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on 21 May 2003
Finally the entire "Agatha Christie's Poirot" collection comes in one single box containing 31 discs, one movie per disc, two episodes per disc. David Suchet IS Poirot, having the looks, the mannerisms and even the accent. Even Hastings is near perfect.
This collection contains: The Adventure of the Clapham Cook, Murder in the Mews, The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly, 4 & 20 Blackbirds, The Third Floor Flat, Triangle At Rhodes, Problem At Sea, The Incredible Theft, The King of Clubs, The Dream, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Lord Edgware Dies, Hercule Poirot's Christmas, Peril At End House Part 1 & 2, The Veiled Lady, The Lost Mine, The Cornish Mystery, The Disappearance of Mr Davenheim, Double Sin, The Adventure of the Cheap Flat, The Kidnapped PM, The Adventure of the Western Star, How Does Your Garden Grow?, The Million Dollar Bond Robbery, The Plymouth Express, Wasps' Nest, The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor, The Double Clue, The Mystery of the Spanish Chest, The Theft of the Royal Ruby, The Affair At The Victory Ball, The Mystery of Hunter's Lodge, The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb, The Underdog, Yellow Iris, The Case of The Missing Will, The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman, The Chocolate Box, The Dead Man's Mirror, Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, The ABC Murders, Hickory Dickory Dock, Dumb Witness , Murder On The Links, Death In The Clouds, One Two Buckle My Shoe, Murder in Mesopotomia, Evil Under The Sun.
It's probably the greatest whodunnit ever, the one-hour episodes are good, but this collection really shines on the 13 full-length movies. All of these are faithful adaptations of Agatha Christie's books. Dame Christie's fans will be delighted, but mystery fans in general won't be disappointed either.
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on 10 August 2003
I can always sit down with a cup of coco and bury myself in an Agatha Christie novel. Well now, i can sit down with a cup of coco in front of the TV and 'watch' an Agatha Christie novel. Of all her cleverly minded detectives, i have to say that my personal favourite is Hercule Poirot and his 'little grey cells'. Hastings adds a bit depth to the whole thing as well. In this fabulous DVD collection there are the following titles: The Adventure of the Clapham Cook, Murder in the Mews, The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly, 4 & 20 Blackbirds, The Third Floor Flat, Triangle At Rhodes, Problem At Sea, The Incredible Theft, The King of Clubs, The Dream, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Lord Edgware Dies, Hercule Poirot's Christmas, Peril At End House Part 1 and 2, The Veiled Lady, The Lost Mine, The Cornish Mystery, The Disappearance of Mr Davenheim, Double Sin, The Adventure of the Cheap Flat, The Kidnapped PM, The Adventure of the Western Star, How Does Your Garden Grow?, The Million Dollar Bond Robbery, The Plymouth Express, Wasps' Nest, The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor, The Double Clue, The Mystery of the Spanish Chest, The Theft of the Royal Ruby, The Affair At The Victory Ball, The Mystery of Hunter's Lodge, The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb, The Underdog, Yellow Iris, The Case of The Missing Will, The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman, The Chocolate Box, The Dead Man's Mirror, Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, The ABC Murders, Hickory Dickory Dock, Dumb Witness , Murder On The Links, Death In The Clouds, One Two Buckle My Shoe, Murder in Mesopotomia and Evil Under The Sun.
Well, as you can see, there is a great choice to chose from so order it NOW!
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VINE VOICEon 10 May 2003
From start to finish this series has been a treat to watch and re-watch time after time. David Suchet is incomparable as Hercule Poirot: he has the figure, looks, impeccable accent and an unbelievable acting talent. Although some of the adaptations do not adhere entirely to the Christie books, they are in every way a reflection of the spirit of them. Watching the whole canon from start to finish, one can see a development in Poirot's relationships with Inspector Japp (marvelously played by Philip Jackson), Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser) and Miss Lemon (Pauline Moran), that is not apparent from watching occasional episodes on the television. It is well worth buying the whole lot at once just for this reason. Re-living the more romantic episodes (The Double Clue, The Chocolate Box) is also a reminder of the multi-faceted nature of the series.
Perfect for lovers of period drama and detective stories alike.
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on 13 April 2004
I received this comprehensive boxed set as a Christmas present and, although I already had almost almost every single David Suchet "Poirot" episode on bought or home-recorded videotape, I was nonetheless ecstatic: This superbly produced and acted series is my favorite TV program of all time, and David Suchet truly the embodiment of Christie's Poirot. (One very minor flaw I have noticed is that some of the photos on the DVD covers do not match the correct episodes.)
I am delighted that Suchet has resumed production of the remaining Poirot stories, starting with "5 Little Pigs" and "Sad Cypress." These new episodes are, of course, not included in this set.
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on 30 November 2004
David Suchet is unquestionably the best actor to ever play Poirot, and this sumptuous set includes every episode he made, except for the few produced in the last year or so.
This superb series features great performances from Suchet himself and from all the supporting players, Hugh Fraser as Captain Hastings, Philip Jackson as Chief Inspector Japp, and Pauline Moran as Miss Lemon. Some epsiodes stick more closely to the original books than others, the ABC Murders, one of my favourites, is very close to the original, whereas Dumb Witness, for instance, has been changed quite a lot (but never mind, that entrancing dog makes up for it). The 1930s background is beautiful if sometimes a little too perfect (one feels that not everyone in the 30s can have lived in exquisite Art Decco mansions).
This wonderful DVD set comes in a beautiful and striking carrying case, and at only a little more than half the recommended retail price, is incredibly good value.
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on 16 May 2003
As soon as this DVD collection became available we ordered it and were not disappointed. It is packed with some of the best of British television in the last two decades. Of course David Suchet is instantly recognisable as the world's most famous Belgian . We never liked Peter Ustinov's portrayal of the character, he was just too obese and self indulgent compared to Suchets' man of impeccable taste and character. You can forgive this man a few extra pounds for his contribution to the twin sciences of criminology and gastronomy.
I started reading Christie's Poirot at the age of nine and have been a fan ever since. Christies plots are sublime and not at all contrived, every murder is the perfect murder as far as the villains are concerned .. but little fools Poirot. You can almost hear the 'little grey cells' clicking away as soon as he enters the crime scene. Poirot tramples the red herrings beneath his shiny boots and corners the villain(s) like a grandmaster of chess does his opponents.
With thirty one DVD's containing all the 'Poirot' episodes 1989-2001 including ten film length DVD's starting with Peril at End House (1990) and ending with Murder in Mesopotamia (2001), how can you miss!! One caveat, a spelling mistake on one of the DVD boxes reads Hercule Poirot's CGRISTMAS, but that will probably become collectable one day.
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on 22 September 2003
This is really great stuff and must-have for any detective story lover. It is nowadays almost impossible to read Agatha Christie's Poirot stories without imaging David Suchet's character as Poirot himself. 31 discs of pure Poirot!
The mastering quality of the discs is well comparable with early 90's tv-series level. The missing subtitles (not even in English) cost one star.
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on 16 September 2001
The first of these two classics "The Veiled Lady" was my favorite. While inspector Japp is summoned to investigate a jewel robbery Poirot and Captain Hastings are invited to meet up with a mysterious lady who asks for their help in a problem of hers. Will Poirot be able to find any secrets from under the veil? The second of the two classics was "The lost Mine".This all starts off when Poirot starts to play monopoly with his friend Captain Hastings. After a short trip to the bank Poirot learns he is over balance. This leads Poirot to learn there are more street in London that do not appear on the monopoly Board.This classic really gives the little grey cells a challenge! In both stories Poirot is played by the very talented David Suchet. This video along with many classics must be added to your video collection.
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on 17 June 2004
I have all the Poirot dvds and these last two do not disappoint. Five Little Pigs is one of my favourite Christie novels, and this a very good adaptation.The story revolves around Lucy Crale, the daughter of Caroline Crale who was hanged for the murder of her husband, famous painter Amyas Crale 14 years befors. Lucy now wants Poirot to investigate the case, believing her mother to be innocent. He investigates the 5 little pigs:Caroline's disfigured younger sister; Amyas's best and suspiciously close childhood friend; Amyas's young lover Elsa who he was apparently leaving his wife to marry; Lucy's childhood governess and a bumbling faithful friend of the couple with an extraordinay amateur interest in poisons.The atmosphere is darker than the other Poirot adaptations, with more violence and sex than any of the others (the hanging scene at the beginning is fairly graphic). No Hastings or Miss Lemon here, no sparkly champagne and jazz music atmosphere, but a very satisfying examination of murder in retrospect. In Sad Cypress, another tale about a female killer, two people are "killed by a fair maid" as the line goes.Elinor Carlilse is accuseed of poisoning both her wealthy great aunt and Mary Gerrard, a beautiful village girl who has managed to capture the heart both of Elinor's aunt and her fiance.Again, Poirot in fine form , but quite a tragic story.Well worth adding to your collection. The extra interviews with David Suchet (he looks so funny without the moustaches) and Margaret Mitchell are interesting too.
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on 19 January 2005
This set was my Christmas surprise, and it's a very good collection. Actors are marvellous, Suchet is really Poirot, I've seen him lately in another comedy, but it was quite awkward to see him not being Poirot, though he was in good in the other movie as well. :) However, we were slightly disappointed that no subtitles (no extras either- but that's not a real problem) are on the DVD, not even English. (The four new DVD, which is not in the set, has been also published here, in Hungary, and there is scene selection, AND subtitles- English, Hungarian...)
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