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Agatha Christie's Poirot: Collector's Set Volume 8

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After making Agatha Christie the bestselling author of her day, Hercule Poirot has proved equally popular on television, becoming the most-watched detective in the history of the PBS Mystery! series and capturing a new audience of mystery lovers on A&E. DAVID SUCHET plays the brilliant Belgian sleuth in these three stories that brim with period details and deliciously clever wit. Starring Hugh Fraser as Captain Hastings, Philip Jackson as Chief Inspector Japp and Pauline Moran as Miss Lemon.

The Case of the Missing Will — Poirot is the executor of a revised will that disappears when its author dies suddenly.

The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman — Hastings’ decision to buy an elegant Italian car coincides with a case involving an Italian count.

The Chocolate Box — A trip home to Belgium with Japp causes Poirot to reopen a case that he failed to solve 20 years earlier.

Special Features

  • Includes The Case of the Missing Will, The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman, and The Chocolate Box
  • Agatha Christie and David Suchet biographies

Product Details

  • Actors: David Suchet
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 2004
  • Run Time: 153 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000V472G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,818 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Agatha Christie's Poirot: Collector's Set Volume 8" on IMDb

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By F. Behrens HALL OF FAME on February 18, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
It is always a fascinating study to compare the shorter Poirot television versions with the stories on which they are based. So much circumstantial detail is added to most of them in order to stretch the scenarios to a full 51 minutes that one wonders if each episode should have been kept to 25 minutes and we would have two cases instead of one. But it is all done with such finesse that we cannot complain. Now that Acorn Media has made Collector's Set 8 available, we have yet three more chances to watch, read and compare.
But setting aside the originals, here are three excellent mysteries, each with a little something special. In "The Case of the Missing Will," we have a good deal of upper class British male anti-feminine feelings as a background to a murder designed to disinherit everyone mentioned in a will by stealing it and bringing up the possibility of a long-lost heir. The actual solution ties in nicely with the patriarchal theme set up early in the episode.
"The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman" finally brings in "an admirer" for the usually machine-efficient Miss Lemon and plays up Hastings' love for automobiles. Here too, an early incident--the purchasing of the car-- comes full cycle to a "gag" at the end to create a symmetry that would please Poirot himself. The running theme here is the rise of Mussolini and Italian criminal organizations that pre-date the Mafia (as we are told by the dialogue).
Possibly "The Chocolate Box" is the most special of the entire series of short episodes. Here we have flashbacks of Poirot when he was in the Bruxelles police force, trying to prove that a death by "natural causes" was indeed a murder.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
The Case of the Missing Will - This is a great episode! It's so complex it feels like it should be a 2-hour fare! All the relationships with characters made me watch it again DIRECTLY after seeing it the first time! - 4.5 stars
The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman - again more complex than many of the earlier cases, and it's nice to see the comic antics of Miss Lemon and Hastings in full-blast again! - 4.5 stars
The Chocolate Box - Very well done, and unique among all the episodes! Great flash backs, and great characterizations between Poirot and Japp! I loved how they explain the pin he's been wearing all through the series. One wonders if they thought ahead or if including it was an afterthought. I haven't read the original story of this one, so I'm interested to know if the pin was Agatha's idea, or the episode-writers'. - 4.5 stars
Box Set Overall score (Not an Average) - 5 stars
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anna Creech on November 14, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
I've been working my way through this Acorn Media set, and I must say this is the best of the collection to this point.

I don't recall any story that fits "The Case of the Missing Will," and I've read nearly every Agatha Christie novel, short story, or play script. The title and description of the former reminded me of a short story of the same title in the collection Poirot Investigates, but the production was nothing like it. Perhaps a bit of poetic license?

"The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman" was very nearly spot-on with the original short story. Additions to the plot include Miss Lemon's romance with the butler, Hastings' car purchase, as well as the moderately high-speed car chase.

"The Chocolate Box" is a touching story told mainly through flashback scenes. I wonder if David Suchet is the only British actor capable of effecting a Belgian accent, or perhaps Poirot is the only Belgian who has not perfected a British accent?
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"Poirot Collector's Set 8" includes three 50-minute episodes from Series 5 of "Agatha Christie's Poirot", which originally aired on Britain's ITV in 1993: "The Case of the Missing Will", "The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman", and "The Chocolate Box". The remaining five episodes from Series 5 can be found on Collector's Sets 7 and 9. All episodes feature David Suchet and the dapper expatriate Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot and Philip Jackson as Scotland Yard's Chief Inspector Japp. Poirot's friend Capt. Arthur Hastings (Hugh Fraser) and secretary Miss Lemon (Pauline Moran) make appearances in two of the episodes. "The Chocolate Box" is an interesting treat, as it takes us back to a case that Poirot worked on in his native Belgium twenty years earlier, when he was a junior police officer. The episodes are:

"The Case of the Missing Will" reunites Poirot with an old friend, Mr. Andrew Marsh (Mark Kingston), an academic who opposes women's entry into the Cambridge Union, while his ward, Miss Violet Wilson (Beth Goddard) and the son of his solicitor Bobby Siddaway (Edward Atterton) campaign for equal access for women. As the argument rages on, Andrew invites Poirot to visit his home. He confides in Poirot that he intends to make a new will, leaving his entire estate to Violet, who was excluded in his previous will. But Andrew Marsh dies before he can make the new will, and his old will has disappeared, leaving his estate intestate. As numerous parties come forth claiming to be Marsh's sons, Poirot insists his friend's death was a murder contrived to steal Violet's inheritance.

"The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman" finds Capt. Hastings debating whether to buy an Italian sportscar and Miss Lemon being wooed by a Mr. Edwin Graves (Leonard Preston).
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