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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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I already own all 7 seasons, but I turned my 14 year old niece onto it so I am building her collection. It's my favorite program of all time!Published 4 months ago by Sybil Hippolyte
In 1968 America saw the advent of a new television detective, Lt. Columbo (played by Peter Falk). Columbo quickly became a favorite with audiences, and his trademark rumpled... Read morePublished 4 months ago by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
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