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Columbo - The Complete Second Season (1971)

Peter Falk  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Falk
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: March 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 641 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007CNY4K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,601 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Columbo - The Complete Second Season" on IMDb

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"Oh, there's just one more thing…." Everyone's favorite cigar-chomping, trenchcoat-wearing Police Lieutenant is back on DVD asking all the right questions in all 8 thrilling episodes of the Complete Second Season of Columbo. Join five-time Emmy winner Peter Falk as wry and ruffled Lieutenant Columbo as he solves L.A.'s most puzzling crimes with his trademark wit and style. Along for the chase are a dazzling lineup of Hollywood's brightest stars including Robert Culp, Valerie Harper, Dean Stockwell, Leonard Nimoy, Martin Landau, Marc Singer and more. In the smart, funny and exciting Second Season of Columbo, it's no mystery to see why this is the DVD series that mystery lovers have been waiting for!

Armchair sleuths, get out your trenchcoats: Universal has released the sophomore season (1972-73) of the classic detective series Columbo, starring Peter Falk as the sage but rumpled police lieutenant. As with the first season, there's plenty of star power in front of and behind the camera to abet Falk in these eight 90- and 120-minute episodes: John Cassavetes stars in the season premiere, Etude in Black, as a philandering symphony conductor, with Blythe Danner and Hollywood legend Myrna Loy in support; Oscar winner Ray Milland is a scheming orchid grower in "The Greenhouse Jungle," co-starring Bradford Dillman and William Smith; Robert Culp and Dean Stockwell are a football team manager and owner, respectively, whose disagreements blossom into murder in "The Most Crucial Game"; and Jeanette Nolan offers stellar comic relief in "Double Shock," which features Martin Landau as identical twins--one of whom has murdered their uncle. Performances by Richard Basehart, Laurence Harvey, Leonard Nimoy, Anne Francis, Anne Baxter, and Mel Ferrer also highlight the season; direction by small-screen stalwarts like Boris Sagal, Jeremy Paul Kagan, and Nicholas Colasanto ("Coach" on Cheers) and scripts by Stephen Bochco also bring quality and style to the proceedings. Sadly, no extras are available in this five-disc set, but the stellar image and sound quality (and lack of commercials) should appeal to series fans and newcomers alike. --Paul Gaita

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260 of 283 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More seasons, please February 22, 2005
Been a Columbo fan for so long, I have seen all these episodes

over and over again in VHS. Already own my first season in DVD

and I'm glad that it is being released the second with one hope

in mind, that the seasons ahead would also be scheduled for the

near future. Peter Falk is amazing, simple, funny, humble,

absent minded but very smart. This is a short review I'd wish

to share of the episodes included in the second season, forgive

me if some information is not correct.

1.-ETUDE IN BLACK: Features John Cassavettes (from the classic

"Rosemary's baby") as an orchestra director that has a love

affair with one of the musicians. Great episodes that marks the

debut of Lt. Columbo as a piano player.

2.-GREENHOUSE JUNGLE: Outstanding performance by Oscar

winner Ray Milland (from 1945's "The lost weekend") who arranges

a fake kidnaping.

3.-MOST CRUCIAL GAME: Robert Culp is featured here as a

fotball team's chairman who manages to leave the stadium in the

middle of a game to murder someone disguised as an ice cream


4.-DAGGER OF THE MIND: Columbo finds himself in England and

helping actor Bernard Fox to solve a crime committed inside a

teather. Richard Baseheart (from El Quijote) also stars in this


5.-REQUIEM FOR A FALLING STAR: Another Oscar winning is

featured, Ann Baxter from "All about Eve", plays the role of an

actress who tries to kill a blackmailing friend.

6.-STITCH IN CRIME: Great episode it features Will Geer from

the Waltons and Leonard Nimoy from Star Treck.
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79 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Etude in a Trench Coat March 15, 2005
First, I do like the new package design. The 2 hard-shell cases fit nicely into the sleeve (complete with episode synopsis), better than the awkward foldout from season one if less colorful. What I don't like is the artwork. Why are there pictures adorning this set from the mid-nineties (just a guess)? Are there NO still pictures available in the Universal archive from Season 2? Seems unlikely. I would like each set to represent the exact place in time they inhabited, instead it seems like an 11th hour dig through publicity photo's. Sad. The disc artwork is decent but seems a bit generic, and doesn't seem to capture the true "spirit" of the show. Each disc should portray a memorable locale from an episode on the disc; like Robert Culps private box overlooking the stadium, the fountain in Requiem, etc.

Having said this, you know you want this and you know there is no way I cannot endorse the brilliance of Peter Falk. The picture is near perfect and the sound, while only Dolby Digital 2.0, is strong and clear... still the shortcomings linger, like the price which seems a bit steep for only 8 episodes. It does make me wonder how they will package some of the future seasons, some of which only had 3-5 episodes.

1)Etude in Black (4 Stars) - (96 min.) Since this is a 96 minute episode my local network has never ran this one so this is welcome new ground for me! Not sure why the lengths tend to vary, but I'm pleased. This really is a great one. John Cassavetes is definitely an animated foe and Blythe Danner's throaty haughtiness still gets to me.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheers to Columbo! April 24, 2005
There were few happier sights on 1970s network television than that of a short, stocky, cigar-chomping policeman named Columbo. Always absentminded (and never without his raincoat, even in sunny weather), Peter Falk's Columbo character was a perfect Americanization of several eccentric British detectives. In each episode, Columbo would steadfastly wear down the alibis of high society murderers. Usually he worked only with simple, unfailing logic but Columbo never failed to unmask the murderers in any of the Agatha Christie-inspired adventures of his 1970s TV series. These episodes aren't perfect, but we can always count on Falk to carry us through the weaker scripted moments.

Season Two is arguably the strongest of the seasons. The writers had settled into a comfortable formula for the detective, yet were not so comfortable that the formula seemed tired or obvious. Falk had hammered out most of the details of his portrayal, yet was still new enough to the character that his performances always seemed fresh. And, while the series always boasted high quality guest stars and gifted character actors, Season Two had an unusually high concentration of them. Myrna Loy, Ray Milland, Martin Landau, Leonard Nimoy, Julie Newmar, and Anne Francis are here in all their glory, happily chewing up the scenery.

In addition, we get brief looks at a Los Angeles that has largely fallen to the wrecking ball, and an extended look at mainstream 1970s fashion for the retro-minded!

The picture and sound are about as good as you can expect from a 1970s TV program. Columbo was filmed, not videotaped, so while the image is still rich it's also grainy at times. There are no extras, which will irk many.
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