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Poirot Series 11 Blu-ray Review

Poirot Series 11 Blu-ray

“Poirot” is certainly one of the better British Detective series.

Agatha Christie’s uber popular Belgian Detective Hercule Poirot is back on Blu-ray with four 90 minute plus episodes from the eleventh series. The first episode (titled “Mrs. McGinty’s Dead”) involves an elderly woman (the titular Mrs. McGinty) who is allegedly killed by a lodger that wanted her money. The man who is responsible is sentenced to be executed, but is he guilty or was he framed? The plot may not sound like anything special (and it isn’t), but this is still a good old fashioned well-written mystery that will have you engaged from start to finish.

Episode two (“Cat Among The Pigeons”) involves teachers being mysterious murdered at the Meadowbank School for Girls and missing gems. Sadly, this one is the weakest of the lot as it features suspect acting by the child actors and some aggravating plot holes (Why did the school stay open? Why weren’t the students sent home?). Problems aside, however, it’s still an involving story thanks to the acting talents of star David Suchet (Poirot himself).

The third episode “Third Girl” revolves around a woman named Norma who believes she has murdered someone. Poirot and mystery author Ariadne Oliver investigate this matter to determine if she is innocent or guilty. As someone who tires of traditional mysteries, it’s refreshing to see Poirot team up with someone else (in this case it’s Oliver). Not only does it liven up the story, but it makes for some fun character moments between the two characters.

Last, but not least there is “Appointment With Death” which is my personal favorite of the four episodes. In this mystery, Poirot visits an archaeological dig put on by Lord Boynton in Syria. While there, the rich bossy wife of Lord Boynton winds up being murdered.  Naturally, Poirot steps in to investigate. With the exotic backdrop, impressive location shooting, and an all-star cast comprised of Tim Curry, John Hannah, and Mark Gatiss, this one’s a flat out delight to watch.


Presentation: 16:9 1080p. How does it look? While the picture is sometimes a bit fuzzy, the hi-def clarity is certainly noticeable throughout (especially in “Appointment With Death). The series definitely looks sharper in brighter lighting.

Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The audio is rather soft for a DTS track, but it still does the job.

The only extras include Acorn trailers and text production notes on “Appointment With Death” by Tim Curry and David Suchet.

Overall Thoughts: Having not seen EVERY “Poirot” episode, I can’t compare and contrast the seasons, but I can say that series 11 is largely a winner.

February 18, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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