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Columbo: Complete Series [DVD]

Peter Falk , Michael Lally    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
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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 (180 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002L7O7Q8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,400 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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:
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

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200 of 203 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great instant collection! 15 Mar 2010
By Marcus
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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181 of 189 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Complete but . . .. 21 Nov 2009
It's taken Universal quite a while to release the Complete Columbo collection in one DVD box set. This set has all 69 episodes including the two pilots "Ransom for a Dead Man" and "Prescription Murder". It also has 2 Random Bonus Episodes of Mrs Columbo. I find that a little odd as there were 13 Episodes produced.

In this set there are 35 DVDs in 18 Slim DVD cases. All the covers have the same artwork with basic episode details for each DVD. Most DVDs have 2 episodes on each. The way they have been numbered is not great and there is no overall index sheet. Instead there is an eight page booklet with some information on the seasons.

The DVDs are contained in packaging designed to look like a Cigar box. The problem with it is that you have to take out the entire contents unless you want one from the top. There is a ribbon to help with this.
The box is quite flimsy too. It would have been much better if the DVDs had been packaged vertically spine outwards. (The new 24 - Complete Season 1-7 (Plus 24 - Redemption) [DVD] [2009]is a good example of how this can be done.)

The DVDS have very basic menus which are not consistent and mainly consist of just episode selection with the option to turn on subtitles.
The audio and video quality is excellent even on the early episodes but you can obviously see a marked improvement on the newest ones.

Overall good to have the complete collection but falls short on presentation and special features.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Just one more thing sir" 5 July 2011
By West25
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I'd been a fan of Columbo from a very young age, I remember sitting in front of the TV with my dad watching Columbo always outsmart the murderer. As a big fan I had seen most episodes or so I thought, when I started watching through the discs there were many episodes that I hadn't seen before or had forgotten.

Peter Falk had over 30 years to perfect the Columbo character, but if truth be told, he nailed the character almost from the very first pilot. He's very smart but wears an old stained trenchcoat, cigar constantly in hand, rusty old car that barely runs (he has two cars, his wife drives the other one. Nothing fancy, just for transportation), an old dog that seems just as dishevelled as he is and a bumbling manner similar to that of Inspector Clouseau at times. His clothes and sometimes awkward behaviour is often what catches the criminals out, they assume he's an idiot and let their guard down and get sloppy.

I've always enjoyed the fact that the opening 10-20 minutes of episodes doesn't have Columbo in it, the start of the episode shows us the killer commit the murder and normally their motivation for committing the crime. Unlike most other shows where it's a "whodunit", Columbo as the show's creator once referred is a "howdhecatchem". I love the fact he has many quirks that we see time and again, he never has a pen, he always comments on how nice peoples houses are, he always seems to eat chili, the pause as he walks away only to return with one more question.

The box set is fantastic, 18 slim DVD cases with 35 discs. All 69 episodes, for some reason there's also 2 episodes of the short lived Mrs. Columbo here as well. Every episode is on for between 70 and 100 minutes, so what we really have is 69 films.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars List of what's in the boxset 3 Dec 2011
To answer several questions what's actually included, here is the list. For some reason the pilots are on disc 5 and 6 rather than at the beginning. There are no extra's other than two episodes of Mrs Columbo.

Disc 5
Bonus: Pilot 1 - Prescription: murder

Disc 6
Bonus: Pilot 2 - Ransom for a dead man

Season 1
Disc 1
"Murder by the Book"
"Death Lends a Hand"
Disc 2
"Dead Weight"
"Suitable for Framing"
Disc 3
"Lady in Waiting"
"Short Fuse"
Disc 4
"Blueprint for Murder"

Season 2
Disc 1
"Étude in Black"
"The Greenhouse Jungle"
Disc 2
"The Most Crucial Game"
"Dagger of the Mind"
Disc 3
"Requiem for a Falling Star"
"A Stitch in Crime"
Disc 4
"The Most Dangerous Match"
"Double Shock"

Season 3
Disc 1
"Lovely But Lethal"
"Any Old Port in a Storm"
Disc 2
"Candidate for Crime"
"Double Exposure"
Disc 3
"Publish or Perish"
"Mind Over Mayhem"
Disc 4
"Swan Song"
"A Friend in Deed"

Season 4
Disc 1
"An Exercise in Fatality"
"Negative Reaction"
Disc 2
"By Dawn's Early Light"
"Troubled Waters"
Disc 3
"A Deadly State of Mind"
Bonus episode - A riddle for puppets (TV spin-off Mrs Columbo)

Season 5
Disc 1
"Forgotten Lady"
"A Case of Immunity"
Disc 2
"Identity Crisis"
"A Matter of Honor"
Disc 3
"Now You See Him...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection
It is a great collection of Columbo movies. Thera are jus a few last movies missing but tre rest is fantastic for a person like me.
Published 17 days ago by Arth
5.0 out of 5 stars Columbo
If you are a fan of the columbo movies then this is a must for you I have enjoyed every episode and will watch them over and over again.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. P. Ricketts
5.0 out of 5 stars The Master
Probably the best television detective series ever made. Only 'MONK' comes close. Peter Falk's performances deserved far more recognition. The Master!
Published 1 month ago by Author Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, shame about cases
The DVD cases are worst ever owned, two per cd, left one will always fall out no matter what, no way to fix, slimline. Every disc falls out therefore in box. Read more
Published 1 month ago by solidsponge
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Brought as birthday present for partner he is a real big Columbo fan loved this box set just be nice if DVDs had different picture in the cases.
Published 1 month ago by mlsamm81
5.0 out of 5 stars Full set
Bought as a gift for my wife.
Many hours of viewing so hopefully will keep her quiet for a few months.
Published 1 month ago by se28lion
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product
Excellent product. I am delighted to have this item at a very reasonable cost and good quality. A good bargain.
Published 1 month ago by Carol Maxwell
4.0 out of 5 stars Columbo!!
Very happy with my purchase. It's small enough to store and love the cigar box style box. Can't wait to watch my new box set
Published 2 months ago by Louise75
5.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment at a bargain price
Anyone considering this purchase will be familiar with Columbo. This is a terrific set and even the packaging is attractive. Just buy it!
Published 2 months ago by scott141090
5.0 out of 5 stars All the Columbos at our fingertips.
We watch one every afternoon these winter days. Most of them we have seen before, of course, but still enjoy seeing them again, and sometimes we have a nice surprise and find a new... Read more
Published 2 months ago by A. Russell
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