Acorn Media has released another superb Blu-ray collection, Agatha Christie's Poirot: Series 6, which includes four feature-length episodes in their original 1995-96 U.K. broadcast order.
The four episodes are on two discs, with a total running time of 428 minutes. The video resolution is 1080p with an aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The sound is crisp and clear, in Dolby Digital 2.0, with SDH subtitles available. Originally filmed in 16mm, the episodes have been re-mastered for Blu-ray and high definition, and look spectacular on a large-scale hi-def television. Details like the weave of the fabric of Poirot's suit and background set details pop in a way they never did in their original television broadcast.
[All Hercule Poirot wants for Christmas are a heated apartment and some delicious Belgian chocolates]
The four episodes are:
"Hercule Poirot's Christmas" Both Poirot and Chief Inspector Japp (Philip Jackson) have their Christmas holidays interrupted by a very curious murder at a rich man's estate. Past indiscretions and South African diamonds provide the clues that the great detective needs to unravel to find the perpetrator of the violent crime. Mark Tandy costars as the local chief of police, Superintendent Sugden.
"Hickory Dickory Dock" Poirot's secretary Miss Lemon's (Pauline Moran) sister enlists the detective's help with a series of thefts at a hostel where she is a housekeeper. Poirot soon discovers that something more sinister than kleptomania is afoot, and must find the villain of the piece before the bodies begin to pile up too high. To further complicate matters, while his wife is out of town Japp moves in with Poirot and almost starves when confronted by the little Belgian's idea of home cooking. Jonathan Firth and Damian Lewis costar as students at the hostel.