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The Miss Marple Collection [DVD]

Joan Hickson    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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The Miss Marple Collection [DVD] + Agatha Christie's Miss Marple Collection - Murder she Said / Murder Ahoy / Murder At The Gallop / Murder Most Foul (4 Discs) (Box Set) (DVD) [2004]
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Product details

  • Actors: Joan Hickson
  • Format: 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: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 12
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Sep 2012
  • Run Time: 1350 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007OTT25Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,481 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Joan Hickson stars as the deceptively frail and elderly detective in these BBC television adaptations of the Agatha Christie novels, uncovering murder and foul play in rural England in the 1930s. The mysteries included in the collection are: 'The Body in the Library', 'The 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', 'A Caribbean Mystery', 'They Do It With Mirrors' and 'The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side'.


Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic to treasure! 1 Jun 2013
By Sam
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I loved Joan Hickson in this part, so understated yet entertaining. The other actors support well but she steals the scene. I enjoyed 'Nemesis' in particular, great musical score as well. I bought these as I remember watching them on sunday evenings as a child. The more recent Marple's don't do much for me and I was afraid i'd outgrown Miss Marple, however, after watching these, i'm pleased to say the magic is back!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By Keith_Joseph HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This BBC Miss Marple DVD set starring Joan Hickson replaces the previous 'novel book' Miss Marple Collection: twelve DVD Box BBC set, being the same DVDs repackaged in a more robust box. 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. My personal fave episode is 'Nemesis'. Despite Miss Marple being her favourite character, Agatha Christie only wrote these 12 novels, although there are twenty Miss Marple short stories as well. The 12 feature length adaptations in this collection are: 'The Body in the Library', 'The 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', 'A Caribbean Mystery', 'They Do It With Mirrors' and 'The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side'.

Some have commented that these Miss Marple episodes have been edited from that originally broadcast (while many others refute this), but this is probably a confusion with the US sets that were trimmed to fit round the adverts.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great viewing 27 Mar 2013
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for any Miss Marple fan this is a must. No one does it better than Joan Hickson and this is great value entertainment.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The one and only Miss Marple 5 Dec 2013
Format:DVD
This series was superb in every way and is one of the finest things the BBC ever produced. It could never be done today - there are just not enough authentic actors and impossible to find such unspoiled locations. The cast in every episode are so quintessentially English (excepting, of course, the odd Scot, American and so on) and they sound exactly right for the period. The music is wonderful, the costumes, cars, interiors - everything is perfect.
My only severe criticism is that the BBC have never bothered to try to restore these, or they used inferior materials to film them in the first place - whatever the reason, the picture quality is pretty awful and the sound not great, which is such a pity. These productions are unique treasures and deserve the best attention to make the picture and sound live up to brilliance of all the rest. Let's hope someone will make the effort to save them, as was done when the blu-ray of the BBC Pride and Prejudice was released. Such a huge improvement on their old DVD release.
I still have to give the set five stars as in every other way this Miss Marple is a masterpiece.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoying this! 18 April 2013
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I received this dvd a couple of weeks ago and am really enjoying it - love the old fashioned quality about it and the period details. Good fun for us oldies!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hurray for Miss Marple 4 July 2013
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Joan Hickson is the best Miss Marple ever. Agatha Christie would love her. CANT WAIT TO WATCH THEM ALL AGAIN
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good price 12 April 2013
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The price off the collection was good and my lady wanted this particular actress who played the part off miss marple and she is well pleased as i saved her money
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality of Dvd 7 Mar 2014
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Being a staunch Christie enthusiast, I consider the original TV films with Joan Hickson as Miss Marple as being very close to the actual stories as written by AG, so naturally plumped for this Collection. I am very pleased with it but I do think the quality of the film could have been a little bit sharper but they are still enjoyable.. One little niggle is some of the stories are split into two episodes so you have to wait for the soundtrack of music etc to play again before resuming the story.but I'd still recommend this DVD Collection to all those Miss Marple fans out there!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Marple on DVD.
Great entertainmentif you like this kind of whodunnit drama. Some great sets, too, and generally excellent acting. For the price it is a brilliant buy in my opinion.
Published 10 days ago by hippo
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS SET OF DISCS IS WELL SUBTITLED
I was pleased to find it as I always liked Joan Hickson's interpretation of the storyline.

Yours faithfully.

D Hodgkinson.
Published 1 month ago by D Hodgkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant watching!
There is no doubt that each story was well thought out and the actors gave it their fullest attention to portray the individuals to whom they played. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Celie
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Excellent Joan Hickson is the definitive Miss Marple the whole setting and the characters are perfectly realised from the books
Published 2 months ago by anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars Miss Marple collection
A very very good series, I love it. Joan Hickson is the best Miss Marple. That has played the part
Published 2 months ago by Joan Crew
5.0 out of 5 stars There is only one Miss Marple
Joan Hickson is the supreme Miss Marple; no other actress comes close. Arrived in an attractive packaging in good condition, and on time
Published 2 months ago by samtherob
5.0 out of 5 stars good
arrived quickly in time for Xmas, bought as a gift and they loved it, and very cheap as well, if ye like Miss Marple!!!!!!!!
Published 2 months ago by Geoff
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD set
As a big fan of Agatha Christie and her Miss Marple especially portrayed by Joan Hickson I find the recordings delightful.
Published 3 months ago by Tina
5.0 out of 5 stars Tour de force
Take one perfectly imagined Miss Marple played by the wonderful Joan Hickson, add in excellent locations, cameo performances by some of our best loved actors, haunting music and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tweedledum
5.0 out of 5 stars True miss marple
Excellent delivery service. Thoroughly enjoyed watching the real miss marple, loverly english dramas, gorgeous english countryside, a refined thoroughly old fashioned way to be... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Milliesmum
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