Directed by Renny Rye and Edward Bennett
Produced by Nick Elliot and Linda Agran
Starring David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Pauline Moran, and Philip Jackson
- 3 episodes: The King of Clubs, The Dream, and The Incredible Theft
- Biographies of David Suchet and Agatha Christie
Released by: Acorn Media
Anamorphic: N/A; presented in its original 1.33:1 format.
My Advice: Own it if youâ€™re a fan of great mysteries or of the 1930s.
Hercule Poirot (Suchet), the ever-eccentric Belgian detective, is back for three more mysteries. In “The King of Clubs,” a murder is committed on a film set, and may be linked to a bridge game. “The Dream” is about a wealthy industrialist who keeps having a dream in which he commits suicide, and is found dead after he confesses this to Poirot. “The Incredible Theft” deals with a national secret which Poirot is hired to protect as the Axis powers are gathering strength.
Even if the stories themselves were weak (which they’re not), this set would be worth watching for the sets and costumes alone. The Poirot series has some of the most flawless production values that I’ve ever seen for an undertaking of this nature. Every detail is attended to, from automobiles to hairstyles and wardrobe, to the exteriors and interiors of the sets. These details make the stories so much more convincing; along with the actors, the world is created very believably.
The features are somewhat sparseâ€”I would love to see a making-of featurette or something dealing with the production, but what they have provided is very interesting. As with the other Poirot sets, there are biographies of both Agatha Christie and David Suchet, as well as filmographies for some of the starring actors, and these are worth looking at.
This set is every bit as polished as every other Poirot film made by this group. If you are unfamiliar with the series, please rent it at the very least. If you’ve already fallen in love with Poirot, you should own it. Sit and sip a tisane with Poirot and enjoy the show!