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Spies of Warsaw [Blu-ray] (2013)

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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 16, 2013
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B5AAW2U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,288 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

David Tennant (Doctor Who) and Janet Montgomery (Entourage) star in this adaptation of Alan Furst's celebrated spy novel set in Poland, Paris and Berlin in the years leading up to the Second World War. At the french embassy in Warsaw, the new military attach+ª, Colonel Jean-Francois Mercier (Tennant), is drawn into a world of abduction, betrayal and intrigue in the diplomatic salons and back alleys of the city. At the same time, the handsome aristocrat is involved in a passionate love affair with a Parisian woman of Polish heritage (Montgomery), a lawyer for the League of Nations. Risking his life, Mercier works in the shadows amid a remarkable cast of characters, some known to him as spies, some never to be revealed. It is a city where people drink and fight and spy and love, because no one knows what tomorrow will bring.

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50 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well, I liked it March 18, 2013
I finally had an evening to devote to watching Spies of Warsaw (via imported discs from the UK). I found it very absorbing -- exciting, romantic, and tragic.

I know a bit about WW2 history but I'm not familiar with the novel the film is based on. I had recently read Prague Winter by Madeleine Albright, and I knew people with numbers on their arms from the old days, so I knew something of the era and events.

As a suspense piece I really enjoyed this movie. I had no idea what would happen next to the individual characters and I was completely drawn into following their various fates. As a period piece, it felt authentic in terms of clothing and attitudes. As a romance, it's credible and moving. The only problem I see with it as a drama is that there are a large number of characters and it's a bit difficult to sort them all out at first, but once the story gets moving, it all comes together. It's not some crummy superhero action movie, so people looking for CGI stunts and spandex may not care for it, but I would recommend it to anybody who likes romance, historical war stories and serious adult drama.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great pre WWII spy thriller based on true events. January 6, 2014
By Mr D
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Our hero (Dr. Who) is a French Lt Col in Poland, spying on the Nazi's activities. The story is well written and the actors are very good.
I would rate this movie A-. Great spy thriller.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spies of Warsaw December 24, 2013
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I am very pleased with the condition of this dvd. I never know what to expect when buying used dvds but this is just like new.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great period fare December 23, 2013
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I had only seen parts of this production on TV, so I was happy to see the complete series available on DVD. I always enjoy David Tenant, and this was no exception. The story line and WWII background made this enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My six six six word headline , great series . November 24, 2013
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Sending as a gift. Loved the stroy..can't watch it if you're tired..lots to follow. Tenant fans give it a try.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spies of Warsaw October 15, 2013
By Andrea
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I really enjoyed the movie and although there wasn't as many action scenes as I thought would be, Spies of Warsaw was still great mini series to watch. The acting and writing were both brilliant as was the filmography. I highly recommend this mini series, especially if you're a David Tennant fan. It also arrived earlier than the expected date and there wasn't any damage.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
I am a huge supporter of BBC entertainment, not to mention a fan of David Tennant from way back. For me, the two part "Spies of Warsaw" was one of the can't miss propositions of the season. There is an absolutely tremendous story of World War II intrigue and heroism at the center of this production, it seems impossible that this television miniseries didn't work on almost any level. The narrative is choppy, the characters are underdeveloped, and Tennant seems devoid of emotion throughout. Moments of "Spies of Warsaw" should have been both heartbreaking and harrowing, but (no matter what happened) I remained strangely apathetic throughout. In every instance, just as it seemed like something was about to happen, the film cuts away to another location. While the first part isn't terrible, more uninvolving than anything, it looked like we were on track for the second part to ratchet up the human drama and suspense. Any hope I had, however, for an upswing came to a crashing halt as the cliffhanger is resolved in two seconds and largely off screen!

It's a strange miscalculation, and an alienating one. Maybe there was simply too much material to incorporate into a two parter. Indeed, the presentation spans many years and jumps to assorted locales throughout. But we never stay anywhere long enough to really care about the situation. I never felt like this was life or death (even as characters were dying) because the screenplay never gets close enough or shares adequate details of the intrigue with the audience. Instead of digging into the political aspect of the drama, "Spies of Warsaw" tries to hedge its bets as a romance as well. After Tennant meets Janet Montgomery, the two are instantly in love despite an apparent lack of chemistry.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For The Love Of Tennant April 5, 2013
I will admit the movie isn't that "brilliant" The main reason I watched this was for David Tennant. I've seen pretty much all of his work. If he wasn't in this movie I wouldn't have even given it a second glance or thought.

He plays the cool and calm spy thing pretty well actually. That's something interesting in and of itself, because we are so used to seeing him playing The Doctor, a bit infectious and hyperactive.

All in all watch it for Tennants sexiness.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not A Spy Thriller in Warsaw
This film really lacks excitement, it's not a real spy thriller in our view.
We waited for the film story to improve, but unfortunately it did not nhappen.
Published 10 days ago by H. Hayde
1.0 out of 5 stars a total bomb
It goes on and on and on and nothing substantial happens. Totally boring. I've seen 50 years of WW2 movies etc. and this is a total bomb! If I could I'd give it a zero.
Published 17 days ago by Peter R. Dinella
3.0 out of 5 stars David Tennant not being Dr Who
Turns out the Doctor can act ... bringing just the right turn to this very BBC piece, which sheds light on period of history seldom dramatised - the few years leading up to the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alexia McLay
2.0 out of 5 stars Sum ting Wong wid akzentz ha?! Ja!
I love watching films about WWII, Germany and Eastern Europe during the 1930's and 1940's. I have travelled through Poland twice during the 1980's and loved living in Germany and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mary McGreevey
1.0 out of 5 stars Defective DVD
My wife ordered quite a few DVD' s for my Christmas gifts, unfortunately I just got around to viewing this DVD and was disappointed to find that upon opening the DVD yesterday and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nancie
4.0 out of 5 stars spies of warsaw
I enjoyed watching this movie. Acting was good and the plot was interesting, although a bit hard to follow. This was a good purchase
Published 3 months ago by rudy willer
3.0 out of 5 stars It is all here. It is also too clinical and fails to be engaging
The Spies of Warsaw by Alan Furst, The Spies of Warsaw: A Novel does not represent the beginning of his Night Soldier sequence but it was my introduction to his particular fiction... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Phred
5.0 out of 5 stars David Tennant.
David was wonderful as a spy I thought it was funny seeing him in bed with the lady who played Agatha Christie in Dr Who's The Unicorn and the Warsp.
Published 5 months ago by Yvonne
5.0 out of 5 stars did not follkow the book
This mini-series did follow the book but what the heck they seldom do.I found the series interesting and enjoyable anyway.View it with an open mind and you will enjoy it.
Published 5 months ago by cowboy mike
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