Agatha Christie’s whodunnits provide intriguing stories for noirish thrillers and four classics have now been remastered on bluray; three classic Poirot mysteries and one featuring maven Miss Marple. Sidnet Lumet’s Oscar-winning MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS stars Albert Finney in his only incarnation as the Belgian sleuth Poirot – this despite Agatha Christie’s own endorsement of him as her personal favourite. Ingrid Bergman won an Oscar and a Bafta for Best Supporting Actress for her role, and the thriller also garnered Best Supporting Actor for John Gielgud.
Peter Ustinov then took over as Poirot in the subsequent DEATH ON THE NILE and EVIL UNDER THE SUN, supported by an equally stellar cast that included Jane Birkin and Maggie Smith in both films, Bette Davis, Mia Farrow, David Niven, James Mason, Roddy MacDowall and Diana Rigg. Finally Angela Lansbury took on the crime-soliving mantel of Miss Marple in THE MIRROR CRACK’D, leading another investigation. These quintessential British mysteries also feature performances from Geraldine Chaplin, Tony Curtis, Edward Fox, Rock Hudson, Kim Novak, Elizabeth Taylor, Lauren Bacall, Jacqueline Bisset, Sean Connery, Anthony Perkins, Michael York and Vanessa Redgrave.