Agatha Christie's Poirot - The Classic Collection
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A literary legend became a TV phenomenon when DAVID SUCHET took on the role of Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christies most famous sleuth. Suchets Poirot became the most-watched detective in the history of the PBS Mystery! series and a hit all over again on A&E. Now, all 36 one-hour episodes from the series are available in this 12-disc Classic Collection. Using his "little grey cells" and aided by the affable Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser), Poirot unravels the thorniest cases without mussing a hair of his famously sculpted mustache. Lush art deco period details and scripts infused with delicious Christie wit make these mysteries irresistible.
- 36 episodes on 12 discs
- Written introduction by David Suchet
- Biographies of Agatha Christie and David Suchet
- Cast filmographies
- Agatha Christie materials
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Agatha Christie's Poirot, The Classic Collection Vol. 2, starring David Suchet consists of Nine Movie-Length shows, each about 103 minutes long, plus a special feature. These were filmed in the "golden years" when Poirot had an attractive apartment in the Art Deco Whitehaven Mansions (Florin Court) overlooking Charterhouse Square Gardens, in London. Miss Lemon was his secretary, Hastings was his sidekick, and Chief Inspector Japp was his friend in Scotland Yard. During these years Poirot was younger, intelligent even brilliant, eloquent and obviously upper class, serious and at the same time pleasant. His famous system was order and method. He did not like it when people lied to him and he could not tolerate murder. The Nine very enjoyable movies in this Collection include:
1. "Peril at End House", which is the story of a beautiful young lady who has inherited a large charming house perched on a hillside overlooking the sea. The house is in need of repair and although it is a valuable property there is very little income to pay for the required work. The young lady has a group of friends who often stay with her, dance and enjoy themselves. She also has an identical twin sister. There is a Murder and Poirot of course solves the mystery; but the identity of guilty party is shocking.
2. "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe", is the story of a banker in high places, his lady friend, and the dentist they both go to. This also happens to be Poirot's dentist. The guilty party was engaged in marginal activities during a former governmental position he held in India. Need I mention that there were several murders? When Poirot revealed the guilty party no one was more surprised.
3. "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" which was Poirot's first case in England. He again meets Captain Hastings, whom he had known in Belgium and who had just returned from the War. There was a death. It was originally diagnosed as natural but later it was identified as a poisoning which was not self inflicted.
4. "Murder on the Links" was another of Christie's earliest works, and one of her early Poirot's, published in 1923. The unusual twist in this story is that it was the repeat of an almost identical previous crime. There is a young love interest and of course the criminal is finally brought to justice and Poirot wins his bet with a German detective who gets to keep his pipe.
5. "Hickory Dickory Dock" is the tail of the extra curriculum activities in a student's hostel, which Miss Lemon's sister manages. There is a murder and the unexpected twist is that it triggers a confession in the prior case and puts the previous suspicion and charge of murder back in force.
6. "Hercule Poirot's Christmas". Can all of this be blamed on a cold winter and the malfunctioning of the radiators in Poirot's apartment? Now Poirot is confronted with a locked room in which a violent murder has been committed and a house full of guests including both family members and involved outsiders are suspects.
7. "Dumb Witness". Hastings takes Poirot to the country to witness an attempt to break the world speed record for motor boats. There is a mechanical mal-function and the contending boat bursts into flame. This is followed by harsh words, disinheritance, and a suspected murder. Poirot investigates but is led to the correct solution by Bob, a Fox Terrier of distinction, who points out to Poirot the reversing effects of a reflected image.
8. "Death in the Clouds" Tennis is a wonderful game, and one meets the prettiest friends watching it. Still if you have to travel between London and Paris to attend the matches you may eventually experience a murder in the air. Poirot can't avoid investigating since he was a passenger on the plane. He eventually identifies the guilty party, but the solution astonishes and greatly saddens an unexpected person.
9. "The ABC Murders" Such simplicity. Poirot is kept continuously informed as to the location of the next murder by the murderer. What could go wrong? Poirot got one step ahead and the totally unexpected murderer was identified.
This is really a wonderful set of Christie's mysteries presented as movies. All of the nine titles are winners; the character of Poirot is played to perfection in all of them, and they were all filmed during the "golden years". If you have any interest in Agatha Christie's work you simply must have this collection of films in your collection of Great Movies.
This reviewer feels unable to accept, any other portrayal of the Belgium sleuth. It has been thus, since Suchet's first appearance on my TV screen. It is rare to find, one's much loved imagined fictional character, so accurately personified in an actor. Suchet is completely- and utterly - believeable, as Hercule Poirot.
Additionally, and very importantly, Suchet's acting is simply superb - as is the work of the main supporting cast as Chief Inspector Japp, Captain Hastings and, even, Miss Lemon.
It will be a long, long time, before any other actor attempts to portray Poirot - on stage or screen. It will be a long, long time, before anyone feels it a 'good business venture', to fund any other portrayal of Poirot. Suchet has made the character his own, and this is exstremely rare. It is, however, extremely complimentary to David Suchet.
If Agatha Christie's works please - or even if they don't, Suchet's Poirot will delight and please virtually everyone. An excellent series, indeed!