Out today from Acorn Media is the latest collection of Agatha Christie mysteries on Blu-ray.
This is the fifth volume in the Agatha Christie’s Poirot series starring the very well-cast David Suchet as the title detective. The set contains eight episodes, each a little under an hour, on two discs. The studio promises they’re newly remastered and restored to the original UK broadcast order. (The episodes air on Masterpiece Mystery! on PBS, but sometimes in different groupings.) Here are the specific episodes included, all originally aired in 1993 in the UK.
- The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb
- The Underdog
- The Yellow Iris
- The Case of the Missing Will
- The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman
- The Chocolate Box
- Dead Man’s Mirror
- Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan
Four of these are based on short stories from Poirot Investigates, if you’d like an easy way to compare the adaptations.
The episodes are very British. I like that they’re period, set in the 1930s, around the time they were written (or a bit later). The costumes and settings are lovely, well-suited to the conversation-driven mysteries. They require attention to fully enjoy, and even if you don’t puzzle out the mystery solutions — I never do — the performances and interactions are enjoyable. Of particular interest to fans will be “Yellow Iris”, where Poirot tells Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser) and Miss Lemon (Pauline Moran) about a case in the past where he failed to find the right solution.
By the way, Acorn streams various episodes of their releases at their website. I don’t see any Poirot there right now, but they change over monthly. (The studio provided a review copy.)