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an excellent 12th (and hopefully not final) season,
This review is from: Poirot - Complete Season 12 [ 2009 ] (DVD)
At the time of writing only 1 of these episodes has been shown on British TV, although they have been shown elsewhere and as this listing shows, are out on DVD in the Netherlands. This nicely packaged set has superb picture quality and optional Dutch subtitles (but no English, something to bear in mind for people with difficulty hearing).
The only episode shown so far is "Three Act Tragedy", perhaps the weakest of the lot and presumably the one with the lowest budget. Nevertheless, well made as always and most enjoyable.
"The Clocks" is very well adapted from the novel, which hardly features Poirot at all. Here he takes centre stage. The Cold War subplot is deftly swapped for pre-WW2 tensions. There's also bit of humour in here harking back to the early Poirot episodes, and as far as I know this is the first episode for a while to feature Christopher Gunning's fabulous Poirot theme (admittedly a new arrangeemnt) making a very welcome return.
"Hallowe'en Party" is beautifully filmed, making the most of the autumn colours in Michael Garfield's garden (all topiary rather than the quarry garden in the book). The superbly cast Zoe Wanamaker returns as Ariadne Oliver, though is not in it enough, being confined to bed with a cold for much of the story.
"Murder on the Orient Express", one of the most famous Poirot stories of all, is definitely the outstanding episode of the set. The shots of the Orient Express streaking across the wintry landscape and Poirot's journey across the Bosphorous add an epic feeling to the episode. Again well cast, some scenes are almost interchangeable with the 1974 movie, being made to the same standard. This production emphasises much more Poirot's feelings regarding the resolution of the case, which although makes it a much darker story and a less cheerful ending it does ring truer - thinking about it it's the only reaction Poirot could have.
All in all I very much enjoyed this set. It's such a shame ITV have not yet been able to show them, and I've heard rumblings they may not make the remaining 6 stories, which I very much hope is not true. You pay a premium for getting it now (it's only twice as much for the box set of ALL the other episodes) but neverthless it was money well spent.
Definitely 5 stars, recommended to all Poirot fans.
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Initial post: 3 Jan 2011 16:49:37 GMT
Frankly I thought that Murder On The Orient Express was depressing, unconvincing because of the pointless alerations and overall pretty awful. The other stories were acceptable (just), but Suchet was a real bore and a sad figure versus the earlier episodes with Hastings, Japp and Miss Lemon.
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