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Tue Sep 09 00:00:00 MDT 2008fanofmysteries Rating:4.0
If you enjoy Peter Ustinov and Helen Hayes, then consider this eight movie set. Three of the movies star Ustinov as Hercule Poirot. "Dead Man's Folly" (co-starring Jean Stapleton) is about a pretend murder game that becomes all too real. "Murder in Three Acts" (w/ Tony Curtis) involves multiple poisonings in Acapulco, and "Thirteen at Dinner" (w/ Faye Dunaway) deals with murder among the nobility and the entertainment industry. David Suchet, who portrayed Poirot in the A&E series, is great as Inspector Japp in this one. Helen Hayes stars as Miss Marple in two movies. "A Caribbean Mystery" (w/ Barnard Hughes) finds her on holiday, surrounded by a hotel full of murder suspects. In "Murder with Mirrors", she visits an old friend (Bette Davis) who might be a potential murder victim. In "Murder is Easy" (w/ Bill Bixby), Helen Hayes has a small but pivotal role (but not as Miss Marple) about a series of murders in a small English village. The seventh movie is "Sparkling Cyanide" (w/ Anthony Andrews) in which a husband and wife are killed with poisoned champagne. The final movie is "The Man in the Brown Suit" which features Stephanie Zimbalist as a tourist in Cairo who seeks adventure and finds more than she ever expected. My only complaint about this collection is that there is no bonus material (actor interviews, behind the scenes info, etc) with any of these movies. One of my movies also had a glitch - about 10 seconds of closed captioning appears on the screen and I can't make it go away. However, this is not enough to make me want to return it. I can't say that these are of the same quality as the wonderful "Death on the Nile" or "Evil Under the Sun", but if you love Ustinov and Hayes, this is a good buy.
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