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  • Actors: David Suchet, James Fox, Emma Griffiths Malin, JJ Feild, Emily Blunt
  • Directors: Andy Wilson, David Moore, Paul Unwin, Simon Langton
  • Writers: Agatha Christie, David Pirie, Kevin Elyot, Nick Dear
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • 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: February 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006212JK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,670 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Poirot - The New Mysteries Collection (Death on the Nile / Sad Cypress / The Hollow / Five Little Pigs)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Four new Poirot mysteries: Death on the Nile, Sad Cypress, The Hollow, Five Little Pigs
  • Agatha Christie biography
  • David Suchet biography
  • Index of all Agatha Christie Poirot stories

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

This set will contain the following four Poirot movies (A&E September 2004 premieres): Death on the Nile, Sad Cypress, The Hollow, Five Little Pigs

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Portly, mincing, gracious, and unrelenting, Hercule Poirot rivals Sherlock Holmes as the greatest sleuth of the English murder mystery genre--a form as strict as a sonnet that's part logic puzzle, part magician's misdirection, of which Agatha Christie remains the undisputed queen. The New Mysteries Collection pulls together TV-movie adaptations of four Poirot novels, each a compendium of eccentric characters, intricate plotting, sleek storytelling, and sprinklings of wit (such as a dotty matriarch's declaration, "Murder is a very awkward thing--it upsets the servants so").

Death on the Nile sets an entire boatful of suspicious character afloat in Egypt, where Poirot's vacation is disrupted by a splash in the night, falling rock, missing pearls, three murders, and a boozing gargoyle named Salome Otterbourne. The plot is one of Christie's more preposterous, yet also one of her most popular. Sad Cypress opens with a murderess on trial, then flashes back to young lovers, a wealthy but stricken dowager, a spiteful anonymous letter, and a pretty young blonde. A wonderfully creepy dream haunts Poirot as he struggles to redeem the wrongly convicted killer. In The Hollow, Poirot's vacation in the English countryside gets disrupted by a philandering doctor apparently shot by his adoring wife, his blood trickling into a swimming pool clotted with leaves. But the best of the lot is Five Little Pigs, a story told almost entirely in flashback, as a young woman hires Poirot to clear her mother, who was convicted of murdering her father. Not only are the clues deftly planted and the solution cunningly worked out, it's one of the rare mysteries that inspires a genuine sorrow for its characters.

Scattered throughout are a wealth of recognizable faces, though not many recognizable names--among the better known are James Fox (The Remains of the Day), Edward Fox (The Day of the Jackal), Paul McGann (Withnail and I), Sarah Miles (White Mischief), Lysette Anthony (Husbands and Wives), and David Soul (Starsky & Hutch!). But it's David Suchet as Poirot who keeps everything in motion, his beady eyes glittering under heavy lids, constantly tending to one of the most ridiculous mustaches in literature. Poirot has been played by such stars as Peter Ustinov and Albert Finney, but Suchet has made the fastidious Belgian detective his own. He's simply magnifique. --Bret Fetzer

Customer Reviews

Very well photographed, very well casted.
Wordsmith
If you love Agatha Christie's Poirot as portrayed so vividly and effectively by David Suchet, then you will want to buy this newest collection.
Aleta M. Daley
The DVDs all have great looking transfers.
C. O. DeRiemer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

87 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Foster HALL OF FAME on April 13, 2005
Format: DVD
The new POIROT series produced by A&E is excellent and I encourage all Poirot and David Suchet fans to purchase the DVD 4-pack. Suchet has literally grown into the part so he seems more natural than ever as Poirot. Pals from the earlier episodes, Japp and Hastings, are missing. I thought their absence and the fact that England has changed so much since the BBC first began airing these `cozy mysteries' might put a damper on my viewing experience but it did not. The filmography is beautiful. Most of the shots were taken in areas where knowledgeable Anglophiles know the past is fairly well preserved, including some lovely old estates. The BBC does it's best as ususal with lavish sets, costumes, and wonderful old automobiles for each production.

DEATH ON THE NILE - When it comes to this particular story, I still prefer the Peter Ustinov version with Mia Farrow, Betty Davis and Maggie Smith. The original film with Ustinov showed a good deal of actual footage shot in Egypt. This issue of `Death on the Nile' appears to have some shots in Egypt, but to tell you the truth, they could have shot most of the film elsewhere...for example Central or South America. Population growth and war have altered the terrain in Egypt considerably since Agatha Christie wrote her novel, which takes place around the 1930s following her travels to the Middle East with her husband, the great archeologist Mallowan.

Poirot - THE HOLLOW - The plot of this episode involves a two-timing husband who may or may not have been done in by his "stupid" wife. The wife, a doe-eyed creature who appears unable to harm a fly is soon incarcerated by the police who feel they have `got their man' but Poirot sets about trying to find the truth and unravel the obviously flawed case the police have constructed.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By a reviewer in Bethesda, MD. on February 16, 2005
Format: DVD
The first entry in this collection ("Death on the Nile") starts off a little slowly, but the pace picks up about midway through, and there is real suspense as the story unfolds. As for the other three films ("The Hollow," "Five Little Pigs," and "Sad Cypress"), they are vintage Poirot: as richly atmospheric and enjoyable as any of the earlier Poirot films, with David Suchet in top form as the eccentric Belgian sleuth.

Also, these latest Poirot mysteries have terrific production values, as you'd expect: the elegant sets and costumes provide lots of period detail that delight the eye. If you're a fan of stylish whodunits, this is definitely a worthwhile addition to your film library!
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 2, 2005
Format: DVD
Hercule Poirot is a fussy, brainy little Belgian, and he seems like an unlikely detective in a series of veddy veddy British murder mysteries. But Agatha Christie's most likable detective turns up again in a quartet of new TV movies: one of her most popular, and three of her most atmospheric and baffling.

"Death on the Nile" introduces us to a lethal love triangle: a beautiful heiress, her penniless new husband, and the vibrant ex-girlfriend, who is also an ex-pal of the heiress. Soon Linnett Doyle (Emily Blunt) is dead, and her ex-pal and widowed husband are the only people who COULDN'T have done it. But it seems that she had a wealth of enemies, including a disgruntled communist, pearl thief, and a drunken romance novelist. And it's up to Hercule Poirot to figure out what really did happen...

Another lethal love triangle crops up in "Sad Cypress." An old woman dies, seemingly of natural causes, leaving her vast estate to her young relative Elinor (Elisabeth Dermot-Walsh). But when Elinor's fiancee leaves her for lovely Mary Gerard (Kelly Reilly), Mary turns up dead -- and the only suspect is Elinor. Poirot knows she wanted to -- but did she?

In "The Hollow," doctor John Christow (Jonathan Cake) is shot at the poolside, and his timid wife is found holding the gun. Love is the probable answer: Was it his steel-nerved mistress (Megan Dodds), the young man in love with her (Jamie de Courcey) his quiet and seemingly stupid wife (Claire Price), or an angry ex-flame (Lysette Anthony) with whom he had had a quickie in the pavilion? Only Hercule Poirot is clever enough to unravel this bizarrely simple mystery...
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Aleta M. Daley on March 8, 2005
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If you love Agatha Christie's Poirot as portrayed so vividly and effectively by David Suchet, then you will want to buy this newest collection. True, Inspector Japp, Captain Hastings and Miss Lemon are missing, but the substance and themes of these four mysteries more than compensate for their absence. One of the gratifying aspects of Christie's mysteries for me has always been the importance of character, motivation and "the psychology" in all of her stories. In "Five Little Pigs," "Sad Cypress," "The Hollow," and "Death on the Nile," the emphasis is on character, both in the dramatic and figurative sense. The characters are given choices; they make choices that reverberate in those lives around them. Each of these mysteries interestingly enough also treats the theme of love in greater depth and complexity.

Poirot as portayed by David Suchet, the directing, the ensemble acting, the sets and, for me, just as importantly the music all contribute to create a perfect movie experience. I stress the music because its quality never falters, never becomes saccharine or distracting, but rather intensifies and enhances the tone and development of the plot and themes.

Let's hope that A&E, the inimitable David Suchet, the director, producers and well everyone involved continue to bring us more cinematic treasures based on Agatha Christie's timeless mystery creations.
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