Agatha Christie’s Poirot – The Classic Collection, Vol. 2

August 10, 2013 - Comment

As portrayed by DAVID SUCHET, Agatha Christie’s brilliant Belgian sleuth became the most-watched detective in the history of the PBS Mystery! series and a hit all over again on A&E. The incomparable Poirot cracks his most challenging cases in these feature-length episodes. The Mysteries The ABC Murders Death in the Clouds Dumb Witness Hercule Poirot’s

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As portrayed by DAVID SUCHET, Agatha Christie’s brilliant Belgian sleuth became the most-watched detective in the history of the PBS Mystery! series and a hit all over again on A&E. The incomparable Poirot cracks his most challenging cases in these feature-length episodes.

The Mysteries
The ABC Murders
Death in the Clouds
Dumb Witness
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas
Hickory Dickory Dock
Murder on the Links
The Mysterious Affair at Styles
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
Peril at End House

INCLUDES BONUS PROGRAM! Agatha Christie’s Garden — An intimate look at the author’s life at her beloved garden and summer retreat in Devon, with Rosemary & Thyme’s Pam Ferris as your guide.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE biographies of Agatha Christie and David Suchet, interactive trivia, cast filmographies, and Agatha Christie materials.Snooty, fastidious, self-important–and yet delightful. Agatha Christie’s famous Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, continues to engage his “little grey cells” in this mammoth and consistently strong collection of nine feature-length murder mysteries, all full of Christie’s skillful twists and cunning misdirection. In the best of these, such as The ABC Murders or One, Two, Buckle My Shoe, the murders are only the tip of the iceberg, hiding or indirectly revealing a more insidious plot. The Classic Collection 2 ranges from the very first Poirot story–The Mysterious Affair at Styles, which also introduces the recurring characters Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser) and stalwart Chief Inspector Japp (Philip Jackson) as Poirot investigates the murder of a family’s matriarch–to later stories like Hickory Dickory Dock, in which Poirot’s secretary Miss Lemon (Pauline Moran) makes one of the only mistakes in her precise career (an event of more import to some fans than the actual mystery, which revolves around diamond smuggling in a student hostel). The set also includes Death in the Clouds (in which murder is committed on an airplane, right under Poirot’s nose), Peril at End House (which culminates in a staged seance), Dumb Witness (in which a fox terrier helps Poirot suss out the truth), Murder on the Links (in which Hastings, so often smitten with a suspect, loses his heart completely), and Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (a particularly colorful mystery, featuring a fiery Spanish girl and a very unsavory murder victim).

Ironically, television makes Christie’s work even stronger. Though always prized for the intricate mechanics of her mysteries, her characters are more often dismissed as flat. In the hands of wily British thespians, these same characters become vivid and eccentric. Though casts include a few familiar faces, including Polly Walker (Rome, Enchanted April), Damian Lewis (Band of Brothers, Friends & Crocodiles), and Christopher Eccleston (Heroes, Dr. Who), most of the actors are capable unknowns. But they’re all supporting players to David Suchet, who, after playing Poirot in more than 60 TV movies, completely owns the role. Suchet brings the perfect blend of warmth, prickliness, and obsession to the finicky sleuth, who refuses to overlook inconvenient details; every loose thread must be explained or he will not rest. The Classic Collection 2 features an engaging documentary that, though titled Agatha Christie’s Garden, is a well-wrought biographical look at the author, filtered through her beloved estate and narrated by Pam Ferris (Rosemary & Thyme). –Bret Fetzer

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Themis-Athena says:

Poirot in Perfection. Hercule Poirot is one of the most famous detectives in literary history. Yet, strangely, except for his portrayal by Albert Finney in the star-studded movie version of “Murder on the Orient Express,” for a long time there did not seem to be an actor who could convincingly bring to life the clever, dignified little Belgian with his unmistakable egg-shaped head, always perched a little on one side, his stiff, military, slightly upward-twisted moustache, and his excessively neat attire, which had…

David C. Buursma says:

TV for the non-ADD viewer. I’ll keep this very simple: My wife and I can’t watch TV. The programs we find on our television set seem to be written by and for people with Attention Deficit Disorder. After about five minutes of viewing, I am ready to do something as violent as the characters I’m watching. Enter Hercule Poirot, the elegant, brilliant French detective, who with sidekicks Captain Hastings and Miss Lemon provide hours of enjoyment. Throw in a little Chief Inspector Jaap, and you have the recipe for…wait…

Patrick W. Crabtree "The Old Grottomaster" says:

One of the better Poirot episode collections (all details) Agatha Christie’s renowned Belgian detective resolves yet another slate of atmospheric British-themed crimes! Here is a synopsis of each episode. (I’ve rendered my own relative evaluation of each one on a 1-10 scale, 10 being the best):VOLUME 1 (Disc One)The Million-Dollar Bond Robbery — At the behest of bank officials, Poirot and Hastings accompany a bank representative who is notorious for his gambling on the Queen Mary across the Atlantic to America — the bank’s…

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