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Agatha Christie's Poirot: Collector's Set Volume 12


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Armed with only his "little grey cells," Hercule Poirot wrestles evil to the ground without mussing so much as a hair of his famously sculpted moustache. Agatha Christie’s eccentric but endearing Belgian detective made her the bestselling author of her day. In this British production starring David Suchet, Poirot became a television phenomenon, capturing the hearts of millions on both PBS and A&E. Set in and around elegant, upper-crust 1930s London, the series also stars Hugh Fraser as Captain Hastings, Philip Jackson as Chief Inspector Japp, and Pauline Moran as Miss Lemon.

The King of Clubs—When Poirot and Hastings confront a murder in the movie-making community, a playing card found near the body is their only clue. The Dream—A wealthy man asks Poirot to investigate even though nothing has happened but a recurring bad dream. The Incredible Theft—Poirot takes on a case of national importance when secret plans for a military combat aircraft disappear.

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  • Actors: David Suchet
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, 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: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2005
  • Run Time: 153 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006HBJJ8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,338 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Agatha Christie's Poirot: Collector's Set Volume 12" on IMDb

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110 of 113 people found the following review helpful By F. Behrens HALL OF FAME on March 24, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
At last. With the appearance of the 3 tapes that comprise "Poirot, Set 12," the Acorn Media series of releases of all the Poirot episodes is now available, the short episodes on tape only but soon to be released on DVD and the longer episodes in both formats.
The three stories in this last set are a cut above average (and that average is pretty high in this series). "The King of Clubs" involves the murder of a detestable film producer and opens with a very funny and technically fascinating sequence of a movie set during the era of the early talkies. Note especially the use of matte for special effects. While you might find the "solution" not quite satisfying, the whole thing is a lot of fun.
"The Dream" suffers as most television versions do of stories that involve one character made up to resemble another one. A little subplot is added concerning Miss Lemon's need for a decent typewriter and Poirot's strangely obtuse reaction to her demands. Again the opening sequence around the assembly line of a great pie factory with its female workers in fetching blue and white uniforms is beautifully done.
"The Incredible Theft" does have a double turn of events at the end and a pretty good car chase preceding it. And it is in this episode that we learn from Hastings that Chief Inspector Japp talks in his sleep as he relives past arrests!
It is little touches like this that have made the series such a success, not to mention the fine acting of leading and supporting actors and the impeccable period designs. Set 12 is a worthy ending to a fine set of video recordings from Acorn Media.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dustyrose on January 13, 2011
Format: DVD
If you want this, and the other eleven Collector's sets, then you want: Agatha Christie's Poirot - The Classic Collection. These sets are the same as the Classic Collection sets Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Classic Collection - Set 1 through Poirot: Classic Collection Set 4. Don't be fooled into buying duplicate DVDs.
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The "Poirot Collector's Set Volume 12" contains three 50-minute episodes from the series' introductory season in 1989: "The King of Clubs", "The Dream", and "The Incredible Theft", all on one disc. All three of these episodes take place in England and feature David Suchet as the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, Hugh Fraser as his friend Capt. Hastings, Pauline Moran as Poirot's most efficient secretary Miss Lemon, and Philip Jackson as Scotland Yard's Inspector Japp. The other seven episodes from Series 1 can be found on Collector's Sets 9, 10, and 11. This was an impressive debut season for the "Poirot" series, and it stands the test of time. The humor is as sharp, the lovely modernist sets as captivating, and the fussy Belgian sleuth as endearing as they were 20 years ago. The episodes are:

Capt. Hastings introduces Poirot to his old friend Bunny Saunders (Jonathan Coy) in "The King of Clubs". Saunders is directing a movie for Parade Studios under the thumb of its boorish studio head Henry Reedburn (David Swift), who is making the cast and crew miserable. The leading lady, Valerie Saintclair (Niamh Cusack), is a big star, while the leading man is aging alcoholic Ralph Walton (Gawn Grainger). Miss Saintclair's financé, and one of the film's financiers, is European royal Prince Paul (Jack Klaff), an acquaintance of Poirot. And so the Prince knows whom to call when Miss Saintclair finds Reedburn dead in his home the same evening that Saunders, Walton, and Saintnclair herself had unfriendly occasions to be there.

In "The Dream", Poirot is summoned by an ill-tempered Mr. Benedict Farley, founder and president of Farley's Foods, known for their immensely successful, mass-produced meat pies. Mr.
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By M. Lamoglia on January 17, 2014
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poirot is the best. he holds up even today. I dislike anything that came after 2004 but the tv series is incredible. I watch all of them over and over and over. The money is well spent. I wish the new ones weren't so dark.
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By Sweetie Pie on January 28, 2010
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Very impressed with speedy delivery and excellent condition of DVD. My collection is almost complete and this was a pleasant experience in ordering with Amazon. Amazon rocks!
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As always a wonderful addition to our collection, we alway love spending time with the little Belgian and his deductive reasoning.
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By mertil2 on January 22, 2010
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Compared to the earlier Poirots, this one is a little thin. Still fun!Suchet is wonderful--the scripts are the problem.
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By john on October 18, 2013
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I love all the agatha christy sets they are all so well done and so good very vintage love the cars and the cloths
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