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Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Definitive Collection

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Tony Award-nominee David Suchet is Hercule Poirot - dressed to the nines, impeccably mannered and infuriatingly arch, he is a detective like no other. Adapted from Agatha Christie's celebrated mysteries, each film features beautiful settings and an impeccable cast.

Now, for the first time, twelve of Suchet's feature-length Poirot mysteries are available together in this collector's set. Produced by Brian Eastman (Traffik, Jeeves & Wooster), these exquisitely crafted tales of death and deception were filmed on location around the world, and features enough murder and mystery to test the mettle of our inimitably beloved Belgian sleuth.

AGATHA CHRISTIE S POIROT: THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION contains all twelve A&E feature-length Poirot films:
THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD: Poirot's retirement in a quiet country village ends abruptly with the death of his disagreeable neighbor.
LORD EDGWARE DIES: Intervening in a sticky marital situation, Poirot suddenly finds himself in the midst of murder.
MURDER IN MESOPOTAMIA: Poirot visits an ancient site in Iraq just before the head archeologist's unpopular wife is killed.
EVIL UNDER THE SUN: Death intrudes on Poirot's island holiday, and only he can determine who is responsible.
DEATH ON THE NILE: A pleasure cruise down the Nile turns deadly when a murder is discovered on board. Thank goodness Poirot is along for the ride.
SAD CYPRESS: The solution to a double-murder case appears to be cut and dry, but Poirot's impeccable instincts eventually lead him to the real truth.
THE HOLLOW: A weekend retreat where all the guests appear to despise one another finds Poirot hard at work doing what he does best.
FIVE LITTLE PIGS: Poirot agrees to help a young woman prove her mother's innocence, 14 years after being sent to the gallows.
THE MYSTERY OF THE BLUE TRAIN: When the daughter of an oil magnate is found dead on the famous Blue Train to the French Riviera, Poirot must investigate the past to reveal the killer.
TAKEN AT THE FLOOD: Mystery surrounds a young woman after her new husband is killed in the London Blitz, and the mystery deepens when a man who may be her first husband shows up dead.
AFTER THE FUNERAL: Following the murder of a wealthy patriarch, Poirot is called upon to begin an investigation. The case takes a wild twist however, when his prime suspect turns up dead.
CARDS ON THE TABLE: When a woman is found dead at a card game, four investigators--including Poirot himself set out to discover which guest is the killer.

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Product Details

  • Actors: David Suchet
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 12
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video (New REleaset)
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2008
  • Run Time: 1176 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AOC9G8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,583 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Definitive Collection" on IMDb

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This was the first Poirot set that I purchased, and although I think all of these DVDs are overpriced, I think the quality of the episodes is excellent. The quality of the transfer of these episodes is better than those of the "Classic Collections". Thus, I recommend first Poirot DVD buyers get the Definitive Collection first, although it should be noted that the episodes selected for this set are not as highly rated as many of the other episodes (see below).

I have listed all of the Poirot episodes below. The first number is the season in the format Season #.Episode #, the next number is the IMDB rating (10 is highest) and the third number gives the collection (C1=Classic Collection (36 episodes), C2=Classic Collection vol. 2, D=Definitive Collection (The collection reviewed here)).

These three sets cover a significant fraction of the available episodes as shown below. What is nice is there is no overlap, provided you limit yourself to these three collections. However, there are a number of sets called "Classic Collections" which makes things difficult. The two referenced here do not have set numbers, but rather volume numbers. The best deal is volume 1, which has 36 episodes. However, the Classic Collection vol. 2 has the episodes with the highest ratings.

All of these DVDs are overpriced based on the quality of the DVD conversions. I love Poirot, so I have purchased two of these (definitive and C1), and am patiently waiting for C2 to drop in price.

S.# IMDB DVD Title
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1.1 7.4 C1.01 The Adventure of the Clapham Cook
1.1 7.9 C1.02 The Dream
1.2 7.6 C1.03 Murder in the Mews
1.3 7.1 C1.04 The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly
1.4 7.2 C1.
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Well for the benefit of the woman who asked me to explain the difference in the Poirot collections back when the Acorn sets of the "original series" came out, now she and others who waited can complete their collection and save space at the same time. This indeed is all 12 feature length episodes released to date that were shown here on A&E. For those of you bought them like me in either the smaller sets of 4 and/or individuals, their is nothing new here, but at least this set like the 2 Acorn sets (1 of the hour length shows, the other of the 2 hour ones both of which aired "here" on PBS and A&E later on) will take up less space on your shelf. Since nothing new was added, I will be content with what I have, if by now 7 years after they started you have not gotten any of the A&E ONLY aired stories now is your chance to get them all together. 12 for less than $100 is most definitely a bargain.
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This is somewhat of a transitional collection incorporating a few titles left out of the original Acorn series with the balance being those produced and distributed by A&E. How well you like them probably will depend on when you first encountered David Suchet's run as Hercule Poroit.

The original series was first seen in the US as a group of 36 one hour episodes on "PBS Mystery" and ran from 1989 to 1993. PBS supplemented those with an additional series of 9 feature length films produced by Carnival Films, Ltd. Those initial programs are available on Acorn Media's "Poirot: the Classic Collection" & "Poirot: Classic Collection 2". With a few exceptions the various episodes are tightly scripted by the likes of Clive Exton and Anthony Horowitz, and are centered around the character ensemble of Hercule Poirot, Arhtur Hastings, Miss Lemon and Inspector Japp. In "Classic 2" that tight little group began to break up just a bit as the lengthier films brought in more characters yielding less screen time for the supporting cast. At the same time, the series seemed to develop a road trip syndrome as a great many of the later "Classic 2" episodes involved trips to distant locales while the earlier ones were centered in and around between war London. Petty criticism aside both "Classic Collections" are 5 star rated in my opinion. The only caveat being that the episodes were produced and broadcast in non-chronological order. Since they range from WW1 to just prior to WW2 much of the "time period correctness" that the producers strove to achieve can be a bit jarring when viewing episodes back to back. Fashions, automobiles, trains and airplanes all morph from one era to another in keeping with the period that Christie wrote the original stories.
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If you are considering purchasing this Definitive Collection, you are probably alread very familiar with the wonderful Poirot. So this review just addresses the DVD picture quality, which is excellant. In the past, some of A&Es collections have not been of the best transfer quality, but I was happily surprised by this one that it is every bit as good, perhaps even better, than the Acorn collection.
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Amazon lists this set twice, and one costs more for some reason. Sometimes this is cheaper, sometimes the other. Compare prices for both before buying. The sets are identical. The link to the other item is: Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Definitive Collection
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I have the separate sets that this set was made from although my copies of Evil Under The Sun and Mesopotamia are individuals. Only my 2fer of Edgware and Ackroyd had captions. Since that set was manufactured, A&E has rarely used captions or subbies on anything (Season 1 of Nero Wolfe has... Read More
Oct 2, 2008 by Eric Pregosin |  See all 5 posts
can anyone tell me the name of this periot episode?
The title of the episode is "The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor". This is one of three episodes in Agatha Christie's Poirot - Collector's Set 5.
Nov 5, 2009 by Agatha Reader |  See all 2 posts
Poirot w/David Suchet

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