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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: February 25, 2014
  • Run Time: 663 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GZ0NSLW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,856 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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English subtitles

Editorial Reviews

In French with English subtitles

Agatha Christie’s masterful storytelling gets a soupçon of French flair in these attractive, witty mysteries. In 1930s France, Superintendent Larosière has a passion for beautiful women and solving cases, while hapless young inspector Lampion just tries to keep up. And in the mid-’50s, suave Commissioner Laurence unravels knotty crimes with the help of reporter alice. These French adaptations are a fresh, stylish twist on classic Christie tales.

Les meurtres ABC (based on The ABC Murders)—As a serial killer taunts Larosière, the great detective’s career could be the next casualty.
Am stram gram (based on Ordeal by Innocence)—After the death of a beloved philanthropist, suspicion falls on her brood of adopted children.
La maison du péril (based on Peril at End House)—When a beautiful heiress is targeted for murder, Larosière loses his heart—and nearly his life.
Le chat et les souris (based on Cat Among the Pigeons)—While investigating murder at a fancy boarding school, Larosière is haunted by his past.
Je ne suis pas coupable (based on Sad Cypress)—When death stalks a women’s retreat, a reluctant Lampion goes undercover.
Un cadavre sur l’oreiller (based on The Body in the Library)—With Larosière accused of strangling a prostitute, Lampion tries to clear his name.
Jeux de glaces (based on They Do It with Mirrors)—Commissioner Laurence investigates gruesome murders at a mental institution.

Contains nudity, sensual situations, violence, and coarse language.

Customer Reviews

The stories were great, intriguing, funny and entertaining.
Theresa H. Benedict
I love Agatha Christie’s novels and short stories, and as a fan I am always interested in adaptations and productions of her work.
June L.
The execution of the plots, the acting and production values are all outstanding.
Jack

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Poppy Jones on December 16, 2013
This French production is currently being "streamed" on ACORN & is absolutely fabulous: the writing, the acting, the production "value", it's just out-of-the-ballpark. While using Dame Agatha's fine work as a "basis", it then veers off onto it's own remarkable path. And as far as I know, the "inspecting" Team is new & original (i.e., not Dame Agatha's) but nevertheless outstanding with some most interesting "chemistry". And please, don't be "lured" into under-estimating this "duo": defying "neat & tidy type-casting", they are not always what they seem. Grab this one!! (PS: the subtitles are effortless)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dennis A. Pascale on April 23, 2014
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I was so happy to stumble upon this set of French foreign films adapted from Agatha Christie's works. So far I've watched 3 of the 7 films and already I'm impressed. The sets are vibrant with colors and they really capture the feel of these classic Christie works. So far, I've watched "The ABC Murders," "Ordeal by Innocence" and "Peril at End House." Set in the 1930's, these films are a delightful homage to the original works. Superintendent Larosiere is no Hercule Poirot, nor should he be. Along with his bumbling, and very sweet sidekick Inspector Lampion, the pair are more a comic duo trying to solve these classic puzzlers. Larosiere loves women and fine foods, and while he seems absurd and not very clever, we find that in the end he has a great mind and always solves the crime. Lampion is sweet and is hiding a secret, yet I find I root for him in every film. You have to enjoy foreign films and not mind reading subtitles, but if you're willing I think you'll find these movies quite charming. For the most part, the films stay true to the original novels. The changes that they do make aren't too drastic and fit in with the feel of the films. There's a touch of The Pink Panther in them, but unlike some of the more recent film adaptations, these movies keep a light touch as opposed to exploring the darker side of things. I hope this is only the first set, as I would love to own the other movies by this director. So far it's been a fun ride and if you're a Christie fan, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By wisdomstar on April 8, 2014
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After watching the ABC murders, the first in this set, I was not sure I wanted to watch the others. This French version certainly takes liberties that Agatha Christie would probably not have approved of. The core plot is there, but the commissaire and his inspector are quite a departure from Marple and Poirot. However, my curiosity pulled me along to watch the rest of them. I found the next five very inventive. The plots and the murderers are mostly the same as the Christie we are used to, but the settings may change, characters are added and subtracted and the sleuths are radically different. After the first two episodes, I forgot that they were speaking French. My college French was not up to the challenge, but the English subtitles provide a welcome crutch. I often use subtitles for the English versions anyway. The actors are excellent, especially the main two, Dulery and Colucci. But all the actors are believable in their parts. The humor had me laughing at times. I didn't like the last one, but They Do It With Mirrors is probably my least favorite Christie and by the seventh episode I was used to the two regulars from the first six episodes and now I missed them. For me, the relationship between the policeman and the reporter in this last episode did not work. They really didn't seem to like each other. I will probably buy set 2, if there is one, and if they bring back Dulery and Colucci.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on January 28, 2014
Set 1 of "The Little Murders of Agatha Christie" is strong plot-driven stories. After all, they originated from the queen of crime investigation. The French have taken some personal characteristic liberties with the 2 lead characters. Would `Aggie' approve? It sure gives a new twist of viewing for Agatha Christie, Poirot, and Miss Marple fans. Like taste testing "escargot (snails)" for the first time. Set 1 is contemporary productions (2009-12) with an interesting look at Christie's 1930s crimes through French period costumes, props, cars, interiors, and country vistas. C'est la vie.

Episodes 1-6 are Poirot-like, even though 2 of the adaptations were Marple. Supt Larosiere is no David Suchet, but performs the French investigator role well. He can be verbally abusive. Occasionally he has a mannerism that appears he's taken instruction from Suchet. His assistant, Insp. Lampion, a sleuth buffoon who's dialogue states: "I don't fancy girls." A male cop investigates in the last episode, a story adapted by the British three times with three different leads playing Miss Marple. He gets antagonistically assisted by a forceful girl newspaper columnist.

ENGLISH TRANSLATION TEXT SUBTITLES; French audio only.
Below the French episode titles are replaced with the adapted novel title:
---1---The ABC Murders---An ABC bus timetable is a clue to a serial murderer who's savage killings get increasingly elaborate. He taunts Supt. Larosiere, the greatest French cop, by sending him ABC-signed letters announcing the next attack. Larosiere & Lampion fail to stop the violence.
---2---Ordeal by Innocence---In 1934 Supt Larosiere deals with an adopted son who killed the philanthropist adoption mother. After 2 years the case is reopened to the dismay of the wealthy family survivors.
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