Agatha Christie's Poirot - The Complete Collection (24 Disc Box Set) [DVD]
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This 24-disc box set contains the complete collection of Agatha Christie's mysteries featuring Hercule Poirot--the meticulously-moustached Belgian detective who relies on his "little grey cells" to solve the most daunting of crimes.
David Suchet stars as the lead in Agatha Christie's Poirot - The Complete Collection--a crime drama series set in the 1930s. Whether he's on holiday or going about his business in Central London, Poirot finds himself exercising his "little grey cells" by helping police investigate crimes and murders, regardless of whether or not they ask for his help. He's often accompanied by his trusty sidekick Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser), and their paths often cross with Scotland Yard's Inspector Japp (Philip Jackson) who has a grudging respect for the meticulous, if eccentric, private detective.
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Also. Why is the young female ingenue such an unlovable character - in every episode where one appears. Are they of their time, I wonder? Have just finished listening to The Peril at End House and looking forward to the television version - to see how different they are. If at all.
My daughter came to stay for a few months and she took herself off to the bedroom to watch them alone.
She quite spoiled the edges of the boxes of my set AND put the discs back in the wrong boxes.
She moved out a few months ago and complains she has nothing to do at night when she is alone so before she asks to borrow Poirot again (I have already "lost" The Braithwaites to her) I have today decided to order the "collection" which includes Collection 7 as well for myself and give her the first set (this one) and Collection 7, torn boxes and all.
For the amount of use the discs have had the cost was so small.
When you watch something a few times you notice how well the background was consistent to its time and class.
The cars, the clothes etc., and were the streets really as clean as they look.
I'm sure the people in my family tree did not enjoy life as much - my father played football in the street with a blown-up pig's bladder and wearing rags around his feet with someone's discarded holey socks over the top. I'm sure the local urchins must have been somewhere.
But if a not-so-old age pensioner is buying a second set you will realise how good the films are and how economic Amazon's price is.
So if you love Suchet as Poirot - BUY HIM.
Kath of Stockport.
Another good point about this collection is that the discs are clearly marked, unlike the situation in some collections (such as When The Boat Comes In) where you can get the discs all mixed up.
The above brings me to the Specials, which are very disappointing and could have been so much better.
I am unsure now as to whether this collection is "complete": I notice that a Collection 7 is about to come out.
Still, what can one do but award 5 stars?
However, this set would not play properly on my U.S. DVD player, so I sent an inquiry to Amazon.co.uk asking for a suggested solution. In their prompt and thorough response the Amazon customer service representative suggested I purchase a multi-region DVD player through the U.S. Amazon.com website. I subsequently purchased just such a player, and after verifying that it would in fact correctly play Region 2 DVDs, I then ordered the Poirot set from Amazon.co.uk.
Although delivery took longer than I expected (25 days or so), the set arrived safely and so far all viewed episodes have played flawlessly. It should be noted that the manufacturer of this set has created an ingenious storage system which allows the 32 discs to be safely stored in individual plastic "pages" within two booklets in a case that measures 7.5 x 5.5 x 5.0 inches.
Considering that there are 65 episodes included in this set, my cost was 1 USD per episode - considerably less than I would be required to pay to stream those same episodes for one-time viewing from U.S. providers. (And, the picture and sound quality from the DVDs is better!)
Altogether, I am very pleased with this DVD set and with the assistance and service I received from Amazon.co.uk!
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