Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Vol. 4 [VHS]

August 19, 2013 - Comment

In two of the three episodes included here, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot tries to solve a crime before it’s even happened. In “Wasps’ Nest,” it’s a murder–but the victim isn’t the person you’d expect. In “The Million-Dollar Bond Robbery,” it’s the theft of American bonds en route from London to New York. But even the

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In two of the three episodes included here, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot tries to solve a crime before it’s even happened. In “Wasps’ Nest,” it’s a murder–but the victim isn’t the person you’d expect. In “The Million-Dollar Bond Robbery,” it’s the theft of American bonds en route from London to New York. But even the most devious criminal mind is no match for Agatha Christie’s famous detective. These videos, originally produced for the BBC, are sure to delight old fans and enchant new ones. David Suchet’s portrayal gives Poirot a depth of character often missing from other screen versions; Suchet’s Poirot is charming, witty, finicky, and sometimes downright testy. Yet he is always compassionate, especially in the more somber “Plymouth Express,” in which a mining magnate’s daughter is killed for her jewels. The series’ producers spared no expense with the set, re-creating mid-1930s London from Poirot’s well-appointed art deco apartment to the seedy side streets where bookies and jewel thieves ply their trade. In “The Million-Dollar Bond Robbery,” black-and-white footage of Poirot and his associate, Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser), has even been worked into a historical newsreel of the maiden voyage of the Queen Mary. With details like these, the series brings to life not only one of the most famous detectives in fiction, but also an entire bygone era. –Larisa Lomacky Moore

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F. Behrens "Frank Behrens" says:

A coincidental juxtaposition and one extraoridinary episode We are now well on our way to the first six sets of the collection in boxed sets of three VHSs each. Please see my reviews of the first three sets for general comments on these sets as a whole.

"face-garak" says:

Not as Good as Some Poirot, but any Poirot is great! Poirot is such a superior series that even it’s mediocre episodes shine brightly. But when judging one episode against the others there must inevitably be some that don’t measure up.

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