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Smiley's People (re-package)


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  • Actors: Alec Guinness
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Studio: eOne Films
  • Release Date: Oct. 25 2011
  • Run Time: 324 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005DXCOKS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,787 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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By Wendy Y on Aug. 31 2013
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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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By catman on Jan. 1 2013
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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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By Maxisback TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 26 2012
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Not quite as good as "Tinker, Tailor," but still outstanding Oct. 31 2011
By L. S. Reed - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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.
8 of 9 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 Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
No closed captions on this great PBS/BBC series?! June 15 2013
By Brenton Schlender - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
It Has Closed Captions! Dec 20 2011
By Richard Partridge - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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.)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Le Carre at his best March 9 2012
By SLOreader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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.

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