4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great series which deserves more BBC respect,
This review is from: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley's People Double Pack [DVD]  (DVD)
I agree with other reviewers who have commented on the packaging and presentation of this double-set; it should have had a little more time spent on presenting it properly, rather than the feeling of cheapness it exudes.
These are two classic serials and the quality of the DVDs reflects the times in which they are made, not the quality modern audiences expect. There are many classic films, television programmes and audio recordings which have been digitally remastered to improve the quality and these deserved that treatment; although the graininess and older video quality do seem to suit the world of the stories, I doubt it was a deliberate stylistic choice not to re-master. The novels are classics of the genre and the BBC's original choice to make the serials was inspired, so much so that it has spawned a modern cinema version playing to large houses.
Two great serials which deserved better treatment at the hands of the advertising people and technicians to bring them up to today's market standard. Having written all of that, in the absence of anything better, I'd buy them.