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Agatha Christie : The Miss Marple Collection (12 Disc Box Set) [DVD] [1984]

Joan Hickson    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Joan Hickson
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 12
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Jun 2005
  • Run Time: 1350 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007ZD6W2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,114 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Classic murder mysteries by the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie, filmed entirely on location and oozing period atmosphere. Joan Hickson's gentle portrayal is the most popular Miss Marple ever, winning her loyal fans around the world and a Best Actress award from the Royal Television Society. This boxset contains the following mysteries: Contains: Body In the Library, Moving Finger, A Murder Is Announced, A Pocketful Of Rye, The Murder At The Vicarage, Sleeping Murder, At Bertram's Hotel, Nemesis, 4.50 From Paddington, They Do It With Mirrors, A Carribean Mystery, The Mirror Cracked From Side To Side


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351 of 358 people found the following review helpful
By Keith_Joseph HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Note, as of 2013 this Miss Marple set has been replaced by the new BBC The Miss Marple Collection [DVD] boxed set which contains the same set of twelve DVDs repackaged into a more stackable DVD case. There's no advantage in buying this older set unless it is significantly cheaper than the replacement one. There's also no point upgrading to the new set if you have this older set, as it seems to us that there's no difference between them regarding image quality and content (we have both this older BBC Miss Marple set and the latest boxed BBC set).

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As mentioned by other reviewers, but worth repeating, if you read Agatha Christie's books Joan Hickson was Miss Marple. Every nuance of her performance is perfect, even down to clearing her throat before answering the phone. The investigating policemen also shine, i.e. Inspector Craddock, superbly played by John Castle, and Inspector ['nutty?'] Slack, equally superbly played by David Horovitch really are a joy to watch. In fact most of the clever wry humour of this series derives from the interactions between Miss Marple and the police, as wisely the murderers and victims play it very dark and straight. The complete series is a joy to watch, achieving almost Miss Marple perfection, even down to the theme tune. Perhaps surprisingly we bought this DVD set for my 11 year old daughter who loves this series despite finding Wallace & Grommet and The curse of the WereRabbit a bit frightening. 'A Pocket full of Rye' is her favourite, so it can also be a real hit with the younger generation. My personal favourite episode is 'Nemesis'. Despite Miss Marple being her favourite character, Agatha Christie only wrote these 12 novels.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Complete and Definitive Marple 16 Jan 2011
By GJ
From reading other reviews it would seem that there is a bit of confusion about whether or not there have been any cuts made to these episodes compared to the original BBC broadcasts.

Here are some facts courtesy of the BBC:
The series was broadcast between 26/12/1984 and 27/12/1992.
There were 16 x 50mins episodes, 1 x 115 mins episode, 3 x 110 mins episodes and 1 x 100 mins episode, making a total of 1345 mins approx.

The DVD Box set states: 'Running time 1350 mins approx'.

So it would seem there are no cuts.

Having watched most of the episodes now I am happy to report that the episodes are complete and match the original broadcast format. I hope this clears this up for everyone.

Enjoy this fabulous series!
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306 of 317 people found the following review helpful
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 Miss Marple's 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 on TV 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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177 of 183 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Series 27 April 2005
By A Customer
Don't be confused by the "starter kit" review - this is in fact the full series of Joan Hickson's Miss Marple. 12 stories over 12 discs, from The Body In The Library to The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side. It's a classic series, the perfect interpretation of these stories, and BBC Drama at its very best. The recent ITV version doesn't even come close. Due to their period setting, these have dated well. Highly recommended.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joan Hickson IS Miss Marple 24 Nov 2009
Like many other reviewers, I found the combination of Agatha Christie's memorable amateur detective - spinster Jane Marple - and Joan Hickson's portrayal a winning combination. Joan Hickson was born to play the part - it overshadows all her other acting performances over a long career. This is the definitive rendering of the stories for film/TV in much the same way as David Suchet imortalises Poirot.
All the Agatha Christie Marple stories are here, lovingly filmed with great supporting casts and immaculate period detail. Thoroughly enjoyable and hard to imagine anyone ever doing a better job. Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Fantastic - what more can I say - and a good replacement of the bits and pieces of the oeuvre I already had.
Published 2 days ago by Magherablade
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
wife loves them.
Published 26 days ago by Liam
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Bought as present - very good.
Published 2 months ago by Lalo
5.0 out of 5 stars Joan Hickson is the best Miss Marple
A beautiful Miss Marple !
The surroundings are as they used to be.
Published 2 months ago by V. E. Karo-Davidson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
Joan Hickson's portrayal of Jane Marple is priceless and it is lovely to have the complete collection. Always a joy to watch!
Published 2 months ago by Rachel
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Box Set
Although I bought this Box Set for my wife I have found that we have both thoroughly enjoyed Joan Hickson in her role as Miss Marple. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. H. R. H. Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars The number one miss Marple
This is by far the best Marple the star of this was a maid servant in Margret Rudderford Train story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Roger Sisley
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Agatha Christie
I love the Agatha Christie stories and Joan Hickson in particular as Miss Marple - these are classic Agatha Christie and I really enjoyed them - a good set, value for money.
Published 4 months ago by Sandra Prater
5.0 out of 5 stars Watched to death
Best Marple ever. Wonderful casts, sets and the pace of the storytelling is perfect. Lost count of the times we have visited The Vicarage or Bertram's Hotel.
Published 4 months ago by derek hulme
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended
Have watched the entire box set many times as I am a treat fan of Agatha Christie's work , Joan Hickson is the one and only Miss Marple in my opinion !!
Published 5 months ago by dee
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Is Joan Hickson the greatest Jane Marple of all time? 22 16 Dec 2012
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