The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Blu-ray)

Director: Martin Ritt

Stars: Richard Burton

1965 USA

Thriller Drama




  • Country: USA
  • Language: English
  • Year: 1965
  • Runtime: 112
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Colour: Black & White
  • Certificate: PG
  • Subtitles: English SDH (optional)
  • Genre: Thriller
  • SKU: EKA70424
  • 1 Disc
  • Release Date: May 17, 2021
Region: B


The acclaimed, best-selling novel by John le Carré, about a Cold War spy on one final dangerous mission in East Germany, is transmuted by director Martin Ritt (Hud, Norma Rae) into a film every bit as precise and ruthless as the book. 

Academy Award-nominated Richard Burton (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Becket,1984) is superb as Alec Leamas, whose relationship with the beautiful librarian Nan, played by Claire Bloom (Hamlet, A Streetcar Named Desire), puts his assignment in jeopardy.

Winner of 4 BAFTA Awards (including Best British Film) The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a hard-edged and tragic thriller, suffused with the political and social consciousness that defined Ritt’s career. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present the film on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK.


  • 1080p presentation on Blu-ray from a restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Uncompressed LPCM Stereo audio
  • Optional English SDH
  • Brand new audio commentary with film scholar Adrian Martin
  • Brand new video essay by critic and filmmaker David Cairns
  • A collector’s booklet featuring a new essay by Richard Combs