Columbo: Mystery Movie Collection 1994-2003
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The best: great guest stars, intriguing murders, and, of course, Peter Falk in his Emmy-winning role.
The worst, and that can be summed up in one word: bloated. As was the case in even the classic Columbo's, the better shows were the 90-minute ones, rather than the 2-hour movies.
The best of the seven installments in this compilation are "Butterfly in Shades of Grey," featuring William Shatner making a second murderous turn; "Strange Bedfellows," with "Cheers" George Wendt and Oscar-winner Rod Steiger; "Ashes to Ashes," guest-starring Emmy winners Patrick McGoohan and Rue McClanahan; and "Columbo Likes the Nightlife," the final installment, highly reflective of its contemporary setting.
While "Undercover" and "A Trace of Murder" have their moments, "Murder with Too Many Notes" is possibly the weakest Columbo ever produced. The episode really suffers from a mediocre script and an even more mediocre villain in the form of guest star Billy Connolly.
There are no extras in this set and it would have seemed fitting that Falk's widow, Shera Danese - featured in "A Trace of Murder" and three previous episodes - would have been asked to give some commentary on her husband and his long association as the detective.
Though he is no longer able to don the rumpled coat and finish smoking that cigar, we, his fans, can revel in the fact that every one of Falk's Columbo appearances can be viewed over and over again...and that, in itself, deserves a "just one more thing..."
So my review is anticipatory. Now my collection will be complete, having already purchased the earlier episodes, both from the 1968-74 years and the later years when Mr. Falk reprised his role as Lt. Columbo. Having every episode enables me to watch a different one each evening with my grown kids who were not around or were too young to appreciate this great series. One of the best TV shows of all time.
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The dvd was in great shape and arrived promptly, but I forgot i enjoy the Columbo programs from an earlier time period. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rebecca Mann
Absolutely worth the money if you are hooked on Columbo junky like my wife and me ha ha.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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