Murder On the Orient Express (DVD)
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|Contributor||Sidney Lumet, Albert Finney, Ingrid Bergman, Martin Balsam, Lauren Bacall|
|Runtime||2 hours and 2 minutes|
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Package Dimensions : 18 x 13.8 x 1.5 cm; 85 Grams
- Director : Sidney Lumet
- Media Format : DVD, PAL
- Run time : 2 hours and 2 minutes
- Release date : 25 October 2017
- Actors : Ingrid Bergman, Albert Finney, Martin Balsam, Lauren Bacall
- Dubbed: : English
- Studio : UniversalSony
- ASIN : B0771SN5YF
- Country of origin : Australia
- Number of discs : 1
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Sidney Lumet directs this classic British drama adapted from Agatha Christie's novel. Set in 1935, the film follows Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (Albert Finney) as he travels back to London aboard the Orient Express. Heading into heavy weather, it's not long before the train becomes stuck in snow while travelling through Yugoslavia. When one of the passengers, millionaire Ratchett (Richard Widmark), is murdered overnight, Poirot faces a race against time to discover the identity of the killer. The cast also includes Lauren Bacall, Martin Balsam and Ingrid Bergman.
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This film continues to be one of contrasts: around the murder things are kept tight, whilst the interviewing of the passengers, perhaps inevitably, contain some longeurs. I don't know a thing about film lighting, but can say that they brilliantly capture the super white glare caused by being surrounded by snow, and the dimmed light of the carriages at night are used to great effect.
Albert Finney is an acquired taste as Poirot, but turns in a performance just the right side of ham. Occasionally though the plot plays second fiddle to the hugely impressive cast, but again this perhaps cannot be helped. The music is brilliant throughout. Not the easiest of the Agatha Christies to put on film, but this is entertaining and well put together.
My favourites are the introductory music and titles and, even more, the train departure scene at the Istanbul railway station. All shot apparently in the one take and with no second chance next day, as the cast were all booked to be elswhere then. What camera work (perfect synchronisation and no modern digital studio to put in corrections)!
I shall be viewing this again and again.
No bad things to say about cast, design etc. If you are a fan of the detective, a must have. Otherwise, I am not so sure...