There aren’t nearly as many films as I’d like from 2011 that I feel desperate to revisit, but Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is certainly one that qualifies. The terrific espionage thriller was one of the few prestige films of last year that felt like it was truly firing on all cylinders, and I can’t wait to revisit the gorgeous film on Blu-ray this week. Of course, that cinematography Oscar snub is gonna sting all over again…
We don’t want to keep all the spy action to ourselves though, so CHUD will be giving away a few copies of the Blu-ray/DVD combo, along with a copy of the soundtrack to a second-place winner. True to the spirit of the film though, you’re going to have to dig a bit for this one…
In order to have a chance to win a copy of the film or the soundtrack, I’m going to need you to send me a quote from the film to this email address- but not just any quote. You see, I’ve gone back into the CHUD archives and selected a very specific piece concerning the film and embedded a quote from the film in the text. The only clue I’ll give you is that the quote can be found buried amidst the exchanged thoughts of two excellent gentleman. You’ll have to look around a bit in the darkness to find it though…
Make sure you include your name and address with your entry!
Universal has also asked us to include a their bit of copy down below, and since they’re being so generous with this contest I’m happy to oblige. Take a look at their rundown of the great spies of cinema below…
Good luck, and happy hunting.
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY BLU-RAY™ COMBO
AVAILABLE MARCH 20, 2012 ON
PACK WITH UltraViolet™, ON DVD AND ON-DEMAND
FROM UNIVERSAL HOME ENTERTAINMENT
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY: The Great Spies of Cinema
The spy genre is one of the oldest in film history, popularized by the great Alfred Hitchcock in the
1930’s. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy may be one of the most intricate spy movie to come along in years,
but here we will discuss a retrospective of the best films of this category to come before, from
Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much and Sabotage to more recent flicks like Mr. and Mrs. Smith
and Casino Royale.
Things aren’t always as they seem in the Oscar®-nominated, suspenseful, and stylish thriller from
director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In), based on the classic novel by John le Carré. At the
height of the Cold War, Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), a.k.a. MI6 and code-named the Circus,
has been compromised. An ever-watchful former top lieutenant and career spy, George Smiley (Gary
Oldman, The Dark Knight, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix ), is called out of retirement by the
government to help identify and track a suspected mole at the top of the agency. The list of suspects is
narrowed to five men. Even before the startling truth is revealed, the emotional and physical tolls on
the players enmeshed in the deadly international spy game will escalate…
Answer the trivia question at the end of this feature in order to be entered in to win a copy of this
THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, The Man Who Knew Too Much was a British suspense film in the 1930s
about a family who witness an assassination of French spy while on vacation in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
Before dying, the spy tells them vital information that they need to deliver to the British consul.
However, the assassins kidnap their daughter to ensure their silence. Unable to seek help from the
government, the couple takes matters into their own hands and through some investigating, they learn
that the assassins intend to kill the Ambassador of an unidentified European country. The film was
remade in the 1950s and was again directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Sabotage, also released as The Woman Alone is a British thriller film released in 1936 and was directed
By Alfred Hitchcock. Based on the novel The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad, the film tells the story of
Karl Verlock, a cinema owner who is a member of a terrorist group that’s planning a series of attacks in
London. Scotland Yard suspects Verlock’s involvement and assigns Detective Sergeant Ted Spencer to
go under cover as a grocer’s helper in the fruit and vegetable store next to Verlock’s theater.
THE BOURNE IDENTITY
Waking up in the coast of France, Jason Bourne discovers he has two gunshot wounds in his back and
one clue to his true identity – the account number to a safety deposit box that was surgically implanted
in his hip. Travelling to Switzerland to find the bank that holds the safety deposit box, he soon learns
that he is a skilled combat fighter and fluent in other languages. As he tries to piece his identity
together, he soon learns he’s in the middle of a conspiracy in the CIA and the US government is now on
Casino Royale is a reboot of the franchise with a new timeline that is not connected to the previous
Bond films. It’s set at the beginning of Bond’s career as Agent 007 where he must stop Le Chiffre, a
banker to the world’s terrorist organizations, from winning a high-stakes poker game at Casino Royale in