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Columbo: Series 10 - Volume 2 [DVD]
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Volume two of the tenth series of the 1970s American detective drama 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: 'Undercover', 'Strange Bedfellows', 'A Trace of Murder', 'Ashes to Ashes', 'Murder With Too Many Notes' and 'Columbo Likes the NightLife'.
One of the most famous detectives to ever hit the television screen, Columbo (Peter Falk) has become an iconic character in popular culture. Forever clad in a raincoat and chomping a cigar, the dishevelled Columbo seems as scatterbrained as his appearance would suggest. However, even when it appears that his investigation is going nowhere, Columbo's keen mind is absorbing details and clues, until finally he reveals that he knows everything that's happened. Each episode opens with a murder, followed by Columbo's investigation, and finally his revelation of how he put the events together. Columbo became popular and famous for its clever dramatic structure and Peter Falk's winning portrayal of the detective. This release includes a selection of episodes from the tenth series of the show.
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It has to be said that some of these episodes don't follow the usual formula - notably 'Undercover' - but Peter Falk remains imperious as Columbo throughout. Since the pilot all those years ago he has worn the character like a second skin and is as convincing in these final episodes as then, too. Whilst he is as dogged as ever there is, quite possibly, a more liberal dash of humour and wit to these episodes. It is also good to see Patrick McGoohan taking a hand - as both actor and director - in a few episodes because he, perhaps as much as anyone, got what Columbo was about when it came to a battle of wits between the detective and his adversaries.
Finally, a word on the final episode,'Columbo Likes The Nightlife'. In terms of structure, plot and the character of Columbo it is a typical 'Columbo' story. However, as is perhaps fitting for the final episode, it is almost like a clash of two television cultures - the old and the new. Like that episode of 'The Simpsons' where Homer finds himself in the real, three dimensional world, in this episode you can't help but feel that, what with all the emphasis on dance club culture and perpetrators young enough to be his grandchildren, Columbo, with all his classic 20th Century TV series baggage, has inadvertently wandered into a somewhat alien 21st Century television dimension. Having said that, though, he still manages to bow out with aplomb.
Whatever, if you enjoy 'Columbo' and haven't got these TV movies then one thing is for sure - they will not disappoint you.
A good price,especially if you are just getting these to finish a collection.
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