Agatha Christie: Poirot-Cat Among the Pigeons (2005)
|Category||Mystery||Main Menu Audio|
|Year Of Production||2005|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (256Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Miscellaneous|
|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 now played the role since 1989 (in an on again, off again manner) racking up over 50 episodes with more on the way. This is the first of the most recent crop of four new stories which have been shown recently on the ABC here in Australia. Suchet's grasp on the intricacies of the character was obviously strong from the very beginning of this series. His performance here as the fastidious, intelligent and politely sarcastic Poirot is wonderful. The production quality is high as is the quality of most of the large ensemble cast. As usual with Poirot stories (and Agatha Christie generally) there are many suspects and a convoluted plot involving red herrings, half-truths and small hints.
This episode, Cat Among the Pigeons is based around two seemingly unrelated settings, a revolution in a small middle-eastern country and a small exclusive girl's boarding school in England. Poirot is an old friend of the school's headmistress and of course is visiting just at the right time as the bodies start to fall along with the disappearance of one of the school's pupils. He is there to help the headmistress decide who should succeed her as she had decided to move on to something new. Of course, everyone is a suspect and the story involves many of the usual twists and turns. I believe that unlike some other episodes this is one is quite a close adaptation of the original novel. This is one of the few episodes in this series to be rated M by the OFLC for violence.
Recommended for Poirot fans and fans of English mystery generally.
The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio 16x9 enhanced which is most likely the original aspect ratio.
The picture was not overly clear and sharp with some scenes being quite decent in this regard and others looking like we are watching through vaseline smeared on the lens. There was some mild macro-blocking in backgrounds. There was no evidence of low level noise.The shadow detail was good.
The colour was very good with no major issues to report.There was some light colour bleeding.
There was some edge enhancement here and there along with some occasional light grain.
There are subtitles in English for the hearing impaired which are clear and easy to read.
This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 256 Kb/s.
Dialogue was clear and easy to understand and there was no problem with audio sync.
The surround speakers were used quite extensively for music and atmosphere such as storm effects 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.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu design is simple, featuring a still.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This does not currently seem to be available in Region 1.
The video quality is good.
The audio quality is very good.
|DVD||Sony DVP-NS708H upscaling to 1080p, using HDMI output|
|Display||LG Scarlet 42LG61YD 106cm Full HD LCD. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Speakers||Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer|