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Agatha Christie's Poirot - The Classic Collection, Vol. 2 (1990)

David Suchet  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: David Suchet
  • Format: Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 10
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: June 26, 2007
  • Run Time: 990 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NVKZWE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,368 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Agatha Christie's Poirot - The Classic Collection, Vol. 2" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Hourlong documentary: Agatha Christie's Garden
  • Biographies of Agatha Christie and David Suchet
  • Interactive trivia
  • Cast filmographies
  • Agatha Christie materials

Editorial Reviews

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Snooty, fastidious, self-important--and yet delightful. Agatha Christie's famous Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, continues to engage his "little grey cells" in this mammoth and consistently strong collection of nine feature-length murder mysteries, all full of Christie's skillful twists and cunning misdirection. In the best of these, such as The ABC Murders or One, Two, Buckle My Shoe, the murders are only the tip of the iceberg, hiding or indirectly revealing a more insidious plot. The Classic Collection 2 ranges from the very first Poirot story--The Mysterious Affair at Styles, which also introduces the recurring characters Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser) and stalwart Chief Inspector Japp (Philip Jackson) as Poirot investigates the murder of a family's matriarch--to later stories like Hickory Dickory Dock, in which Poirot's secretary Miss Lemon (Pauline Moran) makes one of the only mistakes in her precise career (an event of more import to some fans than the actual mystery, which revolves around diamond smuggling in a student hostel). The set also includes Death in the Clouds (in which murder is committed on an airplane, right under Poirot's nose), Peril at End House (which culminates in a staged seance), Dumb Witness (in which a fox terrier helps Poirot suss out the truth), Murder on the Links (in which Hastings, so often smitten with a suspect, loses his heart completely), and Hercule Poirot's Christmas (a particularly colorful mystery, featuring a fiery Spanish girl and a very unsavory murder victim).

Ironically, television makes Christie's work even stronger. Though always prized for the intricate mechanics of her mysteries, her characters are more often dismissed as flat. In the hands of wily British thespians, these same characters become vivid and eccentric. Though casts include a few familiar faces, including Polly Walker (Rome, Enchanted April), Damian Lewis (Band of Brothers, Friends & Crocodiles), and Christopher Eccleston (Heroes, Dr. Who), most of the actors are capable unknowns. But they're all supporting players to David Suchet, who, after playing Poirot in more than 60 TV movies, completely owns the role. Suchet brings the perfect blend of warmth, prickliness, and obsession to the finicky sleuth, who refuses to overlook inconvenient details; every loose thread must be explained or he will not rest. The Classic Collection 2 features an engaging documentary that, though titled Agatha Christie's Garden, is a well-wrought biographical look at the author, filtered through her beloved estate and narrated by Pam Ferris (Rosemary & Thyme). --Bret Fetzer

Product Description

As portrayed by DAVID SUCHET, Agatha Christie’s brilliant Belgian sleuth became the most-watched detective in the history of the PBS Mystery! series and a hit all over again on A&E. The incomparable Poirot cracks his most challenging cases in these feature-length episodes.

The Mysteries
The ABC Murders
Death in the Clouds
Dumb Witness
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas
Hickory Dickory Dock
Murder on the Links
The Mysterious Affair at Styles
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
Peril at End House

INCLUDES BONUS PROGRAM! Agatha Christie’s Garden -- An intimate look at the author’s life at her beloved garden and summer retreat in Devon, with Rosemary & Thyme’s Pam Ferris as your guide.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE biographies of Agatha Christie and David Suchet, interactive trivia, cast filmographies, and Agatha Christie materials.


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106 of 110 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poirot in Perfection. June 9, 2008
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Hercule Poirot is one of the most famous detectives in literary history. Yet, strangely, except for his portrayal by Albert Finney in the star-studded movie version of "Murder on the Orient Express," for a long time there did not seem to be an actor who could convincingly bring to life the clever, dignified little Belgian with his unmistakable egg-shaped head, always perched a little on one side, his stiff, military, slightly upward-twisted moustache, and his excessively neat attire, which had reached the point that "a speck of dust would have caused him more pain than a bullet," as Agatha Christie introduced him through his friend Captain Hastings's voice in their and her own very first adventure, "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" (1920). But leave it to British television to finally find the perfect Poirot in David Suchet, who after having had the dubious honor of playing a rather dumbly arrogant version of Scotland Yard Chief Inspector Japp in some of the 1980s' movies starring Peter Ustinov as Poirot, was finally allowed to move center stage in the Granada/ITV series broadcast from 1989 onwards, which was later continued by A&E and includes 36 shorter episodes based on (almost all of) Christie's Poirot short stories, as well as to date 25 movie-length features released on DVD, based on a number of her most celebrated Poirot novels. (Hopefully due to be transferred to DVD in short order are the episodes broadcast in 2008 -- see listing below --, which leaves as yet to be re-adapted for the small screen, most notably, "Murder on the Orient Express" [1934] and Poirot's final case, "Curtain" [published 1975, but written in the 1940s].)

And the match is spot-on, not only physically but also, and more importantly so, in terms of personality.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TV for the non-ADD viewer. May 23, 2010
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I'll keep this very simple: My wife and I can't watch TV. The programs we find on our television set seem to be written by and for people with Attention Deficit Disorder. After about five minutes of viewing, I am ready to do something as violent as the characters I'm watching. Enter Hercule Poirot, the elegant, brilliant French detective, who with sidekicks Captain Hastings and Miss Lemon provide hours of enjoyment. Throw in a little Chief Inspector Jaap, and you have the recipe for...wait a minute! Did I day French? I meant Belgian! Sorry.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
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Agatha Christie's renowned Belgian detective resolves yet another slate of atmospheric British-themed crimes! Here is a synopsis of each episode. (I've rendered my own relative evaluation of each one on a 1-10 scale, 10 being the best):

VOLUME 1 (Disc One)

The Million-Dollar Bond Robbery -- At the behest of bank officials, Poirot and Hastings accompany a bank representative who is notorious for his gambling on the Queen Mary across the Atlantic to America -- the bank's assets are clearly in jeopardy of being stolen. But Poirot never gets to debark from the ship as the bank's bonds have apparently disappeared along the route so it's back to England in an attempt to solve the mystery. [ 7.5]

The Plymouth Express -- Christie enthusiasts will recognize this yarn as being loosely based upon The Mystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot Series). A financial magnate's daughter is experiencing ex-husband difficulties just prior to re-kindling an old flame with a nefarious French Count. She journeys away in a train compartment, ostensibly for a weekend excursion, and is later discovered brutally murdered for her valuable and now-missing jewels. Poirot is called in by the girl's distraught father to ferret out the killer while Inspector Jap of Scotland Yard remains typically befuddled. [6.5]

Wasp's Nest -- The intellectual and refined son of one of Poirot's old acquaintances is affianced to an attractive and well-known model who is clearly bearing the burden of a past dark secret. Poirot and Hastings visit the privileged son and, while there, the master detective sniffs out a murder case... one which has yet to happen!
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58 of 68 people found the following review helpful
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When Acorn released the first "classic collection", people liked me rushed in. This megaset contained all 12 discs representing the hour long episodes at a price well below the price of them individually. The 2 hour episodes had been previously released separately and in 2 box sets called "movie collections" (the first of which also was reissued on a special limited promotion with 6 discs during Christmas just prior to release of the second), both of which I bought. So it stands to reason that for people like me who bought the first megaset, that Acorn would eventually release another combining the 9 2 hour episodes in 1 set, so you can safely say you have all 21 discs in 2 sets to take up less shelf space. I'll tell you the truth folks, I agree with that philosophy, whole heartedly. But seeing at present that the only thing added that wasn't in the 2 original box sets (I don't count the fore mentioned special copy of movie collection 1 as a separate set) is the Agatha Christie's Garden, I see no need to rebuy this set for me, but if you haven't bought the 2 hour ones yet, then by all means do so, because the price IS better than what the 2 older sets sold for combined new. Make sure you remember one thing. These are the 2 hour episodes that aired on London Weekend Television and PBS' Mystery like the hour long ones in the other megaset of this color and shape, and are not the A&E ones made since 2001. Those are still available on the A&E label. I would not be surprised if Acorn eventually combines their 2 megasets into 1 of all their episodes and A&E does the same, particularly since in their last 2 sets of 4, you could only buy 1 of the 4 as a separate item. Read more ›
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Watch these repeatedly. Really like the series
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection of stories well written by Agatha Christie for...
Agatha Christie's Poirot- The Classic Collection is a marvelous collection of the earlier Poirot full length movies. Read more
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This was in great condition and the price was right. My goal is to complete my collection because I will watch these again and again. they are so well done.
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Agatha Christie's Poirot, The Classic Collection Vol. 2, starring David Suchet consists of Nine Movie-Length shows, each about 103 minutes long, plus a special... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Poirot, series 2
Another excellent set of classics from the super sleuth, Mr. Poirot. David Suchet never seems to disappoint his viewers in his role. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Marjorie Potirala
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love Poirot
Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Classic Collection Set 2 includes some of the greatest Poirot episodes. Great collection of Agatha Christie Poirot episodes.
Published 10 months ago by JE Michele
5.0 out of 5 stars poirot is awsome
i love poirot and can't see all programs on pbs. it is a welcome addition to my home videos and sharing
Published 18 months ago by space cadet
5.0 out of 5 stars Poirot is great!
The quality of the set only makes this set better. David Suchet shines as Poirot in these Agatha Christie collections.
Published 19 months ago by John M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD's
This was a great set of DVD's about my absolute favorite detective. I highly recommend it to people who like the new genre of "cozy mysteries".
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The Classic Collection Vol 3 ??
Friend Rose, You just said the magic word, "A&E". Those discs are on A&E Video NOT Acorn. If you want to know if that will be done, ask A&E NOT Acorn. Also, they won't be called "Classic Collection". These 2 mega sets are called that because they are the episodes that... Read More
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