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Orson Welles’s Mr. Arkadin (a.k.a. Confidential Report) tells the story of an elusive billionaire who hires an American smuggler to investigate his past, leading to a dizzying descent into a Cold War European landscape. The film’s history is also marked by this vertigo. There are at least eight Mr. Arkadins: three radio plays, a novel, several long-lost cuts, and the controversial European release known as Confidential Report. Criterion gathered all of these elements to create this landmark box set—which also includes outtakes, behind-the-scenes footage, and a new comprehensive version of the film—at last unraveling one of cinema’s great mysteries.


Special Features


SPECIAL EDITION THREE-DISC SET FEATURES

New, restored high-definition digital transfers of three versions of the film: the Corinth Verion, Confidential Report, and a new comprehensive Version

Audio commentary by scholars Jonathan Rosenbaum and James Naremore

An interview with Welles biographer Simon Callow, featuring his audio interview with star Robert Arden

Three half-hour episodes of the radio program The Lives of Harry Lime, upon which the film is based, and an interview with producer Harry Alan Towers

On the Comprehensive Version, a new documentary featuring interviews with film historian Stefan Drössler and Claude Bertemes and Welles confidant Bogdanovich

Outtakes, rushes, and alternate scenes from the film

Extensive stills gallery

Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

PLUS: Mr. Arkadin, the novel, with a new preface by Robert Polito, and a booklet featuring J. Hoberman; Rosenbaum, film historian François Thomas, and Drössler on the three versions; and a time line of Arkadin-related events

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Special Features New, restored high-definition digital transfers of three versions of the film: the Corinth Verion, Confidential Report, and a new comprehensive version Audio commentary by scholars Jonathan Rosenbaum and James Naremore An interview with Welles biographer Simon Callow, featuring his audio interview with star Robert Arden Three half-hour episodes of the radio program The Lives of Harry Lime, upon which the film is based, and an interview with producer Harry Alan Towers On the Comprehensive Version, a new documentary featuring interviews with film historian Stefan Drössler and Claude Bertemes and Welles confidant Bogdanovich Outtakes, rushes, and alternate scenes from the film Extensive stills gallery Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing PLUS: Mr. Arkadin, the novel, with a new preface by Robert Polito, and a booklet featuring J. Hoberman, Rosenbaum, film historian François Thomas, and Drössler on the three versions; and a time line of Arkadin-related events

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