When I first heard about Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, I wanted to watch it right away. After all, it's based on the John LeCarre novel and has a powerhouse cast of well-respected actors (note, I said actors, not stars!), so I had a feeling I would enjoy all the mind games and the drama. Alas, I was already too late; it had long since gone from theatres and was already an Oscar and BAFTA- nominee.
Fortunately, I didn't have long to wait to see it: the movie has just come out in a Blu-ray combo pack and DVD, and I was lucky enough to receive a copy for review. In my opinion, watching it on DVD turned out to be even better than watching it in the movie theatre because Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is such a convoluted plot-twister that I simply must watch it again!
The basic story is simple -- the Soviets have planted a spy at the top levels of the British MI6, and it's George Smiley's job to find who it is. But this is a spy story, and nothing is as it seems. Right from the start, your brain has to work overtime to match names to faces and make sense of all the spy jargon. It doesn't help that the movie continually goes to flashbacks, so you have to figure out what is past and present. But like I said, it's a spy story. That's where the thrill comes from -- not from action scenes, but from the suspense of trying to figure everything out. Because there aren't any big action scenes, you don't miss the big screen so much, and you can go back to parts you don't understand, which makes the Blu-ray DVD format perfect for enjoying this kind of movie. And enjoy it, I did. And so will you!
Things aren’t always as they seem in the Oscar®-nominated, suspenseful, and stylish thriller from director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In), based on the classic novel by John le Carré. Focus Features’ Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy will be available on Blu-ray™Combo Pack with UltraViolet™,on DVD,on Digital Download and On-Demand March 20, 2012, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. At the height of the Cold War, Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), a.k.a. MI6 and code-named the Circus, has been compromised. An ever-watchful former top lieutenant and career spy, George Smiley (Gary Oldman, The Dark Knight, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix ), is called out of retirement by the government to help identify and track a suspected mole at the top of the agency. The list of suspects is narrowed to five men. Even before the startling truth is revealed, the emotional and physical tolls on the players enmeshed in the deadly international spy game will escalate…Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is Academy Award®-nominated for Best Actor (Gary Oldman), Best Adapted Screenplay (Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan), and Best Original Score (Alberto Iglesias); and is nominated for 11 BAFTA Awards including Best Film and Best Actor.
Also starring Oscar® winner Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) with Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock”), David Dencik (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Tom Hardy (Inception), Ciarán Hinds (The Debt), Oscar® nominee John Hurt (Midnight Express), Toby Jones (The Hunger Games), and Mark Strong (Robin Hood), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is “a pleasurably sly and involving puzzler” (Manohla Dargis, The New York Times) and showcases “easily one of the year’s best pictures – Gary Oldman gives a performance that is flawless in every detail.” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone).
Included with the Blu-ray™ Combo Pack is an all-new UltraViolet™ copy of the film. UltraViolet™ is the revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows, put them in the cloud and download and stream instantly to computers, tablets and smartphones and soon, consumers can download to devices of their choice too. The Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Blu-ray™ Combo Pack also includes a Digital Copy of the film which is compatible with iTunes®, iPad®, iPhone®, iPod™ touch, Android or other retail partners. So now, consumers can truly enjoy their movies and TV shows anytime, anywhere, on the platform of their choice!
Disclosure: I received a review copy of this DVD. Synopsis was provided by the featured company/product and is indicated in italics. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.