& FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details
Only 7 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Agatha Christie's Poirot:... has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Missing shrink-wrap, activation codes for bonus online content may be missing or expired. Item is missing insert.
Trade in your item
Get up to a $0.69
Gift Card.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Agatha Christie's Poirot: Murder on the Orient Express [Blu-ray]

3.6 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews

Additional Multi-Format options Edition Discs
New from Used from
(Oct 26, 2010)
"Please retry"
$13.65 $4.63

Unlimited Streaming with Amazon Prime
Unlimited Streaming with Amazon Prime Start your 30-day free trial to stream thousands of movies & TV shows included with Prime. Start your free trial
$18.74 & FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details Only 7 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • Agatha Christie's Poirot: Murder on the Orient Express [Blu-ray]
  • +
  • Murder On The Orient Express
  • +
  • Death On The Nile (artisan)
Total price: $33.61
Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Poirot searches for a killer on a snowbound train

While traveling from Istanbul to London aboard the luxurious Orient Express, Hercule Poirot (David Suchet) encounters a ruthless businessman who offers him a large sum to expose the person threatening his life. Poirot declines, not caring for the man or his money. But when he is stabbed to death, the detective is determined to find the killer. With the help of an amateur sleuth (Samuel West, Van Helsing), Poirot begins to piece together the chain of events leading up to the murder.

GUEST STARS INCLUDE Eileen Atkins (Cold Mountain), Toby Jones (Frost/Nixon, Infamous), Hugh Bonneville (Iris), and Barbara Hershey (Hannah and Her Sisters)


A number of fine actors--Albert Finney, Peter Ustinov, Ian Holm, Alfred Molina, Tony Randall--have portrayed detective Hercule Poirot, mystery author Agatha Christie's most popular creation. There have also been several filmed versions of Murder on the Orient Express, perhaps Christie's best-known tale, and although this 2010 made-for-TV adaptation, with David Suchet in the lead role, isn't the best of the lot (that distinction goes by general consensus to the 1974 feature film, with Finney), it's likely the most controversial. That's primarily because director Philip Martin and screenwriter Stewart Harcourt have been less than completely faithful to the source material. Scenes that Christie never wrote have been added (starting right off the top with a nasty bit of business in which Poirot observes a Turkish woman being stoned for allegedly committing adultery); other bits have been somewhat rearranged, while a few characters' motivations and dispositions have changed as well, and while these are alterations that casual viewers won't notice, they are the source of dismay among those who want to see what they've read translated literally to the screen. Meanwhile, in keeping with the dark, rather violent tone, Suchet plays Poirot (a role he has portrayed more than 60 times over the last 20-plus years) as a cold, condescending, self-righteous sleuth who refers to himself in the third person and spends much of his time lurking around corners, spying and eavesdropping as he collects the information that results in a typically brilliant solution to the case--which, as Christie veterans will know, concerns the murder of one Samuel Ratchett, a heinous criminal masquerading as an obnoxious American businessman as he travels with a host of rich and royal swells on the elegant train en route from Istanbul to points west. Overall, the movie's production values are decent (especially for television), the Blu-ray transfer is excellent, and the bonus features are fine, particularly a travelogue about the real Orient Express (hosted by Suchet). But that may not be enough for Christie purists. --Sam Graham

Special Features

David Suchet on the Orient Express: David Suchet hosts a tour of the Orient Express and recounts its history (47 min.)
120 years with Agatha Christie
List of Poirot books
Cast filmographies

Product Details

  • Actors: David Suchet, Jessica Chastain, Barbara Hershey, Marie-Josée Croze, Samuel West
  • Directors: Philip Martin
  • Writers: Agatha Christie, Stewart Harcourt
  • Producers: Karen Thrussell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen, Color
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: ACORN MEDIA
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003L80FLC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,033 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Agatha Christie's Poirot: Murder on the Orient Express [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Blu-ray
**Contains Spoilers**

Very first scene ... irrelevant to the rest of the film.
Stoning the adulteress in Istanbul ... a strange addition that is very un-Christie. She would never have written that.
M. Bouc's accent and general demeanour ... very annoying.
Making the doctor a conspirator ... a poor addition; his attempts to distract Poirot are dumb.

This movie does not get a chance to develop the CHARACTERS, many of whom are skimmed over with the barest of participation in the film. For example, Count & Countess Andrenyi are barely in the film at all. Countess Andrenyi is Sonia Armstrong's sister, which in the context of the story is major, and yet she's barely in the film. Characterisation was a big part of Agatha Christie novels, and it just doesn't happen much here. Other than Poirot of course, the most prominent characterisations in the film are the conductor Michel, Princess Dragimiroff, and Miss Debenham.

The mindset of the movie makers appears to be "Let's retain some bits of the 1974 movie but also let's add some zing to it by adding dark/new elements of our own."

This isn't a bad movie, but when doing a remake of a classic, it is reasonable and fair that it be marked a little more stringently. To be sure, this is nowhere near the brilliance of Sidney Lumet's 1974 masterpiece. But having said that, it is still an okay film, even if it does have me asking several times "Why on earth did they do THAT?" Occasionally there are things said that are portrayed in a more plausible context than the 1974 version of the film, but these are very rare.

Because Poirot disapproved of murder, having him morally wrestle with his decision to let the guilty go free is plausible, but it's overplayed too heavily here.
Read more ›
3 Comments 38 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Blu-ray
As a writer, I lament the plain arrogance shown by producers, directors and screenwriters in adapting classic texts. They should by all means make changes in order to enhance the dramatic qualities of their films, but to tamper so much and to so little dramatic effect with such a well-known story is only to demonstrate their own hubris. To compound this travesty, they have managed to betray the spirit of over twenty years of magnificent Poirot adaptations with David Suchet. A major characteristic of Poirot is his bonhomie, and it is that which gives the edge to his relentless pursuits of the guilty and the judgements he passes on them. Here, there is no contrast whatsoever: Poirot is in a foul mood from start to finish, he is morbidly religious, he shows no compassion for his fellow man. That is not Poirot, that is a producer/director or screenwriter showing how edgy and clever he is. If Christie had wanted to write a dark, brooding, depressed Poirot, she would have written one. As it is, she didn't and her adapters have no right to deform her character so grotesquely.
11 Comments 45 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Blu-ray
Quelle dommage! At long last, David Suchet, the best onscreen Poirot of all time, gets a chance with the famous "Murder On the Orient Express" but.. what is this? The screenplay writer and the director have decided that this cracking mystery ought to be treated like the darkest, heaviest thing ever written. Sigh. Oh dear oh dear. (Something similar was done to the great Jeremy Brett in his later years Sherlock Holmes films.) Thus we have Poirot, made up to look much older and with dark circles under his eyes, ranting and raving even more than Albert Finney and praying like a medieval pilgrim and suffering torturedly over moral dilemmas in the eyes of God (none of which is really in the book.) Um... hmm. Interesting attempt at doing something different, I guess, but then again we don't really need something different in this case. Darn, it coulda been a layup... all they had to do was be true to the book and the character like they usually do, and Suchet's version would have been the best. Instead, they went wildly off track and we get this dim mess which starts with a soldier blowing his brains out in Poirot's face and ends with the great sleuth sobbing on a railway platform in the cold gray light of dawn. What a bummer, and needlessly so. I suppose all murder mysteries have a grim premise, but that certainly isn't what makes them fun; it's the detection and the suspects and the clues and, well, the likeable detective. Not here. (True, the chilling atmosphere of the train stuck in the snow is certainly well done. Perhaps overdone.) Maybe if they had pared this one down to an hour they wouldn't have felt compelled to pad it with all this sniveling in the final act. Fortunately, they seem to have singled this particular mystery out for such treatement, and other recent films with Suchet in them do not suffer from quite this heavy handed a gloom.
4 Comments 54 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Blu-ray
An outrageously poor adaptation on many levels, I am saddened to think what a complete travesty this was to Agatha Christie, the series which has in years past epitomized her books, and to David Suchet, who has otherwise faithfully portrayed Poirot with remarkable skill. It was not simply that this was not faithful to one of the greatest mystery classics ever written, or that the director obviously fancied himself more innovative than the author with his lame duck attempts at modernizing the script; if those were the only issues, I believe the cast could have redeemed this. But the deeper character motivations suffered too gravely under the weight of these changes.

Here we have a Poirot who is so so bitter and angry it actually detracts - and was distracting - from his depiction. His cynicism was frankly off putting to the point I could not even concentrate on the mystery. So, even had these "improvements" added to the script, Poirot himself was, in my opinion, intolerable to watch.

Every iota of intelligence, suspense or enjoyment was wrung out of this by the acting and unwarranted changes. It was nothing more than sensationalistic rubbish, more resembling something I should expect to see from a dumbed down Hollywood gem than anything based on classic British literature. Avoid this one at all costs. The 1979 movie remains the far better option.
Comment 13 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Agatha Christie's Poirot: Murder on the Orient Express [Blu-ray]
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Agatha Christie's Poirot: Murder on the Orient Express [Blu-ray]

Customers Also Watched on Amazon Video