Blu-ray Release: The Spy Who Came In From The Cold

Blu-ray Release Date: Sept. 10, 2013
Price: Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold movie scene

Richard Burton (l.) warms up in The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.

The 1965 drama-thriller film The Spy Who Came In From The Cold starring Richard Burton (Cleopatra) and Claire Bloom (The King’s Speech) is generally considered to be one of the finest adaptations of a John le Carré bestselling novel to the big screen.

Burton is British operative Alec Leamas, a Cold War spy on one final dangerous mission in East Germany, whose relationship with a beautiful librarian (Bloom) puts his assignment in jeopardy.

Directed by Martin Ritt (Hud, Norma Rae) into a film that’s every bit as precise and ruthless as the book, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a hard-edged and tragic thriller that’s suffused with the political and social consciousness that defined Ritt’s career.

Criterion issued The Spy Who Came In From The Cold on DVD in 2008 it is still available. The DVD’s bonus features have all been ported over to the Blu-ray, which includes the following:

• High-definition digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
• Exclusive, wide-ranging interview with author John le Carré
• Selected-scene commentary featuring director of photography Oswald Morris
The Secret Centre: John le Carré, a 2000 BBC documentary on the author’s life and work
• Interview with actor Richard Burton from a 1967 episode of the BBC series Acting in the ’60s, conducted by critic Kenneth Tynan
• Audio conversation from 1985 between director Martin Ritt and film historian Patrick McGilligan
• Gallery of set designs
• Trailer
• A booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Sragow


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.