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Agatha Christie's Poirot - Collection 6 [DVD]
Agatha Christie's Poirot - Collection 6 [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Suchet
Price: £16.00

25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So beautifully done, only the packaging is a shame, 18 Nov. 2007
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These new Poirots are so well and beautifully done (5+ stars!!!). Yes, they are darker and more emotional (sader) than the short stories, mostly due to the soundtrack and the much deeper story. Murder, greed, jealousy or rage are sad things anyway. Poirot himself says in "After the Funeral" that he is interested in psychology: why and how do people things. But this enriches the whole series.

David Suchet still dominates every scene he is in, and the supporting cast is simply perfect as well (and as always). No miscasted actor, no bad or exaggerated acting.

The video quality is very good, the aspect ratio is 16:9 (the first 8 seasons or so were 4:3). The sound Dolby Surround (not 5.1).

There is a "Behind the Scenes" feature on every of the four disks. But this is done not very well (3 stars): Granada obviously made ONE feature of one hour length and cut it into FOUR pieces. So in the "making of" on "After the Funeral" we get also information (spoilers!) about "Cards on the Table", the same with the other ones. Still, there ARE some features and we get to know from David Suchet how he approaches the Poirot figure.

Packaging is a REAL SHAME (1 star): No information about the films (length, aspect ratio, sound, date of broadcast), no summary of the stories. To save space in your DVD shelf they let two of the discs overlap each other so you have to take out disc 2 to get disc 1. But after all it's the wonderful content that counts and not the inferior packaging box!
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Philip Marlowe: Private Eye Collection [DVD] [1984] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Philip Marlowe: Private Eye Collection [DVD] [1984] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Price: £199.99

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful series, average pic quality, no extras, extremely nice price, 4 Aug. 2007
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Packaging: The series comes in one standard Amaray DVD box with 3 disks. It contains NO booklet with extra information.

Menus: Nice jass-like sound, static menu screens, fly-by logo on menu change. Within each menu the same music snippet is being played which gets a bit annoying when you browse through the menus. You can choose to start each episode with the titles or start each episode directly with the story (skipping the titles).

Subtitles: Not available (what I regret, though with good knowledge of English even I as a German viewer get along with the stories very well)

Video: The picture quality is not the best but really OK (I've seen better and worse). Some noise is noticable on walls, the whole picture looks a little bit like a very good divX. You simply shouldn't expect a perfectly digitally remastered video what it isn't.

Audio: Stereo 2.0 and Surround 5.1 are available, where the 5.1-Sound mainly comes out of my front right speaker. The 2.0 sound is good, all dialogues are clear, no annoying noise.

Length: Each episode takes about 50 minutes.

Stories: The design, sets and costumes are beautifully done. Marlowe always wears a tie that is way too short (like Bogart did in Big Sleep), his waistband is always a bit too high, he looks a bit shabby. The 1940 cars are awesome. Marlowe's actor Powers Boothe has a low voice and a cynical undertone that fits perfectly to the Marlowe figure. The supporting actors are acting so damn well (as does Mr. Boothe) that you believe that this IS the society and world Chandler described.
You find four episodes on disks 1 and 2 and another three episodes on disk 3 (11 eps in total).

Summary: If you like Chandler, the 1940s and complicated private eye stories: BUY IT!!! (price per minute of video is unrivalled)

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