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The Ipcress File [Blu-ray] (1965)

Michael Caine , Gordon Jackson , Len Deighton , Sidney J. Furie  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Caine, Gordon Jackson, David Glover, Nigel Green, Guy Doleman
  • Directors: Len Deighton, Sidney J. Furie
  • Producers: The Ipcress File (1965) ( Len Deighton's The Ipcress File ), The Ipcress File (1965), Len Deighton's The Ipcress File
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region B/2, Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 103.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0070MZ0G0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,401 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Australia released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C : it WILL NOT play on regular DVD player. You need Blu-Ray DVD player to view this Blu-Ray DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Remastered, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Michael Caine made his first appearance as novelist Len Deighton's bespectacled British-spy Harry Palmer in The Ipcress File. Palmer has no real love of espionage, but he doesn't really know any other life. With studied insolence, he takes on the case of locating missing doctor Radcliffe (Aubrey Richards), who has in his possession a valuable file that would prove injurious to the Free World should it fall in the wrong hands. The government also fears that Radcliffe will be brainwashed by the enemy, as has happened to two previous British scientists. While Palmer is off doing everyone else's dirty work, his superior, Nigel Green, is making a deal with duplicitous information 'broker' Frank Gatliff to win Radcliffe's release. The price for this would seem to be Palmer, who is captured by the enemy and subjected to a grueling brainwashing session. Palmer escapes, whereupon he confronts a traitor in his midst in the climactic exchange of gunfire. Advertised as 'The Thinking Man's Goldfinger, The Ipcress File offered a far more realistic view of the morally ambivalent world of espionage than did the like-vintage James Bond films. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, Cannes Film Festival, Edgar Allan Poe Awards, ...The Ipcress File (1965) ( Len Deighton's The Ipcress File )

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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not 4:3 May 16, 2009
Format:Blu-ray
It should be noted that this blu-ray is not in 4:3 but formatted for 16:9 televisions. The aspect ratio for this movie is 2.35:1. A lot of people are misled on this point because Amazon.co.uk incorrectly listed it as 1.33:1. The reviewers on the uk site correctly points out the error. If you visit blu-ray.com there is a review of the movie along with screen shots that show its correct aspect ratio. I hope this was helpful. The "The Ipcress File" is one good movie. It should be noted that this is a region free disc meaning it will play on American NTSC players and televisions.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great spy thriller May 31, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Magnificently directed by Sidney Furie, this terrific thriller has one of Michael Caine's most memorable performances, and a sensational score by John Barry.
Caine's Harry Palmer is a marvelous character...an anti-Bond...a guy in a dull job who suddenly finds himself in extraordinary circumstances. He has his quirks...he goes against authority, has his sharp wit, his gourmet food, and "that look" behind the horn rimmed glasses.
The plot revolves around a "brain drain" of scientists in England, and has spies, the CIA, and all the usual suspects...which in this case are a little harder to predict.
With brilliant writing (Bill Canaway/James Doran), superb cinematography (Otto Heller), and some good character actors (I love Alice the office lady...an anti-Ms. Moneypenny !) this is a film that will keep you interested for many viewings...suspenseful, amusing, and you'll just be wild about Harry.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Len Deighton's Spy with No Name = Harry Palmer September 6, 2005
Format:DVD
Len Deighton's first novel presents the micro-detail workings of a nameless espionage agent's workaday world. The protagonist is as far removed from the glamour world of James Bond as you can get -- in fact, it's the polar opposite. The film IS a departure from Deighton's novel but what is here works well.

The entire cast is very good. The story moves along at a leisurely but good pace. The cinematography takes on a persona of its own that bears well under repeated viewing. John Barry's score is one of his best and quite different in tone from his Bond scores. Production values are top notch. And it's quite surprising when you realize this film's producer is Harry Saltzman -- one of the co-producers of the Bond series! In fact, Saltzman brought along some of the Bond crew to work on "The Ipcress File".

This is Michael Caine's first starring role in film. Saltzman tapped Caine after seeing his excellent performance in "Zulu". Caine does a yeoman job of portraying the novel's spy with no name as Harry Palmer, complete with deadpan, wry humor.

On DVD, the film is presented in its intended original aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The image looks quite good. The sound is the original clear mono. There is commentary by director Sidney J. Furie and editor Peter Hunt. Anchor Bay is to be congratulated for making this film available on disc. Which brings us to a sore subject

"The Ipcress File" is currently out of print in the US. The film is slated to be screened in Washington, DC. Maybe there's some renewed interest in the film which might lead to a remastered edition on DVD? Who knows who owns the copyright? ITM, try vising your local library or rental outlet to see this film.

IMHO, it's an excellent film -- filled with believable characters and situations and enough plot twists to keep you wondering what the heck's going on. A keeper.

[2012: Now available on a region-free Blu-ray import.]
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Anti-Bond, If You Will... December 2, 2002
Format:DVD
Michael Caine's Harry Palmer -- the character is nameless in the Len Deighton novels; as he is also the first-person narrator, this works, but for this film, (third-person all the way) it was felt that he needed a name -- is just as escapist a fantasy as Connery's Bond, but in a different manner. Deliberately deglamorised and *presented* as just a relatively ordinary man, if of a somewhat dubious moral character, doing his best to keep out of trouble, Palmer nonetheless is, underneath, a bit more.
Blackmailed into espionage with the threat of well-earned prison time, Palmer is a useful foot-soldier in the sordid, quiet war of espionage and counter-espionage, set to unmask a traitor -- but who *is* the traitor -- is there anyone at all that he can trust?
Michael Caine (this was the first film in which i had seen him) inhabits the role of Harry Palmer and makes it totally his, a man of contradictions -- a working class man, but one who genuinely loves and appreciates the finer things, unlike Fleming's (and, to some extent, the Bond movies') Bond, an amoral thug who apes the manners and tastes of his betters.
The apparently-realistic dreary grey London streets and settings add to this film's apparently-realistic approach, all the better to persuade the viewer to suspend his disbelief and accept the rather complex plot, especially when we get to the brainwashing parts...
First of three films, this was a series that *could* have rivalled Bond but fizzled out in the end.
All three, however, are well worth your time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best '60s spy film March 30, 2002
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is the spy game at its core: Nasty, dull footwork with the occasional killing or double-cross, where life is cheap and wages are low. Michael Caine takes the character from Len Deighton's novels -- a middle-class [wise-guy] who uses his wits more times than his gun -- and nails it perfectly. It also keeps you guessing until the end, which is better than 95% of the stuff now running at local theatres. The DVD is great in showing the wide-screen version; the shot composition by director Sidney J. Furie is absolutely amazing. Unfortunately, Furie's problems with the producer (Furie was fired after finishing the film shoot) must still cloud his thinking, because his commentary track banks heavily on negative comments. Film editor Peter Hunt's comments, meanwhile, provide plenty of good inside tales about the film. (He also manages to prod Furie into some of his better moments.)
Purists may argue that "The Spy Who Came In From The Cold" is a bit more-realistic. "The Ipcress File," though, is entertaining -- and an excellent example of transferring a film to DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harry Palmer Calling
One of the best 60's spy flicks ever. (Move over James Bond.) This is almost impossible to get on DVD in the states, so this Blu-Ray offering was good to find.
Published 17 days ago by George D. Knox
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ipcress File [1965] [Blu-ray] [UK Release]
The Ipcress File [1965] [Blu-ray] [UK Release] Featuring a quintessential performance from double-Oscar winner Sir Michael Caine and an iconic score from the legendary John Barry,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Andrew C. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun and Suspence
It's a bit dated now, but that's part of the fun. The plot itself still is still good, and Michael Caine's acting is excellent. It may be an oldy, but it certainly is NOT moldy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael Eaton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Looking for this film forever in playable version.
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Published 1 month ago by elisa marcus price
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent no-nonsense realistic spy thriller!!!!!!
I got the movie in very good time.The movie is excellent! M. Caine's portrayal of what more or less the workings of Govrn't. agencies operate and the movie as a whole... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gregory Konecko
5.0 out of 5 stars Ipcress File review
Saw this movie when it first played in the movies theatres 1965. If you like old black white and movies this is one you must see. Michael Caine at his best!! :-)
Published 7 months ago by Joan Newman
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining (but readers be advised it differs from the novel)
The movie quality was fine, especially for a rare movie not found in stores. My brother read the book and loved it (he has read a lot of Deighton's work), but he said this movie... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Saved1
5.0 out of 5 stars Ipcress File DVD
The DVD arrived before I expected, and it worked just fine. Was hesitant to buy it because I wasn't really certain it would play. But it worked and I was quite satisfied. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dennis A. Porter
4.0 out of 5 stars One of M. Caine's best
good, as mentionne for Blue Ice, love Michael Caine and this one did not dissappoint-- had read the book and enjoyed the movie very much
Published 8 months ago by Harold D. Covin
4.0 out of 5 stars Why so pricey?
I enjoyed this movie adaptation of Len Deighton's novel, The Ipcress File played well by Michael Caine. I also enjoyed Funeral in Berlin and Billion Dollar Brain as well. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Zeke
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