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Smiley's People [Blu-ray] (1982)

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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: August 6, 2013
  • Run Time: 324 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,141 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

BONUS Deleted scenes (62 min.), interview with John le Carré (20 min.), production notes, glossary of main characters and terms, and le Carré biography and booklist
SDH subtitles

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“Masterly” —The New York Times

“Superbly on target” —Los Angeles Times

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The thrilling sequel to Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Tell Max it concerns the Sandman…

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 Bern, Smiley’s People also stars Eileen Atkins, Anthony Bate, Bernard Hepton, Michael Lonsdale, Beryl Reid, Patrick Stewart, and Bill Paterson.

Contains nudity, sexual situations, violence, and disturbing images

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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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.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, But Edited (!) August 8, 2014
By Shazbat
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Several years ago, I was fortunate to have seen the U.K. issue of this marvelous film. Sadly, the 3-disc DVD version that I received has been edited, omitting several key scenes; e.g., the General (Kurt Jurgens) meeting with his "nephew" on the highway to implore him to take a trip to Hamburg, Smiley retracing the General's steps on Hampstead Heath, etc. Without them, some of the connections in this mystery are mysteries in themselves, and only serve to confuse the viewer. One would expect that, for a premium price, one would receive the complete version of the series. Alas, 'twas not the case, and the main reason I have rated this at 3 stars.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good Show, Very Poor Quality Product September 4, 2012
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This feature is not as good as Tinker Tailor. But regardless, the quality of the DVD - in particular the audio, is extremely poor. You cannot even hear some sections of the show. And of course this was not a cheap product.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Le Carre at his best March 9, 2012
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Expectations June 23, 2013
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When ordering I was under the impression that the DVD had subtitles. Unfortunately this was not the case. Maybe in the future subtitles will be added.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Leave Perfection Alone September 3, 2014
When this series hit the TV in 82 it was a miniseries with commentary by actor Ray Milan during the breaks. This was the unedited version and it was hypnotic. Milan's excellent commentary, during the intermissions, on the performance of Guinness and the story only added to the spine tingling allure of this series. I just wish that the producers had transferred THAT entire TV production to disc. Instead, this version is edited in unfortunate ways. Why they did so is incomprehensible. You don't tamper with perfection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Excelent TV show
Excelent TV show!
For a fan of John Le Carre's espionaje thrillers like myself, this Blu-ray presentation of the TV show Smiley,s People based on the book with the same tittle... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Robert Cartwright
5.0 out of 5 stars Like it
This is really good.
Published 19 days ago by Gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent. They don't make them like this anymore.
Published 20 days ago by Richard D. Isaacson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
Best spy story ever filmed.Sir Alec IS Smiley
Published 22 days ago by Hizer Max
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best thrillers of all time
Waited years for these to come out. Some of the best thrillers of all time.
Published 1 month ago by Stubbie
5.0 out of 5 stars A performance and a tale to savor more than once
Great to have this on Blu-ray. Enjoyed every nuance of Alec Guinness' portrayal of Smiley in one of Le Carre's best spy tales.
Published 1 month ago by Wabi Savvy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Must have if you own "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy".
Published 2 months ago by Jon Buntenbah
5.0 out of 5 stars blu ray
Classic spy series with the great Alec Guinness and a multitude of great actors excellent BBC drama.
Published 2 months ago by Martyn Down
3.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding series. Terrible blu-ray quality.
Outstanding series. Terrible blu-ray quality.
Published 3 months ago by JNT
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Real perfection.
Published 3 months ago by Frank E. Petruzzini
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