The Ipcress File
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In the spy-crazed film world of the 1960s, Len Deighton's antihero Harry Palmer burst onto the scene as an antidote to the James Bond films. Here was a British spy who had a working-class accent and horn-rimmed glasses and above all really didn't want to be a spy in the first place. As portrayed by Michael Caine, Palmer was the perfect antithesis to Sean Connery's 007. Unlike that of his globetrotting spy cousin, Palmer's beat is cold, rainy, dreary London, where he spends his days and nights in unheated flats spying on subversives. He does charm one lady, but she's no Pussy Galore, just a civil servant he works with, sent to keep an eye on him. Eventually he's assigned to get to the bottom of the kidnapping and subsequent "brain draining" of a nuclear physicist, all the while being reminded by his superiors that it's this or prison. Things begin to get pretty hairy for Harry. Produced by Harry Saltzman in his spare time between Bond movies, the film also features a haunting score by another Bond veteran, composer John Barry. --Kristian St. Clair
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If you have not seen this film, it is not an action based movie but relies more on story and characters. Stylishly photographed and well directed and acted. This is the first of a trilogy followed by Funeral in Berlin and The Billion Dollar Brain. This version is overpriced but is not available from Netflix so I splurged a little.
For those of you not familiar with this spy thriller, it is a British film that came out in 1965 and made Michael Caine an international star. The plot has to do with a bunch of scientists in the West that dissappear and when they return, their brains are useless. British Inteligence recruits agent Harry Palmer (Caine) to negotiate the release of the latest kidnap victim. Palmer is not James Bond. He is the most unorthodox self effacing spy ever, and though physically myopic, he is the only one who can see through all the Intelligence claptrap. It is also a delight to watch him operate as he gets the upper hand while all the time undergoing a few perils himself. It's strictly Cold War stuff dealing with A Bomb anxieties and post WWII depression. The deliberate pace may be a bit slow for today's audience, but it works for me. Some of the pictorial compositions are at times quite extreme, so you may want to play this on the biggest screen you can get a hold of. And that cool John Barry score is still a joy to the ears in this uncompressed soundtrack.
This Australian Blu-Ray release (sporting the original Rank Logo)is indeed Region Free and will play on US Blu-Ray players (unfortunately, so far there does not seem to be a regular DVD release from this company, and that is a pity). The film is beautifully presented in 2:35 Anamorphic (as opposed to Letterbox 4X3) aspect ratio that should look just great on your HD TV screen. The price for it seems to be around $22. Yes, but that's better than the $50 plus being asked for the original out-of-print regular DVD.