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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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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
This disc butchers this fantastic series!! Entire scenes and music cut, gone!! Ripoff!! Jan. 30 2014
By Richard Bondi - Published on
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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.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Feeble Blu-ray Retains Woolly Focus & Murky Sound of DVD Oct. 26 2014
By JLP - Published on
Just to clarify, one * for the Blu-ray, 5 ***** for the dramas. Sad to say, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" & "Smiley's People" haven't fared well on home media. After their BBC debuts in 1979 and 1982, for twenty-odd years you couldn't find or see them at all. No VHS, no laserdisc, no re-broadcasts to my knowledge -- at least nobody online was hawking off-the-air dubs. Unobtainable, the series ascended to myth. It was eBay late 90s when I first saw them posted as converted dubs of UK PAL tapes. $200. An insane price for awful quality, beyond awful. But they found customers. Because there was no alternative, and because that's how good they really are. On one hand you had something approaching consensus that these shows were the best of their kind ever produced on television, and on the other hand, they'd only been released on PAL VHS after twenty years. Nothing changes until 2011, when out of the blue the Acorn DVD appears, and on its heels the 2014 Blu-ray. Whatever internecine squabbles required thirty-two years to sort out, Acorn Media emerged as the owner of record -- sadly, not a distinction they now wear with honor with this Blu-ray release. On DVD both "Tinker Tailor" and "Smiley's People" were thin high-priced boxes. On Blu-ray they are high-priced doubles. To my amateur eyes and ears, however, this dismal Blu-ray is identical to the DVD in picture and sound -- if anything, the sound mix may be worse -- and the DVD was, in turn, suspiciously reminiscent of those ancient VHS dubs, only marginally improved if at all. In any case these expensive Blu-rays aren't good value, and certainly add no value. The picture still looks pale and bloated like an upconverted old VHS tape, and the dialogue often sounds indistinct and congested. It's all as inexplicable as it is inexcusable. Acorn could not have believed much in these great titles (or in their sales) to toss them in the market without so much as a second glance.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Too Many Deleted Scenes! Nov. 19 2013
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Smiley's People is a fantastic work of dramatic fiction. The original series and the novel should be experienced by all who love mysteries and spy stories. BUT, I cannot recommend this Blu-ray version! So many scenes have been deleted from this copy that it has damaged the effectiveness of the story. I'm sorry that I didn't shop around for a better version!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding series. Terrible blu-ray quality. July 24 2014
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Outstanding series. Terrible blu-ray quality.
Brilliant version of the John LeCarre novel - one of ... Feb. 4 2015
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Brilliant version of the John LeCarre novel - one of Alec Guinness's best performances/charcter portrayals (be sure to watch the precursor to this movie the Guinness version of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy first, as it leads into this one. There was a middle novel in the "Karla Trilogy" series (The Honorable Schoolboy) which was never made into a movie - great shame. But this movie is well conceived, well acted, and captures the novel as well as a movie can. Guinness studied the novels in preparation and it shows - his expressions, his postures. Very watchable movie even after many viewings. Both these series are THAT well done.

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