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Albert Finney stars as Agatha Christie's fussy Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in this star-studded mystery, which gets a respectful presentation on DVD. Murder on the Orient Express has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic play on 16 x 9 monitors. The film's original English-language audio has been remixed for Dolby Digital 5.1, while the original single-channel mix appears in Dolby Digital Mono, as does a dubbed track in ...
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Albert Finney stars as Agatha Christie's fussy Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in this star-studded mystery, which gets a respectful presentation on DVD. Murder on the Orient Express has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic play on 16 x 9 monitors. The film's original English-language audio has been remixed for Dolby Digital 5.1, while the original single-channel mix appears in Dolby Digital Mono, as does a dubbed track in French. Optional English subtitles also appear on this edition. Bonus materials include a four-part documentary on the production of the movie, a profile of author Christie, and the film's original trailer.
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Special Features

Agatha Christie: A Portrait; 4-Part series: Making Murder On the Orient Express - All Aboard, The Ride, The Passengers, The End of the Line; Theatrical trailer; Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs; Dolby Digital: English 5.1 surround, English restored mono, French mono; English subtitles
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This lavish adaptation of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express is uncharacteristic territory for director Sidney Lumet. The creator of socially conscious message movies (12 Angry Men, Fail-Safe), intense emotional dramas (The Pawnbroker), dark satires (Dog Day Afternoon, Network), and morally complex crime movies (Serpico), Lumet usually marks his films with a gritty, realistic edge. Rich and visually ornate, Murder is opulent in both style and pacing. The leisurely direction appears well-suited to most members of the large, talented cast. Albert Finney was nominated for an Oscar as Best Actor in the lead role and Ingrid Bergman won her third Oscar as a Swedish missionary (though Lumet initially wanted her for Wendy Hiller's role as the Russian princess). The elegant cinematography and costume design were also nominated for Academy Awards. The success of Murder paved the way for a number of other Christie adaptations.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/7/2004
  • UPC: 097360879049
  • Original Release: 1974
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 2:07:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Albert Finney Hercule Poirot
Lauren Bacall Mrs. Hubbard
Ingrid Bergman Greta
Sean Connery Col. Arbuthnot
Martin Balsam Bianchi
Vanessa Redgrave Mary Debenham
Jacqueline Bisset Countess Andrenyi
Richard Widmark Ratchett
Colin Blakely Hardman
Jean-Pierre Cassel Pierre
George Coulouris Dr. Constantine
Vernon Dobtcheff Concierge
John Gielgud Beddoes
Wendy Hiller Princess Dragomiroff
Jeremy Lloyd A.D.C.
John Moffatt Chief Attendant
Anthony Perkins McQueen
Denis Quilley Foscarelli
Rachel Roberts Hildegarde
George Silver Chef
Michael York Count Andrenyi
Technical Credits
Sidney Lumet Director
Richard Rodney Bennett Score Composer
John Brabourne Producer
Anne V. Coates Editor
Richard Goodwin Producer
Simon Holland Production Designer
Jack Stephens Art Director
Geoffrey Unsworth Cinematographer
Tony Walton Costumes/Costume Designer, Production Designer
Paul Dehn Screenwriter
Peter Handford Sound/Sound Designer
Marcus Dods Musical Direction/Supervision
Bill Rowe Sound/Sound Designer
Ted Sturgis Asst. Director
Agatha Christie Source Author
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Armstrong Kidnapping [:20]
2. Monsieur Hercule Poirot [2:29]
3. Departure of the Orient Express [3:21]
4. Dining With Total Strangers [3:32]
5. Prelude to Murder [3:08]
6. Too Many Clues [3:55]
7. Questions in the Pullman Coach [5:48]
8. Mrs. Hubbard Plays a Part [1:14]
9. Is the Countess Lying? [6:24]
10. Evasion From Princess Dragomiroff [6:06]
11. Colonel Arbuthnott's Reluctant Answer [7:02]
12. The Dagger [6:36]
13. Gamble of the Last Interrogation [:48]
14. A More Complex Solution [7:41]
15. The Time of the Murder [1:43]
16. Signor Bianchi Must Choose [2:54]
17. End Credits [4:50]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Special Features
      Agatha Christie: A Portrait
      Making Murder on the Orient Express
         All Aboard
         The Ride
         The Passengers
         The End of the Line
         Play All
      Theatrical Trailer
   Set Up
      Audio Options: English 5.1 Surround
      Audio Options: English Restored Mono
      Audio Options: Fran├žais
      Subtitle Options: English
      Subtitle Options: None
   Scene Selection
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    luxurious setting and costumes....transport to a different time

    luxurious setting and costumes....transport to a different time and place and sit back ...watch what intense and faithful love can accomplish...have seen the movie over a dozen times and STILL shed a tear at the end...oh my goodness!!! incredible story line ( you have to be of a certain age to know of the Lindy baby murder) I just loved the feel of the movie, it's like sipping a fine wine vs a cheap bottle of apple annie....I love the justice of it all, yes, it's a vigilante movie and yes there is murder but it is done with style and wonder ful colors! I STILL shed a tear at the end and I also breath a sigh of relief with all of the characters in the movie....oh my, put your feet up and fall into this little gem....bon voyage!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A classic brought to life

    With a dream cast like this how could you go wrong? The director deftly moves this movie along while making you forget the cramped quarters that he has to deal with. The costumes alone would be worth watching the movie. But the wonderful cast makes this an all time classic. Agatha fans will not be disapointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Love That Agatha!

    I love Agatha Christie, and this was a wonderful who-done-it! There were so many famous hollywood stars wrapped up in one movie. Everyone played their role to the hilt! There was a lot going on in the "Orient Express".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Still the standard for Poirot films

    I am a Hercule Poirot fan and the Murder on the Orient Express book got me introduced to him. The film is mostly honest to the book although the book is better. I could have done without the whole beginning with the kidnapping as the book does not go into detail on this any more than it needed to. It gives too much away to the audience. It was better when, like the book, the reader found this out much later. That's the secret of a good Christie novel--she doesn't give you that last piece until the very end. Who other than Christie would have come up with a plot where EVERYONE did it "even though they seemed unrelated" and showed how EACH person fit in? Sheer genius. Albert Finney is very good as Poirot. I am still waiting for David Suchet to do this movie as he is the ultimate Poirot to me. Sorry to whoever compared this movie to Clue--what are you thinking? Clue is an OK spoof first off and not as well done. "Murder by Death" is a better spoof.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Adaptation of an Agatha Christie mystery

    First rate entertainment from the great director Sidney Lumet. From the fascinating opening sequence that chronicles the Lindbergh kidnapping to the grand finale, this is a unique 'detective' film featuring the famous Hercule Poirot and the Orient Express train. The production is flawless, and the performances are pitch perfect. This mystery is more about the journey than the destination.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Superb Hollywood All-star Mystery

    One of the best murder-on-a-train mysteries to come out of Hollywood. A who's-who of film talent and an elegantly stylish production make this a must for mystery fans, and is one of the best Agatha Christie film adaptations by far. Finney may not be everyone's choice to play Poirot, but he is delightful and formidable at the same time. Stellar roster of international star talent! Not a dud in the bunch. And you'll only know who done it if you've read the novel, I guarantee.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Boring!!

    This was the most long, boring movie I have ever seen. I bought it because they acted like is was like Clue (the best movie in the world!). However, it does not even come close to Clue. Don't waste your time with this movie.

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