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DVD Review: Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Classic Collection 2

What we have here is a veritable treasure chest of Christie. Or rather of Christie’s creation Hercule Poirot. Poirot made his debut in 1920 in The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Which is included in this set) and went on to become one of the most famous fictional sleuths in the world.

An odd little Belgian man, Poirot uses his “little grey cells” to solve the crimes that often baffle the police. While his creator did not particularly like the character, his eccentricities brought him close to Dame Agatha’s legions of fans.

This set includes nine television movies, all featuring David Suchet as Poirot. While many actors have played the role (including Albert Finney and Peter Ustinov), Suchet is considered by many to be the best Poirot.

This set includes Poirot’s debut (the aforementioned Mysterious Affair at Styles), which was set during World War I and continues through the years to Dumb Witness, which was published in 1944. We are witness to the nationalism of a country at war, as well as seeing some changes in societal views regarding race and class.

Suchet’s performances are very consistent, as are the screenplay adaptations, to the point where there is no title here that I could honestly call a dud. The actors seem to grow more comfortable with each film and really make the characters their own

There is only one real “extra” here and that is a featurette entitled Agatha’s Christie’s Garden: Murder & Mystery in Devon. It runs about an hour with interviews from relatives and even P.D. James. Interesting, but nothing extraordinary.

Fans of Christie really should pick this up, it will provide hours of mystery bliss.

Jeremy Lynch
For more reviews from myself, and the rest of the Crimespree crew, check out the index of reviews.