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.
Contains 3 version: Confidential Report, The Corinth Version, and the 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