Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy [Blu-ray]
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Guinness captures Smiley so perfectly, so completely, that it was the character I recognized and not the actor. Only then, of course, did the penny drop and I realized what I was watching. It's among my top 5 favorite novels of all time, and this production fully captures the delightfully intricate plot-within-plot-within-plot.
The casting is exemplary and the acting and direction are superb examples of what one has come to, if not expect then certainly hope for from the land of the RSC.
If you know the books, you will not be disappointed. Stop reading this and click on "add to your cart".
Several years ago I discovered this production on PAL video (not NTSC as we use here in the States). I unhesitatingly purchased a universal VHS machine solely so that I could watch this series, which I purchased from Amazon UK. I've watched it lovingly perhaps 6 times.
Anybody wanna buy some used tapes? :-)
Later scenes move much more methodically, and involve long conversations about the plot, but that are framed beginning and end with chit-chat about the wife and the cottage. There is some action, but we almost feel it interferes with the plot and we want to get back to those conversations that contain the gold dust we need to sift out of the polite exchanges.
Alec Guinness is perfect as George Smiley. Slow and methodical and illustrating GS's quirks and mannerisms perfectly. Notice how often he takes off his glasses and wipes them clean. The rest of the cast performs admirably. On my first viewing, they had managed to hide some truly difficult dialogue (e.g. "Now, Young Mr. Guillam, are you happy in Brixton?" le Carre's weakness is realistic dialogue, for all his realism elsewhere) and turn them around into believable expressions of character.
Finally it seems the weather improved the production no end.Read more ›
I recorded this film off PBS (6 hours on Beta!) over three nights in the early 80's. Very, very slowly, the story draws the viewer in as George Smiley peels off layers of deception to get to the hidden core. The dialogue tosses around terms like 'mole' and 'safe house', and slang for the intellegence trade, that adds British flavor to an atmosphere of sad menace. The story is well-crafted; the melancholy atmospheres suggest a drawing-room who-done-it mystery. A conscious effort to be patient is necessary to appreciate the author (and the unmatched Alec Guinness) as they untangle the threads of an inside-out puzzle linked to code names like 'Testify' and 'Gerald'.
Recommendation: Buy the DVD(s) and set aside 2-3 evenings to watch. Then watch it again to see the missed clues, many subplots, and to appreciate the strength of the ensemble. On the other hand, if half hour plot resolutions are your forte', this probably moves too slowly; consider another movie instead.
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A sensation when this serial first appeared on television, it is definitely showing it's age now. Based on the John Le Carré (David Cornwell) novel, and starring Obi-Wan... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Steven Smith
Arrived in good time in perfect condition. Very happy with this purchase.Published 21 months ago by Maggie Earl
To my mind this earlier series with Alec Guiness is much superior to the recent movie adaptation featuring Gary Oldman. Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2014 by catman
As much as I admire Gary Oldman, Alec Guiness is truly incomparable as the staid, deceptively silent George Smiley.
This is well worth the time.
It was desribed as Blu Ray unlike many cheap versions of the series but the video quality is pretty weak.Published on July 1 2013 by harrydee
Ordered it for Hubby who saw it years ago on television. Its very intriguing and in depth.
He was really Happy to get it for his birthday . Read more