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Poirot: 3pc Box: Set 5 - Vhs

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"I have the order, the method, the psychology... I am the best. I am Hercule Poirot," declares Agatha Christie's most famous detective in "The Mystery of the Spanish Chest." And David Suchet continues to prove himself as the best actor to portray Poirot in this boxed set of three hour-long episodes. Suchet has said it is his goal to reveal Poirot's many dimensions, going beyond the caricature previous actors had made him out to be. This is most evident in "The Double Clue," in which Poirot meets his match from the criminal world--and falls in love. Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser) and Miss Lemon (Pauline Moran) provide comic relief with their own attempts to solve the case, but in the end this remains a poignant tale of the one that got away. Suchet reveals a more lighthearted side of Poirot in "The Mystery of the Spanish Chest," treating viewers to the unforgettable spectacle of the fussy detective dancing the Charleston. And in "The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor," he stages a cunning, ghostly charade to smoke out the murderer. As always, the production of these episodes is stunning in its attention to detail, re-creating the look, sound, and feel of 1930s high-society England. From the shot of a train shrouded in a mask of fog to the eerie sight of a room full of people in gas masks during an air raid test, the episodes also evoke the ominous atmosphere that makes mysteries so deliciously goose-pimply when viewed from the safety of a warm couch. --Larisa Lomacky Moore

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5.0 out of 5 stars It's great to have "Poirot" on video! Jan. 27 2004
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I so enjoyed the "Poirot" series when it was shown on PBS during the 1990's. David Suchet is for me the definitive Hercule Poirot, while Hugh Fraser and Philip Jackson are exactly how I always picture the characters of Captain Hastings and Chief Inspector Japp to be. This "Poirot" Box Set #5 contains three outstanding one-hour episodes. "The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor" is a haunting tale of the supernatural. Young and beautiful Susan Maltravers, mistress of Marsdon Manor, is being tormented by visions of a girl who killed herself years ago on the Manor grounds. I wouldn't like to reveal any more of the plot that, but I would like to mention that in the episode the camera work is a remarkable feature and the denouement is terrifying. "The Double Clue" is a clever story about a theft that occurs during an elegant garden party. Even his romantic feelings for a Russian countess cannot distract Poirot from his first duty, to track down the thief. "The Mystery of the Spanish Chest" is my personal favorite of the three episodes, an OTHELLO-like tale of jealous lovers. In addition to fine acting from each cast member and delightful period sets and costumes, each episode features a musical score that perfectly evokes the mood of the story. Anyone who loves the "Poirot" series will thoroughly enjoy this box set. Check out the other sets and the many full-length (103 minute) "Poirot" features, as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still top notch entertainment Aug. 2 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Thanks to Acorn Media, we may very well soon have all the Hercule Poirot episodes available for easy watching, the shorter ones on tape and the longer on DVD. With the arrival of Set 5, we have cases 13-15 from the classic BBC series that was once shown on PBS and currently in shamefully abbreviated forms on a commercial channel.
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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5.0 out of 5 stars More gorgeous Poirot adventures July 31 2000
Format:VHS Tape
The neat-freak Belgian Hercule Poirot returns, along with the faithful Captain Hastings, blunt Scotland Yard Inspector Japp, and hyper-efficient Miss Lemon.
"The Double Clue" is a bit of a tearjerker--jewels vanish, Japp's job is on the line, and Poirot is beginning to fall for one of the suspects, neglecting his job. Hastings and Miss Lemon attempt to salvage the investigation, but without Poirot they are going to have trouble. The end is sad, and this is the first of the Poirot shows to indicate that Miss Lemon might have more than professional feelings for her employer.
"The Mystery of the Spanish Chest" is a strange story about love, deceit, jealousy, honor, and lots of swords. A man is found stabbed in a "Spanish Chest"--and even Poirot is being checked out. This includes the excellent scene where Poirot, along with a friend, end up dancing the Charleston (with very bad grace)
"The Tragedy of Marsden Manor" is a particular favorite, with an elderly man dying unexpectedly and leaving a beautiful young widow who is being attacked by a ghost. The actress playing Lady Marsden is downright chilling at times, such as when she is staring up at the trees, and this story includes a man asking Poirot to proofread his mystery novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suchet's last tour Jan. 2 2014
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Although the old entourage of Captain Hastings and Miss Lemon are now sadly missing, Suchet continues in his iconic interpretation of Hercule Poirot. The interpretation is interesting in its exploration of his previously unexamined Roman Catholic beliefs in the reworking of the most famous of Christie's stories, 'Murder on the Orient Express'. Toby Jones is a bit over the top as the villain in this movie, but as a whole the supporting cast and the atmosphere created by the snow-bound train work effectively to deliver a strong interpretation of the story. Zoe Wanamaker is the new second fiddle in these final movies and she does a fair job in 'Third Girl', but she is no Hastings as she seems too reserved in a role that calls for more belief in the Christie world. The plot in this movie is the weakest of the three but it still works well. The final movie, 'Appointment with Death', benefits from both the location shooting and the magnificent Tim Curry who revels in the eccentric role he plays. The special feature of David Suchet travelling on the Orient Express is also well worth a viewing. All in all, an excellent DVD compilation.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor sound quality, cast description not accurate.
I returned the DVD because:

1) The very poor sound quality. One needed to raise the volume to the maximum level in order to hear the sound track. Read more
Published 15 months ago by P. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Was great!
I loved it. Thought the mysteries were very good and Hercules was marvellous. It completely lived up to my expectations. Thankyou!
Published 19 months ago by Shannon Langen
5.0 out of 5 stars Hercule Poirot set 5
indeed a masterpiece/David Suchet is remarcable and truly feels the character he is plying.Astonishing !!I recommend this collection for every age.
Published 19 months ago by encica violeta
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous
It's rare that my husband and I can find a movie "middle ground." Poirot achieves that. To me they are art house clinchers. Read more
Published on July 24 2012 by Montreal Rachel
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I have very much enjoyed earlier productions of Poirot(made by LWT) starring David Suchet, and love to rewatch many of the episodes. Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2010 by Nicolle M Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars Suchet as Poirot never disappoints!
We already own most of the Poirot collection and are Suchet fans. Agatha Christie's Belgian detective musters his "little gray cells" to solve three mysteries in this new DVD... Read more
Published on Oct. 8 2010 by Edward Field
5.0 out of 5 stars Mysteries which challenge your mind!
David Suchet shines once again in his role as Hercule Poirot. The characters of Miss Lemon, Inspector Japp and Captain Hastings are missing and that is a loss but 2 of the 3 movies... Read more
Published on Sept. 23 2010 by V. Tymchuk
5.0 out of 5 stars Poirot
This, as others of Poirot movies, was entertaining. I hope there are more to come. Can recommend it to all who like light mystery movies
Published on Sept. 22 2010 by John Langston
5.0 out of 5 stars The PBS version shown on TV I rate 1 star, whereas the actual DVD I...
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 more
Published on July 14 2010 by Duchess
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good!!!!!!!
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
Published on April 25 2005 by Reina
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