Anton Karas

Third Man [50th Anniversary Edition]

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This CD, like many vintage releases from Soundtrack Factory, is a bit of a cheat, since it is really just an audio transcription of the movie's soundtrack, complete with dialogue. In essence, it's the highlights of what could pass for the "radio version" of The Third Man, and could properly be overlooked entirely, except for two things: that Anton Karas's music is so prominent in the sound mix of the movie, that it is a big part even of this transcription; and it's a very high quality recording (perhaps lifted from the restored 35mm edition or The Criterion Collection DVD. The latter seems especially likely since it contains the audio portion of a newsreel of an Anton Karas stage performance on the zither that also appears on the DVD. The latter is still preferable in every way, but for those fans of the film without DVD players who desire to random access a big chunk of the music, this CD could prove handy.

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