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Miss Marple Boxed Set #2


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  • Actors: Joan Hickson, Peter Tilbury, Frank Gatliff, Barbara Franceschi, Bruce Payne
  • Directors: David Tucker, Julian Amyes, Mary McMurray, Norman Stone, Roy Boulting
  • Writers: Agatha Christie, Jill Hyem, Julia Jones
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 5
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Sma Distribution
  • VHS Release Date: June 1 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630340488X
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,919 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 10 2001
Format: VHS Tape
In case it gets cross posted this is a review of [Collection 2 (1986) ASIN: 630340488X] This collection contains five Aunt Jane Movies ("The Moving Finger," "Nemesis," "The Murder at the Vicarage," "At Bertram's Hotel," "They Do It with Mirrors,"]. There is no way to rank these movies as to which one is best. They are like shoes; everyone has a different favorite.
I did look it up to find that all of Agatha Christie's full Miss Marple novels were made in to movies with Joan Hickson as Miss Jane Marple. And this set has 5. Agatha Christie Collection 1 - Boxed Set ASIN: 6303111564, contains 4 more. Then there are three individual films not in the collection boxes.
If you do not obtain them all you will be haunted for the rest of your life wondering what you missed.
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Jean Hickson was the first Miss Marple, and in many ways the best Miss Marple. This is a great series, it is unfortunately not closed captioned, but worth the watch to see a master of her craft at work. Ms Hickson related that as a young actress she met Agatha Christie, and Christie predicted that Hickson would play Marple. At the time Jean Hickson was quite young and just noted the observation; she was much older when she took on the part - and thanks to her for doing so.
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By George Dohn on April 8 2013
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Always have enjoyed this actress playing the part of Miss Marple.
Appears as a stumbling erratic thinker, but out thinks everyone!
Her insights into human behavior could be study material for psychiatrists!!
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To tell the truth, the first thing that attracted me to this movie was not Miss Marple, but Mr Rafiel's son (very attractive!) whose appearance is actually rather sparse in the whole movie. But once you (if you were so attracted to this character--perhaps a good pivotal point in the movie) do spot this character, rather an homeless person, wearing ragged clothes and with only his loyal pooch to go with him in his travels, you're intrigued by why such an obviously "well-born" person could be without hearth and home surrounded by adoring family. In the meantime, Miss Marple is conducting her rather skillfully unobtrusive investigation about the parent Mr Rafiel who has from beyond the grave directed her to find the real criminal who dislodged his heir from the family pile.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER on Nov. 6 2002
Format: DVD
This collection contains five Aunt Jane Movies ("The Moving Finger," "Nemesis," "The Murder at the Vicarage," "At Bertram's Hotel," "They Do It with Mirrors,"]. There is no way to rank these movies as to which one is best. They are like shoes; everyone has a different favorit.
I did look it up to find that all of Agatha Christie's full Miss Marple novels were made in to movies with Joan Hickson as Miss Jane Marple. And this set has 5. Agatha Christie Collection 1 - Boxed Set, contains 4 more. Then there are three individual films in a third set ... (VHS).
If you do not obtain them all you will be haunted for the rest of your life wondering what you missed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Foster on March 14 2002
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Step back into Britain of the 1950s. WWII is over and this is your opportunity to enjoy a vanished world of vintage buses, cars and trains. Carry your leather suitcase into the vine covered cottage, or visit your old school chum in her palatial mansion. Observe the Vicar and his wife on their bicycles. Visit the Norman Church for Evensong and note original frescos installed during the Middle Ages. If you're free for a holiday, take a motorcoach trip and visit Blenheim and Stourton. Dine at a first class hotel in London where the waiters wear white gloves or have tea and cakes with Miss Jane Marple--she might even offer you a glass of elderberry wine.
Miss Marple is a noticing kind of elderly woman who lives in the Village of Saint Mary Mead. Occasionally she travels hither and thither to visit friends or take advantage of a lovely trip planned by a nephew. She always has her knitting needles in hand, working on a baby blanket or a sweater for a nephew. Jane Marple--Godmother and Aunt to several young people--I wish I had known her personally--but this is the next best thing after the books. "There she goes, tail up and head down" on the trail of another murderer--and she will get her man or woman as the case may be.
I agree with the reviewer who said one doesn't buy these DVDs with the expectation of Criterion remastering. Even so, the quality of the films on these DVDs is pretty darn good. I collect Criterion DVDs and expect them to be the fully restored works of art they are. However, some of the films Criterion has restored were so badly damaged they are NOT better than the Miss Marple films even when Criterion has done it's best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Themis-Athena on Feb. 20 2005
Format: VHS Tape
"Thousands of years ago, she had a measuring rod, a sword, and a whip - it's called a scourge," explains self-made millionaire Jason Rafiel (Frank Gatliff) to his nurse ... and "she rode about in a chariot driven by griffins." He is talking about Nemesis, the ancient Greek goddess of justice and vengeance, merciless punisher of human transgressions against the natural order, whose epithet was Adrasteia - she whom none can escape. "Last time I saw her," Rafiel then adds, laughing with some difficulty, "she was wearing a pink wool shawl ..."
For the old gentleman, virtually a step away from his own death at this point, is also speaking about Miss Jane Marple, elderly spinster from St. Mary Mead, whom he had met six years earlier on a Caribbean Island (see "A Caribbean Mystery," 1965), where together they had unmasked a cold-blooded killer. And although gruff old Jason had initially had only contempt for the lady, apparently so completely out of her element with her knitting needles and tweeds, which she wouldn't even relinquish under tropical blue skies and palm trees, he had soon changed his mind, realizing the powers of her razor-sharp logic and profound understanding of human nature. Thus, as he now sets about settling his own life's final score, there is no question in his mind who to turn to for help - none other than Jane Marple will do. "I imagine you knitting headscarves and that sort of thing," reads the commission she receives through his London solicitors (Roger Hammond and Patrick Godfrey) shortly after his death. "If that's what you prefer to go on doing, that's your decision. But if you prefer to serve the cause of justice, I hope you find it interesting.
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