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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: January 28, 2014
  • Run Time: 412 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GAXASKS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,543 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Three star-studded Agatha Christie mysteries

Stylish adaptations of three classic Christie mysteries

Agatha Christie has delighted millions of fans with her deft plots, memorable characters, charming settings, and keen insight into the darker motives of mankind. The Queen of Crime enchants once again with these three fascinating mysteries featuring sublime casts. Stars include Sir John Gielgud (Brideshead Revisited), Francesca Annis (Lillie), Pauline Collins (Upstairs, Downstairs), James Warwick (Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime), Cheryl Campbell (Pennies from Heaven), Dominic Cooper (The Duchess), and Susan Hampshire (The Pallisers).

Sparkling Cyanide—When the glamorous wife of a wealthy businessman is poisoned at a nightclub, the government brings in two experienced MI5 agents to investigate the case. “Jolly good…and enjoyable” —The Globe and Mail (Canada).

Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?—The enigmatic last words of a dying man set amateur sleuths Bobby Jones and Lady Frankie Derwent on to a tale of murder, suspense, intrigue, and false identities.

Seven Dials Mystery—A fun weekend party turns funereal when one of the guests at a country house dies overnight. Feisty Lady Eileen Brent teams up with a charming man-about-town to solve the crime. “Fun and absorbing” —The Washington Post.

Sparkling Cyanide contains brief nudity

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By wisdomstar on January 28, 2014
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As a Christie collector, I'm always looking for ways to create space for the various wonderful uk sets of her work. This one is a real gem. WHY DIDN'T THEY ASK EVANS and THE SEVEN DIALS MYSTERY have been around for many years but both of them still stand up and these discs play well on a blu-ray player and a small screen. I have yet to try them on a larger screen. The real bonus is SPARKLING CYANIDE (2003) which started life as Yellow Iris, first as a short story and then in the David Suchet TV episode. The plot has been enlarged upon nicely here and updated for a modern audience, so there are surprises for those of us who know Christie, but the best part is the actors Pauline Collins and Oliver Ford Davies as a pair of retired spies who are asked to solve the murder. I wish they had done a whole series with these two and not just the one movie. They have a wonderful husband and wife give-and-take that is as much fun as the murder mystery. And it saves space on my shelf. Highly recommended for Christie fans who don't mind modern tinkering with Christie's stories.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on January 8, 2014
This set is a fine group that not only abundantly reuses Britain's finest actors but also incorporates the bits of wit from Agatha Christie. For instance; John Gielgud is as funny in "Seven dials" as Maggie Smith is as Dowager in Downton Abbey. It's period mystery by the great Agatha Christie. Two episodes are from the 1980s, thus nostalgic as well, and with the complexity of sleuthing which Christie is known to produce. Watching some of these Brit stars, now departed, is worth the set's price.

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SPARKLING CYANIDE -95 min.; 2003 TV; 1944 Saturday Evening Post serialization titled "Remembered Death"
There is a table full of suspects when a nightclub partier is slipped a fatal Mickey Finn. The rich husband is played by Kenneth Cranham. The deceased's Aunt Lucilla played by Susan Hampshire (Pallisers). The complex case sets the government appointed MI5 couple to work: Col Reese (Oliver Ford Davies -Star Wars) and Dr. Catherine Kendall ( Pauline Collins -Upstairs, Downstairs). Not Collins' finest hour, but overall the show is typical Christie. Don't let the 2 seconds of nudity detour you, though I doubt it being A.C.'s intent.

WHY DIDN'T THEY ASK EVANS? -186 min; 1980 TV; 1934 novel
This is one of the better adaptations of this story and stars Francesca Annis (Lillie) as Lady Derwent, a beautiful but amateur investigator. He's helped by the Vicar's son Bobby Jones (James Warwick), a not-so-good golfer who discovers a body not-quite-dead. With dying breath the cliff victim utters the story title question. Bobby also helps in amateur sleuthing. Who's Evans? It's a Wales to London tale. Also watch the screen for the appearance of Joan Hickson who would soon become Miss Marple for a decade.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By June L. on February 11, 2014
This is a good collection of three classic Christie mysteries, and a blend of old and new adaptations. The earlier two THE SEVEN DIALS and WHY DIDN’T THEY ASK EVANS? are from the early 1980’s. This was the age of the multi-episode miniseries, and these two stories are well treated and full of details. The 2003 SPARKLING CYANIDE is a modern adaptation of the story, with technology playing a large role in the process of solving the mystery. This is not objectionable, and is a tribute in a sense to the timelessness of Agatha Christie’s characters and stories. This set belongs in the collections of fans, and would be a nice introduction to her mysteries that aren’t starring Poirot or Miss Marple. Sir John Gielgud is splendid to watch in both the early mysteries, his performance in SEVEN DIALS sent me back to the Christie novel to see how much of the character is in her writing and how much was Sir John’s professional touch. It is a happy blend of both.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By NewAgeMama TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 15, 2014
The Queen of Crime Collection brings together three of Agatha's Christie's best mysteries to one DVD set. Each one features a stellar staff and a delightful who-dun-it filled with intrigue and even a few laughs.

Sparking Cyanide - This the newest of the three shows, being filmed in 2003 as opposed to the eighties. In this story, poison is slipped into the cocktail of a businessman. A pair of MI5 agents come in to investigate. Was it his wife? A jealous business partner? Or could someone else be the culrpit.

Why Didn't They Just Ask Evans? - This story features a pair of amateur investigators but that makes the tale no less interesting. Bobby and Lady Frankie are on the trail of a possible murder suspect after the words of a man of on his deathbed lead them to believe his fall from a cliff may have involved foul play.

Seven Dials Mystery - It was supposed to be a fun weekend party but plans to make merry go down hill quickly when one of the guests winds up dead. This one has a lot of humor and a lady named Bundles takes the lead on the amateur investigation.

I really enjoyed these three mysteries. Some were easier to guess the killer than others, but they were all entertaining. I especially love how Agatha Christie always had strong heroines who were the equal of their male counterparts in a time when it wasn't all that common. This is a excellent DVD set and any fan of Christie will want to add it to their collection.
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