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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2006
Hercule Poirot is one of the most famous detectives in literary history. Yet, strangely, except for his portrayal by Albert Finney in the star-studded movie version of "Murder on the Orient Express," for a long time there did not seem to be an actor who could convincingly bring to life the clever, dignified little Belgian with his unmistakable egg-shaped head, always perched a little on one side, his stiff, military, slightly upward-twisted moustache, and his excessively neat attire, which had reached the point that "a speck of dust would have caused him more pain than a bullet," as Agatha Christie introduced him through his friend Captain Hastings's voice in their and her own very first adventure, "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" (1920). But leave it to British television to finally find the perfect Poirot in David Suchet, who after having had the dubious honor of playing a rather dumbly arrogant version of Scotland Yard Chief Inspector Japp in some of the 1980s' movies starring Peter Ustinov as Poirot, was finally allowed to move center stage in the Granada/ITV series broadcast from 1989 onwards, which to date also includes seventeen movie-length features based on a number of Christie's most celebrated Poirot novels. (Not yet? -- included are, most notably, [new] adaptations of "Murder on the Orient Express" [1934], "Appointment with Death" [1938], and Poirot's final case, "Curtain" [published 1975, but written in the 1940s].)

And the match is spot-on, not only physically but also, and more importantly so, in terms of personality. Suchet shares Poirot's inclination towards pedantry: "I like things to be symmetrical ... If I put two things on the mantelpiece, they have to be exactly evenly spaced," he said in an interview, comparing his real-life persona to that of Poirot. But, he added, unlike his on-screen alter ego, "I don't need the same sized eggs for breakfast!" Although previously not interested in mysteries, his habitually meticulous research allowed him to quickly become familiar with Christie's Belgian sleuth and the workings of his little grey cells -- and to slip so much into Poirot's skin that I, for one, can no longer pick up a Poirot book without instantly hearing Suchet's voice as that of the great little detective.

This collection brings together the series's 36 short episodes; all in all, adaptations of roughly 75% of the Poirot entries contained in Christie's various collections of short stories and novellas -- or more precisely, almost all short stories except for the twelve mysteries from Poirot's self-declared "last" decameron of cases, "The Labors of Hercules" (1947), and three stories from the 1926 collection "The Underdog." Next to Mr. Suchet, Hugh Fraser stars as the detective's indefatigable sidekick Captain Hastings, whom the screenplays, alas, make come across as more of a well-educated but vacuous gentleman than do the written originals narrated from his point of view. (This is virtually my only quibble with the series -- and that although Granada and ITV did so well in debumblifying Sherlock Holmes's friend and chronicler Dr. Watson!) Philip Jackson, on the other hand, gives us an admirably sturdy, down-to-earth incarnation of Chief Inspector Japp, and Pauline Moran virtually inhabits Poirot's epitome of a secretary, Miss Lemon; whose role, like those of Hastings and Japp, is added into a number of episodes not originally featuring them, thankfully without greatly disturbing the stories' narrative flow and setting.

The episodes contained in this set are, in the order of Christie's original short story collections:


"The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim"

"The Veiled Lady"

"The Lost Mine"

"The Adventure of the Cheap Flat"

"The Kidnapped Prime Minister"

"The Adventure of the Western Star"

"The Million Dollar Bond Robbery"

"The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor"

"The Mystery of Hunter's Lodge"

"The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb"

"The Case of the Missing Will"

"The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman"

"The Chocolate Box"

"Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan"


"The Cornish Mystery"

"The Plymouth Express"

"The Affair at the Victory Ball"

"The Underdog"

"The Adventure of the Clapham Cook"

"The King of Clubs"


"Dead Man's Mirror"

"Murder in the Mews"

"Triangle at Rhodes"

"The Incredible Theft"


"How Does Your Garden Grow?"

"The Mystery of the Spanish Chest" (a/k/a "The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest")

"Yellow Iris"

"Problem at Sea"

"The Dream"


"The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly"

"Four and Twenty Blackbirds"

"The Third Floor Flat"


"Double Sin"

"Wasps' Nest"

"The Double Clue"

"The Theft of the Royal Ruby"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 1, 2010
I looked forward to the arrival of this collection in great anticipation. I could not wait to view all of the Poirot episodes that had enjoyed such success and acclaim on the TV networks. The great David Suchet is the ultimate Poirot - there will never be another for me. I am sure that Agatha Christie would have been delighted by his interpretation of her great detective with the "little grey cells".

Disappointment in this purchase lies in the poor quality of the picture. Crisp colour in this DVD package is not evident which is a real shame in such a wonderful collectors' edition. The packaging also leaves a great deal to be desired. I am constantly irritated by the flimsy "cover" page that keeps creasing and sliding beneath its plastic. Most annoying. Nevertheless, the wonderful performances of David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Pauline Moran and Philip Jackson more than compensate. Make the purchase and enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2011
I love David Suchet as Poirot. He is adorable, loveable, pleasantly irritating and amusingly self-centered, not to mention brilliant! Suchet leaves nothing to be desired to an avid fan that has read every single Agatha Christie book and play published and finds in Poirot her favourite fictional detective of all times.

This collection includes all of the Poirot short stories turned into hour long episodes. They are all very loyal to Agatha's written texts and done very tastefully. I know that some people complain about the quality of the image, but it does not bother me. They were, after all, made for TV in the early 90's. All the entertainment value is intact for me. The episodes included in this set are (in order of TV air date):

Season 1
The Adventure of the Clapham Cook;
Murder in the Mews;
The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly;
Four and Twenty Blackbirds;
The Third Floor Flat;
Triangle at Rhodes;
Problem at Sea;
The Incredible Theft;
The King of Clubs;
The Dream.

Season 2
The Veiled Lady;
The Lost Mine;
The Cornish Mystery;
The disappearance of Mr. Davenheim;
Double Sin;
The Adventure of the Cheap Flat;
The Kidnapped Prime Minister;
The Adventure of the Western Star.

Season 3
How Does Your Garden Grow?;
The Million Dollar Bond Robbery;
The Plymouth express;
Wasps' Nest;
The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor;
The Double Clue;
The Mystery of the Spanish Chest;
The Theft of the Royal Ruby;
The Affair at the Victory Ball;
The Mystery of Hunter's Lodge.

Season 5
The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb;
The Underdog;
Yellow Iris;
The Case of the Missing Will;
The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman;
The Chocolate Box;
Dead Man's Mirror and
Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan.

All of the Poirot series episodes that have been released on DVD are included in this set along with "Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Classic Collection 2", "Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Definitive Collection", "Poirot Set 4 Classic Collection" and "Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Movie Collection - Set 5". I found this the best way to have them all, pay the best price and not get one single repeat. The Season 12 episodes "The clocks", "Three-act tragedy" and "Hallowe'en party" have not yet been released.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon January 8, 2012
I bought this DVD set when it first came out (2005). When I played it I realized that this did not have closed captioning (as it says on the website that it does have CC) and when the website does this, I am not impressed. Regardless of that issue though, I can say that I have still enjoyed this series many times over, and maybe some day will invest in another set that DOES have closed captioning. This is still a good to have when you can't find anything interesting on TV to watch!
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on July 30, 2008
I love all of Hercule Poirot shows. They brought back a lot of memories. Our family use to always watch these shows every week. They are very well done and the DVD's have great clarity. It would be a wonderful collection for any family.
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on September 6, 2015
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 2008
Même si le contenu du produit demeure excellent, la facture de celui-ci, soit la qualité de l'image, est vraiment médiocre. En effet, l'image est embrouillée et semble parfois même voilée par un rideau de pluie ou de brouillard qui n'existe pas sur l'image originale.

Je me faisais une grande joie de visionner cette série que j'ai tant aimée, mais la qualité du produit m'a tellement déçue, que je n'ai pas pu l'apprécier à sa juste valeur et que j'ai dû le retourner.
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