Columbo: Mystery Movie Collection 1994-2003
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Four-time Primetime Emmy® winner Peter Falk returns as Lieutenant Columbo of the Los Angeles Police Department in seven mystery-packed TV movies that aired between 1994-2003, including Falk’s last ever appearance as TV’s greatest detective! Follow the always rumpled, eternally bumbling and constantly underestimated investigative genius as he takes on some of the most cunning criminals in his career with trademark wit, charm, persistence and ever-present cigar. Featuring an all-star roster including Rue McClanahan (The Golden Girls), George Wendt (Cheers), William Shatner (Star Trek, Boston Legal), Tyne Daly (Cagney & Lacey, Judging Amy) and more, this 3-disc set will keep every devoted mystery fan entertained over and over again.
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"Columbo" is a murder mystery television series, starring Peter Falk (1927 to 2011) as Lieutenant Columbo, a homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department.
This series popularized the inverted detective story format or "HowdHeCatchem" format where in almost every episode began by showing the commission of a murder by a killer. There is no "WhoDunIt" element.
The plot mainly revolves around the killer or killers, whose identity is already known to the audience, and how he, she, or they will be caught and exposed.
Columbo is a friendly, verbose, dishevelled-looking detective (his trademark attire is a rumpled raincoat over a suit and tie) of Italian decent who is consistently underestimated by his suspects. He has increasingly irritating, pestering behaviour with those he thinks committed the crime. Columbo has certain unforgettable catchphrases (one which titles this review).
The episodes were broadcast from (1968 to 1978) and from (1989 to 2003). There were 69 episodes (45 + 24) in total.
This collection contains the seven episodes that were televised in the years (1994 to 2003). They are presented in chronological sequence. The titles of these episodes and my brief impression of them are given below:
(1) Butterfly in shades of grey: 1 hr, 32 min; Guest star: William Shatner; Filmed in 1993; Excellent
(2) Undercover: 1 hr, 33 min; Guest stars: Ed Begley, Jr.Read more ›
Not as good as classic early vintage Columbo, these 6 movies feature a gray and ageing Peter Falk reprising his classic role as the bumbling-but-brilliant cop. Lovably rumpled, still driving his classic clunker and living out predicable plots.
If you're new to Columbo, this collection gives you a fair taste of this poor man's pre-Monk detective. For seasoned veteran fans carving a dose of good old dependable entertainment, this may hit the spot.
With neat plot twists and fun guest stars like William Shatner, George Wendt, Tyne Daly, this is a fairly good entertainment investment for the money. TV mystery-movie nostalgia to be enjoyed on a rainy lazy day. Or if you're home sick with the flu.
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Columbo's last few shows had matured, sharp plots, less silly humour, but they same great guest and supporting casts. This is just fun, an actor playing a roll he had made is own.Published 1 month ago by Ted C. Jimmo
I love Columbo and was glad to get the last movies. Love love love Peter Falk!! May he rest in peace.Published 10 months ago by Greengoop