Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Early Cases Collection - DVD Review

The Acorn Media Group have been out-doing themselves of late with their value-priced DVD box-sets. I am not sure if they will ever top the excellent Red Green set, but the new Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Early Cases Collection comes about as close as one could hope.

This is a beautiful 18-DVD set, featuring all 45 mysteries from the first series one through six. For those of us who are Yanks, the British reference to a “series” is what we would call a season. In essence, Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Early Cases Collection contains the first 45 mysteries of the brilliant Poirot (David Suchet).

As hard as it may be to believe, the program has been on the air since 1989. Just to do the math, that is 23 years and counting. As a series, Agatha Christie’s Poirot has steadily gained in popularity over time. The character was so finely drawn, and has had such a logical sense about him, that the mustachioed Suchet has turned him into an irresistible character.

As is often the case with “imports” such as Poirot though, the early years are less likely to have been seen by many of us than the more recent entries. 45 mysteries over the course of 18 DVDs is a lot to take in at once, but that is the great thing about owning the set. Sit back, relax, and take your time in enjoying them. Altogether the set runs approximately 46 hours, which is more time than even an addict such a myself recommends (in one sitting at least).

Some of the guest stars featured on this lavish collection are Damien Lewis (Homeland), Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who), Donald Sumter (Game of Thrones), Kate Buffered (Wish Me Luck), Jeremy Northam (The Tudors), and Samantha Bond (Downton Abbey).

When many of these first ran on the ITV Network in the United Kingdom, they were presented as feature-length mysteries. The new Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Early Cases Collection not only presents them in a wonderfully remastered package, but also in the original U.K. running order. This is a most excellent set for fans of Agatha Christie, or of her fantastic mystery-solving Hercule Poirot.

By Greg Barbrick

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Greg Barbrick has been watching TV so long he remembers watching first run episodes of Star Trek.

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