Columbo - Series 5 1975

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The entire fifth series of investigations featuring Peter Falk's now-classic depiction of the trenchcoat-clad detective Columbo, who uses his humble ways and disingenuous demeanour to winkle out even the most well-concealed of crimes. Episodes are: 'Forgotten Lady', 'A Case of Immunity', 'Identity Crisis', 'A Matter of Honor', 'Now You See Him'and 'Last Salute to the Commodore'.

Starring:
Patrick McGoohan, Robert Loggia
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Discs
  • Columbo - Series 5 - Disc 1 parental_guidance
  • Columbo - Series 5 - Disc 2 parental_guidance
  • Columbo - Series 5 - Disc 3 parental_guidance
Runtime 8 hours 27 minutes
Starring Patrick McGoohan, Robert Loggia, Robert Vaughn, Ricardo Montalban, Peter Falk, Sal Mineo, Janet Leigh, Hector Elizondo
Director Patrick McGoohan, Harvey Hart, Ted Post
Genres Drama
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK
Rental release 12 February 2007
Main languages English
Subtitles Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By David VINE VOICE on 21 Aug. 2007
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I don't know why people give season 5 of Columbo such a hard time. Ok, so there are no "classic" Columbo stories but there is plenty to enjoy.

The first story Forgotton Lady has a very mooving performance by Janet Leigh (Psycho)as an ageing broadway actress.

Next up is A Case Of Immunity which isnt one of the better Columbo stories. There is no real motive for the murder and the resolution of the case is abit of a cop out (no pun intended).

Identity Crisis is the best story in this season. Patrick McGoohan is superb as an ex spy. Watch out for his "be seeing you" straight out of The Prisoner. In real life he is a great friend of Peter Falk and they have alot of screen chemisty together. Leslie Neilson also appears. He was also in the Columbo episode Lady In Waiting.

A Matter Of Honor is not a great episode. Dispite a great performance by Ricardo Montalban the story is quite dull.

Now You See Him sees the rumpled detective pitted against a sinister magician with a dark secret played by Jack Cassidy who also appeared in the Columbo stories Murder By The Book and Publish Or Perish. Not a bad story.

The final story of the season is Last Salute Of The Commadore features Robert Vaughn who starred in Columbo Troubled Waters. In this story the person you think is the murderer gets bumped off half way through the episode. It's nice that the producers decided to try something different ie we now don't know who the killer is. This episode was directed by Patrick McGoohan.

So as I said dont be put off be negative reviews this is a great season and seasons 6 and 7 are still as good, if not better.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Man On The Street on 1 Sept. 2010
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I want to make one thing clear: this would have been a 5 star review, were it not for one thing... Last Salute To The Commodore. But we'll get to that later on. Let's focus on the positives first - they are, after all in the majority.

I am watching Columbo in order and have just finished season 5. By far, this season has the most diversity and the greatest variance in quality.

It starts out solid - Janet Leigh gives a stunning performance as a veteran actor of the MGM musical milieu. The episode is typical vintage Columbo, with higher than average acting and an ending that, while it deviates a little from the usual formula, is all the better for it and is certainly satisfying. Also the inclusion of footage of a young Janet Leigh in a lesser known musical is a fantastic touch.

Next up, A Case of Immunity. Often, when a T.V. show attempts an episode that rests heavily on characters and iconography of a different culture, it can seem a little disjointed from the rest of the series. As a viewer, if you like the show, you probably like it best when it has all the trappings you are used to (in the case of Columbo, Nouveau Riche mansion houses, men in suits and urban location footage). Familiarity breeds comfort. So, although this story was merely at an embassy, rather than another continent, it would have been easy for this episode to feel like a sort of 'Columbo goes on vacation' type story (see A Matter Of Honour). It doesn't. This is one of the best written, expertly paced and perfectly acted episodes, with just enough exotic imagery and cultural intrigue to give it a spice of variety. The political issues are also dealt with very well, which is nice to see in an older show.
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By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Mar. 2013
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It is a classic season. Theres so much to enjoy in this season, including a number of classic episodes. Last night I watched the only one of the season I'd not seen "The Forgotten Woman", starring Janet Leigh. This is a great episode. When Columbo first appears, at 1:30 in the morning he is unshaven and a complete mess. He's falling asleep on his feet, literally, but with the aid of a black coffee he manages to get to the murder scene and start the process of unraveling the mystery. This episode pretty much sums up Columbo, its funny, cleverly written, wonderfully acted by Peter Falk, and at the end in this episode really quite sad.

There are other classic episodes in the series. The Great Santini, starring Jack Cassidy as a devious magician who thinks hes committed the perfect murder, but of course Columbo gets him in the end. And the end to this episode is a real gem. It has to be said that Jack Cassidy who appeared 2 or 3 episodes is a marvelous foil for Peter Falk, and a has a magic (excuse pun) that only existed with Patrick McGoohan (who is also in an episode in this series) and John Cassevetes.

So overall it may not be the best season, but it is excellent.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jervis VINE VOICE on 23 Sept. 2006
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If Columbo's fourth season is arguably one of the best then unfortunately season five is possibly the worst - at least from the original seventies series.

Season five is Columbo's most uneven season in terms of quality where there can be found examples of Columbo at his very best ('A Matter Of Honour','Now You See Him'), his very worst ('Last Salute Of The Commodore') and stories somewhere in between ('Forgotten Lady', 'A Case Of Immunity').

It's also the first time the show's traditional formula has been tampered with as with 'Last Salute Of The Commodore' and the one of the few times a Columbo plot has been too complicated to follow as with 'Identity Crisis'.

Apart from the couple of stories i have singled out as my favourites i find a lethargy in many of these stories which gives me the impression the show perhaps needed to take a break. 'Forgotten Lady' for example isn't bad but it lacks the sharpness and focus that can be found with Columbo at his best and it's also a little overlong. Unfortunately this seems to be a problem that's all too common with this season.

Luckily Columbo did have a couple of more inspiring seasons left in its seventies run.

It's still a wothwhile purchase however.
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