Agatha Christie: Poirot-Collection 12 (2013)
Main Menu Audio
|Year Of Production||2013|
|RSDL / Flipper||
Multi Disc Set (5)
|Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.70:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.70:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||English for the Hearing Impaired||Smoking||No|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
†††† David Suchet is, in my opinion, the quintessential Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie's most famous sleuth. He has played the role since 1989 (in an on again, off again manner) racking up 70 episodes over 12 seasons. This season is the last as is concludes with the final story written by Agatha Christie with Hercule Poirot, Curtain - Poirot's Last Case. The series has been released locally by two different distributors with Acorn releasing the early seasons and Roadshow releasing the more recent ones and now re-releasing all 12 seasons in matching sets. This new five disc set includes the twelfth series of 5 movie-length episodes from 2013.
†††† Suchet's grasp on the intricacies of the character is very evident in these episodes. His performance here as the fastidious, intelligent and politely sarcastic: Poirot is wonderful. As is fitting for the final series some of the episodes here feature the Belgian sleuthís early sparring partners, Poirot's fairly dim associate Capt. Hastings (Hugh Fraser), his personal secretary (and sometimes sleuthing partner), Miss Lemon (Pauline Moran) and Inspector Japp of Scotland Yard (Phillip Jackson). A couple of these episodes also feature recurring crime writer, Ariadne Oliver (Zoe Wanamaker). The packaging is of high quality with a heavy duty cardboard slipcover containing one five disc case.
†††† This particular series has quite a different feel to previous ones, with a darker, melancholy and wistful tone. A different theme has been added over the credits to add to this feel. All of the episodes are at least up to the usual standard of the series with three really standing out as some of the highest quality episodes of the entire run. The episodes are
†††† A wonderful series of episodes which are a must buy for fans of the series.
††††The video quality is good.
†††† The show is presented in a 1.70:1 aspect ratio, 16x9 enhanced which is the original aspect ratio.
†††† The picture is reasonable but a little softer than most modern television productions. The shadow detail is fine. There was some mild grain at times.
†††† The colour was quite good but there was some light colour bleeding.
†††† Artefacts are limited to minor aliasing.
†††† There are subtitles in English for the Hearing Impaired which are clear and easy to read.
††††I did not notice any of the layer changes.
†††† The audio quality is good.
†††† These DVDs contain an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack.
†††† Dialogue was mostly easy to understand but the subtitles were useful at times.
†††† The score is very good and adds significantly to the melancholy of this final series.
†††† The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.
|Surround Channel Use|
†††† The extras are quite good.
†††† The menu design is simple, featuring music and motion.
†††† David Suchet is interviewed on stage at the BFI in London during Oct 2013. He discusses his career, his playing of Poirot, the series, how he got involved and answers audience questions. This is very interesting and he is interesting, passionate and amusing. Great extra.
†††† EPK style interview snippets with the questions in text between the answers. Much less interesting than the first extra.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
††††This series does not yet seem to have been released in Region 1.
††† The video quality is good.
††† The audio quality is good.
††† The†extras are certainly better than on previous Poirot.
|DVD||SONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output|
|Display||Sharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Speakers||Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer|