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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: June 21, 2011
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,885 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Good fun" --The Mirror (U.K.)

As seen on the PBS Mystery! series

Miss Marple (Julia McKenzie, Cranford) receives a mysterious list of names from her friend Father Gorman, who sent it moments before he was brutally murdered on a London street. She soon discovers that people on the list are dying. A clue leads her to the Pale Horse Inn in Hampshire, a spooky establishment run by three modern-day witches. As she closes in on the truth, one of the guests is found dead in his bed, and Miss Marple learns that her own life may be in danger.

This "quintessential Agatha Christie murder mystery" (The Times, U.K.) features a star-studded cast including Oscar® nominee Pauline Collins (Shirley Valentine), Sarah Alexander (Coupling), JJ Feild (Northanger Abbey), and Bill Paterson (Traffik).

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79 of 93 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Only One New Movie June 6, 2011
I know everyone will jump down my throat for this review, but I will still give it. Did I love the old Pale Horse? Yes. Do I love the new Pale Horse? Yes. Both versions are what you expect. The first one is the way that A&E used to do Agatha Christie; a lot of detail to the actual mystery, which I love. The new one is the way that ITV now does Agatha Christie; fun to watch, less attention to the details of the Christie plot. I love both approaches. I loved the Joan Hickson Marple, as well as the new incarnations.

So, what upsets me with this DVD set? It includes only one new movie, for a relatively huge price. The old version has been out for years, and I bought it years ago. Unfortunately, PBS refused to show the Pale Horse last year with the other Marple movies. So, this year, we only have one new Marple movie on Mystery. Because the movie can't be sold on DVD until it is shown on PBS, this set only has one new movie. Not wanting to sell a DVD with only one movie, the DVD set resurrects the old Pale Horse, which I do not need. From my point of view, I am being asked to pay $27 for a bundled package where I only want one movie.... PLEASE.

This isn't new. PBS has often delayed the release of mysteries for a year. For example, all of the mysteries in the upcoming Poirot's Movie Collection 6 were aired last year in the UK. They will air this year on PBS and sold on DVD in America this year. I didn't mind this because the DVD set includes 3 movies. The year before, Poirot's Movie Collection 5 included two movies, Third Girl and Appointment with Death, that aired in the UK the year before. Again, I didn't mind because I was being asked to purchase a DVD set of three movies.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
ADAPTATIONS x2, so purists that do not accept changes from an author's novel will be disappointed. There are alterations for new generations, to fit TV feature-length presentations. These changes seem to work. Much fun in watching them both and trying to decide which version, 1996 or 2010, has the better cast, writing, location, music, etc. My review is for entertainment value of an adapted Agatha Christie story, "The Pale Horse", and not concerned with the TV requirement to eliminate characters, or parts to fit a TV need. The book has proven to be a 1961 success for the former author. It was written toward the end of her writing career and as a book has won its own reward.

PALE HORSE 2010 has what the other DVD and book does not have. Miss Jane Marple is not original, but added by screenplay writer Russell Lewis. This British Marple heroine is a TV favorite to A.Christie fans so it is a delight to see Marple (Julia McKenzie-`Cranford') brought to life solving another case, along with CI Lejeune (Neil Pearson-`Bridget Jones'). The Pale Horse is a struggling inn with 2 witch owners and 1 with cleaning lady. The 3 `modern' witches are Thyrza (Pauline Collins "Thomas & Sarah' `Upstairs Downstairs'); Sybil (Susan Lynch-`Amongst Women' `Elizabeth The Golden Age'); & Bella (Jenny Galloway). A very famous 1996 witch is Thyrza (Jean Marsh-`Upstairs Downstairs').

A lady dies; a priest has a list of names (7 in 2010, 6 in 1996) which gets him murdered. Marple gets mailed one list. In 1996, a passerby, Easterbrook (Colin Buchanan-`Dalziel & Pascoe') gets the murderer tag and must use the list to find the real killer. Easterbrook is the godson of one on the list in 2010.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of 3 versions July 25, 2011
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British television has made The Pale Horse three times and this version is the most entertaining. The first two (1970s and 1990s)followed close to Agatha Christie's novel with the disadvantage of not being a Miss Marple vehicle. This version, and the entire Agahtha Christies's Marple series, does not let a little thing like that get in the way of a good story. Miss Marple is easily written into Agatha Christie's plot and, as long as the writers made such a huge change, why not make a few more smaller ones. The result is an Agatha Christie story line improved by writers who lovingly respect Christie and her Miss Marple character. The lead,Julia McKenzie, plays Miss Marple close to the style of the incomprable Joan Hickson of the 1980s series as opposed to Geraldine McEwan's more worldly and experienced Marple of the earlier movies in this latest series.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a travesty, but buy it anyway July 14, 2011
Take a story, not involving Miss Marple, about a murder gimmic, about "betting" on someone's death, and profiting when it occurs, and add Miss Marple. What do you get? First reaction - a travesty. HOWEVER, what you actually get is a really enjoyable show! You end up with a compelling story, and one with a punch. I will be buying this dvd, and will enjoy it many times to come. Great job. Fun, and all that stuff.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a Pale Rendition May 20, 2012
If Agatha Christie defines mysteries for you as she does for me, any film that brings her mysteries to life are appealing. I love to see her work transposed to film.

This is the first Miss Marple mystery I have seen with Julia McKenzie playing the divine Miss M. and I loved her as Miss Marple. A mystery writer once said--it could have been Agatha--that she purposely didn't go into much physical description of her detective as she wanted the reader to imagine them the way they came across to the reader. So, as long as Miss Marple has gray hair, sensible clothes, and a discerning visage, I'm happy.

Although I think I read THE PALE HORSE as a teenager, I didn't remember the plot so didn't mind any divergence from the book. Loved the Pale Horse Inn--the architecture and quintessential English decor--and the plot was quite original. The village of Deepling was charming as well.

The characters seemed a bit of stock characters, but again, don't mind those in Dame Agatha's all in all this is a fun escape to an English Inn in a charming village with an insightful detective and some entertaining and colorful characters. If you like Miss Marple mysteries, you should enjoy this enactment of one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange!
I love Agatha Christie's Miss Marple in all of her many presentations! Although I gave this one 3 stars, because it is one of the strangest films I have seen and in this set there... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gayla J. Childers
1.0 out of 5 stars Not originally a Marple story
I don't care for either of the Joan Hickson replacements for Miss Marple, to start with, but my main objection to this is that The Pale Horse was not, in fact, a Marple mystery,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kitchen Barbarian
5.0 out of 5 stars Pale Horse
Very good as always. Kept you guessing. Miss Marple is always enjoyable to watch and this one definitely kept your attention! I have all of her CD's
Published 5 months ago by estie
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder Strikes Again
Miss Marple's razor sharp mind strikes again. She is my favorite Agatha Christie character and this incarnation of the character is splendid.
Published 5 months ago by Sarah Tucker
4.0 out of 5 stars The Pale Horse
Arrived in just a few days. It is a set of two DVD's one with Miss Marple
the other with other actors. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Marilyn Steffens
4.0 out of 5 stars Actually Better Than the Book
I feel totally disloyal with writing that this is better than the book as I am a huge Agatha Christie fan, but it is. Read more
Published 7 months ago by DM Tucson
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid new Marple episode
I bought this single episode of the fifth season of Marple to plug a hole in a set I bought from the UK, which had three of four season five episodes plus a documentary. Read more
Published 8 months ago by RET
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent choice for Movie Night!
Grab a cold pop, some hot popcorn and settle in for a good movie! This is well written and something the whole family can watch, if they are old enough to follow a mystery. Read more
Published 10 months ago by rkm
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Agatha Christie's best
This is one of my favorites starring Julia McKenzie. And its 2 disc. Don't like the updated mod squad take on it but hey just a matter of preference. Same great story.
Published 14 months ago by ccolywa
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this dvd....
I enjoyed the story, and liked seeing so many of my familiar, talented British co-stars!! I can't wait to see more and add them to my British Mystery collecton! Thanks!
Published 14 months ago by C. HUTTON
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