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Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Movie Collection, Set 6

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David Suchet returns as Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie’s endearingly fastidious sleuth, in three baffling new cases based on her classic novels. As seen on the "PBS Masterpiece Mystery!" series.

Disc 1
Three Act Tragedy
Deadly Dinners Whet Poirot's Investigative Appetite
While visiting the Cornish coast, Hercule Poirot (David Suchet) attends a dinner at which one of the guests suddenly dies. An inquest finds no evidence of foul play. But Poirot’s host, renowned stage actor Sir Charles Cartwright, thinks otherwise, and another death at a later party with the same guests seems to confirm his suspicions. Together with Sir Charles and his vivacious friend Egg, Poirot applies “la technique classique”—eliminating the suspects, one by one.
Disc 2
The Clocks
Poirot Identifies A Man Whose Time Ran Out
While trying to unmask a mole at Dover’s military base, Lt. Colin Race enlists Poirot to help him aid a pretty secretary apparently framed for murder. Called to a residence on a quiet street for a temporary typing job, she found only a man’s corpse lying on the floor. No one can identify the body, find a murder weapon, or explain the presence of four strange clocks—none of which belongs in the home, and all of which stopped at 4:13.
Disc 3
Hallowe’en Party
Poirot Looks For Ghosts From A Young Girl's Past
Wholesome fun at Woodleigh Common turns harrowing when a children’s Halloween party ends in the murder of 13-year-old Joyce Reynolds. Poirot is summoned by an old acquaintance, crime novelist Ariadne Oliver, to help in the investigation. He seizes on a clue: immediately before her death, Joyce had boasted of having witnessed a murder several years before, although she didn’t realize it was a murder at the time. Although everyone pooh-poohs her claim, Poirot knows that “old sins cast long shadows.”

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Product Details

  • Actors: David Suchet, Martin Shaw, Anna Massey, Zoë Wanamaker
  • Directors: Charles Palmer, Ashley Pearce
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: July 12, 2011
  • Run Time: 267 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,461 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on May 19, 2011
Format: DVD
David Suchet's Poirot on TV films are adaptations of Agatha Christie's novels--but so well done, both books and TV shows/DVDs have proved classic in their own right. Thus, I avoid comparison of novel to screen. No need, both excellent.
The star casts and guest stars are too numerous to mention. One can't fault acting a half-penny. This release comes hot off the screen of PBS Masterpiece Mystery after original ITV1 in the UK. All 3 adapted stories are each feature length, 89 min. -like going to the theater 3 times.
SUBTITLES ARE included. No bonus material.

Three Act Tragedy
A lovely Cornwall coastal location for a Poirot murder case(s). A parson (Nigel Pegram) one of many at a dinner party drops dead of apparent natural cause. A 2nd Yorkshire party-same guest list-has a 2nd death, the host Tallie (Art Malik-`Upstairs Downstairs'). Hercule helps Sir Charles (Martin Shaw-`George Gently') investigate. Egg (Kimberly Nixon-`Cranford') helps too, or is she suspect? Poirot reenacts the complex and connected deaths under stage lights.
Other stars: Jane Asher (`Wish Me Luck' `Alfie'), Kate Ashfield (`Silent Witness'), Tony Maudsley (`Doc Martin' `Foyle's War'), Anna Carteret (`Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont'), plus.

The Clocks
Five murders plus love at the White Cliffs of Dover, a wonderful backdrop. 1940s prior to WWII but Hitler threatens says Admiral Hamling (Goeffrey Palmer-`As Time Goes By"). The case erupts with the duel death of German mole Annie (Olivia Grant-`Lark Rise to Candleford') and Fiona (Anna Skellern-`Siren'). MI6 Lt. Race (Tom Burke-`Cheri') asks Poirot to help his naval investigation. Evidence implicates typist Sheila (Jamie Winstone) running from the murder site home of a blind lady (Anna Massey-`Darling Buds of May').
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"Agatha Christie's Poirot" Movie Collection Set 6 contains three feature-length episodes from Series 12, which originally aired on Britain's ITV in 2010. The forth film from Series 12, "Murder on the Orient Express", is found in Movie Collection Set 5. "Three-Act Tragedy", based on the 1934 novel, "The Clocks", based on the 1963 novel, and "Hallowe'en Party", based on the 1969 novel, have all been set in the 1930s in keeping with the chronology of the television series. Common to the later years of "Agatha Christie's Poirot", the color palette is richer, the sets more lavish, and the photography is darker than the airy deco and modernist sets of the series' early years. I'm not a fan of the change. I find the new aesthetic uninteresting and rather onerous. And Poirot's new wide, pointy mustache looks sinister.

Some stylistic flourishes in "Three-Act Tragedy", such as the clumsy introduction of the cast of characters and the staging of some conversations as if they were on stage, are unwelcome. "The Clocks" is a good story, but an additional mystery having to do with rising tensions with Germany has been added, which I think overburdens the Christie plot. "Hallowe'en Party" was one of Christie's later novels and not one of her best. It's sordid and distasteful, but this may reflect sensibilities of the 1960s, the decade in which it was written. There are hints of the strange religiosity the writers have introduced in recent years, but the films in Movie Collection Set 6 are better than those in Set 5. The scripts are not the quality of the early years of the series, but part of the problem there is that Christie's novels are not all of equal quality. Poirot has recovered his good nature after some missteps in the last set.
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Poirot Set 6 is a three-feature-film set. And for fans of the show it goes without saying that Poirot starring David Suchet is an exquisite treat; both for the mind, and the senses. Those looking for great films of intrigue done with style and story? Yes, these too should get the set toot sweet.

The delightful films have the fastidious little detective shuttle-bugging about - and he is almost as distracting as the finely woven threads of the stories' often brilliant tapestries. I admit to being smitten with good set design...here it is simply orgasmic. The era is everywhere. Sometimes you (I) must rewind the DVD as people spoke but they were not heard over some elegant piece of furniture, or wall hanging. This is good too, because there's hardly a proper mansteak in the set, and a girl needs visual stimulus, even in a good mystery...

Tragedy in Three Acts is the most visually exciting - era-wise. Here we find Poirot attending a swanky dinner party at his old friend's Sir Charles Cartwright (Martin Shaw) - who is a retired theater star, when viola! Faster than the butler can announce cocktails are being served in the main room, a seemingly natural death occurs. It is not until a month later, when the exact same style of death - with the same dinner guests attending - happens once more, that Poirot's little gray cells begin to twirl. The tie-up is wonderful. Guest stars include Jane Asher, Art Malik, and Kimberley Nixon.

Halloween is very atmospheric, the subject matter a tad disturbing. Poirot is called in to investigate the murder of a child...The local "witch" and gossip, has plenty to whisper about her hamlet. Though Poirot detests tales of the macabre, he is like the apple bobbing in the water, until...at last...Hercule has figured it out!
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