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Poirot: Series 7 & 8 Blu-ray

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Acorn Media | 2000-2001 | 2 Seasons | 412 min | Not rated | Oct 01, 2013

Poirot: Series 7 & 8 (Blu-ray)
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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (20.03 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1, 1.33:1

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English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles
English SDH

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50GB Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (2 BDs)

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Slipcover in original pressing

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Audio 4.0 of 54.0
Extras 0.0 of 50.0
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Poirot: Series 7 & 8

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Poirot: Series 7 & 8 Blu-ray offers decent video and great audio in this overall recommended Blu-ray release

When the TV dramatization of the cases of Agatha Christie's brilliant Belgian detective resumed after a four-year hiatus, most of the remaining mysteries were feature-length. The four included here are The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Lord Edgware Dies, Evil Under the Sun and Murder in Mesopotamia.

For more about Poirot: Series 7 & 8 and the Poirot: Series 7 & 8 Blu-ray release, see Poirot: Series 7 & 8 Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Starring: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran, Zoë Wanamaker
Director: Andrew Grieve

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Poirot: Series 7 & 8 Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.0 of 5

The curse of A&E strikes Poirot again. These episodes of Poirot were released on DVD by A&E Home Video in versions that were generally considered third-rate by every collector. These Blu-ray versions from Acorn Media are a marked improvement, but they pale in comparison to the superb Blu-rays (with minor issues) released by Acorn for the first six series of Poirot. Since Acorn does not prepare its own transfers, one can only conclude that a different source provided the transfers for these Blu-rays—and it shows.

The colors on these 1080p, AVC-encoded discs are generally robust, vibrant and well-saturated. Black levels and contrast are adequate as well. The shortcomings appear in the areas of detail and film-like quality. Detail is merely adequate in closeups and medium shots. In long shots, it is sorely lacking; figures and even outlines of individual shapes begin to blur, and textures become indistinct and mushy. Study the movement of the film's grain, particularly in large expanses of lighter areas such as the sky, and it becomes evident that the technical crew have attempted to compensate for a weak image capture with electronic sharpening. The grain has the chunky, overemphasized texture that typically results from artificial sharpening, and some of the image mush is typical of how such manipulation bludgeons genuine detail while creating an illusion of "pop" on smaller screens. While the effect is not so pronounced as to create egregious edge halos, it has certainly done its damage.

Other artifacts are also noticeable, including aliasing, dot crawl and other blemishes typical of a weak image that has been electronically processed to disguise its weaknesses. As with all such efforts, the processing merely exchanges one set of problems for another.

Whether the poor image capture is the result of weak source elements, dated scans or bad workmanship, I will not speculate. But since Acorn now controls the Christie Estate, it should be in a position to demand better quality work from its licensees, especially since it is now putting its own name on the releases. Super16 elements shot in 1999 and 2000 (according to the copyright dates) should yield much better results than what appears on these Blu-rays. The results should be at least as good as what we saw on Series 1-6, and they are nowhere near that.


Poirot: Series 7 & 8 Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

The stereo sound mixes for these four episodes are consistent with prior episodes of Poirot, except that the tracks are now presented in lossless DTS-HD MA 2.0. Dialogue is clear, sound effects are precise, and Christopher Gunning's scoring is as delightful as ever.


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Poirot: Series 7 and 8 Blu-ray: New Street Date - June 23, 2013

According to the website of Acorn Media's parent company, RLJ Entertainment, Acorn is set to resume its releases of Agatha Christie's Poirot starring David Suchet. The next two series, comprised of four feature-length adaptations of the famous author's mystery ...


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