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Murder On The Orient Express [DVD]


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  • Actors: Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Martin Balsam, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset
  • Directors: Sidney Lumet
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Jun 2003
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009B0RA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,052 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The first of several lavish Christie adaptations from producers John Brabourne and Richard Goodwin, introducing Albert Finney as the first screen Hercule Poirot. This 1974 production of Agatha Christie’s 1934 classic is a judicious mixture of mystery, murder and nostalgia. Which member of the all-star cast, onboard the luxurious train, perforated the no-good American tycoon with a dagger twelve times? Was it Ingrid Bergman’s shy Swedish missionary, or Vanessa Redgrave’s English rose, Sean Connery as an Indian army colonel, Michael York or Jacqueline Bisset, perhaps Lauren Bacall, Anthony Perkins or John Gielgud as the victim’s impassive butler? Finney spreads unease amongst them with subdued wit and finesse.

Arguably the most successful screen adaptation of a Christie novel, in addition to Bergman’s Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, Murder on the Orient Express achieved nominations for Best Actor, Screenplay, Photography, Costume Design and Music Score.

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Just the name "Orient Express" conjures up images of a bygone era. Add an all-star cast (including Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset and Lauren Bacall, to name a few) and Agatha Christie's delicious plot and how can you go wrong? Particularly if you add in Albert Finney as Christie's delightfully pernickety sleuth, Hercule Poirot. Someone has knocked off nasty Richard Widmark on this train trip and, to Poirot's puzzlement, everyone seems to have a motive--just the set-up for a terrific whodunit. Though it seems like an ensemble film, director Sidney Lumet gives each of his stars their own solo and each makes the most of it. Bergman went so far as to win an Oscar for her role. But the real scene-stealer is the ever-reliable Finney as the eccentric detective who never misses a trick. --Marshall Fine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kalah on 9 April 2009
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In this timeless classic, our Belgian detective (in his usual timely manner) finds himself on the Orient Express just as a murder takes place. A snow drift forces the train to stop, giving Poirot time to interview each of the passengers and investigate what turns out to be a most intricate case. As the detective unravels the clues left by the unknown assassin; the statements of the suspects; the murder's connection with the notorious Armstrong case from years earlier, we get the distinct impression that things are not as simple as they seem... and now we have ourselves a show.

I find Albert Finney's Poirot is not as purely cultivated as that of David Suchet, who has had years to perfect his role as the Belgian detective... but frankly, this is a matter of taste. Finney is not at all bad, even if I don't personally fancy his particular interpretation. The accent is a bit poor, but his body language, even his loudness does not bother me; it is a different way of doing it, but not at all out of place.

The rest of the cast, however, deserve a paragraph of their own. It is a list of juggernauts - Lauren Bacall is sharp, cold and talkative; Jacqueline Bisset shy and beautiful; Michael York the perfect gentleman; Sean Connery his usual authoritative and cultivated self; Vanessa Redgrave a golden bird lighting up the room whenever she enters; Ingrid Bergman a visual talent très magnifique. The list goes on, and that Bergman was the only one to take home an Oscar after this is a mystery to me - it could just as easily have been a nomination for Connery, Bacall and especially the director: Sidney Lumet.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Jun 2004
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As usual Hercule is in earshot of many private conversations that will be used later to his sleuthing advantage once processed by his little gray cells. On the train Hercule is approached by an American business man who tries to heir him for protection. Hercule turns him down and the next morning he is dead.
This movie has every that make Agatha Christie movies great. Everyone is a suspect. Everybody could have done it. Only Hercule Poirot can figure this out. Naturally Hercule Poirot must sort through the red herrings to extract the truth. This time he comes up with two different answers. You need to add this one to your collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 April 2005
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The movie was made as a period piece. There are great scenes of the express, landscapes, food and other items. The costumes are also very plush. Even though the movie is star studded the actors to not out shine the characters they play.
As usual Hercule is in earshot of many private conversations that will be used later to his sleuthing advantage once processed by his little gray cells. On the train Hercule (Albert Finney) is approached by an American business man who tries to heir him for protection. Hercule turns him down and the next morning the business man is dead.

This movie has everything that makes Agatha Christie movies great. Everyone is a suspect. Everybody could have done it. Only Hercule Poirot can figure this out. Naturally Hercule Poirot must sort through the red herrings to extract the truth. This time he comes up with two different answers. You need to add this one to your collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Cooper on 20 Jan 2010
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David Suchet will always be remembered as THE Poirot, but in this 1974 Sidnet Lumet production, Albert Finney gives an individual and splendid foretaste of Poirots to come. The star studded cast is a who's who of the 1970s, all playing their parts to perfection. The costumes are gorgeous, the music is perfect and the train itself is a star of the film. Enjoy 2 hours of living with beautiful people in a stylish past era.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Mouse on 16 Jun 2014
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At last - a fantastic quality print available on DVD!!! This is one of my favourite films and I've lost count how many times I've seen it. Released in 1974 and based on Agatha Christie's classic , Albert Finney is especially good in his portrayal of Hercule Poirot trying to work out who killed Mr Ratchett (played by Richard Widmark) but it's the array of international film stars working alongside him that make this movie exceptionally fun and exciting. With a memorable soundtrack by Richard Rodney Bennett, terrific cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth, and brilliant direction by Sidney Lumet, this movie is a great whodunit.

Not much in the way of extras on this DVD but for the price it's great to have the movie in excellent quality!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By George Thanos Assimakis on 12 May 2014
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An excellent classic. A great Agatha Christie film with an outstanding cast. I would have awarded 5 stars for the DVD version, but if like me, you own the film on DVD and expect a better re-mastered image from this blu-ray edition, you will be disapointed. There is no improvement what so ever in the image quality from DVD to blu-ray. It makes one wander why did they even bother to put it on blu-ray.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andy B on 23 Sep 2009
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My only fault with this is that Finney is sometimes hard to understand, but that aside a film filled with movie greats all giving an excellent performance in a nice wide screen copy. This is 1:85.1 although there are some thoughts that the film was letter boxed but the same as the US version, so maybe this all that is available? it certainly does not show as being cropped.
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