Miss Marple – 3 Feature Length Mysteries (The Body in the Library / A Murder Is Announced / A Pocketful of Rye)

July 1, 2013 - Comment

Time spent with Miss Jane Marple will forever change your opinion of sweet little old ladies. Joan Hickson captured every nuance of Miss Marple when she portrayed her in these three wickedly clever tales—A Pocketful of Rye, The Body in the Library, and A Murder Is Announced. Originally broadcast on the BBC’s Mystery!, they now

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Time spent with Miss Jane Marple will forever change your opinion of sweet little old ladies. Joan Hickson captured every nuance of Miss Marple when she portrayed her in these three wickedly clever tales—A Pocketful of Rye, The Body in the Library, and A Murder Is Announced. Originally broadcast on the BBC’s Mystery!, they now can be part of your permanent whodunit library. 63/4 hours on 3 cassettes or 3 DVDs. Simon says: Agatha Christie on Jane Marple: “Though a cheerful person, she always expected the worst of everyone and everything and was, with almost frightening accuracy, usually proved right.”In the hands of Agatha Christie, the murder mystery is like a sonata crossed with a magic trick–an intricate formal structure that depends on ingenious misdirection. On top of that, the movies made from her novels are an opportunity for great British character actors to languish in icy disdain, insinuating glances, arch humor, and trembling suggestions of guilt. This set gathers together three fine BBC productions, starting with The Body in the Library (in which a blond stranger’s corpse turns up in a British squire’s house), A Murder Is Announced) (in which a supposed parlor game has fatal consequences), and A Pocketful of Rye (in which a nursery rhyme becomes a recipe for a series of poisonings). All star Joan Hickson as Christie’s much-loved elderly sleuth, Miss Marple. The way Hickson’s eyes light up at the mention of mysterious death makes her seem like a delightfully dotty old ghoul; she hovers at the periphery of investigations, noticing the telling details that police inspectors overlook. The productions lay out plot threads and clues with surgical precision, while the actors play stock characters with exquisite relish. –Bret Fetzer

Product Features

  • The beloved dowager detective Miss Marple (Joan Hickson) unravels three of Agatha Christie’s most popular brainteasers: A Murder Is Announced, A Pocketful of Rye and the series premiere, The Body in the Library.Running Time: 421 min. Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: MYSTERY/SUSPENSE Rating: NR Age: 794051168924 UPC: 794051168924 Manufacturer No: E1689

Comments

Terran "Terran" says:

charming tea time My favorite Miss Marple film is BODY IN THE LIBRARY, which is included in this set. First off, unlike for some other reviewers, the films are crisp, no dark multi-gen’d versions on my disks. Re the set appearance itself, quite charming overall, as if one should sit down with coffee, tea or cocoa while perusing. The individual disk decor is lovely, with photos from the particular installment, and the disks contain chaptering of the installments (you can elect to view all three eps on disk 1 &…

JDW "jdwfoo17" says:

Splendid showcase Restricting my comments to the quality of the 3-disc release: I was very worried, based on a review published here, that the video quality of this product might be poor. It isn’t; in fact, it’s very good. I don’t know why the reviewer would have complained about this unless his/her copy of the DVD was really as poor as described, which I have to accept that it was. All I can say is, mine isn’t. A couple of nights ago, one of our Bay Area PBS channels did re-broadcast one of the 3-part episodes…

Anonymous says:

Must have for Marple fans My 3 favorite Miss Marple programs. Video quality excellent. If they had left off all the ads at the beginning of each CD it would have been even better. A nice value.

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