'Agatha Christie's Poirot Movie Collection Set 6'
(David Suchet, Martin Shaw, Anna Massey, Zoë Wanamaker, et al / 3-Disc DVD / NR / 2011 / Acorn Media)
Overview: David Suchet returns as the endearing sleuth in three baffling cases based on Christie classics: 'Three Act Tragedy,' 'The Clocks,' and 'Hallowe'en'.
DVD Verdict: After dinner party guests mysteriously drop dead in 'Three Act Tragedy,' Poirot helps an old friend find the killer. A slow, methodical tale this one, but it eventually builds nicely. Starring the great Martin Shaw (The Professionals UK) in a lead role as a dear friend of Poirot, it wasn't until two-thirds of the way through that I suddenly realized that I'd see the Tony Curtis version of this Agatha Christie role back some 20 years ago!
Shame actually as suddenly I knew who did it, why, and what the end result was!! That all aside, this is (as always) a wonderfully-told, clever tale that unfolds for Poirot, and enables him to put his little grey cells to work.
As Britain readies for war in 'The Clocks,' Poirot investigates an unidentified corpse and four puzzling timepieces. After a horrible double killing, which is a little out of character for Poirot mysteries, we get straight into the mystery - and what a great little work-it-out mystery this one truly is.
Starring Jason Watkins (Herrick, Being Human UK) and his BH co-star Sinead Keenan, the pot is deep but very interesting. Some plans for invading Britian have been stolen and it's up to Poirot and co. to locate them and find out why. The murders seem to be another plot altogether come the midway point, and thus we get a split in the road for our attention. As for who did them, well, that's kinda obvious well before the end, sadly.
In the final episode, 'Hallowe'en,' poirot's dear friend crime novelist Ariadne Oliver (Zoë Wanamaker, My Family) and Poirot join forces to solve the macabre murder of a young costume party guest. And when we say young we mean young - for this is a shocking death of a child that begins this deep episode.
But, again, or maybe it's that I've seen too many of these types of show, the killer is obvious from the moment they make an out-of-character mistake to cover something up - just some 10 mins in! Anyway, the great British actor Eric Sykes appears here as a lawyer, and as we get to the final reveal (which is wickedly drawn out) sure it's as we thought - but the reasoning is certainly something that remained unguessed! This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.