Columbo: Season One [5 Discs] [DVD]

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (23 out of 23)

    Special Features


    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    After being "auditioned" in a pair of made-for-TV movies, Prescription Murder (1968) and Ransom for a Dead Man (1971), disheveled but diligent homicide detective Lt. Columbo (Peter Falk) graduates to his own TV series, telecast during its first season as on the rotating components of The NBC Mystery Movie. Driving a beat-up car, dressed in a tattered raincoat, chomping on an unlit cigar, and forever prattling away about seemingly inconsequential matters, Columbo at first always seems to be a step too slow to solve the murder at hand. And yet, as several suspects who think they have committed the "perfect crime" learn to their regret, Columbo is a lot more clever than he looks -- or behaves. Running anywhere from 90 to 120 minutes, the first season's worth of seven Columbo episodes are an impressive lot indeed. The first, "Murder by the Book," features Jack Cassidy as one-half of a popular writing team (not unlike Columbo creators Richard Levinson and William Link) who murders his partner after learning that the victim plans to break up the combination. (This episode was directed by a talented 24-year-old newcomer by the name of Steven Spielberg). In "Death Lends a Hand," private eye Robert Culp kills his client's wife only to be hired by that selfsame client to help Columbo in his investigation of the crime! "Dead Weight" stars Eddie Albert as a homicidal general who tries to woo and win the only witness (Suzanne Pleshette) to his crime. Ross Martin is seen as an art critic who kills to get his hands on a valuable collection in "Suitable for Framing". "Lady in Waiting" finds Columbo playing his usual cat-and-mouse game with a woman (Susan Clark) who tries to pass off the murder of her brother as an act of self-defense. Roddy McDowall's scheme to send Columbo off on the wrong track by planting false clues to the murder of his uncle is the plot device upon which "Short Fuse" hinges. And in "Blueprint for Murder," murderer Patrick O'Neal allows Columbo to dig up a safe in which he has not hidden his victim's body, believing that he will be safe to store the corpse in that selfsame safe once Columbo has left the scene; this last episode of the season was directed by series star Peter Falk.

    Cast & Crew


    • Peter Falk - Lt. Columbo
    • Ed McCready
    • Vito Scotti
    • Shera Danese
    • Bruce Kirby



    Customer rating

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic and Unique TV Series

      Posted
      JK5962

      When this series debuted on the NBC Mystery Movie, It was the best of the bunch compared to McCloud, McMellan & Wife and Banacek. You knew who committed the crime and watched Columbo put all the pieces together to find out - a unique twist and highly interesting plot. The Series proved you cannot get away with murder, a very real life situation which will catch up with you. Also, the series had some very fine actors guest starring as the murderer or individual who aids Colummbo in his quest to solve the crime. (Ray Miland to name one) I never get tired of watching these episodes over again because the writers did not need to imply excessive violence to keep your interest. Plus, I like the idea that Columbo always relied on his mind and not anything else to find out who the guilty person or party was. Definitely worth getting all the original series!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Can't go wrong with Peter Falk

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      Bryce
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      As the bumbling-appearing Lieuitenant Columbo does a masterful job of misleading his suspects into believing they are getting away with their crimes until he lowers the boom on them. His "Oh yes, one more thing ..." is done with his wide-eyed innocent look so that the questionee is rarely aware of the loaded question that follows. It is altogether entertaining without much of the violence and none of the foul language that seems prevalent in todays who-done-its.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent series.

      Posted
      Nixerry

      Although the Columbo series is old. It is quite refreshing to watch them over and over again. As compared with current television series', no extreme violence, no vulgar language or situations.. These are the way a movie or television series should be made. I feel the same about all the Columbo sets. I am currently ordering the 2nd season.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great 70's show

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      quillero
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      Now this is a beauty! Columbo gives you the bumbling detective who is actually very intelligent and you have the unique perspective of seeing the guilty party commiting the crime first. The rest of the movie's are Columbo getting to the bottom of it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Columbo rides again.

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      fire890
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      Love Columbo. Have the vhs versions but the dvds are terrific to look at. Happy with my purchase. My wife is a big fan of the show as well.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Debut of a "great detective"

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      LarryP

      Growing up as a teenager in the 70's; watching Columbo was a treat. we had only black & white tv. so when the series came out it was in color, what a treat.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      I always loved Colombo

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      SoSatisfied
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      Who doesn't!? Have you ever seen any detectives with this kind of outfit? Or drive that kind of car? Oh, you've got to love him!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic TV show

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      Winky
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      If you're too young to have seen Peter Falk play Detective Columbo on TV it's not too late. A truly unique character.

      I would recommend this to a friend


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