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Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Classic Collection - Set 2 (1991)

David Suchet , Hugh Frasier  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Suchet, Hugh Frasier, Philip Jackson
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: May 5, 2009
  • Run Time: 459 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001RPO3FU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,915 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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DAVID SUCHET plays the impeccably turned-out Belgian sleuth in these nine stories, originally produced for British television and based on the fiction of Dame Agatha Christie. Set in the art deco elegance of 1930s Europe, the series also stars Hugh Fraser as Poirot’s affable assistant Captain Hastings, Philip Jackson as Chief Inspector Japp, and Pauline Moran as Miss Lemon.

The Episodes
The Million Dollar Bond Robbery
The Plymout Express
Wasps’ Nest
The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor
The Double Clue
The Mystery of the Spanish Chest
The Theft of the Royal Ruby
The Affair at the Victory Ball
The Mystery of Hunter’s Lodge

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE biographies of Agatha Christie and David Suchet, 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
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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35 of 37 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
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love Poirot. Very good
Published 5 days ago by Mr. E
5.0 out of 5 stars Really like the
Watch these repeatedly. Really like the series
Published 1 month ago by A Jones
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
Published 2 months ago by Omelan B. Mycyk
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Published 2 months ago by Weldon L. Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars Product does not disappoint.
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.
Published 4 months ago by Freda Bhatty
5.0 out of 5 stars Nine Winners for Poirot
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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
Published 7 months ago by revit
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 10 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 11 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 19 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 20 months ago by John M.
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