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on 15 September 2011
This is NOT a review of The Ipcress File as a film, see all the other glowing reports for that, but as a Blu-ray release.

Unfortunately, this Network Blu-ray release seems to have been sourced from the same master that was used for the old ITV Studio Blu-ray produced in 2008. Like the old ITV presentation, the soundtrack goes totally out of sync at 1 hour and 33 mins in...
A real shame, it spoils the ending badly. I've played it back on different systems with no improvement. It's certainly not a dubbing problem from the original film.
Has anyone else noticed the same fault? It is on both the original mono soundtrack and the 5.1 remix.
It's still worth owning, there are loads of extras and the film itself has never looked better.
However, it's a pity the sound problem was not identified and corrected by the otherwise excellent Network Distributing.
If it wasn't for this irritating sound glitch I would have given this Blu-ray 5 stars out of 5.
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on 10 August 2017
One of the best Cold War Spy dramas. Harry Palmer is the working class anti-hero of British Intelligence . Both the book and the film are well paced and gripping, and even today the film dates well. Enjoy.
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on 18 August 2017
The iconic British Michael cain
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on 5 July 2017
very pleased
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on 2 August 2017
DVD ceased to work after one play. Utter waste of money. Hopeless trying to get a replacement from Amazon. Amazon customer service is terrible.
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on 29 July 2017
Excellent British film of the cold war era that has stood up to time very well. Thoroughly recommend it
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on 7 July 2017
one of the best films of the cold war
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on 30 June 2003
Carlton has absolutely destroyed this movie. The strongest points of the film in it's original version are the atmospheric cinematography and John Barrie's haunting score. Unfortunately the 4:3 presentation offered here reduces it to an experience something somewhat akin to an overlong episode of 'The Champions' or similar 'ATV' production from the same period - 'kitch' with 'cool music' but nothing much else to recommend it.
The worst part of watching this DVD is that during the title sequence the movie temporarily reverts to widescreen and you catch a glimpse of how it should appear - a tantalising and frustrating 'taste of honey'.
Assuming your DVD player is capable, I would strongly advise searching for the US "Region 1" version of this movie instead which:
1. Is in original Widescreen format
2. Contains a director's voice-over and other bonus items missing from the UK version.
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on 24 July 2009
The Ipcress File certainly has artistic merit for its camera angles and the framing of shots but for all the time the cameraman must have spent laying on the floor shooting the ceiling it doesn't become a distraction, though you are aware of it, and above all it's just a great 60's British yarn with a young Michael Caine at his best. The picture quality is very good for a 1965 film. I think we'e all guilty of expecting every Blu-Ray release to look so detailed and pristine that it's as if we are actually on the set seeing it with our own eyes...there is plenty of grain to be seen (a 60's patina, if you like)and some shots have a grainy haze apparent in the out of focus background areas but overall it looks very good. While it is mastered in 5.1 don't expect anything to actually happen around you. From what I can determine it's in glorious original centre mono with a bit of this bleeding into the rest of the channels to fill it out a bit. It's a 60's film...what do we expect? It sounds strong and clear. Die hard fans of the film should be thrilled to have it looking this good and newcomers will get to see a good movie that has been mastered to Blu-Ray at a standard that many old films can only aspire to.
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on 8 December 2013
One of my favourite movies. Really evokes London and the cold war. Really strong performances not just from Michael Caine - never tire of watching it despite knowing the end.
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