Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Movie Collection - Set 5
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David Suchet is back as Hercule Poirot. The dapper Belgian detective takes on three more cases in these wildly popular adaptations of Christie's acclaimed classics. As seen on the PBS Mystery! series.
Murder on the Orient Express - On board the Orient Express, an unsavory traveler (Toby Jones) is stabbed to death, and Poirot searches for the killer on the snowbound train. Also stars Barbara Hershey, Hugh Bonneville, and Dame Eileen Atkins.
Third Girl - Poirot collaborates with crime novelist Ariadne Oliver (ZoÃ« Wanamaker) to help a young heiress who thinks she may have committed a murder. Peter Bowles and James Wilby guest star.
Appointment with Death - Hercule Poirot is visiting an archaeological dig in the Syrian Desert when the reviled wife of Lord Boynton (Tim Curry) is murdered, leaving no shortage of suspects. John Hannah and Elizabeth McGover guest star.
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1) The very poor sound quality. One needed to raise the volume to the maximum level in order to hear the sound track.
2) The package did not correspond to the actual content? Hugh Fraser, Detective Yap and Miss Lemon, whilst listed on the DVD packaging, were no where to be seen in these movies?
This is obviously a new version of this release and the description and new cast has not been updated.
Hope Amazon changes the description to reflect the cast in this set more accurately.
I have already posted my general comments about this series on the webpages for the first four sets, so let me cut to the chase.
"The Tragedy of Marsdon Manor" begins comically enough with a would-be mystery writer of an inn owner summoning Poirot to solve a baffling case that happens to be fictional. Naturally a real death takes place under what seems to be supernatural circumstances; and the production does indeed create a wonderfully English country manor spooky-ness that makes this worth watching. Never mind that the solution involves all sorts of twists that verge on the incredible; but to invert the aphorism in "Sleuth," this is Inspector Fiction, not Inspector Fact.
"The Double Clue" is exceptional in that it shows Poirot emotionally involved with a suspect, a fascinating (at least to him) Russian countess who might or might not be involved in a series of jewel thefts. Japp is honestly in fear of losing his job unless the thefts are stopped, while Miss Lemon and Hastings do their own sleuthing as Poirot spends time with the countess. "The Mystery of the Spanish Chest" has a plot within the plot, so to speak, rather far-fetched. However, the presence of actor John McEnery and the opening surreally filmed dueling sequence more than make up for any storyline inconsistencies.
Again, it is always instructive to compare these dramatizations with the originals; but the former stand up very nicely on their own.
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I loved it. Thought the mysteries were very good and Hercules was marvellous. It completely lived up to my expectations. Thankyou!Published on Jan. 19 2013 by Shannon Langen
indeed a masterpiece/David Suchet is remarcable and truly feels the character he is plying.Astonishing !!I recommend this collection for every age.Published on Jan. 19 2013 by encica violeta
I have very much enjoyed earlier productions of Poirot(made by LWT) starring David Suchet, and love to rewatch many of the episodes. Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2010 by Nicolle M Powell
This, as others of Poirot movies, was entertaining. I hope there are more to come. Can recommend it to all who like light mystery moviesPublished on Sept. 22 2010 by John Langston
I saw the movie "Murder on the Orient Express" on PBS Spokane and while we were watching it, a huge piece was cut out of the show. This is where I rate it one star. Read morePublished on July 14 2010 by Duchess
Very good Box Set, well done ! :) Poirot -David Suchet Rocks!!.
Too bad that the first espisode is to short, but beside that this is a excellent box set to get !!!. Read more
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