Spy Who Came In From The Cold, The: The Criterion Collection

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Spy Who Came In From The Cold, The: The Criterion Collection

John Le Carre's acclaimed bestselling novel, about a Cold War spy on one final, dangerous mission, is every bit as precise and ruthless onscreen in this adaptation directed by Martin Ritt. Richard Burton delivers one of his career-defining performances as Alec Leamas, whose hesitant but deeply felt relationship with a beautiful librarian (Claire Bloom) puts what he hopes will be his last assignment, in East Germany, in jeopardy. An intelligent, hard-edged, and even tragic thriller, The Spy Who Came In From The Cold is etched with realism and suffused with genuine political and personal anxiety.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Aug 18 2008
  • Production Year 1965
  • Empire SKU 1422846
  • UPC Code 715515033121
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-DL


Disc One:
- New, restored high-definition digital transfer
- Theatrical trailer

Disc Two:
- New video interview with author John le Carre
- Selected-scene commentary featuring director of photography Oswald Morris
- The Secret Centre: John le Carre (2000), a BBC documentary on the author's extraordinary life and work
- A 1967 interview with Richard Burton from the BBC series Acting in the 60's, conducted by film critic Kenneth Tynan
- An audio conversation from 1985 between director Martin Ritt and film historian Patrick McGilligan
- Gallery of set designs
- PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Michael Sragow


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.85:1 B&W

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