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Agatha Christie's Marple: Complete Series [Blu-ray] [Region Free] [US Import]

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  • Language: English
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  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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Marple series 5 is something of a mixed bag. Starring Julia McKenzie in the title role, this boxset brings together all four stories from the show’s fifth series, and they vary in quality, from the very good to the not-quite-so-strong. Overall? It’s still a good mix.

Each is adapted from the Agatha Christie story of its name, although there are gradations of faithfulness to those stories. There’s also varying quality at work here, with some of the tales faring notably better than others.

The highlight of this particular set of Marple? That’d probably be either The Mirror Crack’d or The Blue Geranium. But even when the show is off colour, as happens once or twice throughout series five, then there’s at least something in there to enjoy. There’s a bevy of guest stars to keep your interest, and a strong central performance from McKenzie to keep everything anchored.

It’s not vintage Marple, maybe, yet this series five set does have some diverting yarns, and enough in it to warrant a look. You might, though, want to check out the Joan Hickson era of Miss Marple, though, if you want to see Agatha Christie’s work in a slightly better light… --Jon Foster --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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Christie purists may not be amused by what has gone on here.

'The Pale Horse' is a travesty of the original story, and not a patch on the adaptation with Colin Buchanan, Hermione Norris and Ruth Madoc. People who want a genuine thrill with suspense, pathos and atmosphere should try to track down that earlier version. Agatha Christie's The Pale Horse [DVD]

'The Secret of Chimneys' was even worse, possibly the worst Marple adaptation I've ever seen. It is a shame that the writer appeared not to realise that this story has a sequel of sorts, with several characters returning in 'The Seven Dials Mystery'. Novel: The Seven Dials Mystery (Agatha Christie Signature Edition) DVD: Agatha Christie's The Seven Dials Mystery [DVD] But the new plot made a nonsense of this. Stock Christie cliches are lazily shoe-horned into a nonsensical plot that has none of the wit and humour of the original 1920s-set story: The Secret of Chimneys (Agatha Christie Signature Edition) Worst of all, the killer's identity is changed. Surely heresy, by anyone's standard.

As a result I was hardly looking forward to 'The Mirror Crack'd' but it was an unexpected delight. Lindsay Duncan was perfectly cast as Marina. The story was faithful to the novel without being slavish. There was just the right mix of camp fun and tragedy.
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I have always been a great fan of Joan Hickson as Jane Marple and for me, she will always be number one. I grew to also love Geraldine McEwan and was therefore not sure about yet another stepping into their shoes. Having said that, I also have Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple. Anyway I digress - yet another style of portayal of a well known and well loved character and in it's own way, every bit as good.
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I didn't think I could see anyone else but Geraldine McEwan as Marple but actually Julia McKenzie did a great job. The stories aren't true to the books but to be fair a lot of them weren't actually Marple stories and I think they were adapted fairly well, unlike Endless Night in series 6 where she seemed to just be plonked in occasionally. Each of the actresses who have played Marple have brought something different to the role, and while my favourite will always be Geraldine McEwan I really enjoyed this series. Good to watch on rainy evenings with your knitting out!
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I have to say the films in this set are quite a long way from anything Agatha Christie wrote, as is Julia McKenzie's Miss Marple. However, there's a lot to enjoy. If you can set aside the horror you first feel when you see how Dame Agatha's works have been treated it's easy to get on with. It's stylish and visually pleasing telly, with lovely locations are a good cast.

My favourite from the set is "The Pale Horse", which should by rights be a travesty, not originally being not a Miss Marple story. It's been messed about with rather a lot, characters changed, somebody off "Neighbours" inserted into it. However the creepy feeling of the book is perfectly captured, and the twist at the end very well done.

"The Blue Geranium" is perhaps the masterpiece of the set, brilliantly extending one of the never before dramatised Miss Marple short stories. By necessity these need extra elements adding, so there's less to upset the purists. There are lots of short stories to go at, I hope they will carry on with these rather than inserting Miss Marple into other stories. (This story did annoy me however when Miss Marple referred to a "train station" - in British English, especially in the 50s it's "railway station" - the producers and script editors really should take more care with this sort of thing.)

"The Secret of Chimneys" has particularly pleasing location work and is an enjoyable romp, but again with a lot alteration to the story. In particular the character of Bundle is left aside to become an almost minor character, one of a couple of stories in which she's the sleuth and the main character. Even worse she's played by Dervla Kerwan, who would have been splendid in the star role.
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Miss marple season 5 was excellant a real joy to watch and really good plots my girlfreind maddy really enjoyed them. I definitely recommend it to any one who is thinking of buying it well worth it.
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Is it possiblr to have to many, not if the quality of this production is mantained. Great little extra twists are strange to the people that have read the book, but in keeping with plot.
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Four mysteries. The first two are the most atmospheric. Bought it as a gift for my wife. She and her friends enjoyed the shows particularly on a summer's night with a nice glass of wine . Miss marple is the same - improves with aging. If you like this sort of thing you will like this box set.Agatha Christie's Marple: Series 5 [DVD]
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