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Spies of Warsaw [Blu-ray] (2013)

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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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 (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B5AAW2U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,738 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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59 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well, I liked it March 18, 2013
Format:DVD
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quiet, Moody Advnture June 1, 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
If you are looking for understated acting, excellent location filming, and a challenging plot, this is for you. Right up front I will admit to owning all of Alan Furst's novels in hardback, and I flat like his writing, especially the pre WWII time period. I will, at some risk of reputation, put this in the same league as the original SMILEY'S or SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD. This is based on, not an exact copy of, the novel SPIES OF WARSAW and in my view is a good choice for the first of Furst's novels to be filmed. True to most, if not all, movie adaptations, it does drift from the book a bit, and, truth be told, if you have not read Furst it may take you more than one viewing to pick up the nuance of this story. Some of the subplots are not clearly developed and minor characters are somewhat cardboard. This is a "feet up, drink in hand" rainly afternoon show, and well worth it. Enjoy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very good movie, a well done period piece. April 16, 2013
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A very good movie, a well done period piece. David Tennant is excellant in this movie. DT usally plays most parts with a little quarkiness, but not this time, he plays this part as a streight dramatic part. The movie plays the period before WW11 Europe just perfect. This was really a end of a era for the world. The spy parts were done very well because thay stayed in the shadows and were not the James Bond's types but the ordinary down to earth type's that blended in. I expecially liked where they showed the James Phillbee chareture who was a real life russian spy in the british secret service until he was discovered in the 60's. The Polish locations are beautiful and the old town of Warsaw is wonderful and a testament to the spirit of the polish people who restored Warsaw right after the war which had been distroyed. The polish actors are great in this film. If their is any conplaint, it is the ending, the film did not go far enough. I did like the love story between David and Janet montgomery but I think they could have done more with it. Now I want to say how amazing Amazon is, I pre-ordered this DVD and it was released today April 16, and I received it at 2:00 P.M. my time, great service, great products, thank you Amazon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well I liked it too April 18, 2013
Format:DVD
The story is very well portrayed in the period, all costumes and environment evidently well researched and the slow pace captivating.

The spies are real people with real missions, so if you are expecting cars exploding and that sort of stuff you're not going to find it here. I think it lacks in suspense a little and that's why I rated it 4 stars.

David Tennant can read the breakfast menu and still do a great job. He plays a somber yet sexy spy and it always amazes me how he can change with every character he plays.

I enjoyed it and looked forward to the second part after the first one was over (saw it when it first aired in the UK). I must admit I didn't read the book so I don't have the usual "the book was better" comment to make.

Overall, if you are a Tennant fan, it is absolutely a good show to see, he performs as usual and looks absolutely wonderful as Jean Mercier.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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I love the book and I have read it at least 8 times. The book is a masterpiece and so is the televised version of SOW. There are some changes that were made in the televised version but I found those changes to be clever and in my opinion they made the story more realistic. Also, the acting is superb and the storyline is incredibly good! I love how DT protrays Mercier and how he portrays his nature. DT has an excellent understanding of the character and it shows! Janet Montgomery and Marcin Dorosinski were amazing too!

When this first aired in the UK I read some comments about how some people didnt like the ending, but a as a fellow reviewer here said this is not your usual story. This is a story about human nature and about how some brave, clever people tried to prevent a war from starting. We all know they failed, but watching their efforts makes me glad to be a human being, and glad to be able to read and watch stories like this.

This is amazing, so please buy it and watch. You wont regret it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic Intrigue
Fortunately I had not read the book on which this was based, so I could enjoy the production just for itself. Read more
Published 1 month ago by H. M. Hadley
3.0 out of 5 stars Weak directing
Spies of Warsaw is pretty good but, IMO, it is not nearly as good as the book and Part 2 of the movie falls flat. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Observer
5.0 out of 5 stars Spies of warsaw with David Tenant
A very suspenseful movie starring one of this centuries better actors. Great spy drama. Wonderful story. Highly recommend watching this film.
Published 3 months ago by J. makar
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 3 months 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 3 months 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 5 months 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 5 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 5 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 6 months ago by rudy willer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great pre WWII spy thriller based on true events.
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-. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr D
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