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|Agatha Christie's Poirot Collector's Set Volume 3|
Actor: David Suchet
Genres: Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Acorn Media Release Date: 01/07/2003 Run time: 153 minutes Rating: Nr
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Some heavy revision to the source, but well done
Michele L. Worley | Kingdom of the Mouse, United States | 05/02/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
""How Does Your Garden Grow?" is taken from _The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories_, while the others are taken from _Poirot Investigates_."The Adventure of the Western Star" - There's a legend about twin precious stones, the eyes of an idol in the Far East, having long been separated - the Star of the East and the Western Star - and of what is fated to happen when they meet again. The Western Star resides in the famous Yardley collection in England, while the Star of the East belongs to an actress about to film on the Yardley estate..."How Does Your Garden Grow?" The old lady wrote to Poirot on a matter requiring such discretion that she would not commit it to a letter. Alas, she died before her commission ever reached him..."The Kidnapped Prime Minister" - Viewed solely on its own merits, an interesting case. Viewed as an adaptation, however, it is flagrantly unfaithful to the source; the writers seem to have had a free hand in adjusting matters to make a more dramatic and puzzling story. The action now occurs between wars instead of during WWI, so the motive has altered and the kidnappers by necessity are a somewhat different group than in the original story. Written early in Christie's career, the victims and witnesses were just stage props leading up to one of Poirot's flashy conjuring tricks, with no depth or personality. While this worked in short story form, I can see the inherent difficulty in adapting it for the screen, so while I ordinarily deplore heavy revision, I concede the need for it here. Not to put too fine a point on it, the revision helped this story no end, and it's much more interesting on video than in its original form."
Brilliant production values and truly gifted scripting.
Midwest Book Review | Oregon, WI USA | 08/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Hercule Poirot is second only to Sherlock Holmes in the hearts of mystery fans everywhere and, along with Miss Marple, Agatha Christie's most famous and beloved private investigator whose "little grey cells" would figure out the guilty party in a style all his own. This third volume in the Acorn Media video set series showcasing the British television productions that brought Poirot vividly to life for millions of English and American viewers features three of Agatha Christie's best Poirot cases: The Kidnaped Prime Minister; The Adventure of the Western Star; and How Does Your Garden Grow? Flawless produced with meticulous attention to historical detail in set designs, clothing, automobiles, streets and building architecture, these stories present some of the finest actors that contemporary Britain has to offer and under brilliant production values and gifted script writing, lighting, and direction, present a very highly recommended addition to any personal and community library video entertainment collection."
Poirot Does it Again!
face-garak | 06/25/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"How Does Your Garden Grow? - Good mystery, not too much depth, but at least Miss Lemon gets to leave the office! And it's always fun when Agatha Christe uses nursurey rhymes as plot devices. It creates sort of a surreal atmosphere. - 4 starsThe Adventure of the Western Star - More typical Poirot. It's easy to get used to how wonderful these are and start treating their greatness casually! My favorite part of this one is Hastings and his China-man! - 4 starsThe Kidnapped Prime Minister - Ireland gets some of the lime-light in this one as Russia did in the first. My favorite part of this one is when Miss Lemon is trying to remember the name of the castle! - 4 starsBox Set Overall score (Not an Average) - 4 stars"
Excellent Brian Teaser
Elizabeth Darling | IDA, MI USA | 02/28/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Hercule Poirot is again at his finest in this collectors set.All three films are set in the art deco elegance of the 1930's Europe, which is perfect to make the stories come to life and keep you on the edge of your seat with drama. In The Kidnapped Prime Minister, Hercule Poirot, with his razor sharp wit, solves a mystery even the "Yard" can't solve, with a surprise twist of an ending. In The Adventure of the Western Star, Hercule Poirot uses his sharp deductioning power and skills of hand, so expertly that he even fools Hastings. In the end,it is truly a surprise. In How Does Your Garden Grow, Hercule Poirot deftly solves the murder mystery with the assistance of Hastings as his side-kick. All three of these films are a real treasure you'll want to see again and again. This is a wonderful collection to add to your collection. Enjoy!"