration problems | Business/Advertising Inquiries | Privacy Policy | Legal Notices