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Columbo - The Complete First Season [DVD]

Peter Falk , Gene Barry , Peter Falk , Steven Spielberg    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Peter Falk, Gene Barry, Katherine Justice, William Windom, Jack Cassidy
  • Directors: Peter Falk, Steven Spielberg, Bernard Kowalski, Jack Smight, Hy Averback
  • Producers: Edward M. Abroms, Richard Levinson, William Link, Everett Chambers
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • 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: 6
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Sep 2004
  • Run Time: 693 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002VF6C4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,890 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



TV detective fans rejoice: Peter Falk's rumpled and infallible Lt. Columbo joins the DVD precinct with a five-disc set that features the detective's first nine appearances for NBC. Though Falk as Columbo (no first name) made his TV debut in 1967, the detective had actually first appeared on an episode of the 1960-61 Chevy Mystery Show (Bert Freed played the role) written by veteran TV scribes Richard Levinson and William Link (The Fugitive, Alfred Hitchcock Presents). The pair turned the episode into a stage play titled Prescription: Murder, which was adapted into a TV movie in 1967 with Falk in the lead. NBC greenlit a two-hour Columbo pilot (Ransom for a Dead Man) in 1971, and the series was launched that fall as part of the NBC Sunday Mystery Movie, a rotating 90-minute program that alternated Columbo with episodes of MacMillan and Wife and McCloud (another Levinson/Link creation). Viewers were quickly won over by Falk's shrewd performance as he matched wits with a host of exceptional guest stars (including Gene Barry, Patrick McGoohan, and others), all of whom assumed that the disheveled detective would never figure out their "perfect crimes"; the popularity and quality of the original series allows Falk to continue to don the trenchcoat some 30 years later for occasional Columbo TV movies.

All seven 90-minute episodes of the 1971-72 debut season are included here, along with Prescription: Murder and Ransom for a Dead Man; unfortunately, as the lieutenant himself would say, "Oh, just one more thing"--no extras are included in the set, but having these fine TV mysteries in one set should be reward enough for armchair sleuths. --Paul Gaita

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The entire first 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. In 'Murder by the Book', the talents of a bestselling writing duo are jeopardised when one tries to murder the other. In 'Death Lends a Hand', a top businessman hires a private detective to ascertain whether or not his wife is having an affair... but his plan backfires. In 'Dead Weight', a celebrated war hero becomes a murder suspect. 'Suitable for Framing' sees a multimillionaire art dealer cutting his art critic nephew out of his will - with deadly consequences. In 'Lady in Waiting', the younger sister of a rich corporation chairman loses her patience with him when he refuses to let her marry the man she loves. 'Short Fuse' sees a brilliant scientist plotting to murder his wayward uncle. Finally, in 'Blueprint for Murder', an architect hustles the wife of a rich Texan tycoon into funding an ambitious new multi-million dollar office complex - but when her husband returns, he is none too impressed...

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars World class entertainment 14 Dec 2004
Fans of the enigmatic Lieutenant Columbo have every reason to celebrate the launch of this DVD, even if they already know every episode intimately.
A staple of weekend afternoon slots the world over, these are episodes you'll probably have seen a dozen times, but the crisp picture and sound quality of the DVD makes this an essential purchase for the serios Columbo fan.
Detractors of the crumpled detective will argue that every episode is the same. 'Seen one you've seen 'em all,' they moan, but the truth is that quite outside the formulaic approach of each episode, there are countless magical moments in each show that delight the watchful viewer.
Little things, like Columbo's hand movements, the twinkle in his eye when he's on to to his man (or woman) and the delightful interchanges between him and minor characters help make each viewing unique and rewarding.
Falk is magnificent in the role. Even in this, the first series, he plays the Columbo character like he was born to it, immediately achieving a standard of performance that endeared him to millions while never becoming tired, even after three decades in the role. The special guest stars, all certain they can bamboozle the seemingly bungling lieutenant, each add their own inimitable contrast to Falk's central figure and all obviously revel in the roles, mixing up snarling menace, frustration and over-enthusiastic support to their nemesis.
Every episode is a treat, and this DVD also includes both pilot episodes, the first of which features a rather different, and far more aggressive Columbo, but one that is no less enjoyable to watch. There are no extras, which will disappoint some, but for me just the opportunity to have such a collection on DVD is reward enough.
If you're a fan of Columbo, or you just think you might be, buy this, if only to ensure that they release the whole collection on DVD.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't make 'em like this any more 17 Jan 2005
By A. Butterfield TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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These early pilots and episodes of Columbo from the first series have a real quality about them. It's something to do with nostalgia, I guess, but really it's much more than that. All the ingredients are right: Peter Falk; big-name casts; superb Technicolor cinematography; intelligent scripts; humour; and drama.
Columbo never chases anybody in his car, never shoots anyone, never swears, just beats the criminals with the power of his mind, much like Poirot. Columbo is for fans of literate crime drama, and they don't get much better.
I like this particular set, which has six DVDs in a particularly attractive case. It includes both pilot episodes (films in their own right really, which take up a whole DVD each) so you can see how Peter Falk - incredibly young in the first pilot - developed the Lieutenant's character.
I'm impressed too by the quality of the transfer onto DVD. There's a richness to the colour that's very appealing.
Highly recommended.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Off TV and onto DVD... 23 Sep 2004
Columbo has been a feature of daytime TV for many years now, but it has always stood out for me as having an edge over the other 'TV movie' series.
Each episode is based on exactly the same formula; the viewer witnesses the murder, Columbo meets murderer and immediately recognises his/her guilt, Columbo puts on the pressure "Just one more thing", and the murderer finally cracks. Although you might think this would get tiresome after 9 episodes, Columbo's humorous idiosyncrasies and constant harassment drive the murderer to such fury that they often give up simply so he'll leave them alone.
I'm always amazed by the fact that I enjoy Columbo so much, but i guess it just adds up to more than the sum of it's parts. If you like one episode of Columbo, you like them all and therefore this DVD is for you.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 28 Feb 2005
In 1968 America saw the advent of a new television detective, Lt. Columbo (played by Peter Falk). Columbo quickly became a favorite with audiences, and his trademark rumpled raincoat and distinctive way of talking made him instantly recognizable. The pilot movie for Columbo premiered in 1968, and they are still making Columbo movies to this day.
Yep, I have been a Columbo fan pretty much as long as I can remember and I was quite glad when this collection came out. It has nine great, uncut episodes, and is quite a value for your dollar. My family and I love watching these DVDs, and highly recommend them to you and your family.
The nine episodes are:
Prescription Murder - 1968 - When a ruthless psychiatrist (Gene Barry) plans out the perfect murder, everything seems to fall into place...until a dogged young detective named Columbo comes along.
Ransom for a Dead Man - 1971 - A clever lawyer decides to fake her husband's kidnapping, so as to disguise his murder. Now, it's up to Columbo to unravel the plot.
Murder by the Book - 1971 - Ken Franklin's (Jack Cassidy) successful career as the face of a crime writing duo is about to come to an end. What he needs to do is bump off his partner, and keep the proceeds of the books, and keep Lt. Columbo from figuring it all out.
Death Lends a Hand - 1971 - When a successful private investigator (Robert Culp) accidentally kills the woman he's investigating, he needs to cover everything up, and fast. But, is he fast enough to stay ahead of Columbo?
Dead Weight - 1971 - War hero General Hollister (Eddie Albert) has a secret that he is willing kill to keep hidden, but there's a rumpled detective on his trail who just won't let go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Columbo DVD
Bought as a Christmas present for the old lady because she like Colombo. Entertaining detective series - a good present.
Published 15 days ago by JJ
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The product i have purchased is everything i expected it to be and compliant with the advertisement relating to the goods being sold.
Published 1 month ago by mr darren j spencer
3.0 out of 5 stars First season DVD
Bought this for a present, bit of shame that only four discs played, least they didn't cost much !!
Will probably buy another season disc though.
Published 2 months ago by Roger Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Columbo First Season DVD
Simply one of the best TV series ever created. A super simple structure and delivery with story and character driving the action. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Wannabe Foody
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
My Mum has always loved this guy thanx and wil be looking out for the rest of the series. She loves this.
Published 3 months ago by Kevin Pemberton
5.0 out of 5 stars columbo-the complete first season
I already own the columbo set,bought this for my sister for christmas she will love it! We are columbo fans.
Published 4 months ago by ms patricia plummer
4.0 out of 5 stars Columbo
This is a must have for Columbo fans. Well worth watching and I can't wait to get the next series.
Published 5 months ago by S Gee
5.0 out of 5 stars Columbo DVD
Bought this for a Christmas present for my husband so haven't watched it myself yet but it's the great detective himself at his best so can't wait to watch it on a lazy Sunday... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lindyloo
5.0 out of 5 stars where my cigar
Love watching columbo one of my fave episodes is murder by the book and having purchased this I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of episodes included in the season the boxset... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable.
With two special broad casts this is a great introduction to the famous Columbo series. A very good format loved the world over that I will never tire off.
Published 10 months ago by Mr Edwin Wesley
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