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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: Double Play (2011) (2 Discs) (Blu-ray)

Released on 30 January 2012

Featuring: Colin Firth, Tom Hardy & Gary Oldman

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: 15 years & over

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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spyfinds George Smiley (Gary Oldman), a recently retired MI6 agent, doing his best to adjust to a life outside the secret service. However, when a disgraced agent reappears with information concerning a mole at the heart of the service, Smiley is drawn back into the murky field of espionage. Tasked with investigating which of his trusted former colleagues has chosen to betray him and their country, Smiley narrows his search to four suspects - all experienced, skilled and successful agents - but past histories, rivalries and friendships make it far from easy to pinpoint the man who is eating away at the heart of the British establishment.

An acting masterclass from the crème de la crème of British film (Colin Firth, The King's Speech; Tom Hardy, Inception; Mark Strong, Kick Ass; Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock Holmes) and inspired direction from Let The Right One In's Tomas Alfredson make this gripping and tense adaptation of John le Carré's classic spy novel essential viewing.
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  • 'Double Play Edition' includes the movie on 2 formats: Blu-ray & DVD!

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 Watch closely!

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An extremely engrossing period set spy drama adaption of the famous book and mini-series which sets itself down as a smart, involving drama and fulfills that promise exceptionally well in the hands of director Tomas Alfredson.

In the middle of the Cold War, in a beautifully drab and washed out London (drab never having been more beautifully shot, I might add) George Smiley is brought back into British Intelligence to try and flush out a mole in the organisation. A mole who, if he truly exists, has penetrated the highest levels of the service. With a list of suspects comprising men he has worked with sometimes for years, and a group of allies................Smiley slowly and methodically must try to detect who that person is.

The film itself is one of those pleasing films where, whilst it shouldn't be too complex to follow, also is filled with moments that you must catch at the time. It requires only patience and attention to be paid to it, and what emerges is a satisfyingly involved piece of cinema. Director Alfredson deftly shades the lives of all the main characters as the mystery envelops you, using an effective flashback structure to develop story.

Performances across the board are excellent, and with a cast like it has, that's no surprise. Gary Oldman is impressive in his work, keeping almost everything internal to his character, a man who spends more of his life watching and thinking rather than talking. But the entire cast also works. The period detail also looks bang on and the quality of everything in the film emerges from every scene.

A thoroughly involving, exceptionally made film.

 Atmospheric

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Whilst this movie contains bags of edge and atmosphere, and the cream of British actors, I felt a little underwhelmed. The story is good but there is a distinct lack of energy, and, although this may be the point, I felt it didn't tip the scales on the entertainment front. Quite a hard watch too, as you feel like you will miss something if you blink! Good, but not what I expected given the surrounding hype.

 Spy vs Spy

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Astounding. Period drama with real teeth and depth. Oldman, Cumberbatch, Strong and Toby Jones are wonderful. Disappointed with Firth for first time in ages. Upstaged in TTSS by stronger actors. If you like slow-burning spy dramas - akin to The Good Shepherd - then this will be right up your street.

 snoresville

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people who say this is a spy story for grown ups are just pretencious people who look down on others. this is boring.no, i really mean boring!!! ok,the acting maybe excellent, but an hour in,i was losing the will to live. a classic case of overhype.

 We have a rotten apple, Jim

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A twisting, turning Cold War set thriller. This cloak and dagger story focuses on a British intelligence expert tasked with sniffing out a suspected mole operating in the upper echelon of the queens spy service. Based on the novel by John le Carre, director Tomas Alfredson proves to be a practiced hand at establishing atmosphere, leaning on a filmmaking style that is visually interesting without being distractingly flashy. A fantastic cast including Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, John Hurt, Mark Strong, Tom Hardy, Cathy Bates and Benedict Cumberbatch. At the centre of the story is George Smiley a mild mannered but sharp intelligence expert solving his cases with brains not bravado.

Smiley is called out of retirement to track down a Russian double agent suspected of operating within the British Secret Intelligence Service. The former head narrowed his list of suspects down to five and its up to Smiley to finish what his old boss started. Filled with flashbacks, flash forwards and intriguing characters the story bounces and bumps along in unwieldy fashion but all pieces fall into place by the third act. Overall its a richly produced film and one that features a talented, top notch cast but there is a fine line separating complex from convoluted.

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ActorsColin Firth, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Ciarán Hinds, Mark Strong, Stephen Graham, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jamie Thomas King, Amanda Fairbank-Hynes, Simon McBurney, Konstantin Khabenskiy, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Christian McKay & David Dencik
DirectorTomas Alfredson
Certificate15 years and over
Year2011
LanguagesEnglish