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Columbo: Mystery Movie Collection 1990

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The legendary Peter Falk returns in his four-time Primetime Emmy® award-winning role as rumpled and ready Police Lieutenant Columbo in this six TV-movie collection, now available on DVD for the first time! This must-own three-disc set features the iconic trenchcoat-wearing sleuth who’s still asking “just one more thing.” Joining him is a roster of dazzling guest stars, including Deidre Hall, Mark Margolis, Stanley Kamel, Dick Sargent, Andrew Stevens, Brenda Vaccaro and Robert Culp. Smart, witty and entertaining, it’s no mystery why the Columbo Mystery Movie Collection 1990 is killer viewing for every fan of the genre.

Product Details

  • Actors: Peter Falk
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: February 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 573 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JNNDRY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,476 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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285 of 292 people found the following review helpful By E. Hornaday on October 31, 2008
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He's back! Everyone's favorite rumpled detective, Lt. Columbo (portrayed with iconic perfection by Peter Falk), returns in this boxed set of some of his more recent mystery investigations.

Universal has been releasing the Columbo - Mystery Movie Collection on DVD. This DVD boxed set continues where the last one left off with installments that were produced in the 1990s. When I initially posted this review, I made an error and listed the episodes expected in the NEXT DVD boxed set, not this one. Thanks to Mike, Tom and Michael Todd for correcting this information.

For some viewers, these latter installments of the dirty-trench-coat-wearing, cigar-smoking sleuth are less satisfying and well-crafted than the original series, but for me, ANY Columbo is better than 99 percent of the current TV roster.

The six mysteries in this boxed set were the last to be produced in the miniseries format, meaning the episodes each run about two hours, while the remaining Columbo mysteries produced were originally shown as one-shot 90-minute movie length specials and are yet to be released on DVD.

Collected here are:

Columbo Cries Wolf (which originally aired Jan. 20, 1990): Two true iconic soap opera actors, Ian Buchanan and Deidra Hall, star in this episode as feuding business partners. Hall ends up dead and Columbo has to use all of his skills to "uncover" the crime.

Agenda for Murder (which aired Feb. 10, 1990): Fabulous actor Patrick McGoohan who has wowed fans since the 1960s Danger Man, is also a close friend of Falk's. That's very lucky for Columbo fans, because he has graced the series with some of the most memorable episodes of the series.
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71 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Karen E. Rice on April 16, 2009
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Love Columbo. Because I'm obsessed with having every Columbo movie possible, I am willing to overlook the terrible flaws in these DVDs.

There is no way to get back to the main menu after watching an episode. You can not navigate to watch the other episode on the disc. With my DVD player, I must remove the disc, play another disc, remove that one, then put the first disc back to get to the main menu to choose the unseen episode. We thought that there was something wrong with our disc or with the player, until I saw other reviews here.

This is a very poorly presented set - but because I adore Columbo I endure it. Since there are only six movies for 1990, one would think that they could have combined the movies from 1991 to make this a meatier set - but they wouldn't do that, because this way they can milk us fans for all our dollars as much as possible.

It's obvious that the producers have no respect for the buyers, but we love Peter Falk so we suffer gladly, to hear "Just one more thing...."
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66 of 80 people found the following review helpful By David Drake on November 4, 2008
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Looking forward to the 'class of 1990' group. A couple of real classics!

Columbo Cries Wolf
Agenda For Murder
Rest In Peace, Mrs Columbo
Uneasy Lies The Crown
Murder In Malibu
Columbo Goes To College
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert B. Parsons on January 15, 2011
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I'm one of those people who plans to own every "Columbo" ever filmed, including even the worst ones. This collection has some of the best and the worst. "Uneasy Lies the Crown" could have been one of the best in any season. It seems to be the perfect crime, with a young dentist finding a way to get even with his wife's lover. "Agenda for Murder" is excellent, and reminescent of the earlier series' "Candidate for a Crime," though we get a late introduction of "clinching" evidence that makes it not quite the iron-clad case we are used to. However, re-watching the episode shows us clues that were there all the time, had we noticed them.

"Columbo Goes to College" gives us a chance to laugh at two smart-alec kids who, throughout the episode, we know will finally get theirs, and who give us a mocking impression of Columbo that even offends him. "Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo," though designed as a gimmick to get more people to watch, actually has some crime-solving expertise that is worthy of "Columbo."

The set, as usual, is poorly and disrespectfully distributed to die-hard fans of Columbo. It is hard to navigate, lacks special features and interviews, and is pretty plain vanilla, though we are, at least, spared the pathetic two-sided DVD's of earlier seasons. I guess they know we will buy these for the sheer joy of watching Columbo, but really wish they had added some special feature to please the fans.

Anyone who loves Columbo will be pleased, at least, with the episodes, which are well-reproduced from a good source, with good sound and picture.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By William Smith on February 12, 2009
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I really went out of way to defend the '89 set and the five stars I gave it.. sadly, that amazing record of every season at 5 stars comes to a close here. The problem is many of the 'bit players' from this set, normally the series' strong suit, often give cringe-worthy performances.. bordering on soap-opera territory. Understand, Falk is always awesome, always, but so many of the hired help here just falter. The cases were generally good but the perps were not always up to the task.

Another problem, not so much with the show but the 'purchase' is the fact I burned through this in 2 days. So, now I'm expected to wait another year or 2 for another set? I think the price point is fair, but with only 6 episodes it all ends far too quickly. They really need to combine these seasons into '89-'90, '91-'92, etc, or release them faster.

Also, there is no way to get from the episode menu screen back to the main menu without ejecting the disc, no 'return to main menu', if you selected the wrong episode or want to watch both back to back, forget it! The artwork is nice, the disc art is bland ('color discs' is all) and there are exactly ZERO extras which is a shame.. there must be a mountain of interviews out there, and in this case I'd settle for a mole-hill.

Still, having said all this, it's a must own. Columbo's main problem is always having the bar so high we expect it to stay there. Who would have thought the best 'cop show' on TV would never feature the star breaking down a door, having a shoot out, or even handling a gun? No matter what he does, it's gold, whether the perps keep up or not.
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