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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Help Needed!: Hercule Poirot on DVD

I'm trying to select some David Suchet/Hercule Poirot DVDs for the library. I innocently went to Amazon thinking that I would find a nice boxed set, maybe two as there are many episodes. I found, instead, an insane combination of movie, classic, classic crimes, collector's ... sets. After a few minutes wading through the descriptions I wanted someone's head on a pike.

Here are the the ones I've tentatively settled on. Are they a good representation of the Poirot stories?

The Definitive Collection
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Lord Edgware Dies
Murder in Mesopotamia
Evil under the Sun
Death on the Nile
Sad Cypress
The Hollow
Five Little Pigs
The Mystery of the Blue Train
Taken at the Flood
After the Funeral
Cards on the Table

The Classic Collection
From POIROT INVESTIGATES (1924):
"The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim"
"The Veiled Lady"
"The Lost Mine"
"The Adventure of the Cheap Flat"
"The Kidnapped Prime Minister"
"The Adventure of the Western Star"
"The Million Dollar Bond Robbery"
"The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor"
"The Mystery of Hunter's Lodge"
"The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb"
"The Case of the Missing Will"
"The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman"
"The Chocolate Box"
"Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan"

From THE UNDERDOG and OTHER STORIES (1926):
"The Cornish Mystery"
"The Plymouth Express"
"The Affair at the Victory Ball"
"The Underdog"
"The Adventure of the Clapham Cook"
"The King of Clubs"

From MURDER IN THE MEWS (1937):
"Dead Man's Mirror"
"Murder in the Mews"
"Triangle at Rhodes"
"The Incredible Theft"

From THE REGATTA MYSTERY and OTHER STORIES (1939):
"How Does Your Garden Grow?"
"The Mystery of the Spanish Chest" (a/k/a "The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest")
"Yellow Iris"
"Problem at Sea"
"The Dream"

From THREE BLIND MICE and OTHER STORIES (1950):
"The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly"
"Four and Twenty Blackbirds"
"The Third Floor Flat"

From DOUBLE SIN and OTHER STORIES (1961):
"Double Sin"
"Wasps' Nest"
"The Double Clue"
"The Theft of the Royal Ruby"

The Classic Collection vol. 2
The ABC Murders
Death in the Clouds
Dumb Witness
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas
Hickory Dickory Dock
Murder on the Links
The Mysterious Affair at Styles
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
Peril at End House