Agatha Christie's Poirot - Collection 9 2013

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For over 25 years, David Suchet has portrayed the inspired Belgian investigator, Hercule Poirot; creating a unique catalogue of timeless crime fiction. In an emotional farewell, Suchet returns as Agatha Christie‚s number one detective to take on his final cases. He promises to go out in thrilling style, conquering a global conspiracy re-uniting him with old friends Japp, Hastings and Miss Lemon; and delving into a dangerous family mystery with crime writer Ariadne Oliver. Finally, the detective returns to Styles--the location of his first case, and whilst he may be weakened by age and poor health, his mind is as sharp as ever. He is on the hunt for a killer, and with more victims succumbing, an incapacitated Poirot becomes desperate. At the final curtain, has he at last met his match?

Starring:
Patricia Hodge, Zoe Wanamaker
Rental Formats:
DVD

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Discs
  • Agatha Christie's Poirot - Collection 9 - Elephants Can Remember ages_12_and_over
  • Agatha Christie's Poirot - Collection 9 - Dead Man's Folly ages_12_and_over
  • Agatha Christie's Poirot - Collection 9 - Curtain:Poirot's Last Case ages_12_and_over
Runtime 7 hours 25 minutes
Starring Patricia Hodge, Zoe Wanamaker, Sarah Parish, David Suchet, Jack Farthing, Alexandra Dowling, Vanessa Kirby, Iain Glen, Tom Brooke, Sean Pertwee
Director Tom Vaughan, Peter Lydon, John Strickland
Genres Drama
Studio ITV DVD
Rental release 18 November 2013
Main languages English

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4.8 out of 5 stars

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238 of 240 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stringer on 9 Nov 2013
Format: DVD
This final series of Poirot has it all. Murder, reunions, humour, excitement, thrills and extreme sadness.
'ELEPHANTS CAN REMEMBER' reunites Poirot with Ariadne. Both are distracted with their own quarry, but later, come together to solve an old mystery involving the shooting of a couple on a cliff-top. Zoe given lots of screen-time to show us new sides to Ariadne. Very well cast. I loved this episode, it is always a joy to see Ariadne & Poirot in scenes together.
'THE BIG FOUR': The old gang back together. I am aware of how tough this book must have been to adapt: Plenty of drama, action and brilliant visuals, well cast, but very frustrating to have Poirot go to such extremes for such a mediocre reason. The plot in the book justified his actions, but, as a viewer, I was left deflated at the end. I SO wanted to see Achille Poirot. Unfortunately he was, apparently, an element too far in an already rich brew.
Dare I say it: The weakest of this series.
'DEAD MAN'S FOLLY': This was the very last film that David Suchet filmed. Agatha Christie's 'Greenway Home' doubles for 'Nasse House'. It looks exceptional. Ariadne making her final appearance. A very strong 'classic' Agatha story. Very well cast, as always, beautiful sets, beautiful locations and a really strong story, with the dialogue lifted very faithfully from the book. The only changes were minor and the added final scene made for a dramatic conclusion. This will be one you will return to again and again.
'THE LABOURS OF HERCULES': I was worried about how they would fit all 12 Labours into one film. Whilst I would have loved to have seen a more 'faithful' adaptation of the book, I was very impressed with how they incorporated elements from most of the stories.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. J. Tennant on 27 Dec 2013
Format: DVD
This ninth (and final) individual collection set consists of the thirteenth (and final) series of Agatha Christie's Poirot with the last five stories to be adapted for TV; "Elephants Can Remember", "The Big Four", "Dead Man's Folly", "The Labours of Hercules", and "Curtain: Poirot's Last Case". Also included on this DVD set is a short interview with David Suchet talking about how he got the role of Poirot, and there is also a documentary he hosted titled "Being Poirot" which sees him visiting buildings such as the home of Agatha Christie, and places such as Brussels in Belgium where "The Chocolate Box" was filmed. I'm surprised that the edition of the ITV documentary series Perspectives that David Suchet hosted about Agatha Christie wasn't included as a special feature on this set, so I have to admit that I'm glad of having recorded it off the telly and keeping it.

Back to the stories in this set, "The Big Four" sees Hercule Poirot reunited with his old friends Captain Hastings, Miss Lemon and Chief Inspector Japp (now Assistant Commissioner Japp). Set against the backdrop of the impending WWII, "The Big Four" plunges Poirot into a world he has never been in before - one of global espoinage. The public are in panic after the shocking death of Russian grandmaster Ivan Savaranoff and Poirot must try to determine the good guys from the bad, as a complex plot sees a host of international figures used like pawns.

"Curtain: Poirot's Last Case" is the conclusion to Agatha Christie's Poirot. His last ever case is set ten years after the other films featured here, and an immobilised Poirot calls on his old friend Captain Hastings for assistance as they return to the scene of their first murder, Styles Court, to try to prevent an imminent murder.
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73 of 76 people found the following review helpful By dayajit on 2 Dec 2013
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There are 9 "COLLECTIONS" in which are contained all episodes of Poirot played by David Suchet. There are also 13 "SERIES" (or SEASONS) of Poirot. If you are collecting all the Poirot's, stick to one or the other, then never the twain shall duplicate. (eg. COLLECTION 8 contains the same four episodes as SERIES 12)

COLLECTION 9 is: "Elephants Can Remember"; "The Big Four"; "Dead Man's Folly"; "The Labours of Hercules" and, finally "Curtains". (same as SEASON/SERIES 13) Brilliant, but darker and more sombre than any previous collection.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By MadMax on 16 Nov 2013
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Ever since David Suchet indicated that he wanted to film the last five episodes, most lovers of Poirot have been waiting impatiently for them to be released. "Clocks" was aired in December 2011 in the UK but "Elephants Can Remember" was not shown until June 2013. A long hiatus, but they are now finally here.
Except for "Elephants Can Remember" which was on YouTube for awhile until it was removed for whatever reason, and which I really enjoyed, I haven't seen these episodes yet.
I live in the USA but because I am so impatient to see them, I purchase UK DVD editions (it's not a problem to get a DVD player that plays all regions/all codes). The US releases are just too delayed. I think 'Third Girl ' and 'Appointment with Death" and "Orient Express" from 2010 are now, finally, available. It's ridiculous it takes so long for a US edition to be released.
So, I am thrilled that the final five mysteries are now finally released. I didn't expect a DVD release until next year, since "Curtain" was just aired in the UK on November 13, but whoever rushed these to market should be congratulated. Poirot lovers thank you and I will wait with bated breath until the Amazon box shows up in my mailbox. A great review of all five episodes has already been posted so I will just enjoy them without further comment. Ciao from Florida.
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