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What is the point of this pathetic 'collection'?
on 9 July 2012
ITV have financed a digital restoration of at LEAST the first SIX SERIES (1989-1996) from the original negatives and the results are outstanding. In Region 1 Acorn Media have already released series 1-5 and will be following them up with series 6 in August. All restored series are available on DVD AND BLU-RAY. I have compared before-and-after-restoration shots on several episodes and it's incredible the amount of information that had been lost over the years and which is now visible again.
Sadly all of them are region locked to 1/A. As not everyone has multi-region BD players, the UK in general must now wait for ITV to release these new DVDs and BDs over here. So what do we get in the grand-sounding Feature Length Collection? 3 paltry episodes, 1 from 1992, 1 from 2004, 1 from 2010. Not even 1 whole series. Only 1 of these stories comes from the first 6 series that Acorn have released - The ABC Murders. So that just leaves another 45 episodes from those early series, all of which have been restored and blow the old DVDs out the water.
And to rub salt in to the wound - this appears to be DVD ONLY. Where's the Blu-ray?
Lame, lacklustre and pathetic. Seriously, if you are a fan of Poirot and are looking for restored episodes to upgrade to, and can play region 1 DVDs (or even better, region A BDs) PLEASE invest in the new Acorn releases and show ITV what you think of their sad little attempt. TWELVE out of thirteen series/seasons are now available in the US and the final season will be released nearer the end of 2014. Do the right thing - import! :-)