Columbo - The Complete First Season
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The entire first series of investigations 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. In 'Murder by the Book', the talents of a bestselling writing duo are jeopardised when one tries to murder the other. In 'Death Lends a Hand', a top businessman hires a private detective to ascertain whether or not his wife is having an affair... but his plan backfires. In 'Dead Weight', a celebrated war hero becomes a murder suspect. 'Suitable for Framing' sees a multimillionaire art dealer cutting his art critic nephew out of his will - with deadly consequences. In 'Lady in Waiting', the younger sister of a rich corporation chairman loses her patience with him when he refuses to let her marry the man she loves. 'Short Fuse' sees a brilliant scientist plotting to murder his wayward uncle. Finally, in 'Blueprint for Murder', an architect hustles the wife of a rich Texan tycoon into funding an ambitious new multi-million dollar office complex - but when her husband returns, he is none too impressed...
TV detective fans rejoice: Peter Falk's rumpled and infallible Lt. Columbo joins the DVD precinct with a five-disc set that features the detective's first nine appearances for NBC. Though Falk as Columbo (no first name) made his TV debut in 1967, the detective had actually first appeared on an episode of the 1960-61 Chevy Mystery Show (Bert Freed played the role) written by veteran TV scribes Richard Levinson and William Link (The Fugitive, Alfred Hitchcock Presents). The pair turned the episode into a stage play titled Prescription: Murder, which was adapted into a TV movie in 1967 with Falk in the lead. NBC greenlit a two-hour Columbo pilot (Ransom for a Dead Man) in 1971, and the series was launched that fall as part of the NBC Sunday Mystery Movie, a rotating 90-minute program that alternated Columbo with episodes of MacMillan and Wife and McCloud (another Levinson/Link creation). Viewers were quickly won over by Falk's shrewd performance as he matched wits with a host of exceptional guest stars (including Gene Barry, Patrick McGoohan, and others), all of whom assumed that the disheveled detective would never figure out their "perfect crimes"; the popularity and quality of the original series allows Falk to continue to don the trenchcoat some 30 years later for occasional Columbo TV movies.
All seven 90-minute episodes of the 1971-72 debut season are included here, along with Prescription: Murder and Ransom for a Dead Man; unfortunately, as the lieutenant himself would say, "Oh, just one more thing"--no extras are included in the set, but having these fine TV mysteries in one set should be reward enough for armchair sleuths. --Paul GaitaSee all Product description
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If you like watching Columbo you will enjoy this boxset.
Pilot - Prescription: Murder
Pilot - Ransom For A Dead Man
Murder By The Book (Directed by Steven Spielberg)
Death Lends A Hand
Suitable For Framing
Lady In Waiting
Blueprint For Murder
Original Pilot TV-Movies
Original Mystery Movie Opening Title Sequence
Columbo - Season 1 (3xblu-ray)
stunning picture and sound quality the 3 blu ray disc set includes
both pilots prescription murder and ransom for a dead man.
screen aspect 4.3
great to see columbo in blu in blu ray one of the world s greatest TVs detectives of all time
Columbo first hit our screens in 1968 (gulp, that long?) in the pilot episode "Prescription murder". We didn't meet him again until 1971 in a second pilot called "Ransom for a dead man" this paved the way for the seven episode first season.
Columbo was a totally different take on the murder/detective story. In Columbo we knew from the start who the murderer/s were, how they did it and how very clever they were in commiting the perfect murder. Now we watched as Columbo had to figure it all out for himself. His methods were brilliant, a modern day Sherlock Holmes disguised as a short, scruffy guy who could act stupid. . .when he needed to. Talk about lulling someone into a false sense of security! Columbo was the master.
What I liked about a Columbo was that it was a slow burner. No fast paced guns and car chases here, psychological mind games between Columbo and assailants, combined with proper detective work were all he needed to get his man and sometimes woman.
On the discs are the two pilots as previously mentioned and all seven further episodes. . .
Murder by the book-
Directed by non other than Steven Spielberg is the case of a mystery writer who believes he has committed the perfect crime.
Death lends a hand-
Guest starring Ray Milland and Robert Culp about the murder of an unfaithful wife.
Starring Eddie Albert and Suzanne Pleshette. With no body or murder weapon to go on, Columbo has his work cut out here!
Suitable for framing-
Starring Don Ameche. Upon his uncle's death an art critic thinks he's in for a big payout. . .until he hears what the will says!
Lady in waiting-
Written by Steven Bochco later to be writer of NYPD Blue and LA Law. Also starring Leslie Nielsen where two siblings battle to take control of a family business.
Starring Roddy MacDowell. A company lawyer is Columbos prey when his boss is murdered.
Last but not least. . .
Blue print for murder-
This is the episode where Columbo is looking for a body on or within a building site.
One of the memorable things about Columbo as well as that we never ever find his first name out were the special guest stars as mentioned above. It was like you'd made it if you were asked to appear.
I would say (as a fan) there are no weak episodes here. Each one as good as the other in their own way. There are no extras in this set but the set is strong enough nevertheless.
Well worth the price. I usually hate saying this but, they don't make em like this any more. Brilliant!
Peter Faulk is so very good as Columbo, there's really been no other detective quite like him. His bumbling, apologetic façade masks a very thorough policeman who stops at nothing to catch the killer. His mannerisms are so perfect that watching the murderer fall into his trap is what makes Columbo such entertaining viewing.
The first season has some really gripping episodes and also features two pilot episodes as bonuses that are just brilliant. For an evening's entertainment you can't go wrong with a bit of Columbo!
My particular favourite episode is contained within this series, and is the first episode of the first series; Murder By The Book.
There are no extras on these DVD sets, but the picture and sound quality are vary good.
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