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Spies of Warsaw (2012)(Blu-ray)

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Spies of Warsaw (2012)(Blu-ray)

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 attaché, 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.


Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • 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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B5AAW2U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,191 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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93 of 101 people found the following review helpful By dizzheart on March 18, 2013
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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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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By nevadavet on June 1, 2013
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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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Arlene Bradley on 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rosi A. Sundin on April 18, 2013
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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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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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