Poirot Set 5 [Import]
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
I loved it. Thought the mysteries were very good and Hercules was marvellous. It completely lived up to my expectations. Thankyou!Published on Jan. 19 2013 by Shannon Langen
indeed a masterpiece/David Suchet is remarcable and truly feels the character he is plying.Astonishing !!I recommend this collection for every age.Published on Jan. 19 2013 by encica violeta
I have very much enjoyed earlier productions of Poirot(made by LWT) starring David Suchet, and love to rewatch many of the episodes. Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2010 by Nicolle M Powell
This, as others of Poirot movies, was entertaining. I hope there are more to come. Can recommend it to all who like light mystery moviesPublished on Sept. 22 2010 by John Langston
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 morePublished on July 14 2010 by Duchess
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
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