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Agatha Christie's Poirot: Murder on Orient Express [Blu-ray] [Region Free] [US Import]

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  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003L80FLC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,868 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. SM Humphrey on 1 April 2011
Format: Blu-ray
This lush production continues the high standard and production values of the recent Poirot adaptations. It is an intelligent and considered handling of one of the genre's most famous stories, and one of Christie's most celebrated twists. And it was the best present I could have received on Christmas Day 2010!

The adaptation is precisely that - an adaptation of the original novel. People should not come to this work expecting a word-for-word, scene-for-scene re-enactment of the novel itself. Some things are different. That said, this particular film sticks an awful lot closer to the original work than many other episodes of Poirot have done. And the most important thing to keep unchanged (Christie's original, inspired twist) has been left untouched when the temptation to change it and surprise the viewer must have been immense!

The sets are magnificent, and are the next best thing to filming on the real Orient Express stuck in an actual snowdrift. The production team have captured the opulence of the famous locomotive in exquisite detail. There has been criticism of some of the `special effects', but I think that begs the question "With the same budget, who could have done it better?" - not those same critics, I would suspect. Besides, if you watch Poirot for the computer-generated special effects perhaps you would be more suited to some mindless Hollywood blockbuster such as Avatar?

The actors are splendid, although it provides my only real criticism for the film. The cast really represents an embarrassment of riches. In an adaptation which is less than two hours long, none of the great names of the acting establishment get a chance to properly shine. I, for example, would have loved to have seen more of Eileen Atkins as Princess Dragomiroff.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By N. Cooper on 5 Mar. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Knowing both the original Agatha Christie book and the 1970s movie so well, I can understand the dismay of some reviewers who find that a well known and well loved friend has grown and changed so much. But perhaps Poirot has not changed so dramatically in "Orient Express". In "Appointment with death" there were many intimations of Poirot's intense religious life, (contrary to the character conceived by Christie who was certainly not religious). We have known Poirot for so long that we feel surprised and shocked to learn that he, who has always been morally upright, is now also seen to be seriously devoted to his God. This new development of character makes Poirot more human, as in his later years he is looking for spiritual guidance in his cases as well as to his famous little grey cells.
The extra scenes in the film at the beginning, with the accused soldier's suicide and of the stoning of the woman in the streets of Istanbul, set the dark atmosphere immediately so you know not to expect the lighthearted and humourus shenanigans and conversations of the 1970's film. They definitely belong to two different genre.
The excellent, disturbung, repetitive and almost discordant music adds an element of both frantic movement of the train but also unstoppable movement of events leading to a climax.
All the actors are, as ever in a Poirot production, excellent. David Suchet plays his winsome, annoying, arrogant but lovable personna to perfection, and the final scene when he is wracked with guilt and probably for the first time, shame, is heartbreaking.
For Poirot afficionados, a shocking but superbe coming of age!I have given 4 stars, not as a reflection of the quality of the production, but because it may differ from some Poirot fan's expectations
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By F W Startup on 30 Dec. 2010
Format: Blu-ray
There can't be many fans of mystery stories who don't know Agatha Christie's ingenious solution to 'The Murder on the Orient Express', and turning it into a crisis of conscience for Poirot is an excellent idea, adding a dimension to the plot and a depth to the character which she would surely have approved. Poirot's gloom, preoccupation and uncharacteristically withdrawn behaviour are more than adequately accounted for in a pre-credit sequence which also adds resonance to the closing scenes. The production is beautifully set and dressed, with a claustrophobic atmosphere created by excellent cinematography. It has a superb cast, and Suchet is, surely, the definitive screen Poirot, every nuance and detail correct, it seems to me. I can see why the previous reviewer feels as he does, and I understand his point of view: I just could not disagree more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John M. Ness on 14 Mar. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
All details of this disc appear to be at odds with the intended version, for example:

Running Time 8 minutes
Aspect ratio 1.66:1
Actors, Directors, Writers: Yvette Lu

The Amazon,com details are:

Product Details
Actors: David Suchet, Eileen Atkins, Hugh Bonneville, Barbara Hershey
Directors: Philip Martin
Format: NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)

Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: ACORN MEDIA
DVD Release Date: October 26, 2010
Run Time: 100 minutes
ASIN: B003L80FLC

It seems strange that both versions list the aspect ratio as 1.66:1. I am assuming that this is the aspect for a special feature on the disc and not the main feature.
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