Columbo: Complete Series [DVD]
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This is the detective series that inspired them all. Legendary actor Peter Falk stars in his 4-time Emmy® Award winning role, as the ruffled, cigar-chomping, trenchcoat-wearing police lieutenant who is asking all the right questions, in Columbo - The Complete Series. This 35 disc box set features every episode of the series and also includes 2 bonus episodes with Mrs. Columbo and 2 series pilots.
Note: This box set is heavier than usual, weighing approximately 2.12KG.
From the Back Cover
The Language and sub-titles vary, from series to series:
Season's 1 3 4 6 7 8 9 10 11:
Subtitles: English SDH
Language: English French German Italian Spanish
Subtitles: English SDH Italian Spanish German Dutch Danish Finnish Norwegian Swedish
Subtitles: English SDH, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
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The outer "cigar box" looks great although the tight lid may burst at the corners as mine did. However, upon opening it is a little disappointing that the exact same design has been used for every single DVD case, and on every DVD disc. Given the length of time Peter Falk played Columbo it would have been nice to have a large range of covers from different publicity shots or scenes. Possibly even the use of special guests to differentiate between seasons would have been nice.
Like Columbo himself, this is a very pragmatic display. Simple but as long as the DVDs play little else matters. The information booklet is quite interesting with some amusing anecdotes about production, Columbo and Peter Falk printed in the margins.
The DVD menus are very simple. Although I'm only up to season 3 at present, I notice they have gotten a little more adventurous per season, not always adopting the same look. The visual quality and sound are very good given the age of some of these episodes. Not sure if there has been any form of remastering or clean-up prior to going on DVD, but they look very clean for 70s recordings.
Overall a great set for any Columbo fan, or Peter Falk admirer. He certainly made a great character for us to enjoy. Even if 90% of the episodes follow the same methods, he never fails to provide amusement and an entertaining style of investigation.
RIP Peter. x
R.I.P Peter Falk- you will be greatly missed x
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] 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.
Writing it down, the idea seems a little weak to have lasted thirty years, but it actually works very well; by keeping the seasons very short and the stories a little longer (each episode generally runs to around 75 minutes) you get an entertaining mini-movie that doesnt need to rush to a conclusion. The real satisfaction is seeing the 'underdog detective' outwit the generally over-confident culprit(s). The format is tinkered with occasionally, but the creativity of the denouement generally remains.
The final treat is the sheer number of famous faces that have graced the series, mostly best known from TV and films from the sixties to the eighties. I won't spoil them for you, but keep your eyes open for some unexpected names!
My only disappointment, which loses this one star, is that virtually no effort has been put into the release of this classic series. There are no extras to speak of (barring the odd Mrs Columbo episode!), which, given the cast and crew roster, is unforgivable. The fact that the first regular episode is directed by a then-unknown Steven Spielberg should at least have garnered SOMETHING, but no.
Quality-wise, the mastering is good, if unspectacular, with every episode generally looking as you would expect, given the age of some of them. As the whole thing was done on film, it isn't actually a bad transfer, just unimpressive.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The dvd is very poor quality. Dim picture. Sound too low. Could not get it to ff . My dvd player is fine. I wish i'd returned it when received. Read morePublished 6 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Had been watching Columbo on Channel 5 at the weekend all of which were ruined by commercials every 10 minutes or so. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
very good value for money.I bought this as a present for someone who is very happy with them [not my cuppatea though !]Published 15 days ago by alan barnes
Amazing as a gift, and has bonuses inside. It is exactly as it says and looks amaazing. Would definitely recommendPublished 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
I love columbo and was delighted to see the complete series for a very reasonable price. Very pleased with my purchase. One last thing...... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Karen
Got for my mum for her birthday and she loved it said the box was greatPublished 1 month ago by James C.
Oohh I feel sooo cozy looking at this complete set, fashioned like a cigar box. I could hear the rustling of Columbo's raincoat,the snuffles of his Bassett hound, the crunching... Read morePublished 1 month ago by jegpad