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Agatha Christie Hour: Set Two

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"An engrossing, mystery-lover's treasure from beginning to end" --Library Bookwatch

Intrigue and romance in Art Deco England

The Queen of Crime plumbs the recesses of the human heart in these five tales of mystery and murder, passion and peril, suspense and the supernatural.

In these stories, lesser-known Christie protagonists find themselves the victims of false accusations, embroiled in illicit love affairs, torn between duty and desire, and under the thumb of employers with questionable motives. These classic adaptations are Christie at her best, now on DVD for the first time.

The superb ensemble casts include Amanda Redman (New Tricks, Sexy Beast), Ralph Bates (Dear John, Poldark), Stephanie Cole (Doc Martin), Cherie Lunghi (Secret Diary of a Call Girl), Christopher Cazenove (The Duchess of Duke Street, Dynasty), and Rupert Everett (My Best Friend’s Wedding).

THE STORIES
Magnolia Blossom: An unhappy wife tries to escape her marriage.
The Mystery of the Blue Jar: A young man consults an expert on the paranormal.
The Red Signal: A séance foretells of sudden death and danger.
Jane in Search of a Job: An Englishwoman takes on a dangerous assignment.
The Manhood of Edward Robinson: A henpecked fiancé sets off on the drive of his life.


Special Features

SDH subtitles

Product Details

  • Actors: William Gaunt, Angela Easterling, Maurice Denham, Lally Bowers, Veronica Strong
  • Directors: Brian Farnham, Christopher Hodson, Cyril Coke, Desmond Davis, John Frankau
  • Writers: Agatha Christie, Freda Kelsall
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 260 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0047CG95W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,907 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on December 7, 2010
Less known A.C. tales-as good as Poirot & Marple. Mystery/romantics judge them better. Stunning costumes & sets. Being period (20's-30's) suspense dramas--it's timeless. Intensely spell-binding, captivating. Each episode has a lovely leading lady. Agatha Christie is only outsold by Shakespeare and the Bible. See this DVD set and know why.

Set 2 is as good as Set 1, both based on some of her more obscure writing. No Poirot, but great characters, regardless. Five new A.C.Hour mysteries prove the diversity and romantic side of Christie. Yet there is Christie mystery.

Each episode is cast with several British members of high achievement and fame. The 5 segments give a great romance & crime mix, enchanting at times, suspenseful other times.
SUBTITLES are provided. A text bio of Christie also. A must own completion to Set one.

Episode details:
Magnolia Blossom
Marriage trapped Theo (Claraia Madden-Sense and Sensibility)is the lady caught in the middle of 2 men who desire her in this 1920's love triangle. Husband Jeremy (Richard Darrell) vs lover Vincent (Ralph Bates-Poldark=awesome series). Should Theo choose freedom or loyalty? Romance or duty?

The Mystery of the Blue Jar
Great show! Law student, Jack (Robin Kermode-Wilde) is the only one who hears a woman yell 'murder,help murder' on the fairway. Great golf scenes with vintage togs, clubs (wooden woods & wood shafts). Then lovely French Felise (Isabelle Spade-Rue des Plaisirs & other hot Fr. films) hears and dreams of the blue vase. She, Jack, and "Doctor of the Soul" (Michael Aldridge-Love for Lydia;Lion,Witch,& the Wardrobe), psychic, set about finding the answer to the mysterious voice. Fun Christie Mystery style end.

The Red Signal
Another psychological mystery & murder.
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Poirot has spoiled me. The show, with David Suchet's spot on portrayal of Christie's best-known detective and the stellar writing and production values it routinely utilizes, has set a very high standard for Christie dramatizations. Other adaptations of her work - particularly older television productions - may well, in comparison, seem to come up short. And I'll admit straight out that The Agatha Christie Hour doesn't look nearly as polished as Poirot.

But that lack of polish didn't dim my enjoyment of The Agatha Christie Hour: Set 1 at all. Released in July of this year, the set has provided hours of happy viewing in my home and I'm so pleased to see the rest of the series coming to DVD. The entertaining stories are somewhat different from Christie's usual fare (and, in a sense interesting for that fact alone) and I found the acting and writing both quite solid. Made in the early 1980's, the "stage play" look of the shows holds a touch of nostalgia for me, reminding me of the Brian Clemens-penned Thriller, a series I loved when it aired in the states in the 1970's.

The Agatha Christie Hour: Set 2 should appeal to Christie aficionados, particularly those who have read the short stories these dramatizations are based on which include:

//Magnolia Blossom//
Unhappily married Theodora Darrell (Ciaran Madden) is running away with Vincent (Ralph Bates) when she learns that her husband Richard's (Jeremy Clyde) business is failing. She returns to see if she can help, only to learn that all is not as it seems.
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These dramatizations are mildly entertaining if you do not have Poirot-Marple plot complexity expectations or expect the parts to be played by famous actors. In addition to being "mysteries" they are also good presentations of social customs in England about 100 years ago. Amateur historians or cultural anthropologists will thoroughly enjoy them.
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bought this when I was jones-ing for some David Suchet Poirot, and was happily surprised. Characters, some familiar some new, and actors, some familiar and some new show up in these short stories that are both fun and interesting. I look forward to the Next installment.... Agatha Christie Hour: Set Two
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I found the series of disks, more like stage plays rather than actual movies.
The settings seemed too staged.
Although the plots were good in most cases, they lacked the real Agatha Christie stlye I have got use to.
But they were certainly better entertainment that what is appearing on the television.
You could tell these stories were not her best... but they are good value for money
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It's a good series, some stories have murder some don't but all are interesting and easy to watch. You won't find gratuitous sex which I appreciate. My husband and I have 80 year old hearing so the SDH subtitles are a God send.
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We had no idea these episodes existed! Even though these don't have the big names of Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, and Tommy & Tuppence, they are still classic Agatha Christie. I wish they'd have done more!.
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Set two of the Agatha Christie Hour was not quite what I expected. I did, however, enjoy many aspects - the mystery, the period when they took place, and some of the acting. These episodes were more of a Hitchcock touch than Christie. That being said, I vow to always be loyal to Agatha Christie and the hours of enjoyment she has provided since she first put pen to paper.
P.S. I did not see Set 1 - for some reason, the discs were not compatible with my VCR and I had to return them.
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