Everyone loves a good whodunit so what better than a film based on an Agatha Christie novel. The film in question is Evil Under the Sun (1982) starring Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot. Studiocanal have recently released a Blu-ray version so it’s time to find out if it’s worth purchasing, here’s my Evil Under the Sun Blu-ray Review.
- Evil Under the Sun (1982)
- Running Time: 116 Mins
- UK Rating PG
- Discs: 1
- Released By 23 October 2017
- Blu-ray Released: Studiocanal
Evil Under the Sun is the film version of the Agatha Christie novel of the same name. It’s a classic whodunit which sees Hercule Poirot on holiday amongst several interesting guests. As it turns out the entire party of guests actually seem to know each other with the glamorous actress Arlena Stuart Marshall at the centre of proceedings. One of these guests will wind up dead leaving our Belgium friend to go to work.
Style / Direction
Evil Under the Sun is a period film set on a sunny Mediterranean island, the film looks simply fabulous. Guy Hamilton directs and does an extremely good job of bringing this classic Agatha Christie novel to life.
Christopher Challis handles the cinematography to great effect.
Music / Audio Effects
The music keeps proceedings light and amusing despite the fact this film is a whodunit.
Acting / Characters
The cast made up of eleven main characters and it’s really is a stellar cast.
Peter Ustinov plays the famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot some will love his performance others may not having already conjured the Hercule Poirot from Agatha Christies novels. Personally I find he plays the role well and makes his own version of the famous detective.
Everyone plays their part extremely well and there seems to be plenty of onscreen chemistry between them all.
- Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot
- Diana Rigg as Arlena Stuart Marshall
- Denis Quilley as Kenneth Marshall
- Emily Hone as Linda Marshall
- Maggie Smith as Daphne Castle
- Colin Blakely as Sir Horace Blatt
- James Mason as Odell Gardener
- Sylvia Miles as Myra Gardener
- Nicholas Clay as Patrick Redfern
- Jane Birkin as Christine Redfern
- Roddy McDowall as Rex Brewster
Conclusion: Evil Under the Sun Film Review
Evil Under the Sun is a classic whodunit from the brilliant mind of Agatha Christie brought to life by director Guy Hamilton. It has a wonderful cast with Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot creating his own interpretation of Christie’s Poirot which works rather well.
If you like my Evil Under the Sun Blu-ray Review you may want to check out these films:
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- Fear in the Night (1972) Blu-ray Review
- The Mummy (2017) Blu-ray Review
Conclusion: Evil Under the Sun Blu-ray Review
Every time I seem to review a classic title released on Blu-ray by Studiocanal I am left extremely impressed. The picture quality on Evil Under the Sun is simply perfect. In terms of image quality it is clean and free from any dirt marks whilst the picture is sharp and the colours perfect. Studiocanal really have upped their game over the last couple of years. Like the recent Hammer films I’ve reviewed I have zero complaints. Yet another excellent Blu-ray release by Studiocanal.
On the extras front there’s a rather nice 15 minute making of documentary that includes interviews with director Gut Hamilton and various actors including Peter Ustinov, James Mason, Nicholas Clay and Jane Birkin.
- Making of (15 mins)
- Costume Designer Anthony Powell Interview (8 mins)
- Writer Barry Sandler Interview (8 mins)
- Producer Richard Goodwin Interview
- Behind The Scenes Still Gallery
- Costume Designs Still Gallery
On to my movie rating for Evil Under the Sun (1982)
- Movie Rating: WELL WORTH WATCHING
- Blu-ray Picture: EXCELLENT
- Extras: EXCELLENT
Evil Under the Sun (1982) is available now on Blu-ray.
Amazon UK Links
- Blu-ray: https://amzn.to/2V6ZYLj
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip not be representative of the Blu-ray version
So that’s Evil Under the Sun Blu-ray review, if you have any thoughts on this film you can leave them in the comment section below:
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Summary: Evil Under the Sun Blu-ray Review (1982)
Director(s): Guy Hamilton, Diana Rigg, Nicholas Clay, James Mason, Maggie Smith, Jane Birkin, Colin Blakely, Roddy McDowall, Sylvia Miles, Denis Quilley
Actor(s): Peter Ustinov,
Genre: Mystery, Drama
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
An entertaining whodunit with a fabulous cast that now looks simply amazing with this new Blu-ray version from Studiocanal.