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Poirot: 3pc Box: Set 4 - Vhs


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  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 3
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Vid Canada
  • VHS Release Date: July 31 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 1569383871
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,696 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

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Format: VHS Tape
Poirot is such a superior series that even it's mediocre episodes shine brightly. But when judging one episode against the others there must inevitably be some that don't measure up.
The Million Dollar Bond Robbery - This is actually the highlight of the trio and features much enjoyable footage with the Queen Mary. As well as a rather good solution. - 4 stars.
The Plymouth Express - This is very well done and draws more emotion out of you than most episodes, but is still lacking. The plot just seems too simplistic when set against other episodes. Still the footage of the murder is chilling and you really feel for the victim's living relatives by the end. - 3.5 stars
Wasp's Nest - It's always nice to see them try something different, but this episode just didn't click with me. I've seen them all many times and I just can't get used to this one, even though I like the "solution." - 3 stars
Box Set Overall score (Not an Average) - 4 stars
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Format: DVD
The BBC Poirot series is, overall, an excellent one, with many excellent adaptations from Agatha Christie's works. But when some diehard fans insist that even the clinkers are worth 5 stars, they cheapen the whole series, and do a disservice to the superior entries.
On the plus side, all three stories in Set 4 are lavishly produced with period attire and fully-elaborated sets, and thoughtful cinematography. On the minus side, nothing close to the same competence went into the plots.
"The Million Dollar Bond Robbery" recounts how bearer bonds disappear en route from London to New York aboard the Queen Mary. The story is so full of implausibilities and outright holes that one wants to weep. (Quasi plot spoilers ahead.)
For starters, the mise en scene is unconvincing. What bankers in their right mind would ship such a quantity of bonds (worth over $20 Million in today's money) in a mere briefcase left unattended by a solitary bank official in his stateroom? These people never heard of armored vaults or professional security guards?
Much is also made of the fact that only a few people have keys to the briefcase (thereby supposedly limiting the list of possible culprits), when in fact any thief would simply take the whole briefcase. Once you appreciate that the bonds could be stolen without benefit of one of the authorized keys, the whole storyline is revealed as a Rube Goldberg concoction of gross proportions, using a pathetically convoluted scheme entailing many risks, when a much simpler plan would have done the job much more easily and safely (for the thief).
Then there's the person who needs to be in two different places at once, and is able to shift from Place A to Place B and back again with truly impressive ease, like Captain Kirk beaming up.
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Format: VHS Tape
We are now well on our way to the first six sets of the <Agatha Christie's Poirot> collection in boxed sets of three VHSs each. Please see my reviews of the first three sets for general comments on these sets as a whole.
Collector's set 4 contains two similar and one quite unusual episode from the immensely popular British television series. Without wanting to reveal the solutions, I can only say there is a marked similarity in those of "The Million Dollar Bond Robbery" and "The Plymouth Express." The former is quite different in detail from the short story, which runs only 8 pages in my "Hercule Poirot's Casebook" and thereby pretty well represents the changes necessitated by inflating short mysteries into full hour episodes.
The second is a few pages longer and the television version is more faithful to the original. Although you do not have too much sympathy for the murder victim in this one, the shot of the body and Poirot's description of the deed itself is chilling. One of the better entries, to be sure.
"Wasps' Nest" is the most unusual of all the mysteries in this series. Again, I must not reveal too much, but we have a very nasty Poirot suffering from having no case at hand and berating himself for looking at a new situation concerning a friend in a most negative light. Of course, his suspicions are confirmed and he sets out not to solve a killing but to prevent one. But I must say no more. What is doubly fascinating is that the original story takes place only between Poirot and the person in question. So what you see in the final scene of the video is pretty much how the original story is handled. It is also one of the slower moving of the episodes.
Do not forget that the most excellent <ABC Murders> and <Death in the Clouds> are available on DVD.
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Format: VHS Tape
If you enjoy mysteries, you will love this collection. The plots are interesting and complex. The characters have great depth. Hercule Piorot is charming, clever, and full of surprises. Hercule always knows more than he lets on which make his explanations seem fascinating. There is not a dull moment and the mysteries are very easy to get involved in. Agatha Christie has done it again with this classic collection of mysteries and I guarantee that the end will surprise you!
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By Mr. A. Pomeroy on June 2 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Made for BBC 1, this series was the kind of thing the BBC did really well - expensive, well-mounted period drama, this time based on Agatha Christie's Belgian (not French) detective 'Poirot' (rhymes with 'Kitaro', before you ask). At the time he was the most obscure of Christie's heroes, and this series rectified that in style. David Suchet (who, like all British actors, has played the bad guy in a Hollywood film - this time 'Executive Decision) played the character to perfection - fussy, pedantic and always right, he was nonetheless charming and an enormous hit with women of a certain age. The 1920's art deco presentation, especially the title sequence, worked well, and the atmosphere of dapper sophistication was a welcome change from the more homey Miss Marple. Technically the series is still going, although it's restricted, 'Inspector Morse'-style, to one-off specials.
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