Murder on the Orient Express – twice!

I’ve just submitted version 2.3 of my Belgian Detective Guide to Apple. This update adds a couple of movies to the catalogue, namely two iterations of the classic MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS.

Here in the US, we’re all getting ready for Kenneth Branagh’s iteration of the story, which is supposed to hit cinemas on November 10th. The movie stars Branagh as Poirot himself, and he’s supported by a huge cast – namely Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe, Penelope Cruz, Olivia Colman, Dame Judy Dench and Michelle Pfeiffer to name a few.

The movie is apparently a lot darker than the 1974 version starring Albert Finney, as well as the David Suchet version from 2010. Check out this trailer for a taste of the goods:

Turns out there was another version of the movie hiding in the archives

Doing some research however, I also came across another version of the movie that I hadn’t heard of before: a 2001 direct-to-DVD release in which Alfred Molina plays Poirot. Who would have thought, ey?

I thought it was funny to see German TV star Fritz Wepper in the cast lineup. He’s best known for being Derrick’s side-kick on the long running German TV show produced by the ZDF. I used to watch that as a kid. Apparently it’s one of best selling TV exports Germany has ever produced.

Now we get all four versions in the Belgian Detective Guide, plus the book of course. Have you watched and read them all? See what happens if you do 🙂

What’s next?

I’ve already started working on the next Poirot update, which will bring presentation improvements for the upcoming iPhone X. It’s just a graphic tweak to make use of the larger screen, and bring back the colourful splash screen when the app loads. I’ll also see if I can get any performance enhancements related to iOS 11 with the new development tools (Xcode 9). Watch out for that next!

In the meantime, an update to the MONK Episode Guide has been stuck in App Review Hell for the last two years, which added a book to the catalogue, however the update never got released. I’ll see if I can take care of that one as well.

Until then, happy sleuthing 🙂

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