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What a fine selection of detective fiction !,
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This review is from: The Agatha Christie Collection (4 Disc Box Set) [DVD] (DVD)
Where does one begin when doing a critique of such superb Agatha Christie films ? The settings are very attractive and the writing is both true to the novels while giving the cast some freedom to develop their characters . We are reminded of the brilliance of Albert Finney , Sir Peter Ustinov , Angela Lansbury not to mention Sean Connery , Vanessa Regrave , Ingrid Bergman , Lauren Bacall , Maggie Smith , Bettie Davis , Jane Birkin , Michael York , George Kennedy , Sir John Gielguld , David Niven , Rock Hudson , Tony Curtice and of course Elizabeth Taylor . If you love great quality drama that is edited , produced & directed to a high standard then these are certainly films for you . Unlike the so called stars that have been in Poirot & Marple over the last few years the acting legends that I have just listed can act to perfection , they connect with each other as well as with the audience and are true to the characters in the books . Murder On The Orient Express , Evil Under The Sun and Death On The Nile are a fine way of showing that an unsolved murder not only sows the seeds of the case in question but can lead to it's being solved thanks to the little grey cells of Hercule Poirot . Evil Under The Sun & Death On The Nile by virtue of being cinematic productions rather than TV movies ( as the David Suchet versions have been ) are long enough to include much of what is in the novel and allows the characters to have the time to become known by the viewer rather than just being single dimensional wall flowers as has happened in ITV's Poirot since 2003 . The Mirror Cracked stays true to that fine novel and shows that Angela Lansbury could play a sleuth rather well - it is a lovely little foretaste of what was to come with Murder She Wrote . All in all these are splendid DVD's to own & it is to the credit of Amazon.co.uk that we can buy them in region 2 format at a jolly reasonoble price .