Agatha Christie's Poirot, Series 2 [Blu-ray]
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As seen on PBS’s Masterpiece Mystery!
Agatha Christie’s marvelously mustachioed Belgian detective returns in the second series of the hit PBS mystery. Played to perfection by David Suchet, Hercule Poirot uses his formidable "little grey cells" to outwit criminals and fellow sleuths alike. These remastered adaptations bring the splendor of Art Deco-era Europe to brilliant life. Also starring Hugh Fraser (Sharpe) as the genial Captain Hastings, Philip Jackson (Robin of Sherwood) as Chief Inspector Japp, and Pauline Moran as Miss Lemon.
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This time, along with Agatha Christie's Poirot short stories, one Agatha Christie Poirot novel story was included, creating a double length episode. This longer story allowed for a more intriguing mystery.
The rest of the season was filled out with Poirot short stories, but the 'pilot' of the longer double episode showed that LWT was capable of producing the Poirot Novels for television.
Series 3 would dramatize another novel, and series 4 would would feature 4 novels and no short stories.
ITV, the current owners of the LWT programs, went back to the original film elements and remastered them in HD. Yes, there are subtitles.
Agatha Christie's Poirot series 2 (50 minutes unless noted)
11 2-01 07/Jan/90 Peril at End House (2-hour episode)
12 2-02 14/Jan/90 The Veiled Lady
13 2-03 21/Jan/90 The Lost Mine
14 2-04 28/Jan/90 The Cornish Mystery
15 2-05 04/Feb/90 The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim
16 2-06 11/Feb/90 Double Sin
17 2-07 18/Feb/90 The Adventure of the Cheap Flat
18 2-08 25/Feb/90 The Kidnapped Prime Minister
19 2-09 04/Mar/90 The Adventure of the Western Star
While 16mm will never look as sharp as 35mm, if you directly transfer the original 16mm camera film elements they will always look better & sharper than the older DVDs mastered from 16mm film copies made form 16mm negatives. The camera originals are sharper than the copies.
Working alongside Suchet is Hugh Fraser as his Watsonian sick-kick Captain Hastings, Philip Jackson as the by-the-books Chief Inspector Japp, and Pauline Moran as Poirot's immensely efficient secretary Miss Lemon.
As a long running series that began in 1989 and only recently finished filming the final adaptations of Christie's books in 2012, the release of the older episodes on DVD is a treat for long-time fans of the show. With writers such as Clive Exton, Anthony Horowitz (best known for the Alex Rider series) and David Renwick (creator of Jonathan Creek) penning some of the screenplays, it comes as no surprise that the show has won plenty of awards, including BAFTAs in its time. Although the pacing can be a little slow by today's standards, the earliest episodes of "Poirot" still stand as the benchmark not only for faithful Christie adaptations, but mystery shows in general.
"Peril at End House" is the highlight of this box-set, with higher production values and a more sophisticated story than the rest of the episodes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My boyfriend and I both enjoy the Poirot series. I'm working on getting the complete set, and I'm almost there. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Cheryl Barker
One of the best seasons! Very entertaining storylines without the vulgarity of the newer detective programs. Highly reccommend.Published 5 months ago by cosgrovemama