Agatha Christie's Poirot: Complete Cases Collection
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Spanning 25 years and the entire Poirot canon, David Suchet s iconic portrayal of Agatha Christie s famous Belgian detective has been hailed as one of TV s greatest achievements (Telegraph, U.K.). These 70 episodes of the hit mystery seen on public television are rich with period detail and feature some of film and television s brightest stars, including Michael Fassbender, Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain, Damian Lewis, Tim Curry, Iain Glen, Christopher Eccleston, Aiden Gillen, Peter Capaldi, Lindsay Duncan, Hugh Bonneville, and many more.
Follow Hercule Poirot and his little grey cells from his very first case to his final curtain call. This 33-disc set includes all 13 series of the beloved mystery, remastered and restored to original U.K. broadcast order.
BONUS FEATURES: Being Poirot documentary: David Suchet reflects on 25 years as Poirot while filming his final episodes, plus bonus interviews with Suchet and Agatha Christie s grandson, Mathew Prichard (51 min.); Super Sleuths (47 min.): Documentary about the series featuring the stars and crew; David Suchet on the Orient Express (47 min.): A tour of the Orient Express and its history; behind-the-scenes featurette (46 min.), photo galleries, and production notes by David Suchet and Tim Curry; companion booklet with articles by David Suchet and Mathew Prichard; episode synopses; character profiles; information about Poirot; and Poirot s obituary
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Amazon hasn't posted much about this collection and I bought it on faith that it would be well worth the money. Since there is still little said about the collection, I thought I would give people a head's up as to what they will be getting.
This collection arrived in a Beautiful box measuring 4 and 1/4 inches deep 5 and 3/4 inches wide and 7 and 1/2 inches tall with a flip top lid and a front that folds open revealing four rather bulky blu-ray jewel cases. In side these four jewel cases the 28 disks are found; each labeled with the series number and disk number of that series. Jewel case one includes series 1-3 comprised of seven disks, case two has series 4-6 in it and is comprised of six disks, case three has series 7-11 in it and is comprised of eight disks, and the last case contains series 12-13 and the special features which is comprised of 7 disks; 28 disks in all.
Each series has different specs and are as follows:
series 1 & 2 both have an aspect ratio of 4:3 and have 2.0 Dolby Digital Sound
series 3 has and aspect ratio of 4:3 and has 2.0 PCM Sound
series 4 has and aspect ratio of 4:3 and has 2.0 Dolby Digital Sound
series 5 and 6 both have an aspect ratio of 4:3 and have 2.0 PCM Sound
series 7 and 8 both have an aspect ratio of 4:3 and have DTS HD 2.0 Sound
series 9 - 13 all have an aspect ratio of 16:9 and have DTS HD 2.0 Sound
Picture and sound, in my opinion, are wonderful. I will enjoy this series for years to come and I hope this information helps you in your decision about whether to buy this item or not.
Update - this review is for the Blu-Ray set which has 28 discs and if I am not mistaken the DVD set has 33.
Regarding the Poirot series itself, anyone considering buying this has probably seen some of them on TV or on Netflix and are likely very impressed with the quality of the acting, the clever writing, and the fidelity to the time period in which it is set. On Netflix there are currently only 6 of the 13 series available and so it is well worth buying this collection to watch and own all 13. The earlier series are shorter, episodic style mysteries which last about 60 minutes each. From about series 4 onwards, the format changes to a 90-100 minute episodes which are more complex and engaging than the 60 minute episodes. Regardless of the format, every episode and series is intelligently presented and well performed by the cast. David Suchet is regarded by most to be the very best of the actors who have portrayed Poirot over the years and his performance is top quality in every episode. The recurring characters; Captain Hastings, Chief Inspector Japp and Miss Lemon, also add an entertaining and familiar feel to the series, as they aid Poirot in his investigations.
I would highly recommend this item if you like the Poirot series, it is worth the money for such a well made classic.