Warner announce Agatha Christie Murder Mystery DVDs

Previously only available as part of a box set, Warner Home Video are now making the following Agatha Christie titles available to buy individually from June 16th 2003 - Murder On The Orient Express, Death On The Nile, The Mirror Crack'd and Evil Under The Sun - for the retail price of £12.99 each. Details on the releases are as follows...

Murder on the Orient Express

- The first of several lavish Christie adaptations from producers John Brabourne and Richard Goodwin, introducing Albert Finney as the first screen Hercule Poirot.

This 1974 production of Agatha Christie's 1934 classic is a judicious mixture of mystery, murder and nostalgia. Which member of the all-star cast, onboard the luxurious train, perforated the no-good American tycoon with a dagger twelve times? Was it Ingrid Bergman's shy Swedish missionary; or Vanessa Redgrave's English rose; Sean Connery as an Indian Army Colonel: Michael York or Jacqueline Bisset; perhaps Lauren Bacall; Anthony Perkins or John Gielgud as the victim's impassive butler. Finney spreads unease among them with subdued wit and finesse.

Arguably the most successful screen adaptation of a Christie novel, in addition to Bergman's Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, Murder On The Orient Express achieved nominations for Best Actor, Screenplay, Photography, Costume Design and Music Score.

DVD Features: 1.66:1 Widescreen transfer, Mono Audio, Theatrical Trailer

Death on the Nile

- Peter Ustinov gives an energetic performance as Poirot, in his first portrayal of the Belgian detective.

Contains all the successful elements of its predecessor Murder on the Orient Express. By replacing the world-famous train with the luxury Nile steamer Karnak, it gains breath-taking footage of Luxor, Aswan and Abu Simbel shot by cameraman Jack Cardiff.

As we cruise down the legendary river in splendid luxury, a mystery assassin takes toll of a passenger list of internationally renowned faces, including Jane Birkin, Bette Davis, Mia Farrow, Jon Finch, Olivia Hussey, George Kennedy, Angela Lansbury, Simon MacCorkindale, David Niven and Jack Warden.

A visually sumptuous and quintessentially British production, it won an Oscar for Anthony Powell's costume design.

DVD Features: 1.78:1 Widescreen transfer, Mono Audio, Theatrical Trailer, Making of featurette (23mins)

The Mirror Crack'd

- The first film from producers John Brabourne and Richard Goodwin to feature the legendary lady supersleuth Miss Marple (Angela Lansbury), following their successful Poirot pictures.

The scene is set in the Coronation year of 1953 and the archetypal English village of St. Mary Mead. All is as it should be until Hollywood arrives in the form of an internationally famous film cast, leading to much local excitement and an epidemic of sudden death. Taking advantage of the Christie cachet, the producers have followed a winning formula in casting the leading roles from the cream of feature film actors including Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis, Kim Novak, Geraldine Chaplin and Edward Fox.

DVD Features: 1.85:1 Widescreen transfer, Mono Audio, Theatrical Trailer

Evil Under the Sun

- A star-studded cast heads this Agatha Christie story about one man's efforts to fathom the mysterious death of a bitchy fallen theatre star (Diana Rigg) on a stunning exclusive island resort in the sweltering Mediterranean.

Peter Ustinov stars as Hercule Poirot with Jane Birkin, Colin Blakely, Maggie Smith, James Mason and Roddy McDowall the suspects.

DVD Features: 1.78:1 Widescreen transfer, Mono Audio, Theatrical Trailer, Making of featurette (15mins)

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