Agatha Christie-Marple-4.50 from Paddington (2004)

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Released 7-Apr-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Mystery Main Menu Audio
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2004
Running Time 93:54 (Case: 95)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Andy Wilson
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Geraldine McEwan
Griff Rhys Jones
David Warner
Niamh Cusack
Ben Daniels
Charlie Creed-Miles
CiarŠn McMenamin
Pam Ferris
Tim Stern
Michael Landes
Kurtis O'Brien
Toby Marlow
Rob Brydon
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $19.95 Music Dominik Scherrer


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

††† Agatha Christie created two of the most enduring characters in crime fiction, Hercule Poirot & Miss Jane Marple. Both of these characters have recently been brought to life again in a series of four Granada Television telemovies each. The Poirot ones arrived first and were followed by these ones featuring Miss Marple. Both series were shown on ABC television here in Australia and both have been released as a series of DVDs by Roadshow.

††††As you would expect from Agatha Christie, all four of these new Miss Marple (played here by the wonderful Geraldine McEwan)†stories are full of murder, twists, lies, red herrings and†deceptions. It is impossible to describe the plot in detail without giving away the story and spoiling the twists. Accordingly, for each movie I will describe the crime and the main characters involved.

†††4.50 from Paddington†involves the witnessing of a murder by Mrs McGillicuddy (Pam Ferris), a friend of Miss Marple's. She takes the 4.50 from Paddington station on her way to visit Miss Marple and as she travels along she sees a man strangling a woman in another train which passes hers. Based upon the timing, they determine that the body must have been thrown from the train into the grounds of Rutherford Hall, inhabited by the Crackenthorpe family.

††† The characters who become involved are:

††††This is a good fun and diverting murder mystery, well played by the excellent cast, especially Geraldine McEwen who makes Miss Marple quirky, inquisitive and interesting. Recommended for fans of gentle murder mysteries in the Agatha Christie style.

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Transfer Quality

Video

††††The video quality is†good but not quite as†good as you might expect for such a recent production.

††† The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio 16x9 enhanced which is most likely the original aspect ratio.

††† The picture was†reasonably clear and sharp throughout although certainly not crisp. The sharpness was also affected by light grain throughout. There was no evidence of low level noise. The shadow detail was very good.

††† The colour was†very good with no issues to report.

††† The only noticeable artefacts were some small bits of edge enhancement and†mild†aliasing such as at 7:55 on the cupboard and 25:00 on the tapestry and a few other spots.

††† There are no†subtitles which is disappointing.
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Audio

††††The audio quality is†very good.

††††This DVD contains†an English†Dolby Digital†2.0 stereo†soundtrack encoded at†224 Kb/s.

††† Dialogue was†clear and easy to understand and there was no problem with audio sync.

††††The score of this film by Dominik Scherrer is very good indeed, surprisingly so for a television production. It adds significantly to the mood of the show. The music sounds very warm and full.

††† The surround speakers†were used quite extensively for music when played using Dolby ProLogic II.

†††† The subwoofer was used to add bass to the music but this was more a function of my amp's bass management than anything else.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

††† None.

Menu

††† The menu was very simple only allowing for scene selection. Music plays over a still from the show.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

††††The set of four movies are available as a box set in Region 1 which includes the following special features:

††† As the local releases include no extras, this is obviously a better solution.

Summary

††††A gentle murder mystery featuring the famous Miss Marple played wonderfully by Geraldine McEwan.

††† The video quality is†good.

††† The audio quality is†very good.

††† The disc has no extras.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Monday, May 30, 2005
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