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Agatha Christie's Poirot, Series 11 [Blu-ray]

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Original U.K. broadcast order

As seen on PBS’s Masterpiece Mystery!

Putting his brilliant intellect and fastidious nature to the test, Agatha Christie’s famous Belgian detective solves the most mystifying crimes of the Art Deco era in these dazzling adaptations. David Suchet gives the definitive performance of Poirot and leads star-studded casts including Tim Curry, Elizabeth McGovern, John Hannah, Harriet Walter, Siân Phillips, Peter Bowles, James Wilby, and Zoë Wanamaker in these four feature-length mysteries.

THE MYSTERIES
(original U.K. broadcast order)
Mrs. McGinty’s Dead—With the help of mystery novelist Ariadne Oliver, Poirot tries to save a potentially innocent man from execution.
Cat Among the Pigeons—A new student causes a stir at the Meadowbank School for Girls. When the bodies start turning up, Poirot is on hand.
Third Girl—Collaborating again with Ariadne Oliver, Poirot helps a young heiress who thinks she may have committed murder.
Appointment with Death—The reviled wife of an archaeologist is killed at a dig in the Syrian Desert, leaving no shortage of suspects.


Mysteries previously released on DVD

Product Details

  • Actors: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran
  • Format: NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2014
  • Run Time: 398 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GWXI0M4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,104 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: DVD
This is a supposed HD re-issue of Poirot Movie Collections 4 & 5 (minus Murder On The Orient Express which has already been issued on Blu-ray).
Unlike Poirot Series 1 through 10 (which were produced on film), Series 11 was produced on PAL (Phase Alternate Line) Standard Definition Video with a resolution of 576i. So that means this HD re-issue must be an up-conversion and not a new transfer of original film elements.

There is little, if any, improvement over the previous DVD releases. The absolute ONLY improvement I can see is better color balance for the blacks. Some shadows appear dark blue on the previous DVD, here they are black. The rest of the colors appear the same, NO improvement. The Blu-ray is surprisingly SOFT in focus, identical to the previous DVD.
Think twice before re-buying these mysteries. If you have not bought them yet, then price wise this is the version you should buy. However, Acorn has not yet announced any re-issue of the old set 4 DVD's bonus documentary.

"Series 11" of Poirot is the only series produced in Standard Definition PAL Video. Series 1 through 10 were produced on super 16mm FILM and can be scanned to HD Video at a High Resolution. Series 12 & 13 were produced on High Definition Video.

The only other difference to note is that the old DVDs started with the PBS Masterpiece Mystery logo, this re-release starts with an ITV Studios logo.

Blu-ray fans will be disappointed at the DVD quality of the image. One wonders if the directors were intending the hazy effect, but all four mysteries look this way.

***** = for the mysteries themselves.
** = for this re-issue.

From set 4:
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When I started to watch the first movie I soon got the impression that someone was making a bad joke. Never in a long time have I seen such utterly poor image quality. If this is HD my name is Santa Claus. Acorn Media should be ashamed to publish such trash. The movies are excellent, but suffer extensively from lower than low reproduction quality. I would stay clear of this product if I were you.
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This is a nice set of later Poirot episodes. Though not as light and humorous as the earlier series, these are still enjoyable to watch and share. Poirot is not as patient in these shows as he was before. Actor Suchet does it again with his fabulous performance: He is a true British actor. Inspector Japp, Miss Lemon and Capt Hastings are sorely missed.
Overall , a great set of videos, though more cerebral in nature than the earlier series.
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I am a huge Suchet/Poirot fan. I have all of the previous episodes on DVD. But I debated about buying the last three series (11, 12, and 13) because I wasn’t sure I wanted to experience the visual pain of watching David Suchet grow too old, past his prime. I cycle through the complete Poirot every three years as I do with Jeremy Brett's great depiction of Sherlock Holmes. This time, I decided to take the plunge and buy the final three series on Amazon.

To my surprise, Suchet looks great! Of course, his performance is superb. Moreover, while I miss the “old gang” of Chief Inspector Japp, Miss Lemon, and Captain Hastings, I do think it is necessary for the character to evolve. In that regard, I think the writers got it right by providing Poirot with his own butler, chauffeur, and luxury limousine. They also got it right with Poirot’s new sidekick, mystery writer Oliver. I found that to work very nicely. The production value in terms of set designs, costume, etc., is also a step-up from previous Poirot’s if that is possible because those were also excellent.

But there are some downsides to make me not like this series as much as I did all the previous ones. First, for some reason, the writers felt the need to “lift” or, to be more truthful, “steal,” some scenes from a few of the earlier “Poirot’s.” Now, I must qualify this by saying I have not read any of the novels, just watched the DVD’s. So if Agatha Christie wrote these same scenes repeatedly in her novels, then the writers are to be excused. That said, here are the “lifted scenes”:

1) Mrs McGinty’s Dead: the closing scene is a virtual carbon copy of the closing scene of “Sad Cypress.
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These are titles that I purchased in another Acorn collection quite recently. If you own any Poirot collections, check them first to prevent duplication. No one can make sense of this marketing strategy.
But for Poirot/Suchet, as always, 5 stars.
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Poirot:On" the whole, you know, people tell you the truth. Because it is easier! Because it is less strain on the inventive faculties! You can tell one lie---or two lies---or three lies---or even four lies---BUT YOU CANNOT LIE ALL THE TIME. And so---the truth becomes plain."

And so it does herein with the two episodes featuring the mystery writer character Ariadne Oliver (Mrs McGinty's Dead and Third Girl) along with episodes Cat Among the Pigeons (a captivating tale of international intrigue at a girl's school) and Appointment with Death (which is more of a travelogue with a murder set in the Middle East than a mystery that is decipherable).
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