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73 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultra good value
By the way what this box set does not cover is

Columbo: Mystery Movie Collection 1989 { 5 episodes }
Columbo: Mystery Movie Collection 1990 { 6 episodes }
Columbo: Mystery Movie Collection 1991-1992 { 5 episodes )
Columbo: Mystery Movie Collection 1993-1994 { 3 episodes }
Columbo: TV Specials 1995-2003 { 5 episodes }

its not clear...
Published on 26 Nov. 2007 by brian from london

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You only get what you pay for
On the face of it this set seems reasonable value for money, but it is let down by by the quality of the storage box, a lack of episode information on the DVDs and the fact that you need another 24 episodes for a complete collection.
To add further detail to previous reviews, this set contains 45 episodes. Episodes 46 to 69 (Series 8 - 11 and the 8 specials are not...
Published on 5 Jun. 2008 by A. A. Jones


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73 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultra good value, 26 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Columbo: Seasons One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six & Seven [DVD] (DVD)
By the way what this box set does not cover is

Columbo: Mystery Movie Collection 1989 { 5 episodes }
Columbo: Mystery Movie Collection 1990 { 6 episodes }
Columbo: Mystery Movie Collection 1991-1992 { 5 episodes )
Columbo: Mystery Movie Collection 1993-1994 { 3 episodes }
Columbo: TV Specials 1995-2003 { 5 episodes }

its not clear if Columbo - Series 8 - Complete ASIN: B000YHMTIA
will cover some of the above .

what it does cover is

Pilots (1968-1971, 2 episodes)
Prescription: Murder and Ransom for a Dead Man

Season 1:
01. Murder By The Book 02. Death Lends A Hand 03. Dead Weight 04. Suitable For Framing 05. Lady In Waiting 06. Short Fuse 07. BluePrint For Murder.

Season 2:
01. Etude In Black 02. The Green House Jungle 03. The Most Crucial Game 04. Dagger Of The Mind 05. Requiem For A Falling Star. 06. A Stitch In Crime 07. The Most Dangerous Match 08. Double Shock.

Season 3:
01. Lovely But Lethal 02. Any Old Port In A Storm 03. Candidate For Crime 04. Double Exposure 05. Publish Or Perish 06. Mind Over Mayhem 07. Swan Song 08. A Friend In Deed

Season 4:
01. An Exercise In Fatality 02. Negative Reaction 03. By Dawn's Early Light 04. Troubled Waters 05. Playback 06. A Deadly State Of Mind.

Season 5:
01. Forgotten Lady 02. A Case Of Humanity 03. Identity Crisis 04. A Matter Of Honor 05. Now You See Him... 06. Last Salute To The Commodore.

Season 6:
01. Fade Into Murder 02. Old Fashioned Murder 03. The Bye-Bye Sky High I.Q. Murder Case.

Season 7:
01. Try And Catch Me 02. How To Dial A Murder 03. Murder Under Glass 04. The Conspirators 05. Make Me A Perfect Murder.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars for the content, one star for the packaging, 18 Feb. 2008
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Mr. J. Mccool "donkey jacket jim" (devonshire arms) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Columbo: Seasons One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six & Seven [DVD] (DVD)
If you love Columbo - and you should, for it is one of the bset TV series ever made - you'll want this set. What's more, it comes at a bargain basement price... but unfortunately also with bargain basement packaging. Well, the packaging is unimportant, you may think, with content which is quite so superb. Well, yes, but this packaging is way beyond minimalist. The cardboard box which holds the set is very flimsy and will obviously not last long - which is especially bad, since it contains the ONLY imformation in the set on which episodes / series are contained on which disc. The series folders are thin black cardboard and contain NO information whatsoever, not even a number or series title. Therefore, with the folders in the box, and jumbled about [remember they're NOT numbered] you have no option but to sort through all the discs to find the episode you want.
Oh! Just one more thing - There are no scene selections and the DVD menus are also minmalist.
BUT... Even so, you'll want this set - and maybe label or repackage them yourself, as I certainly shall? My wife, well, she's just crazy about this box set.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MAGNIFICENT COLLECTION....!, 2 Nov. 2007
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CAPTAIN HABZ! (LONDON United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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THIS IS A REALLY GOOD BOXSET OF COLUMBO OFFERED BY AMAZON AND THE PRICE IS UNBELIEVABLE! IT HAS ALL THE EPISODES FROM SEASON 1-7 AND ALSO BOTH PILOT MOVIES; PRESCRIPTION MURDER AND RANSOM FOR A DEAD MAN AS PART OF THE SEASON ONE SET. IF YOURE A COLUMBO FAN THIS PURCHASE WOULD BE MONEY SPENT VERY WELL WHEREAS BUYING EACH SEASON SEPERATELY WILL COST DOUBLE THE PRICE. ENJOY....
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You only get what you pay for, 5 Jun. 2008
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A. A. Jones "A A Jones" (Stockton on Tees, England, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Columbo: Seasons One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six & Seven [DVD] (DVD)
On the face of it this set seems reasonable value for money, but it is let down by by the quality of the storage box, a lack of episode information on the DVDs and the fact that you need another 24 episodes for a complete collection.
To add further detail to previous reviews, this set contains 45 episodes. Episodes 46 to 69 (Series 8 - 11 and the 8 specials are not included. Presently the only way to get every episode, in one set, is to subscribe to the official collection from Hachette part works ([...] This works out at close to £300.00 after you have collected all 35 DVDs (and binders for the included magazines). However if you are a serious Columbo fan that might be a price worth paying. At least you get individual DVD cases, with Titles on, and a decent storage case.

The full list of episodes in the order broadcast appears below

Episode Number Title--Original Air Date--Season

1 Prescription: Murder--20/02/68--(Pilot)
2 Ransom for a Dead Man--01/03/70--(Pilot)
3 Murder by the Book--15/09/71--(Season 1)
4 Death Lends a Hand--06/10/71--(Season 1)
5 Dead Weight--27/10/71--(Season 1)
6 Suitable for Framing--17/11/71--(Season 1)
7 Lady in Waiting--15/12/71--(Season 1)
8 Short Fuse--19/01/72--(Season 1)
9 Blueprint for Murder--09/02/72--(Season 1)
10 Etude in Black--17/09/72--(Season 2)
11 The Greenhouse Jungle--15/10/72--(Season 2)
12 The Most Crucial Game--05/11/72--(Season 2)
13 Dagger of the Mind--26/11/72--(Season 2)
14 Requim for a Fallen Star--21/01/73--(Season 2)
15 A Stitch in Crime--11/02/73--(Season 2)
16 The Most Dangerous Match--04/03/73--(Season 2)
17 Double shock--25/03/73--(Season 2)
18 Lovely but Lethal--23/09/73--(Season 3)
19 Any Old Port in a Storm--07/10/73--(Season 3)
20 Candidate for Crime--04/11/73--(Season 3)
21 Double Exposure--16/12/73--(Season 3)
22 Publish or Perish--18/01/74--(Season 3)
23 Mind over Mayhem--18/02/74--(Season 3)
24 Swan Song--03/03/74--(Season 3)
25 A Friend in Deed--05/05/74--(Season 3)
26 An Exercise in Fatality--15/09/74--(Season 4)
27 Negative Reaction--15/10/74--(Season 4)
28 By Dawn's Early Light--27/10/74--(Season 4)
29 Troubled Waters--09/02/75--(Season 4)
30 Playback 02/03/75--(Season 4)
31 A Deadly State of Mind--27/04/75--(Season 4)
32 Forgotten Lady--14/09/75--(Season 5)
33 A Case of Immunity--12/10/75--(Season 5)
34 Identity Crisis--02/11/75--(Season 5)
35 A Matter of Honor--01/02/76--(Season 5)
36 Now You See Him--29/02/76--(Season 5)
37 Last Salute to the Commodore--02/03/76--(Season 5)
38 Fade in to Murder--10/10/76--(Season 6)
39 Old-fashioned Murder--28/11/76--(Season 6)
40 Bye-bye Sky High IQ Murder Case--22/05/77--(Season 6)
41 Try and Catch Me--21/11/77--(Season 7)
42 Murder under Glass--03/01/78--(Season 7)
43 Make Me a Perfect Murder--28/02/78--(Season 7)
44 How to Dial a Murder--15/04/78--(Season 7)
45 The Conspirators--13/05/78--(Season 7)

46 Columbo Goes to the Guillotine--06/02/89--(Season 8)
47 Murder, Smoke and Shadows--27/02/89--(Season 8)
48 Sex and the Married Detective--03/04/89--(Season 8)
49 Grand Deception--01/05/89--(Season 8)
50 Murder, a Self Portrait--25/11/89--(Season 9)
51 Columbo Cries Wolf--20/01/90--(Season 9)
52 Agenda for Murder--10/02/90--(Season 9)
53 Rest in Peace, Mrs Columbo--31/03/90--(Season 9)
54 Uneasy Lies the Crown--28/04/90--(Season 9)
55 Murder in Malibu--14/05/90--(Season 9)
56 Columbo Goes to College--09/12/90--(Season 10)
)57 Caution Murder Can Be Haz to Your Health--20/02/91--(Season 10)
58 Columbo and the Murder of a Rock Star--29/04/91--(Season 10
59 Death Hits the Jackpot--15/12/91--(Season 11)
60 No Time to Die--15/03/92--(Season 11)
61 A Bird in the Hand--22/11/92--(Season 11)
62 It's All in the Game--31/10/93--(Special 1)
63 Butterfly in Shades of Grey--10/01/94--(Special 2)
64 Undercover--02/05/94--(Special 3)
65 Strange Bedfellows--08/05/95--(Special 4)
66 A Trace of Murder--15/05/97--(Special 5)
67 Ashes to Ashes--08/10/98--(Special 6)
68 Murder with Too Many Notes--12/03/01--(Special 7)
69 Columbo Likes the Nightlife--30/01/03--(Special 8)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great shows but rather poorly packaged, 13 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: Columbo: Seasons One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six & Seven [DVD] (DVD)
Peter Falk's Columbo was one of the most memorable TV characters of the 70's 80's and 90's. You just can't help loving the shabby Italian American as he lures his posh, rich and often condescending suspects into a false sense of security before nailing then with the smallest of details that only he spots.

This box set covers the episodes from the NBC years (45 in total) that were screened form 1968-78, plus the 2 pilot episodes over 23 DVDs packaged in 6 book style slip cases. Because the episodes screened less frequently later on, the organisation of them into one box set is a little difficult.

Season 1 + Pilots - 6 discs (2 episodes per disc, with the longer pilots each on a seperate disc)
Season 2 - 4 discs
Season 3 - 4 discs
Season 4 - 3 discs
Season 5 - 3 discs
Season 6&7 - 3 discs

The only problem i found was that their is no indication on the spine of the slip cases as to which series is which, plus the discs for season 2 have no indication of which series they belong to. Also, the pilot episodes are on discs 5 & 6 (rather than logically 1& 2) are not differentiated from the others in season 1.

These are only minor complaints, but it does come across as a bit slapdash.

The other irritation for myself was that when i purchased this set, the full complete series set (including the ABC years) was £89, which i felt was too high price. AFTER i got this set, the complete set reduced to £55! I found this pretty annoying since there was no other way of getting the ABC episodes other than individual purchases. Thus i ended up paying close to £70.

As such, if you want ALL the columbo episodes I highly recommend going for the 'Cigar case' style set now that the price has come down.

Live and learn...
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just to confirm..., 3 Nov. 2007
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As noted in other reviews, although the two Pilot movies (Prescription Murder and Ransom for a Dead Man) are not listed on the outer sleeve, they are indeed included in the set...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dishevelled but Divine, 28 Jun. 2011
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This review is from: Columbo: Seasons One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six & Seven [DVD] (DVD)
Well, plenty has already been said about the packaging of this set and the lack of features on disk, all of which is correct, but that aside, this collection is good value.

`Columbo' was of course the late Peter Falk's best known role and it gave him the opportunity to showcase his considerable talent. This collection of series 1 - 7 presents him from the very beginning of his most memorable role. In the first pilot `Prescription: Murder' he had not quite pinned the character, but by the second pilot `Ransom For A Dead Man', the Columbo we came to love is fully formed.

Among the extras is an episode of `Mrs Columbo' which began life in 1979 and starred Kate Mulgrew, who would later become Captain in Star Trek: Voyager, perhaps in an attempt to put a few light years between herself and the jaw-dropping awfulness of her role as Columbo's unfeasibly cheerful spouse.

This set probably represents the best of Falk's long-running series. Each episode is redolent with charm, laced with humour and embraces the viewer in a fictional world of well-heeled bad-guys, where the shrewdness and honesty of a decent cop put the world to rights.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great value but poor packaging!, 19 Feb. 2008
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Mr. D. Craigie "Daniel Craigie" (Berkshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Columbo: Seasons One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six & Seven [DVD] (DVD)
As mentioned in the other reviews, this box set is great value for money when compared with buying each series separately. But, unfortunately for the serious Columbo fan, its another case of you get what you pay for... The outside box gives a brief description of the show and an episode listing. But thats it!

When you delve inside, you find the disks grouped by series in black packaging with no labeling to identify each series. You have to open up the partitions and look at the actual disks to tell which series you are holding.
There is no booklet to accompany the box set or any pictures/artwork anywhere in the collection. What you have is 23 disks in a box (thats probably why its so cheap).

So to summarize my rant, you pay your money and get the disks. But if what you are looking for is an attractive collection with detailed graphics and the professional touch, you are better off paying more money and buy each series separately.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My wife? She's crazy about this box set., 3 April 2010
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This review is from: Columbo: Seasons One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six & Seven [DVD] (DVD)
Brilliant, simply brilliant.

One of the high points in TV anywhere in the world both in terms of production values, acting, writing, direction and good old fashioned brains.

Columbo would never be commissioned today: a (largely) morally ambiguous hyper-intelligent Detective pits his wits against (largely) morally ambiguous hyper-intelligent murderers and hardly a gun is fired (Columbo hates them) or a car chased (his car would never take going above 40.)

Subtle, slow moving, intelligent, witty. It's not only Columbo who enjoys 'the game.'

As to the box set: it's not fantastic packaging but it does the job and the disks are safe so what more could you ask?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Value, 6 Dec. 2007
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This review is from: Columbo: Seasons One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six & Seven [DVD] (DVD)
I do not own this set of Columbo episodes, but have rather bought each season individually as soon as they have come out. Each episode is a classic and I could talk for ages on the merits/pitfalls/plots of each episode, however - the main purpose of this review is the price (£44.98 Dec 07).

This set offers great value for money - I must have paid around 2-3 times the price purchasing all of these seasons separately!

As irritating as this is for the likes of myself, it is brilliant news for those of you that have yet to buy them - get it now for an absolute bargain!
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