SYNOPSIS: Colonel Stok is a Soviet intelligence officer responsible for security at the Berlin Wall. It appears he wants
to defect, but the evidence is contradictory. Stok wants the British to handle his defection and enlists agent Harry Palmer
to smuggle him out of East Germany.
FUNERAL IN BERLIN is the sequel to THE IPCRESS FILE and also adapted from a Len Deighton novel. It is a solid sequel
to THE IPCRESS FILE for 1960s spy thrillers as the James Bond films became more over the top and spectacle driven. You can
think of Harry Palmer as a reformed criminal who works for British Intelligence. He is a normal everyday man who isn't superhuman
like James Bond 007. He uses his streetwise smarts to get the job done by using his old contacts in Berlin. Sometimes even
other spies get the upper hand on him as he has no gadgets like Bond and all Harry has on his side are his wits. One of the
big characters in the film is the city of Berlin which gets a big spotlight to what it looked like back in the 1960s. If
you didn't pick up the DVD, the blu-ray is one for you to buy if you’re a fan of the Harry Palmer film series.
None- not even the original theatrical trailer (or the French Mono track) which was included on the out of print DVD
FINAL ANALYSIS: I wish Paramount just licensed FUNERAL IN BERLIN out to Kino Lorber Studio Classics like they did with
THE IPCRESS FILE (coming in October). This MOD blu-ray is just for fans of the movie and Michael Caine fans. I hope Kino
Lorber gets to visit this on blu-ray in the near future. As is, FUNERAL IN BERLIN isn't much an upgrade over the DVD in quality
and I hope there is a better transfer and restoration done in the future.
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