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Smiley's People [Blu-ray]

Alec Guiness , Simon Langton    Unrated   Blu-ray
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both men had supposedly outlived their usefulness to the circus, the british secret intelligence service: george smiley, the retired head of espionage, and general vladimir, an aging informant who reported to him. When the general walks into a bullet after sending an urgent message to his old handler, the circus asks smiley to �tidy things up.� but smiley hears vladimir�s message as a call to arms against his nemesis, the soviet super spy karla, once again tantalizingly within his grasp. Alec guinness reprises the role of british spymaster george smiley in this gripping sequel to the television masterpiece tinker, tailor, soldier, spy. Filmed on location in london, paris, hamburg, and berne, smiley�s people also stars eileen atkins, anthony bate, bernard hepton, michael lonsdale, beryl reid, patrick stewart, and bill paterson. Bonus deleted scenes (62 min.), interview with john le carr� (20 min.), production notes, glossary of main characters and terms, and le carr� biography and booklist //


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5.0 out of 5 stars Spy show Aug. 31 2013
By Wendy Y
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Excellent spy movie series. If you like spy shows this is a great one. DVD quality was good, no problems here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Jan. 1 2013
By catman
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Alec Guinness in top form. Chillingly understated and superbly directed and filmed. One of the best series of all time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Guinness & Lecarre - A Match Made in Heaven! June 26 2012
By Maxisback TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Fans of either British film actor Alec Guinness or author John Lecarre won't be disappointed with this wonderful DVD series! Originally aired on television, it is as timeless as is Lecarre's writing, and deserves a place in all private film libraries!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as good as "Tinker, Tailor," but still outstanding Oct. 31 2011
By L. S. Reed - Published on Amazon.com
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It's probably safe to assume that anyone watching this BBC import miniseries has already seen -- and liked -- the classic "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy." BBC's producers wisely recognized that the middle book of the series, "The Honorable Schoolboy," wasn't going to translate to the screen, so they went straight from the first story of the trilogy to the last. Comparisons between Smiley and Tinker Tailor are inescapable and it speaks well of the sequel that it is a worthy successor to the original.

"Smiley's People" maintains some of the main strengths of the original: Le Carre's taut characterization and plotting; excellent scripting, casting, and behind-the-camera work; and, most of all, Sir Alec Guinness's magnificent portrayal of the brilliant but profoundly flawed Cold Warrior George Smiley.

In some respects, this series follows the arc of the first one: George Smiley again is in a rather unhappy and not-entirely-voluntary retirement, having been removed once again following his brief return as head of the Circus. And, like the original story, he is called back in to take on a delicate errand for the Circus. The premise of this one is a little different -- he's brought in officially, by the current head of the Circus, rather than being somewhat offline, sponsored out-of-channels by "Lacon and the Minister." And the errand initially seems somewhat trivial: cleaning up the somewhat disorderly murder of a long-ago Circus informant. Obviously, the story quickly builds into something much deeper.

The plot probably isn't quite as compelling as the original, but then, "Tinker Tailor" was one of the best miniseries ever. This one takes a little longer to develop and some of the "visits" Smiley makes in his investigation (the obligatory visit to former research chief Connie, for example) seem more like sentimental visits than necessary parts of the investigation. The cast of "characters" Smiley encounters also seems a lot more miscellaneous than in the former show and some of the subplots (the Russian woman in Paris, for example) aren't that compelling.

But it's a great yarn and a very satisfying ending to George Smiley's Cold War.

I missed the steady presence of Peter Guillam in this series. The replacement character was far weaker and seemed much less "Guillam-ish" (the original Peter seemed a little more like a soccer thug who went to college, while the new Guillam seemed more like a croquet player). But he didn't appear until the very end and didn't really matter to the story.

This loss is more than made up for by the greatly enhanced role for Toby Esterhaze, one of the great character roles I've ever seen.

It's a great Cold War spy yarn and a very satisfying end to this saga.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No closed captions on this great PBS/BBC series?! June 15 2013
By Brenton Schlender - Published on Amazon.com
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I was EXTREMELY disappointed to find that this series did not include closed captions for the hearing impaired. It is such a fine production but was entirely useless to me. The first of the BBC Smiley mini-series, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, had great captions and came on a Blu-ray disc to boot. The only reason I didn't return it (or A Perfect Spy which has the same shortcoming) was that there are others in my household and circle of friends who will enjoy it. May the hearing impaired buyer beware!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Le Carre at his best March 9 2012
By SLOreader - Published on Amazon.com
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These DVDs are of course of the famous 1982 BBC series and are, to put it mildly, elderly. The video quality is certainly not up to current standards. No matter, the climax of the Karla trilogy is terrific entertainment and Guiness, surrounded by a fabulous cast, is incomparable. John le Carre is surely one of the most underrated authors of our time. To get the most our of Smiley's People one should have seen or read "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier,Spy" from the same era, not the horrible current movie, which is a sort of visual "Cliff's notes" and very unsatisfying.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Has Closed Captions! Dec 20 2011
By Richard Partridge - Published on Amazon.com
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I give these DVD's the highest rating both for the dramatic content and for the technical quality. My set of these DVD's was delivered today, and I immediately tried them out. I got a very pleasant surprise when I found that the disks are Closed-Captioned. I had expected to have trouble understanding all the dialog, but this obviously solves that possible problem. (In case you're wondering how I can have an opinion about the dramatic content when I haven't had time to play them all through, let me add that I rented them from Netflix and watched them a year ago.)
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This disc butchers this fantastic series!! Entire scenes and music cut, gone!! Ripoff!! Jan. 30 2014
By Richard Bondi - Published on Amazon.com
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I am so returning this disk!! It's incredible!!

The amazing scenes in episode two in Hampstead Heath, where Smiley is retracing the General's steps? They cut it down! Threw out entire scenes! The so-perfectly-1970s Hari Krishna guy who offers to help him? Gone! Cut!

And the fantastic scene when Smiley sees the cigarette pack, that raises your hair and sends shivers up and down your spine? What really makes that scene so marvelous is the brilliant theme music that sets in just as Smiley makes the discovery, and that continues all through the sequence of him finding what's in the pack. That music? Cut! Gone! They cut it!!

OMFG UFB. Complete ripoff.
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