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4.0 out of 5 stars Complete but . . .., 21 Nov 2009
This review is from: Columbo: Complete Series [DVD] (DVD)
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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Initial post: 24 Nov 2009 00:47:46 GMT
JCB says:
On behalf of Columbo-fans worldwide, including myself continuously since the early 1970s, thanks for your extensive product-review above, A A., but does that collection include the 5-episode apiece Columbo Mystery Movie collections from 1989 & 1990?

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Nov 2009 20:04:19 GMT
A. A. Jones says:

Eps Number Title--Original Air Date--Season-------BOX No--Box Label--------DVD

3 Murder by the Book----------15/09/71--(Season 1)---1---Season 1 DISC 1 (DVD1)
4 Death Lends a Hand----------06/10/71--(Season 1)---1---Season 1 DISC 1
5 Dead Weight-------------------27/10/71--(Season 1)---1---Season 1 DISC 2 (DVD2)
6 Suitable for Framing----------17/11/71--(Season 1)---1---Season 1 DISC 2

7 Lady in Waiting----------------15/12/71--(Season 1)---2---Season 1 DISC 3 (DVD3)
8 Short Fuse----------------------19/01/72--(Season 1)---2---Season 1 DISC 3
9 Blueprint for Murder-----------09/02/72--(Season 1)---2---Season 1 DISC 4 (DVD4)

1 Prescription: Murder-----------20/02/68--(--PILOT---)---3---Season 1 DISC 5 (DVD5)
2 Ransom for a Dead Man-------01/03/70--(--PILOT---)---3---Season 1 DISC 6 (DVD6)

10 Etude in Black------------------17/09/72--(Season 2)---4---Season 2 DISC 1 (DVD7)
11 The Greenhouse Jungle-------15/10/72--(Season 2)---4---Season 2 DISC 1
12 The Most Crucial Game--------05/11/72--(Season 2)---4---Season 2 DISC 2 (DVD8)
13 Dagger of the Mind--------------6/11/72--(Season 2)---4---Season 2 DISC 2

14 Requim for a Fallen Star------21/01/73--(Season 2)---5---Season 2 DISC 3 (DVD9)
15 A Stitch in Crime--------------11/02/73--(Season 2)---5---Season 2 DISC 3
16 The Most Dangerous Match--04/03/73--(Season 2)---5---Season 2 DISC 4 (DVD10)
17 Double shock-------------------25/03/73--(Season 2)---5---Season 2 DISC 4

18 Lovely but Lethal---------------23/09/73--(Season 3)---6---Season 3 DISC 1 (DVD11)
19 Any Old Port in a Storm-------07/10/73--(Season 3)---6---Season 3 DISC 1
20 Candidate for Crime------------04/11/73--(Season 3)---6---Season 3 DISC 2 (DVD12)
21 Double Exposure----------------16/12/73--(Season 3)---6---Season 3 DISC 2

22 Publish or Perish----------------18/01/74--(Season 3)---7---Season 3 DISC 3 (DVD13)
23 Mind over Mayhem--------------18/02/74--(Season 3)---7---Season 3 DISC 3
24 Swan Song-----------------------03/03/74--(Season 3)---7---Season 3 DISC 4 (DVD14)
25 A Friend in Deed----------------05/05/74--(Season 3)---7---Season 3 DISC 4

26 An Exercise in Fatality----------15/09/74--(Season 4)---8---Season 4 DISC 1 (DVD15)
27 Negative Reaction---------------15/10/74--(Season 4)---8---Season 4 DISC 1
28 By Dawn's Early Light-----------27/10/74--(Season 4)---8---Season 4 DISC 2 (DVD16)
29 Troubled Waters-----------------09/02/75--(Season 4)---8---Season 4 DISC 2

30 Playback---------------------------02/03/75-(Season 4)---9---Season 4 DISC 3 (DVD17)
31 A Deadly State of Mind----------27/04/75-(Season 4----9---Season 4 DISC 3
----A Riddle for Puppets-------------15/03/79-----------------9---Season 4 DISC 3 *MRS COLUMBO*
32 Forgotten Lady-------------------14/09/75-(Season 5)----9---Season 5 DISC 1 (DVD18)
33 A Case of Immunity--------------12/10/75-(Season 5)---9---Season 5 DISC 1

34 Identity Crisis--------------------02/11/75--(Season 5)---10---Season 5 DISC 2 (DVD19)
35 A Matter of Honor---------------01/02/76--(Season 5)---10---Season 5 DISC 2
36 Now You See Him---------------29/02/76--(Season 5)---10---Season 5 DISC 3 (DVD20)
37 Last Salute to the Commodore-02/03/76--(Season 5)---10---Season 5 DISC 3
----Caviar with Everything----------15/03/79 -----------------10---Season 5 DISC 3 *MRS COLUMBO*

38 Fade in to Murder----------------10/10/76--(Season 6)---11---Season 6 & 7 DISC 1 (DVD21)
39 Old-fashioned Murder-----------28/11/76--(Season 6)---11---Season 6 & 7 DISC 1
40 Bye bye Sky Hi-IQ Murder------22/05/77--(Season 6)---11---Season 6 & 7 DISC 1
41 Try and Catch Me----------------21/11/77--(Season 7)---11---Season 6 & 7 DISC 2 (DVD22)
44 How to Dial a Murder------------15/04/78--(Season 7)---11---Season 6 & 7 DISC 2
42 Murder under Glass--------------03/01/78--(Season 7)---11---Season 6 & 7 DISC 2

45 The Conspirators-----------------13/05/78--(Season 7)---12---Season 6 & 7 DISC 3 (DVD23)
43 Make Me a Perfect Murder-------28/02/78--(Season 7)---12---Season 6 & 7 DISC 3
46 Columbo Goes to the Guillotine-06/02/89--(Season 8)---12---Season 8 DISC 1 (DVD24)
47 Murder, Smoke and Shadows---27/02/89--(Season 8)---12---Season 8 DISC 1

48 Sex and the Married Detective---03/04/89--(Season 8)---13---Season 8 DISC 2 (DVD25)
49 Grand Deception------------------01/05/89--(Season 8)---13---Season 8 DISC 2
50 Murder, a Self Portrait------------25/11/89--(Season 9)---13---Season 9 DISC 1 (DVD26)
51 Columbo Cries Wolf---------------20/01/90--(Season 9)---13---Season 9 DISC 1

52 Agenda for Murder----------------10/02/90--(Season 9)---14---Season 9 DISC 2 (DVD27)
53 Rest in Peace, Mrs Columbo------31/03/90--(Season 9)---14---Season 9 DISC 2
54 Uneasy Lies the Crown------------28/04/90--(Season 9)---14---Season 9 DISC 3 (DVD28)
55 Murder in Malibu-------------------14/05/90--(Season 9)---14---Season 9 DISC 3

56 Columbo Goes to College---------09/12/90--(Season 10)--15---Season 10.1 DISC 1 (DVD29)
57 Caution Murder Haz to Health----20/02/91--(Season 10)--15---Season 10.1 DISC 1
58 Columbo Murder of a Rock Star--29/04/91--(Season 10---15---Season 10.1 DISC 2 (DVD30)
59 Death Hits the Jackpot-------------15/12/91--(Season 11)--15---Season 10.1 DISC 2

60 No Time to Die----------------------15/03/92--(Season 11)-16---Season 10.1 DISC 3 (DVD31)
61 A Bird in the Hand------------------22/11/92--(Season 11)-16---Season 10.1 DISC 3
62 It's All in the Game-----------------31/10/93--(Special 1)---16---Season 10.1 DISC 4 (DVD32)
63 Butterfly in Shades of Grey--------10/01/94--(Special 2)---16---Season 10.1 DISC 4

64 Undercover--------------------------02/05/94--(Special 3)---17---Season 10.2 DISC 1 (DVD33)
65 Strange Bedfellows-----------------08/05/95--(Special 4)---17---Season 10.2 DISC 1
66 A Trace of Murder------------------15/05/97--(Special 5)---17---Season 10.2 DISC 2 (DVD34)
67 Ashes to Ashes---------------------08/10/98--(Special 6)---17---Season 10.2 DISC 2

68 Murder with Too Many Notes-----12/03/01--(Special 7)---18---Season 10.2 DISC 3 (DVD35)
69 Columbo Likes the Nightlife-------30/01/03--(Special 8)---18---Season 10.3 DISC 3

Season 1 Languages English, Subtitles, English, Scene Selection
Season 2 Languages and Subtitles: English, Fr, Ita, Castellano, Deutsch, Dansk, NL, Suomi, Norsk, Svenska
Season 3 Languages English, Subtitles, None,
Season 4 Languages English, Subtitles, English,
Season 5 Languages English, Subtitles, Svenska Dansk, Norsk, Suomi
Season 6 - 10 Languages English, Subtitles, English,

Posted on 11 Mar 2010 13:21:33 GMT
Groover says:
AA, Many thanks for this superb review.
As a collector, I always want information on the quality of packaging and presentation of discs and menus etc. and picture/ sound quality etc, as well as a review of the shows. Your smart review told me all I need to know and gave me info that seems to be unavailable anywhere else.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Apr 2010 13:09:30 BDT
Gary Hilton says:
Again, just wanted to add my voice to these others complimenting your review! It is good to see details about packaging, disc order, artwork etc because let's face it- anyone reading this review is surely familiar with "Columbo" himself!!
(I find it odd that just 1 person finds this review "unhelpful"??)

In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2010 20:42:34 BDT
SIR01 says:
As a customer from Germany I would like to know if there are English subtitles. Does anybody know and could answer me. Thank you for your help. For German ears it is sometimes difficult to identify the words without the help of subtitles.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 May 2010 20:28:32 BDT
A. A. Jones says:
All have English subtitles except the eight episodes in Season 2. See my previous comment above for details

In reply to an earlier post on 31 May 2010 21:26:28 BDT
SIR01 says:
Thank you very much for your additional detailed information concerning the subtitles. This is very helpful. I overlooked the subtitle information following your long list of full contents above.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Aug 2010 15:07:58 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Aug 2010 15:10:28 BDT
Thanks for your helpful review. I wonder why certain episodes in series like 'Columbo' and 'Murder, She Wrote' are subtitled while others are not (the latter - Series 1-5 - is disappointing in this respect, only Series 1 being subtitled). Any particular reason for this odd inconsistency?

Posted on 13 Nov 2010 13:50:11 GMT
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Posted on 11 Dec 2010 09:24:53 GMT
Last edited by the author on 12 Dec 2010 14:55:09 GMT
I'm enjoying the series immensely (I've almost reached the end of Series 10).

PS Why do the subtitles of 'Etude in Black' give Beethoven's 6th as Mozart's 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik', and why does Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto (played as a chamber piece at a party) start with the last movement and end with the first movement at the beginning of 'It's All in the Game'?
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