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Our reviews of Agatha Christie's Poirot: Classic Crimes Collection (published June 12th, 2006), Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Definitive Collection (published November 3rd, 2008), Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Movie Collection, Set 5 (published July 21st, 2010), Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Movie Collection, Set 6 (published June 24th, 2011), Great Detectives Anthology (published January 6th, 2011), Poirot: Death On The Nile (published January 3rd, 2005), Poirot: Murder On The Orient Express (Blu-Ray) (published October 26th, 2010), Poirot: Series 2 (Blu-ray) (published February 16th, 2012), Poirot: Series 4 (published April 16th, 2012), and Poirot: Series 1 (Blu-ray) (published January 5th, 2012) are also available.
"I think the thoughts of Hercule Poirot, monsieur, are far beyond your comprehension."—Hercule Poirot
Agatha Christie's Poirot: Series 6 contains four movie-length mysteries, all adaptations of novels featuring Christie's fussy Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot (David Suchet, The Bank Job).
Hercule Poirot's Christmas
Hickory Dickory Dock While investing several thefts at a student hostel in London, Poirot happens to be on hand as the crimes escalate to murder.
Murder on the Links
The four episodes in Poirot: Series 6 are classic "English cozy" whodunits, period pieces with twists galore and ridiculously elaborate murder schemes. They almost always follow the same formula, too—the set-up to the murder, Poirot's investigation (with multiple fake-outs and red herrings), and finally Poirot gathering all of the suspects together for the dÃ©nouement. It's corny and unrealistic, sure, but often pretty entertaining stuff. These four episodes, which originally aired between 1995-96, are among the show's best. They don't hold up well to criticism (see Raymond Chandler's excellent Golden Age mystery take-down in "The Simple Art of Murder"), but are still fun in their own right.
It helps that these tales (and the Poirot series in general) have great production value and acting. The episode, from the set design to cinematography, always look great. Suchet goes all-out with Poirot too; the detective is eccentric and maybe a little full of himself, but also lovable. The dectective's sidekicks are often in the story just to drag narrative points from the Belgian, but also add some nice little touches to the episodes. One of my favorite moments in this set involved Poirot rescuing his pal Inspector Japp (Philip Jackson, Robin of Sherwood) from a lame holiday with the in-laws, much to the inspector's delight.
But why this collection? Sure, the episodes look a tiny bit better thanks to remastering, and they're now in the original U.K. broadcast order, but this is the second or third (or fourth, in some cases) time these episodes have been released on DVD. Luring fans in for the double-dip might work if there were any extras to speak of, but all you get is four discs, four episodes. Keeping these episodes in print is a good idea, but if you already have them, there's no reason to buy them again.
If this is your first time encountering these episodes, not guilty. For longtime fans, though, Monsieur Poirot thinks this collection is guilty, but of course.
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