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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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5.0 out of 5 stars There IS Just One More Thing... June 29 2004
Format:DVD
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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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
Format:DVD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars acheiving Columboness June 10 2014
Format:DVD
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, murderous, adulterous and suave psychiatrist (typecast) is atypical but it introduces us to a young Peter Falk; as a police lieutenant who will never again rise in rank. He is not really himself in this one but by the second episode arrives with Lee Grant as a plotting lawyer we are seeing the man we will grow to love. My particular favorite in this series, "Murder by the Book" stars Falk favorite, the smug and grinning, Jack Cassidy. These films did not originate from books but consistently written and satisfying teleplays. Falk, last choice for the role, came to personify one of the best of American characters; humble, persistant, warm, gentle (he hates guns) and Italian (played by a Jewish actor). They are moral in the way all good classic mysteries are without ever being preachy. They are calming; if I need to settle into a quiet and ordered world Columbo is my go to guy. Best over a bowl of Chili in front of the tv with the wife.
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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
Format:DVD
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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3.0 out of 5 stars First Season March 17 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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 (Robert Conrad & Dick Van Dyke)
Anything I watched after season 4, I didn't like the others as much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars have no idea what you want here Jan. 20 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
this item was exactly as described, I have no idea what else to say about it, I was satisfied with it
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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
Format:DVD
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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