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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suchet a treat in television classic
From start to finish this series has been a treat to watch and re-watch time after time. David Suchet is incomparable as Hercule Poirot: he has the figure, looks, impeccable accent and an unbelievable acting talent. Although some of the adaptations do not adhere entirely to the Christie books, they are in every way a reflection of the spirit of them. Watching the whole...
Published on 10 May 2003 by zetajonesadmirer

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm...
Right. Well. THe first new Poirot in two years and it's based on one of my favourite Christie novels. So far so good. Unfortunately, the writers have once again felt the need to "improve" on the original source. They've all but removed the character of Nurse Letheran (the most interesting character in the novel other than Poirot himself) and given most of her lines to...
Published on 31 Oct 2002 by dewievans95


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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suchet a treat in television classic, 10 May 2003
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From start to finish this series has been a treat to watch and re-watch time after time. David Suchet is incomparable as Hercule Poirot: he has the figure, looks, impeccable accent and an unbelievable acting talent. Although some of the adaptations do not adhere entirely to the Christie books, they are in every way a reflection of the spirit of them. Watching the whole canon from start to finish, one can see a development in Poirot's relationships with Inspector Japp (marvelously played by Philip Jackson), Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser) and Miss Lemon (Pauline Moran), that is not apparent from watching occasional episodes on the television. It is well worth buying the whole lot at once just for this reason. Re-living the more romantic episodes (The Double Clue, The Chocolate Box) is also a reminder of the multi-faceted nature of the series.
Perfect for lovers of period drama and detective stories alike.
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110 of 117 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poirot at its best, 21 May 2003
Finally the entire "Agatha Christie's Poirot" collection comes in one single box containing 31 discs, one movie per disc, two episodes per disc. David Suchet IS Poirot, having the looks, the mannerisms and even the accent. Even Hastings is near perfect.
This collection contains: The Adventure of the Clapham Cook, Murder in the Mews, The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly, 4 & 20 Blackbirds, The Third Floor Flat, Triangle At Rhodes, Problem At Sea, The Incredible Theft, The King of Clubs, The Dream, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Lord Edgware Dies, Hercule Poirot's Christmas, Peril At End House Part 1 & 2, The Veiled Lady, The Lost Mine, The Cornish Mystery, The Disappearance of Mr Davenheim, Double Sin, The Adventure of the Cheap Flat, The Kidnapped PM, The Adventure of the Western Star, How Does Your Garden Grow?, The Million Dollar Bond Robbery, The Plymouth Express, Wasps' Nest, The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor, The Double Clue, The Mystery of the Spanish Chest, The Theft of the Royal Ruby, The Affair At The Victory Ball, The Mystery of Hunter's Lodge, The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb, The Underdog, Yellow Iris, The Case of The Missing Will, The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman, The Chocolate Box, The Dead Man's Mirror, Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, The ABC Murders, Hickory Dickory Dock, Dumb Witness , Murder On The Links, Death In The Clouds, One Two Buckle My Shoe, Murder in Mesopotomia, Evil Under The Sun.
It's probably the greatest whodunnit ever, the one-hour episodes are good, but this collection really shines on the 13 full-length movies. All of these are faithful adaptations of Agatha Christie's books. Dame Christie's fans will be delighted, but mystery fans in general won't be disappointed either.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm..., 31 Oct 2002
Right. Well. THe first new Poirot in two years and it's based on one of my favourite Christie novels. So far so good. Unfortunately, the writers have once again felt the need to "improve" on the original source. They've all but removed the character of Nurse Letheran (the most interesting character in the novel other than Poirot himself) and given most of her lines to Hastings (who isn't actually in the original book). Some of the acting is a little dodgy too (the actor who plays Father Lavingy, for instance).
That said, it's not so much of a mess as it could have been. The team that ruined The Murder of Roger Achroyd two years ago haven't actually ruined this. Some of the performances (Doctor Leidner, Miss Johnson and, of course Poirot and Hastings) are rather good. And most of the plot is essentially the same as the book, albeit with a few deviations which can, for the most part, be forgiven. THe location filming is impressive too, but this doesn't make up for the appalling script. It says somethibg that the BBC Radio adaptation does a much better job at evoking mystery and a sense of the Middle East.
All in all then, not the worst Poirot by a long chalk, but it could - no, should - have been SOOOOOO much better.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect Poirot, 30 Nov 2004
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David Suchet is unquestionably the best actor to ever play Poirot, and this sumptuous set includes every episode he made, except for the few produced in the last year or so.
This superb series features great performances from Suchet himself and from all the supporting players, Hugh Fraser as Captain Hastings, Philip Jackson as Chief Inspector Japp, and Pauline Moran as Miss Lemon. Some epsiodes stick more closely to the original books than others, the ABC Murders, one of my favourites, is very close to the original, whereas Dumb Witness, for instance, has been changed quite a lot (but never mind, that entrancing dog makes up for it). The 1930s background is beautiful if sometimes a little too perfect (one feels that not everyone in the 30s can have lived in exquisite Art Decco mansions).
This wonderful DVD set comes in a beautiful and striking carrying case, and at only a little more than half the recommended retail price, is incredibly good value.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite TV series of all time, 13 April 2004
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I received this comprehensive boxed set as a Christmas present and, although I already had almost almost every single David Suchet "Poirot" episode on bought or home-recorded videotape, I was nonetheless ecstatic: This superbly produced and acted series is my favorite TV program of all time, and David Suchet truly the embodiment of Christie's Poirot. (One very minor flaw I have noticed is that some of the photos on the DVD covers do not match the correct episodes.)
I am delighted that Suchet has resumed production of the remaining Poirot stories, starting with "5 Little Pigs" and "Sad Cypress." These new episodes are, of course, not included in this set.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suchet in Top Form, 29 Dec 2000
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These are some of the earliest Poirot episodes, and, as such, they are the perfect mixture of humour, Art Deco, and murderous ingenuity. All episodes feature the inimitable David Suchet as Poirot (the only actor to have portrayed Poirot who actually _plays_ Poirot), Hugh Fraser as Captain Hastings, Pauline Moran as Miss Lemon, and Philip Jackson as Chief Inspector Japp. And, most importantly, they are even better than the original short stories on which they were based.
THE ADVENTURE OF JOHNNIE WAVERLY is lighter in tone than most episodes. A child is kidnapped from under the noses of his parents and the police, while Poirot has been called in to investigate. The outdoor and underground scenes are worth the price of the film.
FOUR AND TWENTY BLACKBIRDS is even better - one of the best of the Poirot films of this season, alongside TRIANGLE AT RHODES, THE DREAM and PROBLEM AT SEA. The best things about the film are the ingenious plot, involving the deaths of two identical twins; the London and Blackpool architecture; and Captain Hastings' fascination with cricket.
Buy these films. You will not be disappointed in the slightest.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 3 Aug 2001
These are my two favourite Poirot episodes that keep very similar to the original stories.
TheCornish Mystery- Poirot and Hastings travel to cornwall to investigate a suspected case of poisning. When they arrive, they find everyone who is linked to the case doesn't want to say anything, Poirot is on the case...
The dissapearance of Mr Davenheim- How can it be possible for a man to walk down a village lane and never be seen again? Inspector Japp challenges Poirot to solve the mystery without leaving his appartment.
This series is superbly made and very well acted.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent video that will keep you guessing till the end., 16 Sep 2001
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The first of these two classics "The Veiled Lady" was my favorite. While inspector Japp is summoned to investigate a jewel robbery Poirot and Captain Hastings are invited to meet up with a mysterious lady who asks for their help in a problem of hers. Will Poirot be able to find any secrets from under the veil? The second of the two classics was "The lost Mine".This all starts off when Poirot starts to play monopoly with his friend Captain Hastings. After a short trip to the bank Poirot learns he is over balance. This leads Poirot to learn there are more street in London that do not appear on the monopoly Board.This classic really gives the little grey cells a challenge! In both stories Poirot is played by the very talented David Suchet. This video along with many classics must be added to your video collection.
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78 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poirot You Da Man!, 10 Aug 2003
I can always sit down with a cup of coco and bury myself in an Agatha Christie novel. Well now, i can sit down with a cup of coco in front of the TV and 'watch' an Agatha Christie novel. Of all her cleverly minded detectives, i have to say that my personal favourite is Hercule Poirot and his 'little grey cells'. Hastings adds a bit depth to the whole thing as well. In this fabulous DVD collection there are the following titles: The Adventure of the Clapham Cook, Murder in the Mews, The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly, 4 & 20 Blackbirds, The Third Floor Flat, Triangle At Rhodes, Problem At Sea, The Incredible Theft, The King of Clubs, The Dream, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Lord Edgware Dies, Hercule Poirot's Christmas, Peril At End House Part 1 and 2, The Veiled Lady, The Lost Mine, The Cornish Mystery, The Disappearance of Mr Davenheim, Double Sin, The Adventure of the Cheap Flat, The Kidnapped PM, The Adventure of the Western Star, How Does Your Garden Grow?, The Million Dollar Bond Robbery, The Plymouth Express, Wasps' Nest, The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor, The Double Clue, The Mystery of the Spanish Chest, The Theft of the Royal Ruby, The Affair At The Victory Ball, The Mystery of Hunter's Lodge, The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb, The Underdog, Yellow Iris, The Case of The Missing Will, The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman, The Chocolate Box, The Dead Man's Mirror, Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, The ABC Murders, Hickory Dickory Dock, Dumb Witness , Murder On The Links, Death In The Clouds, One Two Buckle My Shoe, Murder in Mesopotomia and Evil Under The Sun.
Well, as you can see, there is a great choice to chose from so order it NOW!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars capturing the loss of youth and innocence, 19 Nov 2004
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This is an excellent adaptation of one of Christie's more unique Poirot novels. The novel reads as more like a Mary Westmacott--Christie's pseudonym for her romantic tragedies--than it does like a typical Poirot. This film adaptation captures the spirit of the novel perfectly. In particular, it captures the loss of childlike innocence that the characters associate with the (unseen) family estate. The film has been shot in the glorious colours of a cold autumn, which only adds to the sense of the passing of the salad days of youth. Inevitably there are some changes to the novel, and it is a pity the wonderful character of the dying hospital patient is missing, but that is inevitable in adapting a complex novel to another medium. What we are left with is an almost uniformly brilliant cast of younger actors, and what a pleasure it is to watch seasoned actors of the calibre of Sarah Miles, Edward Fox and Edward Hardwicke, who make acting seem so effortless. Like the equally stunning "Five Little Pigs" recently released on DVD, this new Poirot is dark, tragic and almost poetic. Brilliant.
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