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Columbo: The Complete Series (2012)

Peter Falk  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (456 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Falk
  • Format: Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 34
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: October 16, 2012
  • Run Time: 5992 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (456 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008RJ6TTC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,804 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Legendary Peter Falk is a four-time Primetime Emmyr Award-winner for his iconic role as the beloved, trenchcoat-wearing Police Lieutenant Columbo. Columbo is the landmark series that inspired a genre. And now, for the first time ever, all 69 episodes from its seven seasons and all 24 television movies are together in this 34-disc anthology. Every criminal, every innocent victim (and some not-so-innocent ones), and every wily deduction are here in one definitive collection. Seemingly befuddled but always brilliant, the cigar-chomping detective will have you following the clues and asking "just one more thing" until the last case is cracked.

Note: This set contains 34 discs which are contained in 8 cases.

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207 of 210 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one. March 15, 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
And I bought it twice.

This is The Complete Columbo -- all 69 episodes, for roughly a buck twenty-five per, including tax. It's an amazing (Amazon?) deal on *the* signature police procedural of the 1970s. And given that a third of the episodes run from 1989 - 2003, well beyond that decade.

What I mean by buying it twice, is that I collected the individual DVD releases largely as they came out: I got the 1970s series for my wedding (yes, really) and then as new ones were sold, I bought them. Then, when the complete slipcased versions that are in this set released on my son's 20th birthday, I knew I'd be getting it to replace my aging versions. Now I have.

This set has every episode, including the original "Prescription: Murder" and the pilot "Ransom for a Dead Man." Then there are 43 episodes from the 1970 "regular" NBC series, and 24 of the later TV movies from ABC. You can get details from the usual sources -- some ran as 90 minutes with commercials, some were two hours -- and etc. etc. The only technical point: when the "first" or "old" DVDs came out, they ended up in 10 cases --

1. Season One
2. Season Two
3. Season Three
4. Season Four
5. Season Five
6. Seasons Six and Seven
7. 1989 TV Movies
8. 1990 TV Movies
9. 1991-1993 TV Movies
10. 1994-2003 TV Movies

-- with of course several discs in each DVD case.

But with the new release of the complete series, there are eight cases, achieved by grouping 7+8 and 9+10 of the "first" / "old" DVD cases. But the discs themselves, within the cases, are set-up the same. So you'll have eight DVD cases (six white from the 1970s, two black for the 1980s - 2000s) in one slipcase box.
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197 of 203 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing; Engrossing; Wonderful! December 1, 2012
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O-K, so the evidence would NEVER hold up in a real court; and real cops aren't as nice; intelligent; or as conscientious as Columbo - things that would normally turn me off of any other show....but Columbo is much more than any other show! Despite my opening criticisms, this is a show that one can become totally engrossed in. It keeps you engrossed from beginning to end- not with gimmicks, like action or gore, but with intrigue. Yes, I said intrigue- even though we know at the start who committed the crime; the intrigue enters when we try and fathom how Columbo will solve it! Truly a brilliant concept for a show, and so well executed in this series. In addition, there is always amusement/humor at Columbo's mannerisms; attire; car; dog, etc.

But wait- there's MORE! This series is a treasure trove of past acting greats whose names most generation-Xers such as myself may have heard of, but we have never really had the chance to see perform. These were actors and actresses who took the craft seriously and had some real talent- unlike most of the ilk that inhabits Hollywood today. Sheesh! I'll give you 18 actors of today for one Jack Cassidy!(Who is in three episodes!)

There's even more! Something about this show that I can't even put into words. It's the kind of show that you just want to sit and watch endlessly on a rainy night. It's pure entertainment, as it is so engrossing, and transports you to another world- as only the most well-made shows can. Not to mention the nostalgic aspect- as we get to see the cars and appliances and decor and fashion of the upper-middle-c lass-and-above world of the period (Which, in my case, brings back so many memories of how much better the world was then).
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78 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Columbo: The Complete Series October 30, 2012
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This set of Columbo is wonderful I was really surprised at the Quality of the episodes we have viewed. Could not be happier and look forward to completing the entire series. We have seen all before but can never get enough of this outstanding program. I was going to order the individual seasons on DVD since the VHS we had was getting old and most had commercials. I was willing to wait for this truly complete package and am convinced I made the right decision.

If you are a Columbo Fan this is a Must Have. As I said the quality is outstanding!

We have been long time fans of Columbo and had most episodes on VHS from The Original Showing. We now have a complete set of this Great Show.

Thanks to Amazon for this Treasure.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection. December 7, 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a recent purchase. I've viewed two episodes so far.

PROS...The picture and sound quality are way beyond what I expected. Everything is crystal clear. No commercials either. There are no double-sided discs. Every disc is nicely secured in its case. Nothing falls out or flops around when I open the case.

MINOR CONS...I would have preferred more detailed information about each episode, such as which main actor starred that week. Some write-ups mention it, but others don't. I have to remove some discs first to read the synopsis covered by that disc. I was hoping to be able to locate and watch my favorite episodes first, but the synopsis really doesn't help me to remember which is which. A detailed pamphlet would have been appreciated. I've solved part of the problem by turning the paper jackets inside out, putting the synopsis facing the outside of the cases.

All-in-all I'm very pleased with this purchased. All Columbo fans will be thrilled to receive this set as a gift or to buy it for themselves. At $79.49 the price can't be beat.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good deal for Columbo fans
This collection represents one of the better deals when it comes to collecting
vintage TV series. Read more
Published 3 days ago by K. Beuchert
5.0 out of 5 stars Columbo: The Complete Series
If you are a Columbo fan, I would highly recommend that "Columbo: The Complete Series " be a part of your DVD library. Why? Read more
Published 13 days ago by Fireball From Eau Claire
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect gift for all Columbo fans!
This includes every episode of every season, plus the tv-movie specials from the later years (which generally aren't as good as the earlier years, or have as many good celebrity... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Karen511
5.0 out of 5 stars gift idea
I ordered this complete series as a gift to my mom. SHe is a huge Columbo fan and loved getting the complete series.
Published 17 days ago by MD
5.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment
great series. Would be most enjoyed by mystery buffs. Peter Falk is captivating in his lead role as the unassuming,kind and somewhat bumbling detective who fools them all.
Published 18 days ago by James A Spielman
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series!!!!!
Columbo speaks for itself, don't ya think? A great one! Wonderful! Packed full! just great! Intensely entertaining! A great one! Wonderful! I would recommend this one!
Published 21 days ago by Heartieone
5.0 out of 5 stars Columbo Binge!!
This Columbo fan LOVES this collection.
One more thing... I'm BINGING on Columbo and loving every minute. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Steplander
5.0 out of 5 stars great gift set!
We Love It !!!! Thank you! This is a really nice Box Set! We were surprised to see a couple Mrs Columbo shows!
Published 23 days ago by Lauren's Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars ALL THE SEASON ARE SO GOOD TAKE ME BACK WHEN I WAS YOUNG
I USE TO WATCH THIS SHOW ALL THE TIME AND IT WAS ALSO A DEAL I COULD NOT PASS UP. AS ALWAYS FOREVER YOUNG GOD BLESS BOBBY LEE 007.
Published 26 days ago by Robert J. Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Detective Series
The best detective series from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s.

Too bad Peter Falk is not around anymore to make more series.
Published 28 days ago by Katalin Fox
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Did they correct the bad dvds in 3/4 i read about on Amazon?
I'd like to know too. I'm buying this set and don't want to encounter any playback issues.
Nov 5, 2013 by E.C. |  See all 2 posts
Closed captioned? Description does not say.
according to this site:
http://www.hometheaterforum.com/topic/318327-columbo-the-complete-series-dvd-review/
it is - specifically

Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French (Seasons 1 & 2), English SDH, Spanish (Season 3), English SDH only (Seasons 4 onward)

I'm going for it :)
Apr 19, 2013 by E. Thomas |  See all 8 posts
the complete Columbo box set
According to Wikipedia, there are 99 Columbos....yet this set only has 93....what are the missing ones???
Nov 5, 2013 by Tom Burkert |  See all 9 posts
Amazon, as usual, jacked up the price1
Just bought it.Amazon cant be beat.I've been using amazon for ten years or more now and at times I don't understand how they could be turning a profit.
I hope they are.I don't really shop anywhere else.$57.00......where else are you going to find this set at that price?
Apr 19, 2013 by Walter McKeon |  See all 16 posts
Used item?
Yes I ordered a couple and both are opened. The discs look used to me. I'm sending them back.
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