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Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Early Cases (1989)

David Suchet , Philip Jackson , Edward Bennett , Renny Rye  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Suchet, Philip Jackson, Hugh Frasier
  • Directors: Edward Bennett, Renny Rye
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Collector's Edition, 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: 18
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ACORN MEDIA
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2012
  • Run Time: 2760 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008N8A3DA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,418 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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SDH subtitles

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Now remastered & in original U.K. broadcast order

As seen on PBS’s Masterpiece Mystery!

Agatha Christie’s most famous sleuth is on the case in these 45 mysteries from the first six series of the television phenomenon. David Suchet makes “a near-perfect Poirot” (USA Today) as the beloved Belgian detective in these newly remastered adaptations.

THE MYSTERIES
The Adventure of the Clapham Cook
Murder in the Mews
The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly
Four and Twenty Blackbirds
The Third Floor Flat
Triangle at Rhodes
Problem at Sea
The Incredible Theft
The King of Clubs
The Dream
Peril at End House
The Veiled Lady
The Lost Mine
The Cornish Mystery
The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim
Double Sin
The Adventure of the Cheap Flat
The Kidnapped Prime Minister
The Adventure of the Western Star
The Mysterious Affair at Styles
How Does Your Garden Grow?
The Million Dollar Bond Robbery
The Plymouth 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
The ABC Murders
Death in the Clouds
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb
The Underdog
Yellow Iris
The Case of the Missing Will
The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman
The Chocolate Box
Dead Man’s Mirror
Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas
Hickory Dickory Dock
Murder on the Links
Dumb Witness

Mysteries previously released on DVD

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86 of 88 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Remastered-Orig UK order Poirot Early Cases set is 45 mysteries solved by Poirot, the masterful Belgian `little gray cell' man who forever out-sleuths Scotland Yard. David Suchet is Poirot, enough said. It's a repackaging for the advantage of those who have not purchased them singly. Advanced picture quality, and I am told by my Blu-ray user friends, the best Poirot yet. All Agatha Christie stories make it fantastic, but Suchet makes the film adaptations soar to new heights. Humor, fantastic scenery & costuming appear. Poirot stories began in 1920 and the fictional character was granted a 1975 NYTimes front page obit.
Episodes are loaded with guest stars as well as regular recurring characters such as CI Japp (Philip Jackson), Hastings (Hugh Fraser) Poirot's right-hand, Miss Lemon (Pauline Moran).

SUBTITLES available for all 45 episodes. Airing began in1992. Masterpiece Mystery! It is CLASSIC UK sleuth TV, as applauded as the original books.

You can read a short summary for each of the episodes by clicking on the provided links to individual series and read my, Harold Wolf, fuller reviews. Simply too long to add them here.
Agatha Christie's Poirot: Series 1 ~~~ The Adventure of the Clapham Cook, Murder in the Mews, The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly, Four and Twenty Blackbirds, The Third Floor Flat, Triangle at Rhodes, Problem at Sea, The Incredible Theft, The King of Clubs, The Dream
Agatha Christie's Poirot: Series 2 ~~~ Peril at End House, The Veiled Lady, The Lost Mine, The Cornish Mystery, The Disappearance of Mr.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Set Worthy of a Beautiful Show December 27, 2012
By R. D.
Format:DVD
I got into Poirot when I started to borrow them from the local library. I think the first one I ever saw was Murder on the Links, which was fine but I did not think too much of it, it was just something to watch for free that was somewhat amusing. However, as I continued to borrow them and watch them I began to fall in love with the show and the characters. I won't go into much detail about who's who and why they are so wonderful because if you are considering buying this collection you already know all that.

It was not long before I knew that I had to own every bit of David Suchet's Poirot but while I was ready to do the work to find out which episodes are in which collection, I was not ready to shell out a bunch of money to buy them individually. The release of Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Early Cases is a gift from above. In the order of the original U.K. broadcast, it collects the first 6 series in 6 individual cases (with 3 DVDs in each case) in a lovely outer box. They are great for someone who does not have any of the earlier DVDs but they are also perfect for those who are seeking an upgrade. I have watched some of the original versions from the library so I can compare. The new DVDs are remastered, making the picture quality much more crisp and best of all they now come with subtitles. The DVD menu is also different with a polished new look and easy navigation capability.

At one point I was thinking of waiting until they come out with Poirot: The Complete Collection but series 13 is yet to be aired, which is the last one but who could wait that long? Also, I am not sure if there will ever be a North American release of the complete collection. Acorn Media holds the rights to series 1 - 6 and 11 - 13, while A&E owns series 7 - 10, which are 12 feature length movies.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one to get if you like Poirot October 31, 2012
By billy
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I had some of these episodes on DVD and decided to get this complete version on Blu-Ray. I could not be more pleased with the picture quality, and it is great to have all the episodes in one set in original order. Donate all your old DVD versions to your local public library and buy this Blu-Ray version - you will love it.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
The numbers of reviews submitted for the various multi-episode packages of David Suchet's portrayal of Agatha Christie's beloved Belgian detective Hercules Poirot is testament enough as to its popularity, with many going into considerable detail about each episode covered.

I'm not about to clog up the reviews with more of the same. If you know who Poirot is there's no need, and if you don't, many of these other great reviews will fill you in nicely. I simply wish to say that each meticulously portrays the time period (1920s to 1940s before the series reaches its end) as only British productions can, and with actors who do not overplay their roles in sticking as closely as possible to Agatha Christie's books.

As some have noted, these original episodes have more of an Art Deco and often brighter and less-brooding look to them with the semi-regular characters of his aide, Captain Arthur Hastings (Hugh Fraser), his secretary Miss Felicity Lemon (Pauline Moran), and Scotland Yard Chief Inspector James Harold Japp (Philip Jackson), each of whom more or less faded from Christie's books after entering the mid- to late-1930s.

The later episodes, some of which were produced by the A&E Network but still stuck flawlessly to the period in appearance, began to take on a darker side in their storylines (as did her books), with the only recurring characters being George, his valet, and detective fiction writer Ariadne Oliver (played by the brilliant actress Zoë Wannamaker).

The only episodes not yet available on DVD are those of the final season, which were filmed the past year - Elephants Can Remember, The Big Four, The Labours Of Hercules, Dead Man's Folly, and Curtain. The last, which brings our favourite detective, now wheelchair-ridden, back to Styles, now a retirement residence but where it all began, also sees his death.

I have them all to date, and can't wait for these to be broadcast and then finally made available on DVD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Every plot is wonderfully written, the character is perfectly...
David Suchet is Poirot! Every plot is wonderfully written, the character is perfectly portrayed - loved them all.
Published 6 days ago by Chena
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I thought this was an excellent price for this comprehensive collection
Published 9 days ago by Doug Ziegler
5.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Early Cases [Blu-ray]
Hubby loves it - we haven't watched all the movies, yet. Quality is great and so was price.
Published 18 days ago by Sheila
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality
Remastered? Will be returning.
Published 26 days ago by alldiy
5.0 out of 5 stars a tale of Arthur Hastings
while Suchet plays an excellent Poirot
Hugh Frazer is the very best Hastings
all Agatha Christies are worth the watch
and Frazer always stands out along with Jap,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Annette Vannostrand
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Poirot will always be in my library
David Suchet is a superb actor in any capacity, and will always have my attention.
I don't think he gets enough hoozahs for his wonderful work. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Terry
5.0 out of 5 stars Best value for your money!
My parents love Poirot and I bought this for a gift. This Poirot DVD collection has over 40 hours of Poirot episodes. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Havelock Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally Poirot in a large set.
Poirot is a program I like to watch late at night when I'm not quite ready for bed. This set up is perfect. It contains 45 episodes with English subtitles. Read more
Published 3 months ago by littlemac2
5.0 out of 5 stars the first 6 series
tv doesn't get much better than this, the presentation in HD is what this series deserved. get this set, you wont regret it,
Published 3 months ago by Dana L. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving Poirot!
I've just started Series 3 and am really enjoying these programs. I had never watched Poirot on TV so they are all new to me. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Carol S.
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