Strong Poison

Strong Poison

Director: Christopher Hodson Cast: Edward Petherbridge, Harriet Walter


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Christopher Hodson's murder mystery Strong Poison, based on the famous story by Dorothy L. Sayers, comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed captions on this release. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, making it difficult to recommend to anyone other than a genre enthusiast or a fan of BBC productions.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/14/2002
UPC: 0794051163424
Original Release: 1987
Rating: NR
Source: Bbc Warner
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:30:00

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Title [1:59]
2. The Case of the Crown [15:41]
3. A Spot of Refreshment [3:05]
4. The Missing Ten Minutes [3:03]
5. The Girl Is Innocent [2:03]
6. We Have a Verdict [2:34]
7. Improving the Case [6:51]
8. Investigations Begin [4:43]
9. The Will [2:19]
10. Discussing the Plot [3:04]
11. An Entrée Into Bohemia [5:19]
12. End Credits [1:18]
1. Opening Title [1:21]
2. Bohemia [3:06]
3. A Packet of White Powder [4:21]
4. Mr. Vaughn [3:19]
5. Distressing Symptoms [6:48]
6. Urquhart [5:34]
7. Are You Still Going to Marry Me? [2:29]
8. The Letter [4:34]
9. Something Awful [9:16]
10. Jealousy [2:07]
11. Picking a Lock [6:54]
12. End Credits [1:17]
1. Opening Title [1:41]
2. Bicarbonate of Soda [3:56]
3. The Dope on Urquhart [1:35]
4. A Voyage of Discovery [6:45]
5. Preparing for the Spirits [9:02]
6. The Medium [4:13]
7. Uncovering the Motive [5:55]
8. Arsenic [6:17]
9. You Are Such a Romantic [2:29]
10. Turkish Delight [5:17]
11. The Acquittal [2:37]
12. End Credits [1:26]

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Strong Poison 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best TV series ever made!! I recently acquired these DVD's (Strong Poison/Have His Carcase/Gaudy Night) and they are now my most treasured set. The performances by Edward Petherbridge and Harriet Walter are flawless! This series is a MUST HAVE for all mystery buffs (especially Dorothy Sayer's fans!) For those who were disappointed in the Ian Carmichael series produced 10 years earlier, take heart--you have now found the answer to your prayers! My only criticism is that there were no more titles produced in this series. I can't understand why they did not continue to make more of these wonderful productions. And furthermore, I can't understand why the BBC took so long to release this series onto Video/DVD. If I had known of the existance of this series sooner, I would have launched a campaign to demand that they make more episodes. Oh well...I guess we will just have to make do with the three gems that were made. (In fact you should probably buy two sets of these, as you may wear out your original DVD's from watching them over and over and over and ...ahem...oh yes back to the review...) The first two films, Strong Poison and Have His Carcass, are faithful to the books and each is truly a pleasure to watch. The third, Gaudy Night (or ''Gaudy Lite'' as I have seen it referred to) skimps a bit in comparison to the novel. However, the extraordinary acting on the part of Edward Petherbridge and Harriet Walter more than makes up for this, ensuring that this version of Gaudy Night is a highly entertaining one. This series should have segued into ''Busman's Honeymoon.'' However BBC dropped the ball on obtaining the rites and left us all hanging. Perhaps it isn't too late for a continuation of this series after all. It has ONLY been 16 years since the last episode. Surely if Ian Carmichael could have the audacity to play Lord Peter Wimsey at his age, Edward Petherbridge could pull it off for at least another 20 years or so (and do it brilliantly I might add!) Needless to say, I have become an instant fan of Mr. Petherbridge and can only hope I may find more of his work on film. (This is a daunting task since this distinguished stage performer seems to shy away from the camera. Something about acting for the love of the thing and not the money. Oh these serious actors!! By the way, isn't he WAY OVERDUE for some sort of Knighthood or something ...hmm??!!) WARNING: Ordinary television will seem even more unsatisfactory after viewing these DVD's. As I said before, you'd better get at least two copies of each of these DVD's (or to be on the safe side, you'd better make it three!!) (NOTE: It seems that the UK version of the DVD's contain an interview with Edward Petherbridge as a bonus feature. Unfortunately for me, the American version does not. Lucky Brits!!) ENJOY!