'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,' 'Tintin': Kenneth Turan's DVD picks
If you've already enjoyed the new versions of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and "Tintin," or even if you're just considering your options, newly released DVDs make it possible to look at how these properties have been handled in the past.
"Tinker Tailor" was made into a nearly six-hour British miniseries back in 1979, and Sir Alec Guinness' work as spymaster George Smiley is considered one of the great performances of his career.
"Tintin's" past is more humble, if no less enjoyable: it was a French Canadian animated television series that lasted from 1991 to 1993. The first 13 episodes are available, and even feature the same story, "The Secret of the Unicorn," that inspired the new film.
-- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times film critic