Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Vol. 5 [VHS]

July 7, 2013 - Comment

“I have the order, the method, the psychology… I am the best. I am Hercule Poirot,” declares Agatha Christie’s most famous detective in “The Mystery of the Spanish Chest.” And David Suchet continues to prove himself as the best actor to portray Poirot in this boxed set of three hour-long episodes. Suchet has said it

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“I have the order, the method, the psychology… I am the best. I am Hercule Poirot,” declares Agatha Christie’s most famous detective in “The Mystery of the Spanish Chest.” And David Suchet continues to prove himself as the best actor to portray Poirot in this boxed set of three hour-long episodes. Suchet has said it is his goal to reveal Poirot’s many dimensions, going beyond the caricature previous actors had made him out to be. This is most evident in “The Double Clue,” in which Poirot meets his match from the criminal world–and falls in love. Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser) and Miss Lemon (Pauline Moran) provide comic relief with their own attempts to solve the case, but in the end this remains a poignant tale of the one that got away. Suchet reveals a more lighthearted side of Poirot in “The Mystery of the Spanish Chest,” treating viewers to the unforgettable spectacle of the fussy detective dancing the Charleston. And in “The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor,” he stages a cunning, ghostly charade to smoke out the murderer. As always, the production of these episodes is stunning in its attention to detail, re-creating the look, sound, and feel of 1930s high-society England. From the shot of a train shrouded in a mask of fog to the eerie sight of a room full of people in gas masks during an air raid test, the episodes also evoke the ominous atmosphere that makes mysteries so deliciously goose-pimply when viewed from the safety of a warm couch. –Larisa Lomacky Moore

Comments

Harold Wolf "Doc" says:

3 feature-lengths Suchet/Poirot/Agatha Christie at their finest POIROT set 5 is just plain GOOD murder mystery. Agatha Christie suspense perfect. David Suchet acting excellence. Combined they make any British Mystery viewer salivate. Add top guest stars in each, SUBTITLES for the hearing and dialect challenged, and kick in some of the best filmed period mystery ever produced. It’s what fans have come to expect with Poirot, Agatha Christie, Masterpiece Mystery, and the untouchable as Hercule Poirot–David Suchet. The best Poirot yet, of what I’ve seen…

F. Behrens "Frank Behrens" says:

Still top notch entertainment Thanks to Acorn Media, we may very well soon have all the Hercule Poirot episodes available for easy watching, the shorter ones on tape and the longer on DVD. With the arrival of Set 5, we have cases 13-15 from the classic BBC series that was once shown on PBS and currently in shamefully abbreviated forms on a commercial channel.

Paul J. Mular says:

Acorn Media delivers the original uncut U.K. versions. First I want to make it clear that I have compared the Acorn Media DVDs to the PBS broadcast. The Acorn Media DVDs clock in from 89 to 94 minutes long while the PBS broadcast ended around the 85 minute mark, and this includes their Masterpiece Mystery open & host introduction. There is a Masterpiece Mystery logo at the beginning, but I think Acorn Media had to tag that on to connect it to PBS. This is the UK Version. I did not do a scene by scene comparison to see what PBS cut…

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