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Poirot: Classic Crimes Collection (The Mystery of the Blue Train / After the Funeral / Cards on the Table / Taken at the Flood) (1990)

David Suchet , Hugh Fraser  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran, David Yelland
  • Format: Box set, Color, Subtitled, Closed-captioned
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 30, 2006
  • Run Time: 379 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CRR3EC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,470 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Poirot: Classic Crimes Collection (The Mystery of the Blue Train / After the Funeral / Cards on the Table / Taken at the Flood)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Four brand-new Poirot movies: The Mystery of the Blue Train, Taken at the Flood, After the Funeral, Cards on the Table
  • Index of all Agatha Christie's Poirot stories
  • Agatha Christie biography
  • David Suchet biography

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David Suchet. Includes The Mystery of the Blue Train (2005/100 min.), Taken at the Flood (2006/94 min.), After the Funeral (2005/100 min.) and Cards on the Table (2005/94 min.) . 4 DVDs. B&w-color/NR/fullscreen.

The incomparable David Suchet reprises his role as Agatha Christie's indefatigable Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot in this collection of four A&E teleplays. Poirot is older now, and mostly solo in solving his crimes, without his previous sidekicks Hastings and Japp. Yet the world-weary Suchet is as compelling as ever to watch, surrounded by the decadent rich who seem to find murder an easy solution to life's inconveniences. The Mystery of the Blue Train, for instance, features a young, and suddenly very dead, heiress, with a dissolute husband, an overprotective father (a fabulously blustery Elliott Gould), greedy cousins, and all sorts of scheming money-owing hangers-on--all cocooned and coddled on a luxury train on the French Riviera. Indeed, one of the many pleasures of this collection is its very high production values; sets, costumes, and locations are detailed and opulently believable. (Though one annoying tic from the films' TV roots inexplicably remains: some "naughty" words, like the "God" in "God-damned," are edited out; surely we home viewers could handle a teensy bit of upper-crust rough talk?) The supporting casts are rich and varied, and the suspects deliciously numerous. And at the center of it all is the ever-refined, driven Poirot, who will not rest until the evil-doers are exposed. Extras include biographies of Agatha Christie and of David Suchet. --A.T. Hurley

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231 of 231 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars David Suchet Returns as Agatha Christie's Poirot March 25, 2006
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In the latest installment of A&E Network's Poirot film series comes four new mysteries based upon the classic Agatha Christie novels that until now had never been produced before for television or the silver screen. Hence, this is the "Classic Crimes Collection," starring David Suchet as the formidable Belgian sleuth, Hercule Poirot.

Before delving into the four new titles, please note that this glossy A&E series thus far does not resemble the earlier British-produced TV episodes and films of the 1990's that David Suchet starred in as Poirot. These newer A&E films move seemingly at a much brisker pace and employ some flashy camera techniques, but retain only a modest helping of the traditional British flavor that made Suchet's earlier Poirot efforts feel so genuine in representing the 1930's and 1940's England. Still, no matter your opinion of which style is superior (the British productions vs. A&E), Suchet's timeless portrayal of Hercule Poirot makes both imminently entertaining for mystery lovers of all ages.

First up in this collection is "The Mystery of the Blue Train," as Poirot delves into the baffling death of a young heiress aboard a train bound for the French Riviera.

Next is "After the Funeral," in which a wealthy patriarch has been murdered, but Poirot's subsequent investigation only leads to yet another fiendish murder with possibly more to come.

"Cards on the Table" (a personal Christie favorite of ours) pits four of Christie's famous detectives (Poirot, Inspector Battle, Colonel Race, & Ariadne Oliver) in a race against time vs. four 'perfect' murderers that leads them from the bridge table into a deadly game of wits as the villain won't be content with just one victim.
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123 of 124 people found the following review helpful
This latest in the long-running Hercule Poirot television series, with Poirot played by David Suchet, has been released on DVD with the cumbersome title Agatha Christie Poirot: Classic Crimes Collection. This series 12, from 2005-06, and series 11, from 2003-04 and released as Agatha Christie Poirot: The New Mysteries Collection, is a somewhat different look at Poirot than we've been used to.

Although the time period is approximately the same, the mid-to-late Thirties, Hercule Poirot is noticeably older and stouter. Suchet, who was 43 when he began Poirot in 1989, is now 60. No longer part of the stories are Captain Hastings, Miss Lemon and Inspector Japp. Captain Hastings and Miss Lemon gave Poirot opportunities to express affection and gentle amusement. They in turn, by their devotion to him, gave us a chance to see him through their eyes as not simply a person confident about his little grey cells, but as a somewhat eccentric individual we could like. Japp showed us how the police could come to respect and even defer to this brilliant, prim and unselfconsciously egotistic little foreigner. Poirot, now with no friends, seems at times a lonely figure. The mysteries remain intricate, but they sometimes lack warmth and a friendly insouciance. There is a heavy-handedness about the production which takes some getting used to.

As usual, Poirot spends much of his time catching murderers among Britain's upper crust, which gives us many opportunities to see how our betters live, behave and dress. His deep outrage over privileged people who believe murder is simply a way to deal with life's inconveniences remains strong. With little opportunity for small touches of humanity and friendship, however, the series now seems a bit glum.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Why EDITED versions, A&E? June 21, 2006
By Agatha
My poor rating has nothing to do with the adaptations (which I thought were well done and atmospheric.) It's always a pleasure to see David Suchet as Poirot. On the contrary, I have a beef with the presentation on these DVDs. They were clearly cut to fit into A&E time slots - with annoying dips to black in the middle of music cues - and censored for language. At one point a character exclaims "God Dammit, Poirot" but the sound drops out where he says "God." That's all well and fine for A&E's standards and practices, but when I spend the money on a DVD, I want the full length, uncensored presentation as it was meant to be seen - without artificial breaks in the continuity for commercials. Shame on you, A&E - you can do much better!
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This set, "Agatha Christie's Poirot - Classic Crimes Collection," consists of four of Dame Agatha's Poirot novels dramatized at TV feature length. The four novels are "The Mystery of the Blue Train" (1928), "Cards on the Table" (1936), "Taken at the Flood" (1948) and "After the Funeral" (1953). Four other novels are dramatized in the companion set, "Agatha Christie's Poirot - The New Mysteries Collection." The two sets display the output of the new A&E production team.

The new series diverge from the old in a number of ways. They concentrate on Christie's novel-length works rather than her short stories. Far more important to Amazon reviewers, though, seems to be the change in casting. The dim but endearing Captain Hastings, the hyper-efficient Miss Lemon and that stolid plod, Chief Inspector Japp are all gone. We find Poirot alone in his new, smaller, gloomier, distinctly less impressive flat--although he's apparently still in the same building. Some reviewers note that the new scripts make references to modern sexual sensibilities in ways that certainly, unquestionably, indubitably did not appear in Dame Aggie's writings. Typical reactions among those who mention this change involve one or all of dismay, disgust and disdain. Others have drawn attention to production values for the new series. One reviewer put it this way: "[T]he production value of the films has gone through the roof. Simply put, these are the best looking Poirot films made so far, particularly with regards to `film moment' shots and the use of color in regards to theme." Finally, there has been the obvious effect of all-devouring time; the now portly Suchet is sixty-ish and he looks it.

Let's consider that point, the older Poirot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best Poirot available
Everyone by now knows about the Suchet Poirots. They are fine but I still prefer Joan Hickson's Miss Marple. Not Mr. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Rudolf Dankwort
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My favorite
Published 1 month ago by susan
5.0 out of 5 stars This is David Suchet at his best! I am so happy to have my own ...
What can I say? This is David Suchet at his best! I am so happy to have my own copies of these stories and to be able to watch them whenever I want.
Published 1 month ago by Joyce B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Collection Favorite
One of my favorites of the collection
Published 2 months ago by ~Kris
5.0 out of 5 stars Poirot
other than Miss Marple, Poirot takes the prize
many of Christies Miss Marple books were rewritten per the publisher into Poirot books, because of his popularity
David... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Annette Vannostrand
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
One simply cannot go wrong in watching Poirot, from its great dialog to its exceptional photography to its detailed production, it is the best of the best.
Published 7 months ago by Hans Dieter Wulf
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stories
We loved this set especially. David Suchet again is Poirot. The plots are wonderful, the acting, scenery and props down to the last detail make these movies a joy to watch.
Published 9 months ago by John Edward Elsegood
1.0 out of 5 stars Lacks closed captioning for hearing impaired viewers
Poirot is a great series but this set lacks closed captioning. This is unfortunate because this set is worthless for hearing impaired viewers.
Published 10 months ago by diogenes
5.0 out of 5 stars If you haven't seen all of Poirot, you're missing great mystery TV,
We are Poirot followers since seeing our first episode and now we have hunted out as many of the movies and the series of mystery episodes. Still working on finding them all!!
Published 14 months ago by GunHawk
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Entertainment, despite modern politics
These are good mysteries on their own, however the book plots were obviously changed with the sole purpose to accommodate modern politics (without giving any thought to the target... Read more
Published 14 months ago by RB
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