Agatha Christie's mysteries have spawned a lot of film adaptations and have a large following. Death on the Nile (1978), like Murder on the Orient Express, features a large cast of famous actors: Mia Farrow, Peter Ustinov, Bette Davis, Angela Lansbury, George Kennedy, Jack Warden, David Niven, and Olivia Hussey. The plot, of course, involves a murder in a closely confined space (a boat on the Nile) with everyone a suspect. Famed inspector Hercule Poirot (Ustinov) has the task of clearing things up and does so with typical Christie slyness. For fans of the Poirot series or of Christie in general, Death on the Nile should be a classic. For the uninitiated, however, the film might seem slow, silly, and not very well developed. The characters are mostly shallow, the plot carbon copied from other stories, and the actors hammy as a Cuban sandwich. Farrow is pretty creepy as a jilted lover, but Davis and Lansbury are shameless in their scenery chewing. Kennedy seems really out of place. Niven plays with his usual tuxedoed coolness.
Also included are some of the strangest features I've ever seen on disc: interviews with stars Peter Ustinov and Jane Birkin conducted (possibly) for Spanish television. The interviewer speaks Spanish and the actors cope the best they can, Ustinov by responding in Spanish and Birkin in English. Very weird.
A trailer and some talent bios are also included.