Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Vol. 6 [VHS]

August 27, 2013 - Comment

Wherever Hercule Poirot goes, murder follows–although the crimes are not always what they first appear to be in the three stories included in this boxed set of Agatha Christie’s Poirot. Poirot’s attempt at a practical joke livens up the somewhat tedious “Theft of the Royal Ruby”–an episode in which the redirection of romantic attentions seems

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Wherever Hercule Poirot goes, murder follows–although the crimes are not always what they first appear to be in the three stories included in this boxed set of Agatha Christie’s Poirot. Poirot’s attempt at a practical joke livens up the somewhat tedious “Theft of the Royal Ruby”–an episode in which the redirection of romantic attentions seems to be as much the goal as preserving England’s political relations with Egypt. A guest appearance by Stephanie Cole (who later starred in the series Waiting for God) makes this episode an interesting collector’s item for British TV fans.

Costumes and clever disguises ultimately fail to mask the truth from Poirot’s prying eyes in the other two episodes. Even a fever-stricken Poirot is able to deduce the culprit’s double identity in “The Mystery of Hunter’s Lodge.” And the dazzling commedia dell’arte costumes in “The Affair at the Victory Ball” are stripped away when the Belgian sleuth reassembles the surviving cast of a radio mystery play to broadcast his own whodunit scene. David Suchet is, as always, the consummate Hercule Poirot, from his dapper demeanor to his endearing concern for the plight of servants and train station attendants. –Larisa Lomacky Moore

Comments

F. Behrens "Frank Behrens" says:

Suffers only in comparison with the earlier sets At last, the final set in this series of video mysteries. I say “this” series, because the friendly people at Acorn Media assure me that other entries are to follow in the not too distant future. Please see my reviews of sets 1-3 for general comments about these offerings.

Arsen says:

Hi Alex,life’s too short for so much information!I’m a huge fan of Agatha Christie. In my teen years I read elsseldny this master crime writer.No one compares!I have a colection of her books and now and then I look upon my bookshelf sadly because I haven’t had time lately to read just for fun.My favourite books are The Death of Roger Ackroyd, And there there were none and Death on the Nile. People cant just miss them. I strongly recommend Agatha to those who don’t know her yet.Have merry and scary readings!!!Ana Paula Amaro

"face-garak" says:

Poirot continues to be wonderful! The Theft of the Royal Ruby – While it’s interesting to see Poirot on his own, I still missed Hastings and Miss Lemon. But what turned my away from this one is the mystery. It’s just not that interesting and revolves too much around coincidence. – 3 stars

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