Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Movie Collection, Set 6
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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.
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').Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
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I loved this. First it came it perfect condition and arrived in good time. I love murder mysteries especially really old school ones that take place in the 1920's to 1940's. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joshua Miller
Great show! If you like who dunnits and British style shows,
this is fantastic.
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I believe there are plans to continue the adaptations. Among the handful left to go:
Dead Man's Folly
The Big Four
Elephants Can Remember
Also, none of the short stories from the 'Labors of Hercules' collection have been adapted yet, so it's left to be seen what will... Read More
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