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  • Actors: Alec Guinness, Ian Richardson, Bernard Hepton, Joss Ackland, Beryl Reid
  • Writers: John le Carre
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 26 May 2003
  • Run Time: 315 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (297 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000092WCG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,585 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

The bespectacled spymaster is once again called from retirement to come to the aid of the ‘circus’ - and he returns with a vengeance. The murder of an emigre Soviet general who was also a British agent, sends him digging into the past on a twisted trail across Europe that moves, inexorably, towards a final showdown with his old adversary, Karla of Moscow centre.

Running Time: 350 minutes approx.

Special Features

  • Edited documentary - The Secret Centre
  • Scene Selection


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Note: Customers have reported that the they are unable disable the subtitles , there is no issue here, please note the color coding for the subtitle option, grey is 'ON' , and white is 'OFF'.Disc 2 does default to subtitles on, however there is an option on the main menu page to turn subtitles off. The customer will need to click on this before watching episodes on this disc
'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy stars Alec Guinness as George Smiley, John Le Carré's familiar, ageing British Intelligence agent, called out of retirement to discover the identity of the high-ranking Russian mole who has burrowed deep into "The Circus"--codename for the British secret service. This slow-burning, complicated and ultimately rewarding BBC adaptation, dramatised by Arthur Hopcroft and directed by John Irvin, perfectly captures Le Carré's own insight into the shady underworld of spies and the political climate during the Cold War.

Le Carré's style is the antithesis of his contemporary Ian Fleming's--far from the glamorous lifestyle of Bond, with his fast cars and faster women, these agents ride around in Skodas, and Beryl Reid is the closest thing to a femme fatale, save for Smiley's elusive wife, Anne. An extraordinary cast (including Ian Bannen, Hywel Bennett and Ian Richardson), gritty realism and close attention to detail make Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy an outstanding piece of television drama. --Nicola Perry

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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86 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Sally-Anne on 20 Aug. 2005
Format: DVD
The cold war is in full swing. British agents are at risk. There is a mole at work within the highest levels of the secret service. Smiley, who had been unfairly ejected from the service - forced into early retirement after voicing legitimate suspicions - is brought back to investigate. He must tread carefully. The double agent could be any one of his former colleagues. Information is power and should not be allowed to fall into the wrong hands.
You know great drama when you see it. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is easily one of the best. I watched it for the first time on DVD recently and found the story compelling, the acting flawless and the quality of the cinematograph superb (although the picture quality on the DVD could have been better). I remember people talking about it when it was shown on television. There was a lot of criticism of its incomprehensibility, the complexity of the plot and difficulty in keeping track of the characters. Now that I have actually watched the series for myself, all these years later, it just shows how a person should make their own judgement and not accept everything the critics have to say. It was easy to follow and understand the plot, but perhaps the ease of watching the episodes over the short period of a couple of days so that the story is fresh in the mind from one episode to the next gives the DVD watcher an advantage over the people who had to wait a week between episodes.
In addition to the drama, there is also a documentary entitled 'The Secret Centre', revealing fascinating details of John Le Carre's life: when, where, why and how his ideas and attitudes were formed, his life as a spy, how he became an author and so on. I found this documentary so riveting that I watched it twice.
Highly recommended.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Stephen A. Haines HALL OF FAME on 14 Jan. 2006
Format: DVD
Will the endless debates over the transformation of a book into a film ever be resolved? More than one TV miniseries has shown how proper casting and directing can produce some outstanding successful conversions. Even so, few approach the excellent production of John Irvin's rendition of John Le Carre's famous spy thriller. With superb casting and close following of the original story, Irvin has produced an almost flawless conversion of a narrative into a visual presentation.
Irvin's success might have rested on his capture of Alec Guiness to play George Smiley. Irvin, however, collected a stunning array of talent to portray one of the world's great spy stories. If you've read the book, you will see Le Carre's characters come to life with rarely seen precision. Guiness, of course, is an incomparable George Smiley. Reserved, unquenchable, distanced from both the ones he loves and despises, he carries an intense story with practiced ease. His task seems insurmountable - how to find a long-established “mole” within "The Circus". This agency, run by a driven man close to his dotage, has been penetrated by a Soviet agent right at the top of the hierarchy. "There are three of them, plus Alleline" - "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier" with one the traitor that must be unearthed.
Irvin is able to keep the suspense at its height as George, the one man deemed trustworthy to "Go backwards, George? Go forwards?" in the words of Foreign Office functionary Oliver Lacon [Anthony Bate] who brings Smiley filched records each night to peruse. Tucked away in a seedy hotel used as his headquarters, Smiley must sift through skimpy evidence to pinpoint the traitor. Is it Toby Esterhazy [Bernard Hepton] the Hungarian émigré now more British than Control himself?
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. Lindgren VINE VOICE on 20 July 2003
Format: DVD
If it is possible to have something flawless in this life, then this is it. I've no problem with Flemming's Bond (novels) but have always treated the screen versions with amusement -with the possible exception of the two Timothy Dalton did -he was easily the closest to Flemming's creation.
But this is a world away; and rather more realistic than I suspect anything has ever got before or since. I won't spoil the convoluted plot -just watch it, but beware -miss a word and you've had it. The acting is faultless, the quality of the cast beyond measure. It's worth every penny.
On two DVD's it's a riot. Picture quality is as good as you have any right to expect, and I'm delighted the BBC have resisted what may well have been the strong temptation to 'stereoise' the mono soundtrack (shudder). Thank goodness they haven't, even if on the DVD the level is slightly low. Enjoy.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A.K.Farrar on 4 May 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is the third time I have watched the series through and even though I know the plot and have read the book, I still get a lot of pleasure from it.
The story is strong - totally believable as you would expect from, as the accompanying documentary makes clear, the pen of a real spy. For those who don't know it it is based on the real story of Kim Philby, a mole who penetrated deep into MI5.
The acting is stunning! Alec Guinness, as George Smiley, shines - a subtle combination of school boy benevolence and executioner's hardness. But the number of cameo appearances by top quality British actors is mind blowing.
Technically the production is as good as the acting - an atmosphere of built up pressure and intense guilt is established almost from the first frame: Great Camerawork and Great Music.
Well worth the money.
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