Poirot: Classic Crimes Collection (The Mystery of the Blue Train / After the Funeral / Cards on the Table / Taken at the Flood)

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David Suchet. Includes The Mystery of the Blue Train (2005/100 min.), Taken at the Flood (2006/94 min.), After the Funeral (2005/100 min.) and Cards on the Table (2005/94 min.) . 4 DVDs. B&w-color/NR/fullscreen.The incomparable David Suchet reprises his role as Agatha Christie’s indefatigable Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot in this collection of four A&E teleplays. Poirot

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David Suchet. Includes The Mystery of the Blue Train (2005/100 min.), Taken at the Flood (2006/94 min.), After the Funeral (2005/100 min.) and Cards on the Table (2005/94 min.) . 4 DVDs. B&w-color/NR/fullscreen.The incomparable David Suchet reprises his role as Agatha Christie’s indefatigable Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot in this collection of four A&E teleplays. Poirot is older now, and mostly solo in solving his crimes, without his previous sidekicks Hastings and Japp. Yet the world-weary Suchet is as compelling as ever to watch, surrounded by the decadent rich who seem to find murder an easy solution to life’s inconveniences. The Mystery of the Blue Train, for instance, features a young, and suddenly very dead, heiress, with a dissolute husband, an overprotective father (a fabulously blustery Elliott Gould), greedy cousins, and all sorts of scheming money-owing hangers-on–all cocooned and coddled on a luxury train on the French Riviera. Indeed, one of the many pleasures of this collection is its very high production values; sets, costumes, and locations are detailed and opulently believable. (Though one annoying tic from the films’ TV roots inexplicably remains: some “naughty” words, like the “God” in “God-damned,” are edited out; surely we home viewers could handle a teensy bit of upper-crust rough talk?) The supporting casts are rich and varied, and the suspects deliciously numerous. And at the center of it all is the ever-refined, driven Poirot, who will not rest until the evil-doers are exposed. Extras include biographies of Agatha Christie and of David Suchet. –A.T. Hurley

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  • Tony Award-nominee David Suchet reprises his celebrated role as Hercule Poirot in the CLASSIC CRIMES COLLECTION–an exclusive collection of four brand-new A&E original films. Artfully adapted from Agatha Christie s famous mystery series, each multi-million dollar production features a top-notch cast, stunning settings, and, of course, enough murder and mystery to test the mettle of our inimitably

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Hound Dog says:

David Suchet Returns as Agatha Christie’s Poirot In the latest installment of A&E Network’s Poirot film series comes four new mysteries based upon the classic Agatha Christie novels that until now had never been produced before for television or the silver screen. Hence, this is the “Classic Crimes Collection,” starring David Suchet as the formidable Belgian sleuth, Hercule Poirot.Before delving into the four new titles, please note that this glossy A&E series thus far does not resemble the earlier British-produced TV episodes…

C. O. DeRiemer says:

A new look at an older, stouter Poirot, with David Suchet making it all work This latest in the long-running Hercule Poirot television series, with Poirot played by David Suchet, has been released on DVD with the cumbersome title Agatha Christie Poirot: Classic Crimes Collection. This series 12, from 2005-06, and series 11, from 2003-04 and released as Agatha Christie Poirot: The New Mysteries Collection, is a somewhat different look at Poirot than we’ve been used to.Although the time period is approximately the same, the mid-to-late Thirties, Hercule Poirot…

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