Complete Mr. Arkadin, The, A.K.A.: Confidential Report - The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1955) / Region 1
Complete Mr. Arkadin, The, A.K.A.: Confidential Report - The Criterion Collection

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Complete Mr. Arkadin, The, A.K.A.: Confidential Report - The Criterion Collection

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.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Dec 15 2005
  • Production Year 1955
  • Empire SKU 885658
  • UPC Code 037429207727
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Custom
  • Number of Discs 3
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


· Audio commentary by Orson Welles 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 historians Stefan Drössler and Claude Bertemes and Welles confidant Peter Bogdanovich
· Outtakes, rushes, and alternate scenes from the film
· Extensive stills gallery
· 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


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W

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