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Columbo: The Complete Fifth Season

Peter Falk , Ricardo Montalban , Harvey Hart , Patrick McGoohan    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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Peter Falk took home back-to-back Emmy Awards for his portrayal of the indefatigable Lt. Columbo during the show’s fifth season in 1975-76, and the series itself earned two Emmy nominations, which should give an indication of the quality of the episodes contained in this double-disc set. Although the fifth season only featured six episodes, the quality of writing and acting talent is impressive, to say the least: Janet Leigh, John Payne, Sam Jaffe, and Maurice Evans star in the season opener, "Forgotten Lady," about a faded movie queen who may have murdered her elderly husband to finance a comeback; Patrick McGoohan, who won an Emmy for his performance in the fourth-season episode "By Dawn’s Early Light," returns to direct "Identity Crisis", which pits Columbo against a deceptive secret agent (McGoohan, who makes slyly overt references to his Prisoner character throughout the episode), and "Last Salute to the Commodore," with John Dehner and Robert Vaughn as relatives whose disagreement over the fate of a shipping line turns deadly; and then-newcomers Steven Bocho and Steven Spielberg write and direct, respectively, "Murder by the Book," with Jack Cassidy returning for his fourth Columbo turn as a devious PR agent. As far as TV mysteries go, few have been as clever, well acted, and intricately plotted as Columbo, and home detectives should find plenty of sleuthing material to enjoy here. Unfortunately, as with all previous Columbo boxes, the supplemental material is limited; the "Caviar with Everything" episode of the Mrs. Columbo series with Kate Mulgrew is this set’s sole extra. --Paul Gaita

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Peter Falk dons his famous trenchcoat again as he returns in his 4-time Emmy award-winning role as everyone’s favorite Police Lieutenant in Columbo The Complete Fifth Season! Join Columbo in this three-disc set as he asks all the right questions in some of the most deceptive and deadly cases. The fascinating fifth season also features such brilliant guest stars as Janet Leigh, Sal Mineo, Robert Vaughn, Ricardo Montalban, Hector Elizondo, Robert Loggia, Patrick McGoohan, and more. The landmark crime series returns, and no murderer can hide for long with Columbo on the beat!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Columbo Season 5 Aug. 1 2006
By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWER
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The shambling, low-key cop just keeps getting better and better. Much to my suprise I hadn't seen any of the movies in this set. Columbo still ends his interrogation with ... "one move question" and doggedly follows the killer finally cathing him in the end as we all knew he would. Each disc contains only one movie. This should answer the complaints of some of those who bought season three. The only difference is a smaller plastic box which in my book is an improvement because it takes up less room. The direction is tight. And Peter Falk is at his best in his rumpled raincoat. The story with Ricardo Montalban (a talented actor)is a different kind of story showing the cultural differences related to bull-fighting in Mexico. While still following Columbo's style, he now has a Mexican cop as a side-kick. Janet Leigh, (a fine actress who became famous in Psycho)and Robert Vaughn (formerly the star of the Man from Uncle where he learned his television craft) are fine advisaries. Sal Mineo as a supporting actor is a suprise. He's seldom seen anymore and is an under-rated actor.

This set has a Mrs. Columbo episode promoting the spin-off. Skip it.

If your a Columbo fan this one will top off your collection. I found it to be better than some of the previous seasons if that's possible. I suspect Peter Falk has prefected his role without getting bored. He's terrific in this season and Amazon is the cheapest game in town this time.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best TV detective of all time March 19 2006
There have been many complaints (see amazon.com) about the Columbo series from various fans. Some have complained about the "two-sided" discs in Season three. I suspect that some of the problems with "skips" on these discs have to do with the DVD player's in use. I have had no problem with any of them. Others have complained about having no "extra's" on the discs.
Lighten up, guys and gals. COLUMBO IS FINALLY ON DVD!!! It is a Columbo fan's dream come true. I LOVE them all! Courts in the U.S. have declared it is prefectly legal to make "backup" copies strictly for personal use. Anyone with concerns about the double-sided discs should do so.
I have just viewed the DELIGHTFUL season FOUR, and I anxiously await season FIVE on June 27. I have all 69 of the Columbo episodes on VHS tape from TV, but what a pleasure to have them on DVD. And, of course, since VCR's did not exist for the general public when the original 45 shows aired, most of the shows were done on a re-run basis with footage cut for extra commercials. WHAT A PURE PLEASURE to see scenes not viewed since the shows were originally aired!
I heartily recommend Seasons 1 to 4 for the true Columbo fan. GET 'EM!! ENJOY then for what they are! Classic TV in every sense of the word!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And Columbo's first name is...! Oct. 12 2006
By Ron
A terrific set of episodes in Season 5. My only complaint is that the air dates and episode descriptions are missing. We're not getting any commentary or behind the scenes material, so would it be too much to ask for what was included in earlier sets? The real bonus is the discovery of Columbo's first name! In "A Matter of Honor", Columbo must give a Mexican police officer his I.D. following a car accident. If you zoom in you can clearly see his signature: "Frank Columbo".
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5.0 out of 5 stars columbo the compete 5th season March 13 2014
By janette
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So enjoy something so simple yet entertaintaining.Watching it with my dad when I was a little girl. Brought back the fun/good memories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Columbo continues to entertain April 24 2013
By Fsjndad
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Is there anything better than seeing the crime and then watching how Columbo figures it out? They don't write 'em like this any more!
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