The Seven Dials Mystery

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Overview

This made-for-TV mystery from the pen of legendary author Agatha Christie receives a no-fuss transfer to DVD. The Seven Dials Mystery has been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. The dialogue is in English with no multiple language options included. Bonus materials include a text biography of Agatha Christie and profiles of the leading cast members.
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Overview

This made-for-TV mystery from the pen of legendary author Agatha Christie receives a no-fuss transfer to DVD. The Seven Dials Mystery has been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. The dialogue is in English with no multiple language options included. Bonus materials include a text biography of Agatha Christie and profiles of the leading cast members.
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Special Features

Cast filmographies; Agatha Christie biography
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Seven Dials Mystery may not be the very best adaptation of an Agatha Christie piece, but it's certainly one of the liveliest and overall quite entertaining. Director Tony Wharmby and scenarist Pat Sandys have done an excellent job of keeping Dials on its toes; there are a few bumps along the way, but for the most part this is one of the friskiest Christie filmings one is likely to encounter. That tone captures the period setting remarkably well, and at times makes one feel one is watching Christie as Noel Coward might have done her -- though perhaps without the same degree of wit Coward would have brought to the project. The mystery itself is a tad on the mundane side, but there's enough "meat" there to keep aficionados satisfied. While the technical aspects are rather primitive, with the camerawork cheap and flat and the sound sketchy due to Dials' videotaped origins, the film does feature a very fine cast. Sir John Gielgud, of course, imbues his brief supporting part with both life and class, making crusty aristocracy seem much more fun than it should. Cheryl Campbell carries the film ably as the heroine, and James Warwick makes quite an impression as her partner.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/2004
  • UPC: 054961689798
  • Original Release: 1981
  • Rating:

  • Source: Acorn Media
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:13:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Harry Andrews Superintendent Battle
Cheryl Campbell Lady Eileen 'Bundle' Brent
John Gielgud Marquis of Caterhan
James Warwick Jimmy Thesiger
Lucy Gutteridge Lorraine Wade
Robert Longden Gerry Wade
Christopher Scoular Bill Eversleigh
Terry Alexander George Lomax
Leslie Sands Sir Oswald Coote
James L. Griffiths Rupert Bateman
Joyce Redman Lady Coote
Rula Lenska Countess Radzsky
John Vine Ronny Devereux
Hetty Baynes Vera
Roger Sloman Stevens
Brian Wilde Tredwell
Jacob Witkin Mr. Mosgorovsky
Noel Johnson Sir Stanley Digby
John Price Edward
Technical Credits
Tony Wharmby Director
Pat Sandys Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Man About Town [9:45]
2. Clocks [8:13]
3. Inconsiderate [9:21]
4. Facing the Pheromones [5:18]
5. Superintendent Battle [6:28]
6. More Than That [11:26]
7. Political Interest [8:05]
8. Sneaking About [8:03]
9. Shot in the Arm [5:22]
10. Countess Recounts [5:45]
11. Throwing Pistols [10:48]
12. Ambidextrous [6:49]
13. You Mean Bundle? [6:35]
14. Quite Drastic [13:24]
15. Emergency Meeting [15:58]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Feature
   Scene Index
   Special Features
      Agatha Christie
      Cast Filmographies
         James Warwick
         Cheryl Campbell
         Harry Andrews
         Christopher Scoular
         Lucy Gutteridge
         Sir John Gielgud
         Joyce Redman
         Terence Alexander
         Rula Lenska
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    MYSTERY, STYLISH 1920s COSTUMES, BRITISH MANOR HOUSES

    For those of you who have followed the stage and screen career of the famous Sir John Gielgud, you will not be disappointed as he has a few scenes using his dry wit in this British "Queen of Crime" Agatha Christie story of attempted espionage from young officials of the British Foreign Office (State Dept.) in a manor house called "Chimneys" and other locations in and near London. Filmed in 1981. This may be the only Seven Dials on video or DVD. (One actor also plays in the Agatha Christie Tommy and Tuppance mystery series, but his character here is quite different which was a bit difficult to get used to after seeing him in all the other DVDs as Tommy.)

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