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The Cornish Mystery: Poirot takes on the case of a wife who suspects her dentist husband is slowly poisoning her because he's fallen in love with his young assistant.
Double Sin: Poirot tells a startled Hastings he's decided to retire and suggests they take a trip to the seaside. On the way, Hastings befriends a young woman who finds she's missing some valuable antiques.
The Adventure of the Cheap Flat: An FBI agent who comes to London to try and catch a glamorous nightclub singer turned spy dismisses Poirot as a "gumshoe." Unimpressed with the pompous G-man's tactics, Poirot is drawn into the case after meeting a young couple who've gotten too good a bargain on a prime apartment.
Poison, stolen antiques, and international intrigue--all of these are just another day's work for Agatha Christie's famed detective Hercule Poirot. In the three episodes of Agatha Christie's Poirot collected in this boxed set, the dapper Belgian sleuth (David Suchet) and his faithful associate Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser) match wits with Scotland Yard and the FBI.
Unlike the brash, gun-toting FBI agent (William Hootkins) in "The Adventure of the Cheap Flat," Poirot refuses to accept the obvious solution to any crime and uses his polite European manners to catch the real culprits off guard. Suchet captures the essence of Poirot's shrewdness and charm with such marvelously subtle gestures as lighting a suspect's cigarette while recounting the details of her crime. In "Double Sin" and "The Cornish Mystery," Poirot travels to the Lake District and Cornwall, giving viewers the benefit of beautiful scenery in addition to a delicious mystery. Like Suchet, the producers of the series paid meticulous attention to detail when creating the sets and costumes, and the results are sure to delight Christie fans and make new ones. --Larisa Lomacky Moore
Top Customer Reviews
Double Sin - This one combines great character interaction as well as a great mystery. The solution is great, and even the background music is good! If this episode has any flaws it's that the Miss Lemon side-plot seems out-of-place, but that doesn't really detract from the episode at all - 4.5 stars
The Adventure of the Cheap Flat - Another great mystery with a tad of a plot stretch. There are some enjoyable side-characters in this one like an American FBI agent and a club-owner who never picks up his phone. Just as good as the first two, rounding out this set rather nicely! - 4.5 stars
Box Set Overall score (Not an Average) - 5 stars
But now Acorn Media is reissuing them in complete versions, with the two hour features on DVD and the shorter ones on VHS. Both series are a delight. The acting genius of David Suchet is enhanced by his usual supporting cast (Hugh Fraser as Hastings, Philip Jackson as Japp, and Pauline Moran as Miss Lemon), the wonderful guest casts, the done-to-perfection ambiance of time and place--the late 20s and early 30s--with all those fabulous art-deco buildings they have managed to find and populate.
The first boxed set of 3 episodes contains "The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim," "The Veiled Lady," and "The Lost Mine." In the first, you might spot a bad flaw in the solution. Hint: how long was the playing time of the average 78 rpm disc back then? The second set includes "The Cornish Mystery" (with a genuine "blonde hussy"), "Double Sin" (with a Sweet Young Thing in Distress), and "The Adventure of the Cheap Flat" (with a neat reversal on the plot of Doyle's "The Red Headed League"). And if too many solutions depend on Poirot overhearing by chance some remark early in the story, well that should teach you to be more alert to these things on future viewings.Read more ›
Having said that, Acorn should not be proud that this is the best technical quality they can produce. Basically, these shows on DVD look no better than mediocre VHS; perhaps less than mediocre. The imagery is neither sharp nor crisp; dark scenes have a sort of permanent haze over them; they're almost in a monochrome, washed out with little color to the wonderful period scenery and sets.
I believe the shows were shot on film, which means negatives must exist. One has to wonder if the negs were lost or damaged, and these DVDs were made from secondary or tertiary sources. At any rate, I would love to know the story of how these video transfers came to be.
Whatever the reason, it's too bad that such a great series is being represented this way on DVD.
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