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  • Actors: Peter Falk, Michael Lally, Bruce Kirby, John Finnegan, Vito Scotti
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 35
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Oct. 2009
  • Run Time: 4411 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (272 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002L7O7Q8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,109 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

This is the detective series that inspired them all. Legendary actor Peter Falk stars in his 4-time Emmy® Award winning role, as the ruffled, cigar-chomping, trenchcoat-wearing police lieutenant who is asking all the right questions, in Columbo - The Complete Series. This 35 disc box set features every episode of the series and also includes 2 bonus episodes with Mrs. Columbo and 2 series pilots.

Note: This box set is heavier than usual, weighing approximately 2.12KG.

From the Back Cover

The Language and sub-titles vary, from series to series:

Season's 1 3 4 6 7 8 9 10 11:
Language:English
Subtitles: English SDH
Season 2:
Language: English French German Italian Spanish
Subtitles: English SDH Italian Spanish German Dutch Danish Finnish Norwegian Swedish
Season 5:
Language: English
Subtitles: English SDH, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

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227 of 230 people found the following review helpful By Marcus on 15 Mar. 2010
Format: DVD
For anyone looking to collect every Columbo episode in one go this is great. Probably a bit annoying to those who have been buying the seasons one by one as this boxset is likely to be far cheaper in the long run.

The outer "cigar box" looks great although the tight lid may burst at the corners as mine did. However, upon opening it is a little disappointing that the exact same design has been used for every single DVD case, and on every DVD disc. Given the length of time Peter Falk played Columbo it would have been nice to have a large range of covers from different publicity shots or scenes. Possibly even the use of special guests to differentiate between seasons would have been nice.

Like Columbo himself, this is a very pragmatic display. Simple but as long as the DVDs play little else matters. The information booklet is quite interesting with some amusing anecdotes about production, Columbo and Peter Falk printed in the margins.

The DVD menus are very simple. Although I'm only up to season 3 at present, I notice they have gotten a little more adventurous per season, not always adopting the same look. The visual quality and sound are very good given the age of some of these episodes. Not sure if there has been any form of remastering or clean-up prior to going on DVD, but they look very clean for 70s recordings.

Overall a great set for any Columbo fan, or Peter Falk admirer. He certainly made a great character for us to enjoy. Even if 90% of the episodes follow the same methods, he never fails to provide amusement and an entertaining style of investigation.

Highly recommended!

RIP Peter. x
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steve on 14 Dec. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
How one ranks this Columbo 35 DVD box set will probably depend greatly on how much it cost you to buy it! I paid just under £38 pounds, which for 35 dvd's is an absolute bargain. I noticed that just after I bought my set, the price rose steeply to £97 pounds, and to be honest, at that price you may find it a little disappointing. The reason I say that is because the only extras included in the set are two Mrs Columbo episodes. The lack of any 'real' extras is a shame, but at the price I paid, I can't really complain.

The box itself feels a little weak and won't take knocks gladly, but with careful use it should be ok (ish). The box has been designed to look like a cigar box which is a nice touch. Remove the lid and you are greeted with 18 very thin dvd cases which all have two discs in them except the last one. Each dvd case has the same print on the front of the dvd case, but at least the rear of the dvd case informs you of which columbo episodes are on the dvds themselves. Open the dvd cases and they are all black inside. The dvd discs themselves have a plain white background with the relevant information on them telling you which season and which disc number they are, but not the actual title of the episode you are watching.

Strangely disc one doesn't start with the pilot episode called 'prescription - murder' , that is found on disc 5. The second pilot episode 'Ransom for a dead man' is found on disc 6. Other than that, the set appears to be in a logical order. The set does include every single columbo episode, which kinda makes up for the lack of extras.

It is quite obvious that this dvd box set has been done without too much care and attention. The dvd menus are poor at best.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mike on 24 Dec. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Just to qualify the review, I am in my 60's and watched the original broadcasts way back when, I like the idea of the reverse whodunit, I am a big fan of Peter Falk, I am fascinated by this series portrayal of the American way of life.
As with any series the plots vary from the obvious to the very clever. I particularly like the Dick Van Dyke episode (I haven't reached it yet, as the set contains 69 programmes), when, even though everything is laid out before you the denouement still comes as a surprise. However, even in the ordinary episodes there is still much to enjoy. Columbo must be one of the great character creations of its time. All his adversaries and contemporaries are perfect, perfect hair, perfect clothes, perfect homes, perfect lifestyles. Columbo is almost their antithesis, crumpled suit, crumpled raincoat (in LA!!??), crumpled face (sometimes unshaved), crumpled car and crumpled dog. Even though you know what you are going to see its fascinating to see how the two collide. Will the murderer see through Columbo's act and see him as he really is, dogged, determined, clever and a brilliant psychologist or will they despise him because he is different and then be so surprised when they fall into his cleverly set trap.
Not for every one, my children, all late 20's and 30's, have no interest in this whatsoever. My wife usually sits with me Googling the now mostly deceased actors and actresses, telling me their life stories. Even this cannot take the edge off my enjoyment.
One niggle - as mentioned by others, subtitles are only included in some of the series. I usually put the subtitles on for American films and TV - helps with the translation.
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