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Columbo: The Complete First Season [DVD] (2005) Peter Falk; Roddy McDowall

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It's the landmark series that inspired an entire genre. Now, television's greatest detective, Columbo, comes to DVD for the first time in this deluxe collector's set. Starring Peter Falk in his 4-time Emmy-winning role as the cigar-chomping, trench coat-wearing police lieutenant, this 5-disc collection includes every fascinating episode from the series' first season. Also included are the two original Columbo movies: Prescription: Murder and Ransom for a Dead Man. Columbo's first season features legendary guest stars like Robert Culp, Ray Milland, Eddie Albert, Suzanne Pleshette, Don Ameche, Leslie Nielsen and Roddy McDowall. It's no mystery why Columbo: The Complete First Season is the DVD set crime fans have been waiting for! All 7 episodes from 1971-72 season plus the pilot and first TV movie: "Prescription: Murder" Air Date: 2/20/68 "Ransom for a Dead Man" Air Date: 3/1/71 "Murder by the Book" Air Date: 9/15/71 "Death Lends a Hand" Air Date: 10/6/71 "Dead Weight" Air Date: 10/27/71 "Suitable for Framing" Air Date: 11/17/71 "Lady in Waiting" Air Date: 12/15/71 "Short Fuse" Air Date: 1/19/72 "Blueprint for Murder" Air Date: 2/9/72

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Why is there no remastering of Columbo? July 16 2004
By A Customer
Universal has done the same thing to Columbo that they did to The Night Gallery series-no interviews,no documentaries and no remastering of the print. This is not good enough.
If other studios can remaster everything from Star Trek to such average fare as Wonder Woman and The Dukes Of Hazzard,then Universal should have remastered the classic Columbo dramas and given us a new print of the series.
It would be so nice to have an interview with Peter Falk and have him tell us about his movie career and his 30 year association with Columbo,which is one of the longest acting experiences in media history. Peter filmed his first Columbo in 1972 and his latest in 2003. Quite an effort and it would have been great to hear some stories,but fans get nothing.
It would also be nice to see an interview with actor Patrick McGoogan and to hear how he got involved with acting and then writing,directing and producing some Columbo tele-movies,but again fans get left with nothing.
Altough the print of Columbo will be an acceptable standard comparable with video tapes,with such new technology as plasma and high definition television,viewers deserve better these days.
Other studios recognise this and Universal needs to wake up and join the new century. Perhaps when Vol 2 gets released,they might recognise this and give us a remastered set with some interviews.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There IS Just One More Thing... June 29 2004
Peter Falk's Columbo ranks as one of the greatest TV detective characters ever created. His ability to capture the kirky Los Angeles Lieutenant has captivated decades of viewers and is sure to also capture younger fans with this long-awaited DVD release.
Created by Richard Levinson and William Link, the series debuted in 1971 with "Murder by the Book," which was actually the third appearance of Falk's Columbo (there had been two previous two-hour NBC World Premiere Movies prior to the series launch.) Interestingly, "Murder by the Book" was directed by a then unknown talent: Steven Spielberg.
Columbo was unique in so many ways, the first was that the viewer learned the killer's identity in the first few minutes of every episode. Up until then, detective shows and mysteries had tried to keep the audience guessing "Who Done It?" until the very final scene. Levinson and Link turned that formula upside down, letting viewers in on the intracacies of the crime from the killer's viewpoint, their motivation, and what they did to cover their tracks to avoid discovery.
Often, Columbo was not even introduced until 20 minutes or more into the episodes (which ran a network 90 minutes with commercials instead of the usual 60 minutes for dramas.)
However, as soon as the audience caught a glimpse of the short, rumpled, cigar-smoking detective with the tan rain coat, they knew that they were watching something really special. Columbo feigned a scatter-brained approach, but it was soon obvious to viewers and the episode's killer that beneath his step-and-fetch-it manner lay the cooly brilliant mind of a master detective. And, it was the cat-and-mouse interplay and dialog between Columbo and the criminal that was at the heart of this brilliant series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disc 3 April 12 2005
By A Customer
Columbo on DVD!!! Excellent quality!! However, I'm finding disc 3 does not play the second episode, I was given a replacement and the same thing ... disc 3 is defective.
Is anyone else having this problem?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Columbo is my Fave - but have a defective DVD Sept. 2 2005
I can't say enough about how thrilled I am to have Columbo on DVD! I want to mention though that I too, have a defective DVD: Disc 2 Side B. If the replacements are messed up too, how do we get the DVD we paid for? Can anyone help us out? I can't stand missing out on any episodes and having to go through the return policies online (it was a gift), plus mailing, is a real hassle - especially if there are no replacements?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars T.V.'s Most Famous Detective Finally on DVD June 4 2004
By Steve
It's great to see Lt. Columbo is finally going to make it on DVD! For those familiar with the cigar-smoking detective in the rumpled raincoat only through the specials produced in the 90s, the originial 1970s episodes show Columbo in his prime.
Most people are familiar with the Columbo formula: guest star plots murder; guest star kills victim (a series trademark - we know all along who the killer is); Columbo appears on scene; Columbo investigates - "Ahh, just one more thing, maam/sir"; just as it looks like guest star will get away with it, Columbo discovers piece of evidence that seals the case; Columbo nails guest star with evidence; guest star is led away to jail. A formula, yes, but a formula that worked incredibly well for over 40 episodes in its original run.
The first season contains two of my favorites: "Death Lends a Hand" - Robert Culp plays a private investigator who kills a client's wife, then is hired by the unknowing client to help Columbo with the investigation; and "Suitable for Framing" - an art critic murders his uncle in order to obtain two priceless paintings...this episode has one of the best endings in the series. For the possible exception of "Lady in Waiting", the other five episodes from the first season are also very strong.
And while details of the DVD haven't been released yet, I only hope this will also include the two rarely seen T.V. movies, "Prescription Murder" and "Ransom For a Dead Man", that introduced Lt. Columbo before it was decided to include the character in a rotation of Sunday night detective series on NBC.
These are a must for fans of detective dramas. Thanks, Universal, for finally releasing these!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Always loved Columbo, loved to watch him drive the suspects ...
Always loved Columbo, loved to watch him drive the suspects crazy while he figured out their motive and how to cach them.
Published 1 month ago by Joeen Melchiorre
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
He is a great detective that has just one more thing!
Published 2 months ago by James Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars acheiving Columboness
Boy, wait till my wife find out that I am writing a Columbo review! She is such a big fan! The first Columbo in this series, Prescription: Murder, with Gene Barry as a handsome,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Richard G. Schwindt
3.0 out of 5 stars First Season
I Rated 3 because the first set I ordered it was Season 4 which was excellent 5 STARS. My husband & I keep watching it over & over because we enjoy the storyline & the characters... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lena Tarakjian
5.0 out of 5 stars have no idea what you want here
this item was exactly as described, I have no idea what else to say about it, I was satisfied with it
Published 20 months ago by PATRICIA BEALL
1.0 out of 5 stars All discs defective
I just received the set: ALL DISCS ARE DEFECTIVE!!! I returned it and waiting for the replacement! I hope that the next one will work!
Published on Sept. 17 2012 by Denis
1.0 out of 5 stars Not happy, never got this :(
This is the first time ive ordered something online and got it sent to a different address. My sister and brother inlaw in calgary, to find out last week they never received it. Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2012 by Eliseinsj
1.0 out of 5 stars Same problem
All four of my discs freeze in the middle of the first episode. The 2nd episode on each disc doesn't play at all.
Published on July 26 2011 by Nya
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad DVDs
Disc three freezes and watching two episodes is partially possible. Disc four has also the same problem but less than disc three.
Published on June 17 2011 by A customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Columbo, good show, bad DVD's
Columbo is a great show and would have been a wonderful watch if the DVD's wouldn't have been duds. There were issues with skipping and garbling (for lack of a better word, if... Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2011 by Patio
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