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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Ltd Edition Steelbook) - Double Play (Blu-ray + DVD)

Tom Hardy , Gary Oldman , Tomas Alfredson    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (501 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Kathy Burke, Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Directors: Tomas Alfredson
  • Format: DVD+Blu-ray
  • Language: Castilian
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jan 2012
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (501 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0068MTX2U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,400 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Adapted from John le Carré’s uniquely British 1973 espionage novel, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is set in the analogue conditions of the Cold War, a time when cassette tape and Telex were your only gadgets and where middle-aged spies exchanged looks of cordial hatred--and the occasional loyalty--like Bond and Bourne exchange weapons, women and warm locations. Gary Oldman (Leon, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight) plays George Smiley, the former agent who’s called in from the cold to hunt down one of his own--a Soviet mole in the top ranks of the leaky secret service that runs MI5 and MI6. Once inside, his investigations are simultaneously professional and deeply personal: digging around for one double-crossing colleague selling secrets to the Russians only unearths another sleeping with his wife. Le Carré’s London hasn’t been updated so much as back-filled with autumnal 1970s design: brown and pumpkin patterns upholster the shabby little rooms and crooked staircases through which the spies pursue each other, while the supporting cast--John Hurt, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy, Kathy Burke, Mark Strong and a porcine Toby Jones--is regularly squeezed, often several titans of British cinema at a time, into cramped British cars or shelf-sized offices. George Smiley has a natural home in Oldman, who, like Smiley, has a self-effacing control of his craft--hiding himself in outrageous villains or declining a credit entirely, as he did in Ridley Scott’s Hannibal. With its atmospheric drab and novelistic pace, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is the kind of chamber-piece that suits showy ensemble performances, but Oldman’s turn as Smiley is the most subtle in recent history. --Leo Batchelor

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133 of 163 people found the following review helpful
For everyone comparing this new movie to the book and the tv series (and I am a fan of both) - Le Carre himself has said in interviews that he categorically did not want someone just copying the book or even the series. He wanted a new take on the story. Yes, it is different. Of course it would have been nice to have characters fleshed out a bit more, but then, I think that will be the problem with anyone who has read the book or seen the series - you expect the same thing stuffed into an hour something, and that is nigh on impossible. My only personal gripe is that I didn't really understand some seemingly superficial changes, like Sam Collins (in the book) being changed in name to Gerry Westerby (considering Gerry is a whole big character on his own in the second book, and ultra posh to boot), Czech Republic being changed to Hungary etc. But that is minor, and overall, I think this was a great, quiet movie, the kind of thing you just don't get anymore. To the commentator who said this movie was more about betrayal than spies, it's probably true that this was the emphasis, but in the book, it is just as much about the nature of betrayal in relationships as it is about spies (in the book see Guillam/Camilla, Smiley/Ann, Little Bill/Prideaux, Connie/The Circus and even reality as she knew it, etc etc), to the point where you wonder if there is anything redeeming about the world outside of the Circus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It either clicks or it doesn't 8 Dec 2011
Must admit, I'm quite surprised that even the mainstream critics dared to rate Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy so highly. Not because it isn't brilliant, which it is, but because critics have to consider their readership and, well... I would say that if you are finding the film dull or uninvolving then it's just not your cup of tea, which is fine. In fairness it is very literary, the plot can be hard to keep up with and the dialogue is rather jargonistic (but really shouldn't be too difficult to decipher).
At the other end of the scale are the narrow-minded purists with their nostalgic view of the original BBC TV series, which was excellent for it's day but really doesn't hold up very well at all. I can remember when TV didn't pander to such short attention spans, but watching it on DVD I found the Alec Guinness version quite flat, and not in the moody, atmospheric way that it should be. It's okay to prefer the series, but that shouldn't come with an obligation to trash the film.
Tinker Tailor... gives us a small history lesson. This world of espionage is far removed from the bare-faced escapist fun of 007. The true face of the cold war in the 60's & 70's was this, a very private game played by lonely, vain, repressed old Oxbridge throwbacks in stuffy offices. Field agents were merely pawns to be used and abused. British Intelligence was under-funded, ineffective and disliked by the CIA. Gary Oldman's cool, understated incarnation of George Smiley views his former employer for what it has become- rejected, out-of-touch, eager to get back into the game and on the brink of it's own downfall. I hadn't read the novel beforehand but had no trouble following the plot or being absorbed by the story. All of the performances are great and the direction beautiful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I find the movie incredibly well done, however one must read the book in advance. It is indeed difficult to understand what is happening if you haven't read the book beforehand. What is more, the atmosphere of that time, as well as the real nature of the intelligence work were very well embodied by the actors.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Compact Reminder 11 Mar 2014
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Considering it's only a fraction of the length of the well-known BBC adaptation with Alec Guinness, it's not bad. The performances are almost all sterling. Unfortunately I think John Hurt was miscast again. A bit too much of something to feel realistic. Everyone else was really good.
I'll be honest ... I've not read the book. The only comparison I have is the BBC version, and I do remember that quite well; everyone fits in nicely, and the overall tone is convincingly of the correct era. If you just want a little something to remind you of the basics and don't want to go through all the BBC episodes, this covers the important bases.
I still think the BBC version outshines it by far, but I didn't dislike this film like I was expecting to. I quite enjoyed it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Hollywood-isation 25 Feb 2014
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Saw the BBC series - which was excellent, well acted and kept true to the story.
Then watched the film which was confusing despite the excellent cast. Puzzled why Peter Guillam character was made gay. Read the book and no mention in neitherthe BBC series nor book of such a detail.
Got the family, who were familiar with neither the BBC series nor the book, to watch the film. They also found the story confusing. They much preferred the BBC series which we watched after the film.
Disappointing film of an excellent tale
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly seedy 27 Feb 2013
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These books,film, tv series all require the creation of Le Carres somewhat faded, fusty melancholy world of espionage laced with sudden acts of violence and long simmering concoctions of betrayal and malice.
This movie does rather well in that department, ably served by the cast of players you know will not let the script down, even though dramatic flourishes are not sought nor produced.
I enjoyed it although it was always going to be a struggle to reproduce the heart of the original tale within the time constraints of conventional cinema. A respectablr
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