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Agatha Christie – A Life In Pictures



Picture: B-     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Telefilm: B-



Acorn Media is on a roll with Agatha Christie product and have assembled a new collection of previously released materials with a new telefilm about Christie herself that will also be sold separately.  We have covered the previous titles, as follows:


Tommy & Tuppence – Partners in Crime



Seven Dials Mystery



Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?




Now to A Life In Pictures, a 2004 British TV movie with Christie (Anna Massey) playing her in later years and doing a rare interview upon the tenth anniversary of The Mousetrap.  Olivia Williams plays her in flashback, which eventually covers some of the same ground Michael Apted’s 1979 feature film Agatha with Vanessa Redgrave did when her disappearance in 1926 is dealt with.  Some questions are again answered, while many others are again not.  It makes for some interesting storytelling, but is not as effective or “innovative” as it thinks it is.  Still, it is worth seeing.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1/16 X 9 image is color consistent enough, but detail is not absolutely great.  However, it plays back just fine, though the color may look a tad off at times.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has no surrounds and regular Pro Logic will give you distortion and spillover you do not need.  The only extras are a few stills of the real Christie and text biographies of five of the cast members.  If after you read through all four reviews, then decide if the Romantic Detectives set is for you.  Otherwise, they are all sold separately, so you can pick and choose at will.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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