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Poirot: 3pc Box: Set 8 - Vhs

David Suchet , Hugh Fraser    Unrated   VHS Tape
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Like a box of gourmet chocolates, this three-episode collector's set of Agatha Christie's Poirot--eighth in a series of 12--contains scrumptious delights for the connoisseur of British mysteries. And if one of these episodes were to be wrapped in gold foil, it would have to be "The Chocolate Box," in which Hercule Poirot revisits a 20-year-old case that was never officially solved. Having perfected the mannerisms of an older, fussier Poirot, here David Suchet has the opportunity to reveal a young, eager junior detective on the Brussels police force, who longs to solve the case not only for the sake of the truth, but also for the sake of the young woman who begged for his help. Both intriguing and bittersweet, this episode is the dark chocolate truffle of the set.

By comparison, "The Case of the Missing Will" and "The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman" are lighter confections, but with murder at their tart center. In the first, Poirot must execute the final wishes of an old friend who is killed on the eve of drafting his will; several red herrings and a surprising solution enliven this classic murder-mystery scenario. Hastings's acquisition of an Italian roadster and Miss Lemon's new gentleman friend turn out to have an unexpected connection with each other and with the murdered man in "The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman," which culminates in a car chase that claims more than one victim. Of course, the best thing about this set is that unlike a box of chocolates, viewers can savor its contents again and again. --Larisa Lomacky Moore


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5.0 out of 5 stars Three episodes of special interest Feb. 18 2001
Format:VHS Tape
It is always a fascinating study to compare the shorter Poirot television versions with the stories on which they are based. So much circumstantial detail is added to most of them in order to stretch the scenarios to a full 51 minutes that one wonders if each episode should have been kept to 25 minutes and we would have two cases instead of one. But it is all done with such finesse that we cannot complain. Now that Acorn Media has made Collector's Set 8 available, we have yet three more chances to watch, read and compare.
But setting aside the originals, here are three excellent mysteries, each with a little something special. In "The Case of the Missing Will," we have a good deal of upper class British male anti-feminine feelings as a background to a murder designed to disinherit everyone mentioned in a will by stealing it and bringing up the possibility of a long-lost heir. The actual solution ties in nicely with the patriarchal theme set up early in the episode.
"The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman" finally brings in "an admirer" for the usually machine-efficient Miss Lemon and plays up Hastings' love for automobiles. Here too, an early incident--the purchasing of the car-- comes full cycle to a "gag" at the end to create a symmetry that would please Poirot himself. The running theme here is the rise of Mussolini and Italian criminal organizations that pre-date the Mafia (as we are told by the dialogue).
Possibly "The Chocolate Box" is the most special of the entire series of short episodes. Here we have flashbacks of Poirot when he was in the Bruxelles police force, trying to prove that a death by "natural causes" was indeed a murder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars God Bless Agatha Christie! June 25 2001
Format:VHS Tape
The Case of the Missing Will - This is a great episode! It's so complex it feels like it should be a 2-hour fare! All the relationships with characters made me watch it again DIRECTLY after seeing it the first time! - 4.5 stars
The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman - again more complex than many of the earlier cases, and it's nice to see the comic antics of Miss Lemon and Hastings in full-blast again! - 4.5 stars
The Chocolate Box - Very well done, and unique among all the episodes! Great flash backs, and great characterizations between Poirot and Japp! I loved how they explain the pin he's been wearing all through the series. One wonders if they thought ahead or if including it was an afterthought. I haven't read the original story of this one, so I'm interested to know if the pin was Agatha's idea, or the episode-writers'. - 4.5 stars
Box Set Overall score (Not an Average) - 5 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting box set July 16 2006
By Reina
Format:DVD
I have to tell you that I'm really happy about this set box.

1- The case of the missing will --> Very good episode, it look like 3 hours movie, it is so interesting so complex and full of suspens --> 5

2- The adventure of the Italian Nobleman --> This one is not on my list of favorite, I didn't like it that much, no plot and the end was just weird. --> 3

3- The chocolate box --> Super well done, good interaction between Poirot and Japp, good suspens and the end was great--> 5
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love David Suchet as Poirot! Aug. 30 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The DVD arrived quickly and in perfect condition. I was looking to complete my collection of Poirot shows and was so happy to find this set was available. These shows are so well done and wonderful look into the time period they were originally written in. I'd definitely reccomend these if you love Agatha Christie's stories, or a great British mystery 'who dun it' show.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Three episodes of special interest Feb. 18 2001
By F. Behrens - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
It is always a fascinating study to compare the shorter Poirot television versions with the stories on which they are based. So much circumstantial detail is added to most of them in order to stretch the scenarios to a full 51 minutes that one wonders if each episode should have been kept to 25 minutes and we would have two cases instead of one. But it is all done with such finesse that we cannot complain. Now that Acorn Media has made Collector's Set 8 available, we have yet three more chances to watch, read and compare.
But setting aside the originals, here are three excellent mysteries, each with a little something special. In "The Case of the Missing Will," we have a good deal of upper class British male anti-feminine feelings as a background to a murder designed to disinherit everyone mentioned in a will by stealing it and bringing up the possibility of a long-lost heir. The actual solution ties in nicely with the patriarchal theme set up early in the episode.
"The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman" finally brings in "an admirer" for the usually machine-efficient Miss Lemon and plays up Hastings' love for automobiles. Here too, an early incident--the purchasing of the car-- comes full cycle to a "gag" at the end to create a symmetry that would please Poirot himself. The running theme here is the rise of Mussolini and Italian criminal organizations that pre-date the Mafia (as we are told by the dialogue).
Possibly "The Chocolate Box" is the most special of the entire series of short episodes. Here we have flashbacks of Poirot when he was in the Bruxelles police force, trying to prove that a death by "natural causes" was indeed a murder. Naturally those involved are powerful people and Poirot's superior tries desperately to get him to stop looking into the case. Many years later, when Inspector Japp is called to Bruxelles to receive an award, Poirot finally gets to resolve things in a most surprising way. Here the background theme is religion and its tie-in with politics.
Only two more sets to go. And look for the DVD versions of "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" and "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe," also issued by Acorn Media.
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5.0 out of 5 stars God Bless Agatha Christie! June 25 2001
By "face-garak" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
The Case of the Missing Will - This is a great episode! It's so complex it feels like it should be a 2-hour fare! All the relationships with characters made me watch it again DIRECTLY after seeing it the first time! - 4.5 stars
The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman - again more complex than many of the earlier cases, and it's nice to see the comic antics of Miss Lemon and Hastings in full-blast again! - 4.5 stars
The Chocolate Box - Very well done, and unique among all the episodes! Great flash backs, and great characterizations between Poirot and Japp! I loved how they explain the pin he's been wearing all through the series. One wonders if they thought ahead or if including it was an afterthought. I haven't read the original story of this one, so I'm interested to know if the pin was Agatha's idea, or the episode-writers'. - 4.5 stars
Box Set Overall score (Not an Average) - 5 stars
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the lot so far! Nov. 14 2005
By Anna Creech - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
I've been working my way through this Acorn Media set, and I must say this is the best of the collection to this point.

I don't recall any story that fits "The Case of the Missing Will," and I've read nearly every Agatha Christie novel, short story, or play script. The title and description of the former reminded me of a short story of the same title in the collection Poirot Investigates, but the production was nothing like it. Perhaps a bit of poetic license?

"The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman" was very nearly spot-on with the original short story. Additions to the plot include Miss Lemon's romance with the butler, Hastings' car purchase, as well as the moderately high-speed car chase.

"The Chocolate Box" is a touching story told mainly through flashback scenes. I wonder if David Suchet is the only British actor capable of effecting a Belgian accent, or perhaps Poirot is the only Belgian who has not perfected a British accent?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poirot Set 8 April 10 2007
By L. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I love everything Poirot. I especially like how he uses his "little grey cells".
5.0 out of 5 stars Poirot March 30 2014
By B. Boyd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I am so in love with this character. The stories I love, wonder what is coming next to those little gray cells - *we*!
I love British Mysteries, and he most certainty is one of my most favorites! Thank You!
Lennis, Seattle
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