Columbo: Series 2 [DVD]
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Complete second series of the popular 1970s American detective drama, following the investigations of the deceptively disheveled cop Lt. Columbo (Peter Falk), who always asks 'just one more thing' before getting his man. In 'Etude in Black', John Cassavetes guest stars as a conductor who is about to be exposed by his mistress for all his extra-marital affairs. In 'The Greenhouse Jungle', a horticulturist comes up with a phoney kidnapping scheme to get his hands on his nephew's trust fund, but when his nephew turns up dead, the case becomes a murder investigation. In 'The Most Crucial Game', the owner of a professional football team turns up dead, and Columbo has to track down his killer. In 'Dagger of the Mind', Columbo travels to London to study different policing methods, and gets involved in a blackmail and murder case based around a theatre production of Macbeth. Honor Blackman guest stars. In 'Requiem For a Falling Star', Columbo investigates a fading movie star who attempts to kill her cheating husband, but ends up killing her assistant instead. 'A Stitch in Crime' sees Columbo investigating a ruthless doctor (played by Leonard Nimoy) who murders a colleague who was standing in the way of his medical research. In 'The Most Dangerous Match', a chess grandmaster survives an attempted murder on the eve of an important match. Finally, in 'Double Shock', Martin Landau stars in two roles as the ruthless twin nephews of a recently-murdered wealthy businessman. Columbo investigates and tries to determine which twin was responsible for the crime. Also stars Julie Newmar.
Armchair sleuths, get out your trenchcoats: Universal has released the sophomore season (1972-73) of the classic detective series Columbo, starring Peter Falk as the sage but rumpled police lieutenant. As with the first season, there's plenty of star power in front of and behind the camera to abet Falk in these eight 90- and 120-minute episodes: John Cassavetes stars in the season premiere, Etude in Black, as a philandering symphony conductor, with Blythe Danner and Hollywood legend Myrna Loy in support; Oscar winner Ray Milland is a scheming orchid grower in "The Greenhouse Jungle," co-starring Bradford Dillman and William Smith; Robert Culp and Dean Stockwell are a football team manager and owner, respectively, whose disagreements blossom into murder in "The Most Crucial Game"; and Jeanette Nolan offers stellar comic relief in "Double Shock," which features Martin Landau as identical twins--one of whom has murdered their uncle. Performances by Richard Basehart, Laurence Harvey, Leonard Nimoy, Anne Francis, Anne Baxter, and Mel Ferrer also highlight the season; direction by small-screen stalwarts like Boris Sagal, Jeremy Paul Kagan, and Nicholas Colasanto ("Coach" on Cheers) and scripts by Stephen Bochco also bring quality and style to the proceedings. Sadly, no extras are available in this five-disc set, but the stellar image and sound quality (and lack of commercials) should appeal to series fans and newcomers alike. --Paul Gaita
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The DVDs are presented in a nice case protected by a sturdy cardboard box, There is a list of episodes with a short summary of each which will help jog your memory if you're looking for a particular one without remembering the title. English subtitles for the hard of hearing are available, as are subtitles in the Scandinavian languages (Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish). Product purchased and reviewed: Columbo: Series 2 [DVD]
What I would like to mention is just how good an actor Peter Falk was. A lot of people think that Columbo was Peter Falk and visa versa. Well thats not the case. Falk invented Columbo, and all the mannerisms and little ticks and traits were created by him or the writers, and its his acting talent that carries it off. I recently watched Murder by Death, which Peter Falk starred in, and he effortlessly does a wonderful Bogart/Sam Spade type parody, and in amongst an all star cast (Sellers/Niven/Guiness etc) does more than match them.
So after you've bought this set, which has many terrific episodes, and guest stars; and you start watching Columbo; remember its not just Peter Falk being Peter Falk, its Peter Falk being a great actor.
Having the collection is a reward in itself, because you can always go back on a rainy day and enjoy a thing from the past, knowing the mysteries will always unfold.
part now & the script writers are even better. I particularly like most of the columbo stories as the lack of really violent crime scenes
make the watching of murder on tv a lot easier to sit through. So if you like a good story & not too much violence columbo is the
man to watch.
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