Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Movie Collection [VHS]

August 16, 2013 - Comment

David Suchet stars as the definitive Poirot, the dapper Belgian sleuth who solves daunting cases amid the Art Deco elegance of 1930s Europe. Includes The Alphabet Murders, Death in the Clouds, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Peril at End House, and One, Two, Buckle My Shoe. 8 hours 35 min.Deadlier than a nest of vipers

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David Suchet stars as the definitive Poirot, the dapper Belgian sleuth who solves daunting cases amid the Art Deco elegance of 1930s Europe. Includes The Alphabet Murders, Death in the Clouds, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Peril at End House, and One, Two, Buckle My Shoe. 8 hours 35 min.Deadlier than a nest of vipers and twistier than a mountain road–it’s Poirot: The Movie Collection. Agatha Christie’s supersleuth (played by David Suchet) is a proper, precise little man who cannot bring himself to eat hard-boiled eggs of different sizes, but it is exactly this obsession with detail that leads him to solve the five baffling cases presented in this boxed set. A lady’s shoe buckle, a broken coffee cup, a poison dart pipe: these are the ingredients with which Christie brewed her classic mysteries, and the producers of these video adaptations pay an equal attention to detail in re-creating the stories on the small screen. Stunning aerial shots of England’s coast and countryside are matched by elegant and elaborate costumes, particularly when it comes to ladies’ headgear. Of course, nothing can outshine the fine performances of Suchet (who makes Poirot’s fussy habits endearing and delivers wisecracks with unparalleled subtlety) and his supporting cast; Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser), Miss Lemon (Pauline Moran), and Chief Inspector Japp (Philip Jackson) add comic relief and camaraderie to the proceedings.

The DVD transfers are generally crisp in both picture and sound quality. Special features include biographies of Suchet and Christie, Poirot trivia questions, and a filmography of all the Agatha Christie’s Poirot episodes. –Larisa Lomacky Moore

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F. Behrens "Frank Behrens" says:

Couldn’t be much better amazon Poirot movie collection

Rebecca Fieler says:

Poirot in Bulk Both my sister and my mother have read almost every mystery that Agatha Christie ever wrote, but I never thought to start. Then I sat down one evening to watch television with them, and I was at once enchanted. It was an episode of Agatha Christie’s Poirot on A&E. The David Suchet Poirot films (both full length movies and short films) come from this series. I enjoyed that first show so much that I watched the series religiously until it went off the air.

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