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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

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4.3 Stars (out of 5) - Rated R


John Le Carré's classic thriller of Cold War espionage follows an English spy as he returns to MI-6 under a cloud of suspicion. In the years since he was sacked by the agency, some suspect he's become an operative for the Soviet Union.


Gary Oldman, Kathy Burke, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Dencik, Colin Firth, Stephen Graham, Tom Hardy, Ciarán Hinds, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Konstantin Khabensky, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Simon McBurney, Mark Strong


Tomas Alfredson

Blu-ray Release Date:

March 20, 2012


English SDH, French, Spanish


Overall rating weighted as follows:

Audio 40%, Video 40%, Special Features 20%, Movie - its just our opinion so take it with a grain of salt

Audio 4.3 Stars (out of 5)

Dolby and DTS Demo Discs used as basis for comparison

● Subwoofer – 3.5 Stars

● Dialog – 5.0 Stars

● Surround Effects – 4.0 Stars

● Dynamic Range – 4.5 Stars

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French: DTS 5.1, Spanish: DTS 5.1

For a mostly quiet film, this Blu-ray sneaks in a decent audio performance. Low frequency activity is a little light, but it noticeable when trains pass by, during gunshots, in the musical score, and at times random rumbles are used to build tension. The film is dialog heavy, and all lines are heard clearly. Rear channels do great job of filling the room with ambiance and help draw you into the movie whispering voices, typing on typewriters, jets flying overhead, phones ringing, and raindrops.

Video 4.7 Stars (out of 5)

Spears & Munsil Benchmark Blu-ray Edition used as basis for comparison

● Color Accuracy - 4.5 Stars

● Shadow detail – 4.5 Stars

● Clarity – 5.0 Stars

● Skin tones – 4.5 Stars

● Compression – 5.0 Stars

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC, Resolution: 1080p, Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1, Original Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1

The style of the video suits the tone film by having a lots shades of grey and earth tones. There are rarely any vibrant colors and overall everything looks a little pale. Shadows are handled quite well but lose a few details in a few scenes. Clarity is great and make the old school paisley ties look new, gives greasy spy hairstyles extra sheen, and brings out the details of old dry wrinkled skin. Nothing really pops in this presentation, but it doesn’t take away from the film itself.

Bonus Features 3.5 Stars (out of 5)

● Audio Commentary: Director Tomas Alfredson and actor Gary Oldman offer insightful.

● Interviews (HD/SD, 57 minutes): Cast and crew share their thoughts on the original book, the script, and the overall film.

● Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy First Look (HD, 13 minutes): Gives you the quick once over of the intricate plot.

● Deleted Scenes (HD, 6 minutes)

● BD-Live Functionality and News Ticker

● My Scenes Bookmarking

Movie – 2.0 Stars (out of 5)


A best selling spy novel made into a movie starring several noteworthy actors sounds like an easy movie to enjoy, but I found it hard to stay engaged in this unconventional spy movie. Tinker Tailor Solider Spy is a slow moving movie that has very little action. I don’t expect every spy movie to be full of action, but this movie needed something. Almost everyone’s performance was intentionally flat and emotionless. Even though this was done on purpose, it took away any personality the movie may have had, and made it boring at times. The details of the plot are difficult to follow and the beginning and ending of the film are downright confusing. Timelines change often and you are not informed when and where you are in the plot. I feel like I’m supposed to like this film, but I can’t like a film that confuses me, bores me, and leaves me feeling disappointed. If I want to feel that way I just watch CSPAN.

Posted by The HT Guys, April 3, 2012 7:01 AM

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The HT Guys, Ara Derderian and Braden Russell, are Engineers who formerly worked for the Advanced Digital Systems Group (ADSG) of Sony Pictures Entertainment. ADSG was the R&D unit of the sound department producing products for movie theaters and movie studios.

Two of the products they worked on include the DCP-1000 and DADR-5000. The DCP is a digital cinema processor used in movie theaters around the world. The DADR-5000 is a disk-based audio dubber used on Hollywood sound stages.

ADSG was awarded a Technical Academy Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2000 for the development of the DADR-5000. Ara holds three patents for his development work in Digital Cinema and Digital Audio Recording.

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