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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy on DVD and double-play in January

5 January 2012

As someone who groans at even the idea of remakes, just occasionally I get the chance to eat my own venom. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, the tense and cerebral film version of John le Carré's best seller, previously one of the definiing television series of the 1980s.

Set at the height of The Cold War, with international relations poisoned with paranoia and deception, Britains Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), codenamed 'The Circus', is striving to keep pace with other countries attempts at counter-espionage, and keep the UK secure. The Chief of the Circus, 'Control (John Hurt – The Elephant Man, Brighton Rock) personally sends dedicated agent Jim Prideaux (Mark Strong – Kick Ass, The Guard) into Hungary, but the mission goes bloodily awry, forcing Control out of his position, and the circus, along with trusted lieutenant George Smiley (Gary Oldman – The Dark Knight, The Fifth Element), a career spy with razor-sharp senses. However when disgraced agent Rikki Tarr (Tom Hardy – Inception, Warriors) reappears with devastating information that The Circus has long been compromised by a mole working for the soviets, Smiley is secretly conscripted back into service and the murky world of espionage. Tasked with investigating which of his trusted former colleagues has chosen to betray him and their country, Smiley narrows his search to four suspects – all experienced, urbane, successful agents - but past histories, rivalries and friendships make it far from easy to pinpoint the man who is eating away at the heart of the British establishment.

Even before the startling truth is revealed, the emotional and physical tolls on the players enmeshed in the deadly international spy game will escalate, as the hunt leaves a trail or murder, doubt and double crosses in its wake. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy has been made for the screen by Tomas Alfredson (who revitalise dthe vampire genre with the excellent Let The Right One In) with the screenplay adapted by the writing team of Bridget OConnor and Peter Straughan.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy will be released on uk DVD and double-play (containing both DVD and Blu-ray versions) on 30th January 2012 by Studiocanal at the RRP of £19.99 each.

The DVD will have the following extras:

  • Commentary with Gary Oldman & director Tomas Alfredson;
  • John Le Carré interview;
  • Deleted scenes.

The Blu-ray will have a slightly larger collection:

  • Commentary with Gary Oldman & director Tomas Alfredson;
  • John Le Carré interview;
  • Deleted scenes;
  • Smiley featurette;
  • ‘Inside The Circus' featurette;
  • Shadow World featurette;
  • Interview with Gary Oldman;
  • Interview with Colin Firth;
  • Interview with Tom Hardy;
  • Interview with Director Tomas Alfredson & screenwriter Peter Straughan;
  • UK premiere featurette;
  • Sky Movies featurette;
  • Photo gallery;
  • Trailers.

The film is also available as a double-play Steelbook Edition for £24.99, and a limited Deluxe Edition for a whopping £69.99. This version will include the DVD and Blu-ray editions, plus the following rather lovely physical extras:

  • Original Soundtrack;
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy novel;
  • Bespoke notepad;
  • Bespoke playing cards;
  • Exclusive Gary Oldman's onset photographs;
  • Exclusive film still.