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4.0 out of 5 stars Great to finally have a Definitive Collection, but it's not flawless, 2 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: Agatha Christie's Poirot - The Definitive Collection (Series 1-13) [DVD] (DVD)
I thought long and hard before ordering this box set, as I had already bought the 12 box sets that were released over here in Belgium over the years.

However, the Belgian/Dutch editions would never be complete, as for reasons unknown to me, the rights to "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" were never obtained, so this (double) episode has never released over here. Also, as is unfortunately often the case, the Dutch subtitles were at times quite cringe-worthy, so a complete edition with English subtitles had always a very tempting prospect.

Learning that this box set would be "completely complete" (Styles included) and would contain English subtitles, was what sealed the deal for me.

I must say I'm happy with my new box set, but as other reviewers have pointed out, it is not flawless:

- Indeed, the older episodes do not appear to be the remastered versions. I'm guessing they will be held back to make more of a difference when eventually a blu-ray edition is released in the UK. But since my previous Belgian box sets also weren't remastered and this did not really impair my enjoyment of them, I'm not too bothered about it. If, however, you want the perfect edition for your HD flatscreen TV, this isn't the one for you.

- The packaging into two (quite sturdy) plastic cases makes sure the discs are well-protected: it's very unlikely they'll become detached by accident. This, however is also the drawback of the system: removing a disc from its case isn't as easy as it could be. I wouldn't go as far as some reviewers have done and say that the packaging ruins the box set, though. It just means you have to be careful when removing and replacing the discs.

- Although each disc is clearly labelled and numbered, and lists the episodes it contains, and the cover sheets of each of the two plastic cases list the episodes in their running order, a collection of this size (and price) could/should have included some kind of booklet with photos and a brief synopsis of each episode, the original date of transmission, the main cast, etc. It would not have been too huge a task to provide such info for 70 episodes, especially as previous editions (well, at least those released in Belgium) did contain it.

So, whereas Poirot to me is a 5-star series, and this box set looks very nice indeed, standing as it does in my book case next to all of Ms Christie's novels and a number of other Christie box sets, the points mentioned above force me to take away one star for presentation.
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Initial post: 2 Dec 2013 17:10:09 GMT
Last edited by the author on 2 Dec 2013 17:26:18 GMT
Patrick M. says:
"should have included some kind of booklet with photos and a brief synopsis of each episode".....OH BOY!, just add £30.00 if not more to your price for this pack! :)
You can do it for free online, like I did!

"Indeed, the older episodes do not appear to be the remastered versions." I have just replaced my old dvd player by a brand new one: the quality of the picture of the old episodes is crystal clear on a large screen tv! C'est magnifique! I really doubt you could do much better with a blu-ray version!
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