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post #31 of 36
I watched Tinker, Taylor again yesterday, which was the third time I had seen the film. I have liked it better each time. Yesterday I was particularly impressed by the large ensemble cast surrounding Gary Oldman's Smiley, especially Tom Hardy as Ricki Tarr, Benedict Cumberbatch as Smiley's young acolyte Peter Guillam, and the always marvelous Mark Strong as Jim Prideaux. Also, I noticed subtleties this time that I had missed in earlier viewings. For example, Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
before Ricki would leave on his trip to Paris to send a message that would trap the mole in the Circus he made Smiley promise that Smiley would protect Irina. By that time, of course, Jim Prideaux had already told Smiley that Irina had been murdered before his eyes while he was being held captive by the Russians. Nevertheless, Smiley not only concealed this fact from Ricki, he implied that Irina was still all right by promising Ricki that he would protect her.
All of this went to show just what a treacherous business spying really is and that George Smiley was the ultimate spy.
post #32 of 36
Also saw this T-T version a second time last week (Verizon's FIOS and a pro-monitor 1080p Panny plasma). Would pick up the BRD if comments/full reviews
were more enthusiastic about the PQ.

But apparently the original 35mm negatives and 4k DI] also have diminished hues and fuzziness, 'crafted' in, too. A dramatically different look in film/digital theater presentations would negate that assumption. So, as mentioned here by tech-insiders for years, studios still seem hesitant about using precious original negatives for DVD productions.

One example of using less-'precious' negatives (16mm) for BR production, with dramatically improved contrast, color and resolution, is the 5-part BBC mini-series of Pride and Prejudice, (compared in side-by-side video restoration images and llnked here until 2011).

Maybe they'll rework "Smiley's People" one of these days and make better use of negatives, or even downrezzed 4k files that deliver better fidelity to audiences.

Puzzled by the ending to this Tinker-Tailor version. On my 3-disc SD version with Alex Guinness as Smiley, when they set a trap for the MI6 mole, believe only one person shows up and is caught. But in this version all the remaining staff drive up and then leave, implying I don't know what. -- John
post #33 of 36
I have been hooked on Le Carre since I read "The Spy Who Came In From The Cold" in 1967.

Compared to the TV series of many years ago I was a little disappointed in this movie. Knowing the book and having seen the TV series I kept seeing gaps in the story and in the development of the characters and relationships. Obviously this was due to the time restraints imposed by a single feature length movie but never the less it did spoil the movie for me. Also, I was not impressed with acting in general and particularly with Colin Firth and Gary Oldman. I always thought of Bill Haydon as having a cheeky, irreverent side that did not come out. Colin Firth was too stiff. With Oldman it was as if I could see him acting and his accent sounded false. Guinness was a better Smiley but I often think I would have liked to have seen Denholm Elliot in that role.

I would love to see a remake of "The Spy Who Came In From The Cold", my favourite Le Carre book.
post #34 of 36
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Originally Posted by gwsat View Post

...All of this went to show just what a treacherous business spying really is and that George Smiley was the ultimate spy.

I sure agree but want to add that George Smiley only promised that he "would do his best." Like a good lawyer or spy, he used the truth to tell a lie.
post #35 of 36
I know this thread has been long dormant, but has anyone had any issues playing rental disks from Netflix. I was just trying to watch my copy, trailers played fine, but when it got to the main feature the loading icon showed up on screen for a few seconds and then went blank. From there nothing happened. The screen remained blank with no picture or sound. Trying the FF or chapter skip buttons did nothing. Sub menu options were disabled.
My player is a Panasonic BD35
post #36 of 36
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Originally Posted by ftran999 View Post

I know this thread has been long dormant, but has anyone had any issues playing rental disks from Netflix. I was just trying to watch my copy, trailers played fine, but when it got to the main feature the loading icon showed up on screen for a few seconds and then went blank. From there nothing happened. The screen remained blank with no picture or sound. Trying the FF or chapter skip buttons did nothing. Sub menu options were disabled.
My player is a Panasonic BD35

hilarious,

I reported this same problem last year when ithe bd became available for rent.

I complained there was something wrong with the rental version of the disc, and got lit up pretty good for not having my firmware up to date. So I updated my firmware and the damn thing still wouldn't play. I gave up and finally saw it after hbo got its hands on it.

Have a penny bd 60 if somehow this issue is player specific.
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