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Agatha Christie's Miss Marple - Collection 1 (1975)

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  • Actors: Joan Hickson, Donald Pleasence, Adrian Lukis, Sophie Ward, T.P. McKenna
  • Directors: Christopher Petit, John Davies, Martyn Friend, Norman Stone
  • Writers: Agatha Christie, Ken Taylor, T.R. Bowen
  • Producers: George Gallaccio
  • Format: Box set, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: eOne Films
  • Release Date: June 1 2002
  • Run Time: 400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005NKCL
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,586 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Dame Christie's most popular character, prim and proper Miss Jane Marple, is adored worldwide by mystery fans for her razor-sharp mind, intuitive understanding of criminal behavior, and trademark knitting needles. Enjoy four feature-film adaptations of Miss Marple's greatest mysteries in one collectible 2-pack. It's hours of great whodunnits for all ages.

One of Agatha Christie's most popular characters, the beloved Miss Marple, is brought to life in these classic BBC and A&E Home Video mysteries. Included in the box set are 4:50 from Paddington, Sleeping Murder, The Mirror Cracked from Side to Side, and A Caribbean Mystery. The delightful Joan Hickson is always entertaining as the prim and proper Miss Marple, complete with her elderly woman charm and perpetually clicking knitting needles.

In 4:50 from Paddington, Miss Marple's good friend Elspeth McGillicuddy witnesses a man strangle a woman on a passing train, and it's up to Miss Marple to uncover the mystery. In Sleeping Murder, the Reeds move into their dream house, where Mrs. Reed is plagued by the vision of a body in the hall. In turn they call upon Miss Marple to help them uncover this strange phenomenon. When the American movie star Marina Gregg in The Mirror Cracked from Side to Side is almost murdered while filming her new picture, she's fortunate to have the help of Miss Marple to sniff out the evil culprit. A Caribbean Mystery has Miss Marple, who's in need of rest and relaxation, deciding to holiday in the West Indies. Her holiday soon turns into a working vacation when it's time for her to gather the usual suspects. This box set is a must-have for the video libraries of all whodunit enthusiasts and Miss Marple admirers. --Samantha Allen Storey --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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There she sits: A white-haired lady dressed in tweeds, a pair of knitting needles in her lap, more interested in village gossip than in the goings-on of the world at large -- and out of nothing, she utters sentences like that.

For more likely than not, another murder has been committed; and Miss Jane Marple, elderly spinster from the village of St. Mary Mead, just happens to find herself near the scene of the crime. And also more likely than not, while the police are still toddling around searching for clues she'll find the solution -- relying on her ever-unfailing "village parallels;" those seemingly innocuous incidents of village life that make up the sum of her knowledge of human nature, and to which she routinely turns in unmasking even the cleverest killer. "Miss Marple is a white-haired old lady with a gentle, appealing manner -- Miss Wetherby is a mixture of vinegar and gush. Of the two Miss Marple is the more dangerous," already observes Vicar Clement, the narrator of Miss Marple's literary debut, 1930's "Murder at the Vicarage" (although in the BBC series, only her fifth adventure).

Originally airing in the 1980s, the BBC's adaptations of Agatha Christie's twelve Miss Marple novels featured Joan Hickson in the title role; quickly establishing her as the quintessential Miss Marple even in the view of the grandmother (or rather, grand-aunt) of all village sleuths and "noticing kinds of persons"'s creator, Dame Agatha herself. (After seeing Hickson in an adaptation of her "Appointment With Death," as early as 1946 Christie reportedly sent her a note expressing the hope she would one day "play my dear Miss Marple.
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I bought this because all I had was a VHS of this movie. I bought it in good faith thinking that the movie was the same that I had on my VHS, when in fact it isn't. This to me is rather a disappointment.....When I played my VHS, it had all the scenes in it, but when I played my DVD of the same -- 'A Caribbean Mystery' it had a scene cut out of it and so I was really annoyed about that! I don't know who is responsible for making the DVD's from PAL to NTSC but it seems that like this and other DVD's (Inspector Lewis for example) have had scenes cut out of it so they are NOT the UNCUT version. At least when I remember watching this movie (A Caribbean Mystery) it had the scene of where she goes back into the outdoor dining room at the resort, with the knife still in her hand and she has blood all over her clothes. This is where in this DVD series, it is cut out. This is about a minute or so of scene cut out. As for the rest of the movies in this set with Joan Hickson, I hadn't seen them before so I can only assume that it is the same there too. Well, I am guessing regardless of our complaints that are made to A&E / PBS et al....there is nothing we can do about what these businesses do with the transfer or making of the DVD's. They will cut out scenes regardless of whether we approve of it or not. To end on a positive note, I still enjoyed watching these movies in spite of the way they were made. To me, she is still a good actor in this role, the story has an excellent plot and I can remember from what I have on my VHS what the scene was that was cut out. This is where in my mind, I just added the scene and continued on watching it. In spite of this mediocre report, I hope it helps you to decide whether or not to buy this set.
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I'd been eagerly waiting for the DVD release of this wonderful series but am now very disappointed. This is the second set of A&E DVDs I've had to return recently because of poor quality. THE 4:50 FROM PADDINGTON DVD is the worst I've seen. It looks like an old and worn out video. It's dirty and the colors are washed out. No restoration work there! SLEEPING MURDER is better but not as good as it could be. Frankly, I didn't even bother to watch the other two shows, I returned the set. I've bought other A&E DVDs made from much older shows, like The Saint, from the sixties, and all 12 episodes are crisp and clear and the color is nice and bright. Also, why did they edit these shows? You lose important information that way, especially in mysteries.
It appears that A@E no longer cares about the quality of the products they sell. They should check them before they're made available to the public. Visually they lack the high standards that one expects from DVDs. Hopefully A&E will rectify this in future releases of this set.
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False advertising! There are no subtitles. I love the Joan Hickson Miss Marple series but since I have a hearing deficit, I prefer movies with subtitles. In its Amazon description, it says to have English subtitles but it does not.
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Much to my annoyance I found out that at least two of the stories in this set have been edited. For those trying to make a decision whether or not to buy these disks, I have outlined the cuts below:
Sleeping Murder - intact: no cuts.
The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side - appears to be intact.
4.50 from Paddington - edited: 5 mins 11 secs
Scenes edited are:
* Miss Marple and Mrs McGillicuddy directly after the latter arrives at Miss Marple's where she talks about how the people on the railway wouldn't believe a word she said about what she saw on the train(30 secs)
* Miss Marple collects the mail after it has been dropped off by the postman (13 secs)
* A continuation of the conversation between Lucy Eylesbarrow and Emma Crackenthorpe as they walk down the hall after the former arrives there where they discuss the imminent arrival of the rest of the family and the peculiarities of the family will / Emma introduces Lucy to Mrs Kidder (the cook) / Dr Quimper leaving and chatting to Emma / Mrs Kidder leaving for the day and Lucy asking if she minds if she does a bit of tidying up / Lucy cleaning the kitchen (3 mins 10 sec)
* Dr Qumper walking with Inspector Slack away from the barn watched by the two boys / Slack talking to Quimper about the family (1 min 26 secs)
As you can see substantial edits here that actually affect what information we receive about the will, plus the removal of chunks of character development - grrr.
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