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Agatha Christie's Poirot, Series 1 [Blu-ray]

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Now remastered & in original U.K. broadcast order.

As seen on PBS’s Masterpiece Mystery!

Agatha Christie’s brilliant Belgian detective is on the case in the first series of the hit PBS mystery. Fan favorite David Suchet stars as the dapper sleuth who solves the thorniest of cases with his formidable intellect. Set in glittering 1930s Europe, these remastered adaptations capture every splendid detail of the Art Deco era. Also starring Hugh Fraser (Sharpe) as the affable Captain Hastings, Philip Jackson (Robin of Sherwood) as Chief Inspector Japp, and Pauline Moran as Miss Lemon.

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  • Actors: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran
  • Format: NTSC, Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 519 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005X5XIME
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,666 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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180 of 183 people found the following review helpful By Paul J. Mular TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 20, 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
In 1988 LWT (London Weekend Television) would make television history and start producing what would be THE definitive version of Agatha Christie's Poirot to air in 1989!
Now ITV, current owner of LWT programs, went back to the original film elements and remastered them in HD. Yes, there are subtitles.

Agatha Christie's Poirot Series 1 features these 50 minute short stories:

1 1-01 08/Jan/89 The Adventure of the Clapham Cook
2 1-02 15/Jan/89 Murder in the Mews
3 1-03 22/Jan/89 The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly
4 1-04 29/Jan/89 Four and Twenty Blackbirds
5 1-05 05/Feb/89 The Third Floor Flat
6 1-06 12/Feb/89 Triangle at Rhodes
7 1-07 19/Feb/89 Problem at Sea
8 1-08 26/Feb/89 The Incredible Theft
9 1-09 05/Mar/89 The King of Clubs
10 1-10 19/Mar/89 The Dream

While 16mm will never look as sharp as 35mm, if you directly transfer the original 16mm camera film elements they will always look better & sharper than the older DVDs mastered from 16mm film copies made form 16mm negatives. The camera originals are sharper than the copies.
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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on December 14, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Any POIROT set is just plain GOOD murder mystery. Agatha Christie suspense perfect. David Suchet acting excellence. Combined they make any British Mystery viewer salivate. Add top guest stars in each, SUBTITLES for the hearing and dialect challenged, and kick in some of the best filmed period mystery ever produced. It's what fans have come to expect with Poirot, Agatha Christie, Masterpiece Mystery, and the untouchable as Hercule Poirot--David Suchet.

The Blu-rays and new DVDs are newly remastered and restored to their original U.K. broadcast order. This is wonderful mystery TV, never to get out of date. You WILL love every feature-length episode.

The original 10 late 1930s era episodes (WITH SUBTITLES) in original June-March 1989 order. Period costumes as accurate as the Art Deco sets. David Suchet begins his masterful role as Hercule Poirot with the supporting cast of associate Hastings (Hugh Fraser-Bretts: The Complete Collection); CI Japp (Philip Jackson-`Robin of Sherwood'); and Sec. Lemon (Pauline Moran) as well as numerous episode guest stars.
1 THE ADVENTURE OF THE CLAPHAM COOK: Poirot's unimportant domestic case is searching for Todd's (Brigit Forsyth) cook Eliza (Freda Dowie-The Brontes of Haworth) gone lost. She's inherited and moved to near Carlisle, her trunk left at the station. Dermot Crawley's (`Bleak House') character may be involved.

2 MURDER IN THE MEWS: Poirot helps Japp on a Bonfire Night (aka Guy Fawkes Day) suspicious suicide.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Chris L. on February 29, 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
What a treat 'Poirot' is on BD! I can't believe how clear and crisp the image is on BD. I was a little worried since I had read that this show was originally filmed on 16mm, which is half the size of regular 35mm. Acorn to my approval this time has put a lot of care into the product. I have issues with them for releasing the same product in different packaging three times in about 10 years, but invest in the BD and you will be happy. Everyone knows how good most of these shows are so I will not give that type of review. I own some of the A&E films on SD DVD and there is an extraordinary difference between them and the BD just in contrast alone. The blacks are black and the colors dazzle. I would love some kind of special features, lets get interviews with David and the gang or license some of the BBC stuff that was filmed about the series (found on YouTube), something! Acorn has dropped the ball in that department. If you are on the fence about upgrading, don't be, do it and you will be happy just like me. I am a little perturbed at Amazon and their adjustable pricing they practice, like how these were 44 dollars when they came out, but less than a month later, they are half the price?!?!? Use your little grey cells and snatch them up now before the price goes up Mon Amis!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By D. R. M. on February 29, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
As great as it was 10 years ago to have the early Poirot adventures on DVD, there was a significant caveat. The transfers from film to DVD produced a visual quality that was disappointing--murky, dull, fuzzy, with a unique and unwelcome pinstriping effect in many of the shows. I always blamed this on the 16mm film format that the show was shot on. (Baffling to me that they wouldn't shoot on 35mm, considering all the loving care that went into the costumes and sets and scenery.) Well, I was wrong. Apparently those crappy looking DVDs were the result of human ineptitude, not the film format. Because the new transfers to Blu Ray--while not up to the blazing standard of contemporary high def--are crisp and clean and quite handsome. The 16mm does the stories justice. I've only looked at a couple of the episodes so far, but wow, they look good. You will see details and colors that you've never seen before. One thing that another online reviewer noted was that this first season of episodes was overlit, and that's right. They're rather bright and flat-looking. Apparently, the lighting becomes more subtle and three-dimensional as the show proceeded. Still, that's just a niggle. On the whole, I'd say any Poirot fan who wants the see the show at its best should make the upgrade to Blu Ray. BTW, there's a cool little clip online on the restoration of the early Poirot shows; just Google "Poirot 16mm ITV."
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