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|Agatha Christie's Poirot The Movie Collection - Set 4|
Actors: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran, David Yelland
Directors: Ashley Pearce, James Kent
Genres: Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
David Suchet returns as Hercule Poirot--the Belgian sleuth of unsurpassed deductive powers and peerless viewer appeal--in two fresh adaptations of Christie classics. As seen on PBS?s Mystery! Mrs. McGinty?s Dead--With hel... more »
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2 Episodes Air in the US = 2 Episodes in the DVD Set
Indiana Girl | Hoosier Country | 05/12/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This set contains two episodes, Mrs. McGinty's Dead and Cat Among the Pigeons. These are the two episodes airing on PBS's Mystery! this summer. No one can sell a DVD set BEFORE the episodes air on television...you don't see ABC selling DVDs of the current season of "LOST" do you? The UK has already aired all 4 episodes so the UK has released all 4 episodes on DVD. The US broadcasters (PBS) have their own broadcast schedule and therefore the DVD Sets must follow suit. The other 2 episodes (Third Girl & Appointment with Death) will be out on DVD AFTER they air, which is TBD. No one is trying to rob us fans; let's just be patient."
An overpriced half-season
Laika | Portland, OR | 04/30/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I was just browsing on Amazon and ran across this set, and I am truly offended by how Acorn is treating the Poirot fans in the U.S. For the record, the two movies included in this set were released on Region 2 DVD last year, along with the other two movies from season 11 - "Third Girl" and "Appointment with Death." And when I bought that set last year, it still cost me less than what Acorn is charging for this half-set.
As for the movies, "Mrs. Ginty's Dead" is classic Poirot. It's very faithful to the novel, and by far my favorite episode of season 11. I didn't care for Zoë Wanamaker as Ariadne Oliver in "Cards on the Table," but she really grew on me in this episode. The scene where she's collaborating with Robin on her play is hilarious. "Cat Among the Pigeons" takes a few more liberties with the story, probably because Poirot didn't even appear in the novel until the end. It's still pretty well done, even though the focus definitely shifts from the schoolgirls in the novel to the teachers in the movie. I do wish they had come up with a better excuse to get Poirot involved in the action, though, because the reasons (both the real reason and his cover story) are frankly kind of dumb. But that's a minor quibble.
I can't judge the bonus DVD, of course, but even if it's wonderful, it still wouldn't justify the price for this set. If you like Poirot and British TV in general, I would strongly advise that you check out region-free DVD players. They're surprisingly cheap nowadays. You can buy the complete season 11 on Amazon UK, probably for less than what you'd pay for this set. (Fair warning, though: "Appointment with Death" is really, really terrible. "Third Girl" is pretty decent.)"
60+ year old David continues a spotless perfomance as THE Po
Paul J. Mular | San Carlos, CA USA | 06/22/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Even though well into his 60's, David Suchet continues to prove that he IS Hercule Poirot. Yes, the eyes look a little tired & the belly a little full, but even the great Hercule Poirot must age.
These 90 minute movies deserve multiple viewings as the mysteries are intricate and you could miss a clue if you turn your head. The stories, based on the full length novels MRS MCGINTY'S DEAD and CAT AMONG THE PIGEONS, are more flushed out than the older 60 minute episodes. One felt like clues were left out of those shorter episodes that prevented the viewer from solving the murder with Poirot. But here, all of the clues are there for you the viewer to pick up on, but are they what they seem?
I do miss the regular cast of characters in the old 60 minute series, Inspector Japp, Captain hastings & Miss Lemon are sadly missing from the 90 minute "Movie" versions of Poirot. However, they are present in the third disc which includes interviews with the actors who brought those characters to life. And you get to see David Suchet without his Poirot mustache.
While the production values are excellent, the wonderful 'Art Deco' style of the earlier shows is missing. I do wish they had kept that style going. 'Art Deco' buildings & objects do appear in these movies, but the style is gone from the production.
The bottom line is that I do like the more flushed out stories, but I miss some of the elements from the earlier productions. Still they are a 'MUST-BUY".
While I wish PBS would air all 4 new Poirot Movies this year (I don't know if it is due to budget cuts or not), it is nice to get to see at least two of the new productions and look forward to two more later on. PBS is a co-producer of the series & they decide what Acorn Media can release in the U.S..
I have an early review copy & can say that the anamorphic 16:9 widescreen picture has some grain to it (it looked the same on the PBS-Hi Defenition broadcast). The sub-titles can help with unfamiliar British words. Bonus material is mostly limited to the 47 minute "Super Sleuths" special on disc #3. Discs 1 & 2 have very basic still frame biographies & filmographies. Quite honestly, the "Super Sleuths" special could have easily fit on a second layer of either disc 1 or 2, but it looks better to make it a 3-disc set. At least they are 'slim cases' and do not take up too much space for the extra disc."
Welcome home, Hercule!
Never the Twain | 05/27/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I thought about writing an inflammatory review to complain about how there are ONLY two new movies in this set and curse those scoundrels at Acorn Media. That, however, would be silly. I can't help but think that many of the reviewers/commentators here wouldn't cut it as news-people, because they buried the lead (if not missed it outright). The real story in this case is the happy news that Dame Agatha's foremost sleuth is back home (or at least his American home) on PBS. I for one am too happy about this (and the return of the wonderful Zoe Wannamaker to the series) to disparage the folks at Acorn for something that almost certainly is beyond their control. The bottom line is that these new movies look to be solid additions to David Suchet's Poirot legacy, and it looks like Acorn has done another great job presenting them. That works for me.