It’s twenty-six hours of detective goodness from A&E on The Great Detectives Anthology. Here’s what they have to say for themselves:
Nothing like a heavy-as-lead boxed set of Agatha Christie mysteries, starring Poirot and Miss Marple. In fact, this thing’s dense enough where it could actually serve as a murder weapon. Not trying to give anybody any ideas; I’m just saying. It’s twenty-one mysteries across seventeen discs for a total of nearly 35 hours of content. Nice. And our friends at A&E shipped us this massive thing to give away to you folks. We’ve got one copy–want to win it? Here’s how…enter using the form below, and enter once a day. And if we draw your name when the contest ends, there’s no mystery–you snag it. Good luck.
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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.
Written by: Clive Exton, Anthony Horowitz, based on original stories by Agatha Christie
Directed by: Tom Clegg, Andrew Grieve, & David Farnham
Starring: David Suchet and Hugh Fraser
- Full index of Agatha Christie Poirot stories
- Agatha Christie bio and bibliography
- David Suchet bio
- Includes “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd,” “Lord Edgeware Dies,” “Murder in Mesopotamia,” and “Evil Under the Sun.”
Released by: A&E Home Video
Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 format
My Advice: Own it.
Written by: Alan Plater and T.R. Bowen, based on the novels of Agatha Christie
Directed by: David Giles, Guy Slater, Silvio Narizzano
Starring: Joan Hickson, Samantha Bond, Peter Davidson, Joan Sims, Gwen Watford, John Castle, Paola Dionisotti, Elaine Ives-Cameron, Kevin Whately, Timothy West, and Jon Glover
- “Crime Does Pay” – meeting of Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot
- Cast biographies
Released by: BBC Warner
Anamorphic: NR; suitable for 10+
My Advice: Own it if you’re a Christie fan, rent it if you’re not.