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Kenneth Ross adapts a well-honed screenplay from Frederick Forsyth's bestseller, and director Ronald Neame captures a typically Cold War sense of individuals and organisations playing out a scenario of political right and wrong. John Voight, long before he became a cameo star, makes a sympathetic lead, able to judge between the moral and material aspects of his profession. Mary Tamm is photogenic, if uninvolving, as his girlfriend, while Maximillian Schell is a convincing Nazi stereotype. Andrew Lloyd-Weber contributes a serviceable score, centred on the catchy "Christmas Dream" sung by Perry Como. Not a classic suspense thriller, but an enjoyable and thoughtful one.
On the DVD: the letterbox widescreen format preserves the 2.35:1 aspect ratio of the cinema release with decent if not exceptional clarity, with optional 16:9 TV enhancement. There are French, German, Italian and Spanish overdubs, and subtitles in 21 languages. Detailed filmographies for Neame, Voight and Schell are included and the theatrical trailer is to the point in a way they so rarely are these days. --Richard Whitehouse
This disc will not play on any of my three Blu-ray players! (2 X PCs and a Panasonic Freesat box) It reports a region incompatibility. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Mr. W. E. Povey
classic film I always buy from zoverstocks 5 stars. never dissapointed.Published 27 days ago by A.Shoeshop
This review is not about the film - which is excellent - but the blu-ray. The picture and sound quality of this U.S. blu-ray is superb. Read morePublished 1 month ago by P. Cook
Fantastic film, great story by Fredrick Forsyth. Excellent acting performances from especially Jon Voight, Derek Jacobi, Mary Tamm and Maximilian Schell Set in 1960's Germany, the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Andy Warhol's Favorite Wig