Case Number 23332: Small Claims Court


Acorn Media // 1990 // 523 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // February 16th, 2012

The Charge

The flavor-saver.

The Case

The long-running series from PBS' Masterpiece Mystery! scores am HD version that might be overkill. Still, if your grandmother has a Blu-ray player, she might appreciate the extra effort that went into this release of Poirot: Series 2 (Blu-ray)!

Hercule Poirot (David Suchet) is a renowned investigator, famous for his razor-sharp intellect and weirdly sculpted mustache (it appears Poirot ladles on about a quart of Mobil 1 synthetic on his upper lip). He's accompanied by Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser), a laid-back sidekick who's also tall. Nine mysteries on two discs:

* "Peril at End House"
* "The Veiled Lady"
* "The Lost Mine"
* "The Cornish Mystery"
* "The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim"
* "Double Sin"
* "The Adventure of the Cheap Flat"
* "The Kidnapped Prime Minister"
* "The Adventure of the Western Star"

Sometimes I joke around with these PBS mystery release as designed with the geriatric in mind, but of all the series I've seen, if any deserves to be categorized as specially-built for that demographic, it's Poirot. This Agatha Christie creation is low-key and plot-heavy, eschewing memorabe characters for layered mystery-slinging. In fact, the most interesting individual on the screen at all times is Poirot himself -- who, I have to admit, is an acquired taste. It's that mustache, man. It looks like two leeches in coitus.

David Suchet is good enough at what he's doing to finally win me over and ultimately Poirot became a fun, engaging character. He's unassuming and a bit of a dork, but he's brilliant and outsmarts his adversaries in subtle ways so they end up looking like dolts at the end.

Acorn's Blu-ray set is mediocre, making me unsure of the necessity of HD effort: full frame (1080p), 2.0 Dolby Digital, no extras. Eh.

The Verdict

Not Guilty, but not for everyone.

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Scales of Justice
Judgment: 80

Perp Profile
Studio: Acorn Media
Video Formats:
* Full Frame (1080p)

Audio Formats:
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)

* English (SDH)

Running Time: 523 Minutes
Release Year: 1990
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Distinguishing Marks
* None

* IMDb