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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 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 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Was great! Jan. 19 2013
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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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hercule Poirot set 5 Jan. 19 2013
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indeed a masterpiece/David Suchet is remarcable and truly feels the character he is plying.Astonishing !!I recommend this collection for every age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous July 24 2012
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It's rare that my husband and I can find a movie "middle ground." Poirot achieves that. To me they are art house clinchers. The most visually brilliant of the 3 films was "Appointment with Death." The most satisfying extra was the documentary hosted by David Suchet on the Orient Express. I found this set slightly more macabre and less humorous than other episodes, but was regardless enthralled.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still top notch entertainment Aug. 2 2000
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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 Suchet as Poirot never disappoints! Oct. 8 2010
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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 release. One of these films is the well known "Orient Express". Much as I liked the old Peter Ustinov version, the new film with David Suchet has an unusually sobering spin which adds realism. The new set of three films is well worth seeing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mysteries which challenge your mind! Sept. 23 2010
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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 are very well done and intriguing to mystery buffs. Murder on the Orient Express has been done so many times, it is unlikely most cannot predict the ending. My personal favorite was Third Girl as I was totally clueless about the villains. Great movie!!
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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 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
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite SET of Poirots So Far!!
I have all the DVD sets of Poirot - except for #6 which I am fixing to order! I LOVED this DVD the best so far!! Number #5 was so intertaining - and I highly recommend it.
Published on Feb. 28 2004 by Paula
5.0 out of 5 stars It's great to have "Poirot" on video!
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... Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2004
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