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Agatha Christie's beloved Belgian detective returns in these four feature-length mysteries from the hit series. Set amid the unparalleled elegance of the Art Deco era, these beautifully remastered adaptations star David Suchet as the peerless Hercule Poirot.
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Poirot Series 12---Hooray for David Suchet

By Kathy the Mystery Buff

from Vinton, VA

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Comments about PBS Masterpiece Mystery!: Agatha Christie's Poirot Series 12 DVD:

Let me just begin by saying that I thought the videos in this collection featured some of the best episodes of the entire series. "Three Act Tragedy" featured not only a typically good performance from David Suchet but also the talents of Martin Shaw. The only drawback is that the murderer was fairly obvious from the beginning. "Halloween Party" featured a very good suspenseful (although somewhat convoluted) storyline. The one major drawback is that it did not feature the wonderful Zoe Wanamaker who portrays Mrs. Oliver enough. She has proven to be a worthy sidekick for Poirot on other videos.
With regard to "The Clocks", again it featured a strong storyline and good performances, but the ending was somewhat confusing. Which brings us to the grand masterpiece---Agatha Christie's most famous Poirot story "The Murder on the Orient Express". I will have to confess that when I originally saw this production on PBS, I was disappointed because I compared it to the classic movie that featured the great Albert Finney as Poirot snd a magnificent supporting cast that included Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, and Martin Balsam. However, upon viewing this episode again, I found it to be extremely well made. The cast which was largely unknown to American audiences (except for Hugh Bonneville of Downton Abbey in a small role) did a wonderful job, and it would almost seem cliched to say that David Suchet truly delivers one of his finest and most powerful performances. At the end when you can see his character wrestle with his moral conscience over applying the principles of justice he has lived by all of his life, or choosing the quality of mercy (and the viewer can only see the struggle as it is portayed on the actor's face), it is a truly remarkable (because it is so unexpected) and gut-wrenching. If the video set only contained "Murder on the Orient Express," it would be well worth the investment.

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