Blu-ray, DVD Release: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 20, 2012
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Tinker Tailor Soldier SpyBased on the novel by best-selling author John le Carre, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is filled with the cream of the crop of British actors.

Gary Oldman (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) leads as George Smiley, an espionage veteran who comes out of semi-retirement to track down a suspected mole at the top of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, a.k.a. MI6. But this film is an ensemble, also featuring Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), Tom Hardy (Warrior), Ciaran Hinds (The Rite), John Hurt (Alien) and Mark Strong (Green Lantern).

Nominated for three Oscars, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is one of those films that critics like better than audiences. Not that moviegoers didn’t like it, but they gave it a 68% approval, compared to 84% from critics, according to Rotten Tomatoes. Take it from this critic: The movie is good, but slow.

The film does have a lot  going for it, though, and we weren’t surprised that the movie was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay (Bridget O’Connor of Mrs. Ratcliffe’s Revolution and The Debt), Best Actor (Oldman) and Best Original Score (Alberto Iglesias, The Skin I Live In).

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy did gross a tidy $18 million in limited release in theaters.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Blu-ray boxA digital copy of the film is included in the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack via UltraViolet, making it available for download or streaming from a digital cloud.

The Blu-ray also contains these special features:

  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: First Look”
  • deleted scenes
  • interview with author John le Carré
  • interviews with actors Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and Tom Hardy, director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) and screenwriter Peter Straughan
  • commentary by Alfredson and Oldman
  • BD-Live features
  • Pocket Blu app, which allows the Blu-ray player to interact with smartphones, tablets and more
  • and UHear, which allows users to easily skip back a few seconds and turn on subtitles if you missed dialog.

The DVD also carries the actor and filmmaker interviews and the commentary.

John le Carré’s novel was made into a TV mini-series back in 1979, starring Alec Guiness in Oldman’s role.


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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.