Agatha Christie Classic Mystery Collection

Agatha Christie Classic Mystery Collection

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Cast: Agatha Christie, Helen Hayes, Peter Ustinov

     
 

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This deluxe box set gathers eight made-for-TV movies, adapted from classic whodunits written by Agatha Christie, each produced in the ‘80s. Although most are updated to the present day -- unintentionally eliminating much of the period charm inherent in Christie’s ingenious work -- the scripts (some written by prominent mystery writer Sue Grafton) largely maintain fidelity to the original stories. Peter Ustinov brings Dame Agatha’s Belgian sleuth, Hercule Poirot, to life in three exceptional telefilms: Thirteen at Dinner (1985); Dead Man’s Folly (’86); and Murder in Three Acts (’86). The first is a standout in which Poirot solves the murder of an English lord -- a crime laid at the feet of his recently divorced wife. Broadway legend Helen Hayes, at the tail end of her acting career, starred in three Christie adaptations: A Caribbean Mystery (’83, her best outing as Miss Marple); Murder with Mirrors (‘85); and Murder Is Easy (’87). The stand-alone mysteries -- Sparkling Cyanide (’83, starring Anthony Andrews and Deborah Raffin) and The Man in the Brown Suit (’89, Stephanie Zimbalist and Tony Randall) -- may not be in the same class as the earlier adaptations, but they possess their strong points nonetheless. Of the two, Brown Suit, which features Zimbalist as a spunky American woman caught up in a jewel theft in the Middle East, comes closest to realizing the promise in Christie’s sparkling yarn.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/12/2006
UPC:
0012569822252
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sales rank:
19,635

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Dead Man's Folly
1. Credits [4:20]
2. Murder Hunt [8:19]
3. Snooping Around [6:20]
4. Breakfast [2:50]
5. Nasse House Fair [6:35]
6. Following Clues [3:50]
7. "It Was My Murder" [4:59]
8. Copycat Killing [5:36]
9. Interrogations [1:46]
10. Three Keys [2:25]
11. Mrs. Folliat Talks [6:44]
12. Staff Jealousy [1:55]
13. Cellar Plea [2:36]
14. Airplane Charm [6:11]
15. Surprise Visit [4:02]
16. Grandfather Link [3:04]
17. Principals Gather [4:41]
18. True Identity [2:14]
19. Case Solved [13:56]
20. End Credits [1:06]
Disc #2 -- Murder in Three Acts
1. Credits; Party Plans [4:55]
2. Hard-Boiled Egg [3:24]
3. Charles' Mystery [2:12]
4. Attracting Events [2:45]
5. Logic vs. Instinct [3:01]
6. Clearing Out [3:31]
7. Strange's Surprise [6:36]
8. Drink of Death [:36]
9. Butler Did It? [1:44]
10. Two Good Terms [3:40]
11. Secret Paggage [5:14]
12. Rosa's Revelation [2:22]
13. Parts of the Whole [1:33]
14. Stirring the Pot [3:42]
15. Killing Two Birds [3:58]
16. Nervous Toasts [2:23]
17. Planted Clipping [:59]
18. Driven Down [5:53]
19. Poirot's Review [2:17]
20. Grand Idea; End Credits [4:32]
Disc #3 -- Thirteen at Dinner
1. Credits [1:33]
2. A Surprising Forte [4:53]
3. Dinner Request [4:37]
4. A Murderous Mixup [4:46]
5. Convincing Stunt [5:39]
6. Terrible Headache [2:03]
7. Two Places ath Once [:50]
8. Dead End [2:48]
9. Ties of Blood [4:41]
10. Game of Presence [5:11]
11. Fishy Coincidences [:10]
12. Expected Obstacles [5:14]
13. Arresting Alibi [6:16]
14. To the Letter [1:13]
15. Problem With Paris [2:08]
16. Seeing Clearly [5:28]
17. Inactive Actor [3:51]
18. Final Performance [1:34]
19. Leading Man [2:05]
20. End Credits [8:17]
Disc #4 -- Caribbean Mystery
1. Credits [3:06]
2. Icy Welcome [7:17]
3. Familiar Faces [2:29]
4. Tactless Mistake [1:52]
5. A Major Problem [3:24]
6. Suspicions [4:16]
7. Visual Memoriess [3:27]
8. Pressure's Rising [2:47]
9. Stepping Cleverly [3:45]
10. Doctor's Intuition [3:34]
11. Unlucky Matrimony [2:12]
12. Neck Out, Hair Up [:25]
13. Sharp Connections [1:29]
14. Bigger Plan? [6:53]
15. Could Be Anyone [3:41]
16. Convinving Act [1:10]
17. Baited Trap [11:03]
18. Final Clue [1:07]
19. Crazy As It Seems [2:10]
20. End Credits [8:07]
Disc #5 -- Murder With Mirrors
1. Credits [:10]
2. Familial Troubles [2:21]
3. The New Stonygates [5:33]
4. Two "Young" Ladies [4:00]
5. Jolly Little Group [1:39]
6. Betrayal and Poison [4:13]
7. Death in the Dark [2:55]
8. Useful Miss Marple [3:08]
9. Arsenic Symptoms? [3:44]
10. Crime as Exhibition [1:39]
11. No Alibis, No Grief [5:50]
12. In a Maze [4:54]
13. Need to be Needed [:31]
14. All Are Suspects [4:42]
15. Witness to a Battle [5:39]
16. Doctor Didn't Do It? [3:02]
17. Edgar Is the Key [3:03]
18. Miss Marple's Turn [4:04]
19. Back to Their Worlds [5:11]
20. End Credits [1:29]
Disc #6 -- Murder Is Easy
1. Credits [5:51]
2. Chance Meeting [3:43]
3. Graveside Service [2:44]
4. Witchcraft and Death [:09]
5. Ashe Manor Visit [6:36]
6. Amy's Death [4:29]
7. Probable Suspects [1:49]
8. Broken Engagement [3:13]
9. Sexual Tension [4:59]
10. Game of Tennis [4:45]
11. Town Gossip [3:45]
12. Computer's Answer [4:54]
13. Emotional Fallout [3:49]
14. Sketchy Evidence [:36]
15. Night Search [6:08]
16. Red-Car Connection [1:54]
17. Shifting Appearance [3:44]
18. Meadow Walk [:35]
19. Case Solved [4:31]
20. End Credits [3:47]
Disc #7 -- The Man in the Brown Suit
1. Credits [6:31]
2. Amateur Detective [5:08]
3. Kilmorden Castle [4:15]
4. Awkward Lunch [4:28]
5. Cabin 7 [3:08]
6. "Who Are You?" [3:00]
7. List of Suspects [3:31]
8. Costume Party [8:46]
9. Ship Sleuthing [6:55]
10. Mystery Man [3:50]
11. Dodging Accusers [2:47]
12. Hidden Diamonds [3:21]
13. Ledge Escape [5:30]
14. Train Adventure [4:22]
15. Falling for Harry [3:50]
16. "Am I Dead?" [4:15]
17. Game Over [3:35]
18. Arrest [2:51]
19. Case Solved [14:07]
20. End Credits [1:02]
Disc #8 -- Sparkling Cyanide
1. Credits [:10]
2. Welcome Home [3:08]
3. Infidelity Threat [2:28]
4. Fundraising Lunch [3:54]
5. Old-Fashioned Crook [4:32]
6. Death by Cyanide [6:59]
7. Collecting Evidence [4:34]
8. Police Questions [:54]
9. Purple Letter [1:33]
10. Setting a Trap [3:20]
11. Birthday Dinner [6:18]
12. Interrogations [2:23]
13. Dirty Little Secret [4:20]
14. Hired Actress [8:25]
15. Heart to Heart [:01]
16. Motorboat Mishap [4:58]
17. Covering Tracks [5:41]
18. Shifitng Appearance [3:10]
19. Case Solved [1:32]
20. End Credits [3:07]

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