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103 of 105 people found the following review helpful
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David Suchet's Poirot on TV films are adaptations of Agatha Christie's novels--but so well done, both books and TV shows/DVDs have proved classic in their own right. Thus, I avoid comparison of novel to screen. No need, both excellent.
The star casts and guest stars are too numerous to mention. One can't fault acting a half-penny. This release comes hot off the screen of PBS Masterpiece Mystery after original ITV1 in the UK. All 3 adapted stories are each feature length, 89 min. -like going to the theater 3 times.
SUBTITLES ARE included. No bonus material.

Three Act Tragedy
A lovely Cornwall coastal location for a Poirot murder case(s). A parson (Nigel Pegram) one of many at a dinner party drops dead of apparent natural cause. A 2nd Yorkshire party-same guest list-has a 2nd death, the host Tallie (Art Malik-`Upstairs Downstairs'). Hercule helps Sir Charles (Martin Shaw-`George Gently') investigate. Egg (Kimberly Nixon-`Cranford') helps too, or is she suspect? Poirot reenacts the complex and connected deaths under stage lights.
Other stars: Jane Asher (`Wish Me Luck' `Alfie'), Kate Ashfield (`Silent Witness'), Tony Maudsley (`Doc Martin' `Foyle's War'), Anna Carteret (`Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont'), plus.

The Clocks
Five murders plus love at the White Cliffs of Dover, a wonderful backdrop. 1940s prior to WWII but Hitler threatens says Admiral Hamling (Goeffrey Palmer-`As Time Goes By"). The case erupts with the duel death of German mole Annie (Olivia Grant-`Lark Rise to Candleford') and Fiona (Anna Skellern-`Siren'). MI6 Lt. Race (Tom Burke-`Cheri') asks Poirot to help his naval investigation. Evidence implicates typist Sheila (Jamie Winstone) running from the murder site home of a blind lady (Anna Massey-`Darling Buds of May'). Evidence of 4 clocks stopped at 4:13, in flat #19 leads to a complex suspect list and more deaths. It's a wild and often funny neighborhood of characters you will enjoy. Cat Lady Hemmings (Beatie Edney) is a delight and has another best line while trying to encourage Poirot to set in a cat's "damp" favorite chair.
Favorite line after Hercule Poirot introduces himself to child Jenny; "that's not a name, it's a noise."
Also look for stars: Phil Daniels (Eastenders), Stephen Boxer (Garrows Law), Jason Watkins (`Little Dorrit' `Lark Rise to Candleford'), Lesley Sharp, Sven Hjerson (The King's Speech) and more.

Hallowe'en Party
A crime author friend (Zoe Wanamaker) asks Poirot to investigate the drowning of a child, participant at a Halloween party. She previously claimed to have witnessed a murder. All party guests & their lives are investigated to find this killer as well as the perpetrator of 4 more deaths. Beautiful fall scenes with spooky dark spots too. Amelia Bullmore (Mrs Dalloway), Timothy West (Edward the King), Deborah Findlay (Anglo Saxon Attitudes, Cranford), Sophie Thompson and Phyllida Law (Sis and Mom to Emma Thompson), Fenella Woolgar (Scoop), Julian Rhind-Tutt (Notting Hill, Stardust), are a few of the recognized cast.

It's hard to choose a favorite. Huge casts, excellent screenplay adaptations, awesome original novels by Agatha Christie, unchallenged perfection as Poirot by Suchet, delightful settings, sets, costumes, dialogue, and all that adds up to 5 gold stars. Buy to own, watch frequently. Excellent even after you know who-dun-it!
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
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"Agatha Christie's Poirot" Movie Collection Set 6 contains three feature-length episodes from Series 12, which originally aired on Britain's ITV in 2010. The forth film from Series 12, "Murder on the Orient Express", is found in Movie Collection Set 5. "Three-Act Tragedy", based on the 1934 novel, "The Clocks", based on the 1963 novel, and "Hallowe'en Party", based on the 1969 novel, have all been set in the 1930s in keeping with the chronology of the television series. Common to the later years of "Agatha Christie's Poirot", the color palette is richer, the sets more lavish, and the photography is darker than the airy deco and modernist sets of the series' early years. I'm not a fan of the change. I find the new aesthetic uninteresting and rather onerous. And Poirot's new wide, pointy mustache looks sinister.

Some stylistic flourishes in "Three-Act Tragedy", such as the clumsy introduction of the cast of characters and the staging of some conversations as if they were on stage, are unwelcome. "The Clocks" is a good story, but an additional mystery having to do with rising tensions with Germany has been added, which I think overburdens the Christie plot. "Hallowe'en Party" was one of Christie's later novels and not one of her best. It's sordid and distasteful, but this may reflect sensibilities of the 1960s, the decade in which it was written. There are hints of the strange religiosity the writers have introduced in recent years, but the films in Movie Collection Set 6 are better than those in Set 5. The scripts are not the quality of the early years of the series, but part of the problem there is that Christie's novels are not all of equal quality. Poirot has recovered his good nature after some missteps in the last set. The films are:

Poirot is invited to visit to the home of his friend, the actor Sir Charles Cartwright (Martin Shaw), in "Three Act Tragedy." A bevy of Charles' friends from London and Cornwall also attend a cocktail party, where the local vicar, Rev. Stephen Babbington (Nigel Pegram), drops dead after sipping from his martini. No poison is found in the vicar's glass, and Poirot can see no reason to suspect foul play. -Until Sir Charles' best friend, the prominent psychiatrist Sir Bartholamew Strange (Art Malik), also drops dead at a dinner party at his home, this time after drinking port. Sir Charles and Miss Egg Lytton Gore (Kimberly Nixon), a young lady he is courting, assist Poirot in finding the murderer by process of elimination. There are a lot of red herrings, some ill-advised stylistic flourishes, and the killer's motive makes no sense, but reasonably entertaining.

A distraught Lt. Colin Race (Tom Burke) seeks Poirot's advice on a puzzling situation in Dover. While walking down the street there, Colin bumped into a hysterical young woman, Miss Sheila Webb (Jaime Winstone), running from a house where she had discovered a dead man on the floor. It was the house of Mrs. Pebmarsh (Anna Massey), a blind widow, who denies hiring Sheila or knowing the dead man. And Colin is preoccupied with his own grief. He is an agent of MI6, working on plans to protect Great Britain from naval attack, and his girlfriend (Anna Skellern) has just been killed in the process of uncovering a German mole. MI6 wants Poirot's help in recovering sensitive documents, and Inspector Hardcastle (Phil Daniels) of the local police reluctantly accepts it in the murder case. Poirot is in good form, but the plot was not improved by the addition of a second mystery.

Crime novelist Ariadne Oliver (Zoe Wannamaker) has been roped into carving pumpkins by her friend Judith Butler (Amelia Bullmore) in "Hallowe'en Party". They are attending festivities at the home of Rowena Drake (Deborah Findley), when one of the children at the party, Joyce Reynolds (Macy Nyman), tells Ariadne that she once witnessed a murder. When Joyce is found drowned in the apple-bobbing barrel shortly after, Ariadne seeks Poirot's help. The local police inspector (Paul Thornley) boasts of his department's modern methods and thinks Poirot should leave the case to them. But Poirot learns of 3 suspicious deaths in the village within the past 5 years which could have been the murder that young Joyce witnessed. The characters in this mystery are generally unpleasant and the solution sordid and over-the-top.
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36 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2011
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Mr. Suchet can't be beat as Hercule Poirot! I think I've now bought most items available and enjoy them all thoroughly time and time again. He is absolutely fantastic in this long running series. I think Ms. Christie would have been very happy with this series in general.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2011
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Poirot Set 6 is a three-feature-film set. And for fans of the show it goes without saying that Poirot starring David Suchet is an exquisite treat; both for the mind, and the senses. Those looking for great films of intrigue done with style and story? Yes, these too should get the set toot sweet.

The delightful films have the fastidious little detective shuttle-bugging about - and he is almost as distracting as the finely woven threads of the stories' often brilliant tapestries. I admit to being smitten with good set design...here it is simply orgasmic. The era is everywhere. Sometimes you (I) must rewind the DVD as people spoke but they were not heard over some elegant piece of furniture, or wall hanging. This is good too, because there's hardly a proper mansteak in the set, and a girl needs visual stimulus, even in a good mystery...

Tragedy in Three Acts is the most visually exciting - era-wise. Here we find Poirot attending a swanky dinner party at his old friend's Sir Charles Cartwright (Martin Shaw) - who is a retired theater star, when viola! Faster than the butler can announce cocktails are being served in the main room, a seemingly natural death occurs. It is not until a month later, when the exact same style of death - with the same dinner guests attending - happens once more, that Poirot's little gray cells begin to twirl. The tie-up is wonderful. Guest stars include Jane Asher, Art Malik, and Kimberley Nixon.

Halloween is very atmospheric, the subject matter a tad disturbing. Poirot is called in to investigate the murder of a child...The local "witch" and gossip, has plenty to whisper about her hamlet. Though Poirot detests tales of the macabre, he is like the apple bobbing in the water, until...at last...Hercule has figured it out! The film has a famous female crime novelist Ariadne Oliver (Zoë Wanamaker) acting the sleuth. Other cast members include Sophie Thompson, Deborah Findlay, and Amelia Bullmore.

The Clocks has the finest story of the three. Twists and turns that - if you are trying to sleuth alongside Poirot - you may want to rewind a couple key scenes. Everyone (more so than usual) is suspect! Poirot finds himself in the middle of a puzzle within a puzzle - and England's very security may be at the center! Anna Massey guest stars.

The fun part about these films is that if you pay close attention, the clues are there. They are not easy...But each tale is far from cookie-cutter prime-time fare.

David Suchet is Poirot mon ami. It is so lovely when an actor so snuggly fits a role. There have been many in entertainment. These roles where the actor is simply the character; no one else can be pictured; Bogart as Sam Spade in Maltese Falcon, Depp in Pirates, Laurie in House and so forth.

Add this to your viewing collection. The productions are fantastic.

Snack recommendation: The cocktail
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2011
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After Set 5 (Murder on the Orient Express) I was hesitant to purchase set 6. I thought that the Poirot that my family loves was gone forever - replaced by a cold and unlikeable stranger. This is not the case in set 6. Poirot is older, yes, but the charm and Poirot mannerisms are familiar and add to the storylines. Now, I can hardly wait for a set 7 !
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Agatha Christie's quirky Hercule Poirot knows that he is smart and that his grey cells reveal things to him that other people cannot understand, and he tells this to everyone. In this episode, the Belgian detective solves several murders filled with many complications. England's MI6 is trying to find a spy just before World War II because some people are giving secret information to the Germans. A woman sees secrets being taken and she is killed. Another woman, a typist, is summoned to a house for typing, but the owner, a blind woman, later says she never requested that she come. A man is found dead in this house with four clocks set at 4:13, even though it is 3 PM. One of the four clocks disappears. The police are unable to identify the dead man. Poirot tells the police superintendant that it is not important to find out who he is, but who he is. The superintendant does not know what he is talking about. A third murder, a woman, is killed in a phone booth. She had told a police officer that a woman testifying at an inquest was lying, but she did not say which woman. The MI6 investigator becomes enamored with the typist who had been having an affair with a man in room 413. Poirot reveals what has been going on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2014
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Now. This is my favorite above all of the Poirot's! I love it from beginning to end! There's so many shady people that you just KNOW are the guilty ones! Unsavory, nasty, pompous and downright despicable! And of course, my favorite Zoe Wanamaker is in it and all above her poor aching head, too! She's such a great character to watch, albeit a little overly pushy for Poirot's liking! But he tolerates her fancies with looks of exasperation and adoration at the same time!
He finds her "amusing" to say the least! I love their interaction! It makes the movie!
When the famous writer, Ariadne Oliver finds herself coerced into attending the Halloween Party with her friend, Judith, and then lassoed into staying, (even though she's coming down with the flu!) by the overbearing and manipulative Rowena Drake...You tend not to like her right off the bat! The old bat! Haha! Anyway, a child, Joyce, starts trying to impress Ariadne about a murder that "she" saw! Uh-oh! Silly girl! One thing leads to another and Hercule is called in by his friend Ariadne, to solve the murder!
The storyline leads you down primrose paths and beautiful gardens which hide the ugliness of at least six murders!
So many in such a beautiful setting...how can this be?? Hercule intends to find out and as he uncovers the suspects dirtiest secrets that have been buried as deep as the flowers around them, he becomes more and more enraged at their callousness! And the ending...OH!...Sweet, sweet! I say, "Tear them up and toss their old bones out of the dirtiest recesses of darkness....like the soil around them and just like they've done to their victims!"
He does so with relish and it's as if the guilty almost feel that long sickle of Death itself, whipping about their head and body as they wince at his every revelation about them! Great Protector of Justice that Poirot is, he let's them have it full force! I so highly recommend this to everyone! Sit back and enjoy the fun of just watching Poirot at his finest! I do!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2013
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I have seen all the Poirot movies now except the 3 in this set. The movies did not dispappoint. As usual, Suchet is perfect; And the plots were excellent.
Addendum: 1/22/13
Since there appears to be somewhat of an overlap of videos on different DVDs, in order to have every video of Suchet's Poirot, the complete selection would be:

1) Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Early Cases all 45 TV shows
2) The Definitive Collection - contains the nex 12 shows and early movies
3) The movie collection set 4 - contains 2 movies, plus a a DVD containing behind the scenes videos
4) The movie collection set 5 - contains 3 more movies
5) The movie collection set 6 - contains the 3 last movies

I did not list the names of the videaos ince they can be looked up on Amazon
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2012
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Love, love David Suchet as Poirot...I am sure Agatha, herself, is pleased with his performances....Would love to see more of him in other presentations as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon October 21, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
David Suchet continues to be a wonder and delight in his exquisitely realized embodiment of Agatha Christie's fastidious, confident, arrogant, eccentric Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. When someone question his methods, he reminds us without a trace of false modesty, that he is indeed "the world's best." And I cannot argue with his smug assertion. On another level, it is also a comment on actor Suchet's great gift.

The episodes in this new set are superbly crafted and beautifully photographed -- naturally they look better than ever in hi-def. The detailed settings perfectly evoke the feel and mood of a previous era - a lost yet still with us world when an earlier war was fresh on the minds of most Brits.

The trio of baffling stories, "Hallowe'en Party," "Three Act Tragedy" and "The Clocks," are adapted from Christie's classic novels and do not disappoint. These superb murder mysteries are best enjoyed knowing nothing more than the titles - and that the incredibly gifted Suchet has in fact become Poirot. His performance as Inspector Poirot transcends traditional acting.
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