Smiley's People [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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In "Smiley's People", the object of Smiley's ministrations is once again thrust toward achieving final revenge against the legendary Karla, the Chief of the Soviet Covert Espionage Bureau, played masterfully in an understated fashion by Patrick Stewart. Having stuck a devastating blow against Karla previously through the ingenious employment of Jerry Westerby in the Far East, Smiley now turns to using an assassination in London of an obscure Eastern European émigré and would-be counter-revolutionary into an entry-point into Karla's domain, and as the Circus (British Intelligence) begins to unravel the many points of light this careful sifting of signs through tradecraft, they discover the one irresistible lure they need to tempt Karla out of the darkness and into their waiting clutches.Read more ›
But this is a region 2 DVD, and therefore does not play on my DVD player, here in North America. I would like to see Amazon specify the region of every DVD advertised on its website.
*The second book in the trilogy was not made into a series.
This is espionage of the highest order! An excellent 3 disc miniseries comprised of six parts, each one hour in length. As a longtime fan of John LeCarre, this adaptation of the book by the same title accurately depicts the Cold War adversaries of Great Britain's MI5 and the Soviet Union's, KGB. Smiley's People has an excellent cast headed by Alec Guiness as George Smiley. George, ever the paragon of English propriety, is surrounded by unsavory characters both past and present. As such, he doggedly pursues his quarry, and must inevitably resort to the sordid tactIcs of espionage employed by lesser mortals. The plot which is intricate requires the viewer's full attention to be fully appreciated. Those familiar with "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" and the more recent release of "A Most Wanted Man" will enjoy this series.
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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.Published on Aug. 31 2013 by Wendy Y
It was well paced and believable. It built on the majority of performers from Tinker, Tailor ... which I believe is a classic spy story.Published on Feb. 28 2013 by John Gabel