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The Agatha Christie Megaset Collection (Miss Marple / Poirot)

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Joan Hickson stars as Miss Marple and David Suchet stars as Hercule Poirot in 13 full-length Agatha Christie mysteries. Includes At Bertam's Hotel (1987/110 min.), A Caribbean Mystery (1989/100 min.), Evil Under the Sun (2002/100 min.), 4:50 from Paddington (1987/110 min.), Lord Edgware Dies (2000/120 min.), The Mirror Cracked from Side to Side (1992/100 min.), The Moving Finger (1985/102 min.), Murder in Mesopotomia (2001/100 min.), Murder at the Vicarage (1986/102 min.), Murder of Roger Ackroyd (2000/103 min.), Nemesis (1987/102 min.), Sleeping Murder (1987/102 min.) and They Do It with Mirrors (1991/100 min.). 9 DVDs. Color/NR/fullscreen.

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Two of Agatha Christie's most popular characters, Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot, are brought to life in these classic BBC and A&E Home Video mysteries. The delightful Joan Hickson is always entertaining as the prim and proper Miss Marple, complete with her elderly woman charm and perpetually clicking knitting needles. In 4:50 from Paddington, Miss Marple's good friend Elspeth McGillicuddy witnesses a man strangle a woman on a passing train, and it's up to Miss Marple to uncover the mystery. In Sleeping Murder, the Reeds move into their dream house, where Mrs. Reed is plagued by the vision of a body in the hall. In turn they call upon Miss Marple to help them uncover this strange phenomenon. When the American movie star Marina Gregg in The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side is almost murdered while filming her new picture, she's fortunate to have the help of Miss Marple to sniff out the evil culprit. A Caribbean Mystery has Miss Marple, who's in need of rest and relaxation, deciding to holiday in the West Indies. Her holiday soon turns into a working vacation when it's time for her to gather the usual suspects. Other Miss Marple stories included in the boxed set are The Moving Finger, At Bertram's Hotel, Murder at the Vicarage, Nemesis, and They Do It with Mirrors.

David Suchet perfectly captures the brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in four beautifully made mysteries. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, in which yet another of Poirot's retirements is interrupted with murder, is an admirable adaptation of a nearly unfilmable plot. Lord Edgeware Dies offers the pleasing combination of murder, theater folk, and a glimpse of a besotted Poirot. Evil Under the Sun features cold-blooded murder at a sunny health resort, and Murder in Mesopotamia doubles the fun by dropping all the intrigue into an archaeological dig. Each mystery is lovingly crafted with clever direction, a clear fondness for Christie's work, and painstakingly accurate period settings. Suchet and Hugh Fraser (as Captain Hastings) make a marvelous pair, capturing both the easy companionship and the frequent bickering of true friendship. Special DVD features include an index of all the Miss Marple and Poirot stories and biographies of Agatha Christie, Joan Hickson, and David Suchet.


Special Features

  • Includes:
  • Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, Collection 1
  • Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, Collection 2
  • Poirot: Lord Edgware Dies
  • Poirot: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
  • Poirot: Murder in Mesopotamia
  • Poirot: Evil Under the Sun
  • Agatha Christie biography
  • Complete index of all Miss Marple stories
  • Complete index of all Hercule Poirot stories
  • Joan Hickson biography

Product Details

  • Actors: Barbara Franceschi, Bruce Payne, Roger Hammond, Patrick Godfrey, Ann Queensberry
  • Directors: Andrew Grieve, Brian Farnham, Christopher Petit, David Tucker, John Davies
  • Format: Box set, Color, Full Screen, 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: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2004
  • Run Time: 1300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00016XNFW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,840 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Agatha Christie Megaset Collection (Miss Marple / Poirot)" on IMDb

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Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, elderly spinster from the village of St. Mary Mead, who unmasks even the cleverest killer with her seemingly innocuous "village parallels," and Hercule Poirot, the little Belgian with the many "little grey cells," whom a speck of dust pains more than even a bullet, are among crime fiction's all-time stand-out characters. After multiple other adaptations, some of which, although featuring thespian royalty like Sir Peter Ustinov and Dame Margaret Rutherford, had about as much to do with Christie's originals as Big Ben with the English countryside, they found their perfect personifications in Joan Hickson and David Suchet, the latter moving center-stage from being Inspector Japp to Ustinov's Poirot. And while not entirely faithful to Christie's originals - e.g. Miss Marple's foil Inspector Slack (David Horovitch) and Poirot's associates Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser), Miss Lemon (Pauline Moran) and Chief Inspector Japp (Philip Jackson) are inserted in some of the storylines not originally featuring them - all these adaptations have exceptional production values, maintaining the atmosphere of Christie's books with loving detail.

The combination of productions featuring Hickson and Suchet in one set isn't illogical; although I wonder whether a straight "Miss Marple Megaset" wouldn't have made more sense, incorporating the features "The Body in the Library" (1942, BBC adaptation 1984, the first one starring Hickson), "A Murder Is Announced" (1950, BBC adaptation 1985) and "A Pocket Full of Rye" (1953, BBC also 1985), now all contained in a separate 3-disc set.
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Nothing new to review here. This is just a reissue of the first 4 Poirot mysteries released on A&E after the London Weekend Television/PBS Series (which is available in its entirety on Acorn) and A&E release (their second set of 2) of Joan Hickson's Miss Marple (which you still need the Warner/BBC Video set to complete THAT series). If you have none of these, for the same money (maybe less) you should buy the separarte set of these 4 Poirots and the Miss Marple Megaset which combines their (A&E) "sets 1 and 2" into 1 box. The shows however are first rate and a half, so if you want your money's worth, there are better ways to buy the contents of this megaset and save megabucks.:-).
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This collection is not very good. It is much better to buy the region 2 complete David Suchet's Poirot set which has all 50 of the Poirot Episodes, and then you can purchase the newest Episodes which are Sad Cypress, Five Little Pigs, Death on the Nile and The Hollow. This is a fabulous set and is much better than buying the smaller sets of poirot.
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I happened upon this collection at Best Buy and knowing how much our family enjoyed British mysteries, thought it was probably worth the price. It is even better!! Joan Hickson and David Suchet are the penultimate Miss Marple and Poirot. These productions are well made, great for family viewing as there is little or no violence, beautifully filmed and directed. The Miss Marple's date from around 1987 and you can't tell as the time period is represented so well. And included are 4 of the best feature length Poirots ever. You can buy this set used but I don't know why anyone would want to get rid of theirs!!!
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NO SUBTITLES!!! THIS IS VERY DISAPPOINTING AS THE PRODUCT DESCRIPTION STATES IT DOES HAS SUBTITLES. THE ONLY REASON I BOUGHT THIS MEGA SET WAS BECAUSE IT WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE SUBTITLES. I ALREADY HAVE ALL OF POIROT BUT THOUGHT IT WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE SOME OF HIS MYSTERIES WITH SUBTITLES. WHO CAN UNDERSTAND HALF OF WHAT THE BRITISH SAY WITH THEIR TWIST ON THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. WHAT AMAZES ME IS THEY WANT TO SELL IN THE US MARKET & DO NOT THAVE THE SENSE TO PROVIDE SUBTITLES TO THEIR DVD'S.
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This is the best of both Miss Marple and Poirot to have for your movie collection as it not only is a good introduction to the two great sleuths but also has "extras" about them as well as the author herself. A must have addition for any of Christie's fans. Also the actors. Joan Hickson and David Suchet, who portray the great detectives are the best. It is as if the great dame of mystery, Agatha Christie herself, used them as the models for her two best loved characters.
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I recommend this collection to any Agatha Christie fan. The production quality of each story impresses me immensely: A & E devoted scrupulous attention to detail in producing these shows, especially given that they are all set in past periods -- the Miss Marple stories take place in the '50s, and the Hercule Poirot stories unfold in the twenties. I give kudos to the set designers, costumers, and location scouts for producing such verisimilitude. These dramatizations magically bring us back to a time and place in England now long gone. Perhaps just to avoid any disappointment for people looking for thriller movies, I should mention that all these stories proceed quietly, without car chases, explosions, or gobs of blood. Christie set us more cerebral puzzles, relying on the attentive perception of her sleuths to solve each riddle. But any Agatha Christie fan already knows that. If you have not yet familiarized yourself with some of Agatha Christie's novels, it might make sense to do so before purchasing this collection, just to make sure that Agatha Christie's style appeals to you. If you like the books, you will like the movies in this set.
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