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This review is from: Agatha Christie's Poirot - The Complete Collection (24 Disc Box Set) [DVD] (DVD)
It will come as no surprise to hear once again from a reviewer the accolade of the definitive Poirot being given to David Suchet but he just so very simply is. This is undoubtedly the most important part of any dramatisation of a fictional character, the actor used to play the part needs to be right. There are however at least two other elements which make Agatha Christie's Poirot such a resounding success.
First, there is the attention to detail in both the visual aspects and the stories themselves. Visually, the Poirot episodes are sumptuous and rich and the use of period props and vehicles is an outstanding achievement which to my mind has never been bettered in any period piece. In terms of the stories, things are often easier to write than they are to film and I'm thinking here of the balloon used in Hercule Poirot's Christmas or role of the wirehaired fox terrier, "Bob" in Dumb Witness and many others besides yet they all seem to work and the producers have used no easy shortcuts to tell the stories, by and large each of the crimes and investigations are as they are down on paper in the original books.
The other key ingredient to the success of thise seies is the supporting cast. While Suchet is the definitive Poirot, the same can be said of Hugh Fraser's Hastings, Philip Jackson's Japp and Pauline Moran's Miss Lemon. Staunch and solid support is offered throughout the series by these characters.
The series taken as a whole also turns out to be a little bit of a spot the famous face with further one-off great support from a variety of acting talent including James Fox, Christopher Ecclestone, Nicholas Farrell, David Soul, Zoe Wannamaker and Elliot Gould.
This box set may not actually be a definitive collection as they are still making Poirot stories with the much awaited Murder on the Orient Express due out in 2008 but for so many excellent stories filmed to perfection with excellent production values and great casts led by a superb lead actor, this package offers outstaning value for money.
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Initial post: 16 Jul 2008 08:52:33 BDT
J. L. Gerretsen says:
Great review - I was just wondering about this disc set - Is it all in Widescreen (16:9) or is it the old style 4:3 tv format - I may have missed this in other descriptions, so if you could help out, I'd appreciate it. If it's not in 16:9 I'd prefer to wait until they release it as such, or maybe even do a complete re-release in Blu-Ray 16:9!!!! Any comments, anybody????
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jan 2011 13:39:03 GMT
J. E. S. Leake says:
But the series is a TV series, J. L. Gerretsen. It will have been filmed in 4:3 format.
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