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Agatha Christie's Poirot - Collection 8 [DVD]

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  • Actors: David Suchet
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Jan. 2011
  • Run Time: 403 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0049EOM20
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,183 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This DVD contains four new Poirot mysteries.

The Three Act Tragedy
Martin Shaw guest stars as a world renowned actor alongside David Suchet in Three Act Tragedy, a new Poirot film. Shaw (George Gently, Judge John Deed) takes on the role of Sir Charles Cartwright, a retired actor who relishes the opportunity to assist Poirot with his investigations after the death of a guest at his home.

Poirot visits Cornwall to attend a dinner hosted by his friend, the retired actor Sir Charles Cartwright. But when an amiable local Reverend chokes to death on his cocktail Poirot cannot see how murder could have been committed. With the exception of Sir Charles’s doctor friend Sir Bartholomew Strange and the enigmatic Miss Egg Lytton Gore, any one of the eclectic mix of guests might have taken the glass - the inquisitive playwright, vulnerable ex-jockey, celebrated dressmaker, faithful housekeeper or young suitor of Miss Lytton Gore’s. When, weeks later, Sir Bartholomew Strange chokes to death at a dinner party he is hosting with many of the same guests, Poirot and Charles are not surprised to discover that Strange was poisoned. The motives seem plentiful - could a missing butler, mysterious telephone message or secret tunnel be the key to solving the case?

The Halloween Party
In this new mystery, Hercule Poirot (David Suchet) is reunited with his good friend Ariadne Oliver, (Zoë Wanamaker - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone). Crime writer Ariadne attends a children's Halloween party where young Joyce Reynolds boasts about witnessing a murder. The Woodleigh Common locals, including her stepmother (Sophie Thompson - Doc Martin), refuse to take her seriously. The girl is renowned for telling tall tales, and it is Halloween after all. However, when Joyce is found drowned in an apple-bobbing bucket that very same evening, Ariadne asks Poirot to investigate. There are many suspects - any one of the guests could have slipped out during a game of Snapdragon. Then, in a shocking development, Joyce's younger brother Leopold is also found drowned. Amid rumours of a curse on the village, Poirot knows it is only a matter of time before the killer strikes again and he sets out on a quest for the truth.

Murder On The Orient Express
This eagerly anticipated adaptation of Agatha Christie's best-loved murder mystery is a star-studded production. Directed by BAFTA winner Philip Martin (Wallander), David Suchet returns as eccentric Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. Travelling from Istanbul to London on the famous Orient Express, Poirot is approached by ruthless businessman Samuel Ratchett, (Toby Jones - Frost/Nixon), who offers him $10k to watch his back. Poirot refuses, but when Ratchett is stabbed to death he vows to find the killer. Aided by amateur sleuth Dr Constantine, (Samuel West - Desperate Romantics), Poirot assembles an extensive list of suspects, including Ratchett's manservant Edward Masterman, (Hugh Bonneville - Bonekickers), elderly Princess Dragomiroff, (Dame Eileen Atkins - Cranford), and pushy Mrs Hubbard, (Barbara Hershey - The Mountain). The stakes are raised when the train gets stuck in a snowdrift. Cut off from civilization, Poirot's skills are tested to the limit. What was Ratchett frightened of? More importantly, is the assassin still on the train?

The Clocks
Poirot (David Suchet) arrives in Dover to help Lieutenant Colin Race determine if Sheila Webb is responsible for the murder of a middle aged man found stabbed at 10 Wilbraham Crescent. Could there be a connection with the recent discovery of a German mole within the Navy?

The DVD also features the following bonus content:
Murder on The Orient Express based on the Novel By Agatha Christie--Behind The Scenes
David Suchet On The Orient Express--60 mins long programme
David Suchet (Agatha Christie’'s Poirot) investigates the mystery, history and romance of the Orient-Express. Since its first journey from Paris to Vienna in 1883, the train has become synonymous with luxury. It not only carries passengers through stunning scenery, it transports them to a charming bygone era. As well as speaking to travellers enjoying the trip of a lifetime, David goes behind the scenes to meet the people who keep the fantasy on track. Relax into the glamour of the Roaring Twenties, and find out what inspired the classic Murder on the Orient Express.

The DVD contains English subtitles for the hard of hearing.

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Confused? Collection 8 is exactly the same DVD as SEASON 12 (apart from the subtitles). There is a set of 'Collections' (9 of these) OR a set of 'Seasons' (13 of these, the first three now quite hard to get hold of). If you're collecting Poirot episodes, stick to either 'Collections' or 'Seasons', then never the twain shall duplicate. This DVD contains 4 episodes: 'Murder on the Orient Express' 'Three Act Tragedy' 'The Clocks' & 'Halloween Party' plus a delightful documentary about David Suchet on the Orient Express as it is today. These are some of the best Poirot's ever. Excellent. (nb: subtitles are in English HOH)
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This eighth individual collection set consists of the complete twelfth series from 2009 and 2010, including one of Agatha Christie's best-loved mysteries, Murder on the Orient Express. The other three stories featured in this set are Three Act Tragedy, The Clocks and Halloween Party. Three Act Tragedy (which guest starred Martin Shaw as Poirot's actor friend Sir Charles Cartwright) and The Clocks were dramatised in 2009 and Murder on the Orient Express and Halloween Party were dramatised in 2010. I remember discovering in 2011 that ITV aired The Clocks as a brand new episode that year, but it wasn't a brand new episode at all as it was released on this DVD set in 2010 along with the other three stories featured here. If I remember correctly, The Clocks first aired the year it was actually made (although I think ITV might have aired this story as a brand new episode when they did in 2011 due to the fact that the actress Anna Massey, who guest starred in that episode, had died that year). Like with the other individual collection sets I have, David Suchet is again in excellent form as the Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot, who is accompanied by his valet George (David Yelland) and his writer friend Ariadne Oliver (Zoe Wanamaker). Highly recommended, particularly for fans of the Poirot stories such as myself (I must stress that I don't have any of Agatha Christie's Poirot books so I'm only going along by the TV adaptations I've seen).
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I'm going to focus on Murder on the Orient Express because that's the reason I bought the DVD. There are a number of good points - David Suchet is terrific as Poirot as always and the set is very good as well.

The issue I have is that the film deviates from the story as it is told in the book quite a lot. It focuses on the themes of religion and justice and whether this man deserved to die (rather than who murdered him and how). This took away from the mystery and more time should have been given to looking at how the crime had been committed - issues like the passenger's movements on the night of the murder for example (which there is plenty of detail of in the book) were glossed over quite quickly here.

The atmosphere in this version is also quite dark - this comes through in the background music and in the mood of Poirot (who seems to be a bit narked throughout). This was another alteration that wasn't really necessary.

It may be that they made these changes in order to try and bring the story 'up to date', but great stories are timeless and don't really need to be changed that much. Overall, it's not bad (but with David Suchet as Poirot it was never going to be) and it's certainly worth a watch, but a truer reflection of the story as it is told in the book would have been better.
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Having read the Murder on the Orient Express prior to viewing, I was somewhat surprised of the darkness and the new side to Poirot in this episode. Suddenly the protagonist has become a truly believing catholic, and the episode is focused on moral and "a higher justice". His indifference towards a mob execution in the streets of Istanbul is unexpected. At one point, he even refers to it as justice. The book, as I remember, was entirely centred on the mystery. David Suchet is nevertheless as brilliant as always, but the religious aspect of the episode and the melancholy might not suite everyone.

However, the production quality is very high in all four episodes, and certainly worth getting.
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With this collection, the Poirot series is almost an end. If it is, then it will be missed.

The pick of the this season is Murder on the Orient Express. I was hoping that this book would be reserved for Poirot's swansong and given the luxury of a two and a half hour special, which is what it would take to tell the story adequately. Alas, it was not to be. However, the producers have solved the problem of the book by down-playing the mystery (which Poirot solves quite quickly) and highlighting his subsequent moral dilemma. Although I am a little sceptical about using Christie's artificial puzzles as a basis for morality tales, I think this approach actually works quite well.

Hallo-een Party is very atmospheric but is slightly undermined by a highly implausible plot twist towards the end. Nonetheless, it is a good addition to the Poirot canon.

Three Act Tragedy has a somewhat disjointed structure that is dictated by the nature of the story. It is the most conventional of the three shows, but is still good fun.

Overall, Poirot fans should be well satified with this collection (I was) and there is the bonus of some good extras on the DVD.
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