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  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007LV9M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 443,416 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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210 of 213 people found the following review helpful By S. Lindgren VINE VOICE on 21 Jun. 2006
Format: DVD
Flawless. And I don't say that about many things. This is what the BBC used to do so well, and quality never dates. Smiley's People, and it's illustrious predecessor remain two of the all-time great dramas. They take an exclusive place amongst the best performed pieces I have ever seen. No, I won't review the story: I don't think that's possible in a few words. Suffice to say former head of the Circus (MI6) is brought out of retirement to clean up the mess caused by the murder of a former associate, and in so doing, is pitted once again against his opposite number in (we assume) the KGB.

The acting is a masterclass. Perfection. Not one jarring note, not one slightly questionable piece, even in the most minor roles. The late Sir Alec Guiness naturally ocupies the most attention, as is right and proper, but the supporting cast were outstanding as well. I hear complaints in some quarters that the role of George Smiley was 'too easy' for Sir Alec. If this is too easy, I'd love to know what difficult is supposed to be. The role is superb, but it required an unique talent to be convincing, and it is a tribute to Guiness's mesmerising ability that he made it seem so natural. Small wonder people thought he made it look easy: he did. That doesn't mean it was though.

The direction is also a statement work. Pacing is slow, as it should be to do this complex and convoluted story justice. If you're expecting something simple, with lots of fights, guns, chases and such like, or have a 2 minute attention-span, look somewhere else. You have to be patient. If you are, you will be slowing drawn in, and it will not let go. It is beautifully shot, beautifully lit, and the audio levels (always very tricky to get right) are spot on and unobtrusive: you just take them for granted.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Booksthatmatter on 19 July 2005
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This has to be one of the most masterful pieces of TV drama ever created. Superbly shot, outstandingly scripted (no surprise as Le Carre himself worked on it), brilliantly paced but most of all oh-how-amazingly acted. Even the most minute, fleeting role is played with extraordinary panache - actors like Maureen Lipman, Patrick Stewart, Alan Rickman, Beryl Reid, Sian Phillips make brief but utterly luminous appearances. When this much care is taken over the small roles it is no wonder that the big parts, and the biggest part of all, Smiley himself are such towering performances. This has to be Alec Guiness's greatest performance and it says a lot about the dwindling power of TV as a medium that we have seldom seen is like since. This is a major cultural milestone and should not be missed by anyone.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Cormac Farrell on 13 Nov. 2006
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The Cold War is over, and for those of us that lived through it, this story carries with it a sort of perverse nostalgia. Did the sun ever shine in those days? Even the Western cities of Paris, Bern/Thun and Hamburg seem to be imbued with that grey half light that we (Westerners) always imagined to form the backdrop for all those cities trapped behind the Iron Curtain. The creatures who inhabit this world are scarred with human frailty. Even Smiley has an "off button" for his human emotions when he smells his prey near at hand. It can never be equalled because the memories of those days are fading fast. Anyone who ever visited the divided Europe will testify that the continent is a differnt place now and it is Le Carre's understanding of what this unnatural atmosphere did to the human condition that provides the genius behind his work. I could not recommend it highly enough. It is a first rate history lesson on the effects of a largely forgotten war.

P.S.

It would be an idea to read or watch "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" first. Although I feel "Smileys People" has more depth and is therefore more challenging and rewarding.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bob Digby on 1 Mar. 2004
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This is wonderful drama at its best. The brilliant novel by John Le Carre is beautifully and loyally scripted, and Alec Guinness - the only Smiley! - gives a supreme performance. The cast is is of a strength and quality that today's producers can only dream of, and, best of all, the 5-plus hours that BBC gave to this allowed the plot to breathe and grow, and with it the full tension to develop. Alec Guinness gives an Oscar-quality performance; his cameo scene with Beryl Reed as Connie Sachs remains one of television's finest moments. Sian Phillips is Ann; her role forever makes the transition seamless from 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy'. Look for a small role from a younger Alan Rickman, Eileen Atkins (brilliant as the pawn in a game that is quickly out of her control), Bernard Hepton (wonderfully sleazy as Toby Esterhazy), Michael Byrne (the maverick civil servant for whom Smiley is forever the hero), Bill Paterson (brilliant acting - you just hate him), and Maureen Lipman (sharp, bright, vintage performance). The score is sensitive, under-stated, and proves that an intelligent public (the majority) don't need loud music to mask drama. To think that, in this one year, television spawned this and 'Brideshead Revisited'. A golden era indeed. Watch, and watch again.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By f7frcd@aol.com on 2 Dec. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This series, along with "Tinker, Tailor..." was, is, and will remain the defining work in the Cold War genre. Who better to have played Smiley than Sir Alec Guiness? Who better to have scripted this tour through the dismal, melancholy world of British Intelligence, and the silent fight they waged against the Soviet Union to no applause and less appreciation than David Cornwell? Stodgy and correct; quiet and demure, Guiness' Smiley defined the real-world application of high-stakes spy work as no 007 lark ever could. The screenplay, supporting cast, cinematography and score did what I wouldn't have believed possible: top "Tinker, Tailor."
The die was cast for me as a teenager reading "The Looking Glass War," and has been solidified with these books and the splendid television movies produced since. I watched as our PBS stations aired "Smiley's People" not long after "Tinker, Tailor," and once more in syndication on local channels. I have not seen it since, and that is a great shame. A former American Cold Warrior who saw my share of the clock's chime at midnight in desolate places while watching the Soviet Navy's every move, I ask again -- I implore the holders of the series' rights -- release this (and Tinker, Tailor) in the United States, please! So many here no longer understand or care to know what those years were like, and Smiley's People can in some small way enlighten while it entertains.
Rob Davies
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