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Columbo - The Complete Fifth Season

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Product Description

Peter Falk dons his famous trenchcoat again as he returns in his 4-time Emmy award-winning role as everyone's favorite Police Lieutenant in Columbo: The Complete Fifth Season! Join Columbo in this three-disc set as he asks all the right questions in some of the most deceptive and deadly cases. The Fascinating Fifth season also features such brilliant guest stars as Janet Leigh, Sal Mineo, Robert Vaughn, Ricardo Montalban, Hector Elizondo, Robert Loggia, Patrick McGoohan, and more. The landmark crime series returns, and no murderer can hide for long with Columbo on the beat!

Peter Falk took home back-to-back Emmy Awards for his portrayal of the indefatigable Lt. Columbo during the show’s fifth season in 1975-76, and the series itself earned two Emmy nominations, which should give an indication of the quality of the episodes contained in this double-disc set. Although the fifth season only featured six episodes, the quality of writing and acting talent is impressive, to say the least: Janet Leigh, John Payne, Sam Jaffe, and Maurice Evans star in the season opener, "Forgotten Lady," about a faded movie queen who may have murdered her elderly husband to finance a comeback; Patrick McGoohan, who won an Emmy for his performance in the fourth-season episode "By Dawn’s Early Light," returns to direct "Identity Crisis", which pits Columbo against a deceptive secret agent (McGoohan, who makes slyly overt references to his Prisoner character throughout the episode), and "Last Salute to the Commodore," with John Dehner and Robert Vaughn as relatives whose disagreement over the fate of a shipping line turns deadly; and then-newcomers Steven Bocho and Steven Spielberg write and direct, respectively, "Murder by the Book," with Jack Cassidy returning for his fourth Columbo turn as a devious PR agent. As far as TV mysteries go, few have been as clever, well acted, and intricately plotted as Columbo, and home detectives should find plenty of sleuthing material to enjoy here. Unfortunately, as with all previous Columbo boxes, the supplemental material is limited; the "Caviar with Everything" episode of the Mrs. Columbo series with Kate Mulgrew is this set’s sole extra. --Paul Gaita

Special Features

Disc 1:
  • Bonus Episode: Mrs. Columbo "Caviar With Everything"

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Peter Falk
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
    • Subtitles: 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: June 27, 2006
    • Run Time: 529 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B000BF0C7A
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,025 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Columbo - The Complete Fifth Season" on IMDb

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    70 of 74 people found the following review helpful By J. Evers on May 30, 2006
    Format: DVD Verified Purchase
    Dear Universal:

    I want you to stop editing the Columbos. I watched Troubled Waters on DVD and there is a whole scene edited out! I know it's missing because I remember it on TV. The scene is the one where the magician explains to the police that a real gun has been subsituted with his fake gun for his performance. THe way it has been cut leaves the viewer confused as to why the magician scene is in there in the first place! I love Columbo as is. We're paying tons of money for these old pictures that would be sitting around earning no money so please give us what we want. SO QUIT EDITING will you!!! We're paying for this and I thought CDs hoave so much room, why edit? Also lose the Mrs. Columbo, that'll give you more room so you won't have to edit! I will of course purchase season 5 but if anyone ever comes out with a totally unedited version of all, I will probably purchase those!
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    202 of 225 people found the following review helpful By Martin Landau on March 31, 2006
    Format: DVD Verified Purchase
    Ok, heres the deal: Universal continues to produce bare-minimum season sets regardless of cries from Columbo fans worldwide. We fans again and again are asking for the extras that make a DVD set special. Like, for example, out takes, bloopers, promos, trailers, that NBC mystery movie intro, rare appearances with Falk, interviews with Falk or Levinson or Link, anything remotely connected to the charm of the Columbo character...HOWEVER, we get nothing but no-frills packaging and as an "extra" some lame "Mrs. Columbo" episode, which doesn't even qualify as a spin-off because the character was never in the original Columbo cast. I, like many fans, own all 4 seasons issued thus far and have yet to watch any of the lame "Mrs. Columbo" extras. Why couldn't they have done an interview with Falk while he's still with us? Wouldn't that be incredible to hear it from Peter himself...his thoughts on certain episodes or the development of his charcter? Or perhaps the origins of Columbo, which have been stated by both Levinson & Link to be that pesky and inquisitive inspector hounding Raskalnikov in Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment".

    Mrs. Columbo does not interest Columbo fans. With this mismatched formula in mind, the people at Universal might also include a live performance of Wayne Newton as an extra to their documentary on Isaac Newton.
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    130 of 148 people found the following review helpful By skyy on March 16, 2006
    Format: DVD
    The Fifth Season of Columbo consist of 6 Episodes.

    Episode 32

    FORGOTTEN LADY(An aging actress kills her husband because he refuses to pay for the production of her comeback show)

    *Spoilerish* This was one of the most far-fetched episodes. The wealthy husband is shown, at first, to be heartless for refusing to finance his "famous" wife's dream of getting back into show biz. The reveal was, he knew she was losing her memory and ill(can't remember if she had alzheimer or another diagnosed illness). Her husband wanted to spend time with and take care of her. The far-fetched part was how the suspect/wife was able to commit this complex crime. The worst part was the fact she got away with it.

    Episode 33

    A CASE OF IMMUNITY(A foreign ambassador steals money and murder's two people. Columbo must solve the crime and find a way around his immunity)

    Episode 34

    IDENTITY CRISES(Espionage with a twist. A spy is killed by his contact)

    Episode 35

    A MATTER OF HONOR(Columbo, while on vacation in Mexico, helps the policia de Mexico solve a case where the murder weapon is a bull)

    Episode 36

    NOW YOU SEE HIM(A master magician kills his employer who attempts to blackmail him after discovering he was a German camp guard during WWII)*FIVE STAR EPISODE*

    Episode 37

    LAST SALUTE TO THE COMMODORE(Commodore Swanson attempts to sell his ship building business out from under his son-in-law)*A very interesting who-done-it episode*
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    35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Steve on May 21, 2006
    Format: DVD
    Dear Universal,

    I know, being the intelligent people that you are, you can read the comments here and elsewhere about the total lack of extras that have appeared in these Columbo sets up to now (repeat after me..."Mrs. Columbo" is not an extra), and if you haven't figured it out yet, you're really starting to irritate us fans. Now I know like all large impersonal corporations you really don't care about the bottom-line (cough) and only want to see your customer base happy and content. Therefore I would like to point out to you that Season 6 has only 3 episodes - half the number of Seasons 4 & 5, and that means 3 fewer episdoes you have to pay to clean-up and restore! Now wouldn't it be nice to fill up all that empty space on those disks with the extras we really want to see - interviews, outtakes, the original NBC Mystery Movie opening (hey, you and NBC are family now since Vivendi owns you both)...I'll even let you throw in a "Mrs. Columbo" episode if you provide the other items! Think how happy your customers will be. Think how happy you will be when you can get away with charging the same price for 1/2 the normal number of episodes. It sounds to me like a win-win for both of us!
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    33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By MarxBrother3 on September 6, 2006
    Format: DVD
    This set was a gift. I was amazed at how cheaply this series is now being produced. No artwork on the DVD, no artwork on the inside of the cases. The worst of all is the fact that Universal markets these sets as "complete & uncut". They are not uncut. "Last Salute to the Commodore" is missing more than 10 minutes of footage. In the 1970s, commercial breaks did not run 25 minutes for a 2 hour program. That is common now, but not in the 70s. "Commodore" runs just over 95 minutes. In a 2 hour slot, that leaves 25 minutes for commercials. As I said, not in the 70s. The show is very jumpy because of the cuts. Each of these episodes is heavily cut up. If you don't mind chopped up episodes, and cheaply done packaging, this set is for you. Otherwise, look at the alternate sets being offered online by other providers. Universal deserves no one's loyalty. Universal is home of vast numbers of greed merchants.
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