Columbo: The Complete Series
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Legendary Peter Falk is a four-time Primetime Emmy Award-winner for his iconic role as the beloved, trenchcoat-wearing Police Lieutenant Columbo. Columbo is the landmark series that inspired a genre. And now, for the first time ever, all 69 episodes from its seven seasons and all 24 television movies are together in this 34-disc anthology. Every criminal, every innocent victim (and some not-so-innocent ones), and every wily deduction are here in one definitive collection. Seemingly befuddled but always brilliant, the cigar-chomping detective will have you following the clues and asking "just one more thing" until the last case is cracked.
Note: This set contains 34 discs which are contained in 8 cases.
Columbo: Season Two
Columbo: Season Three
Columbo: Season Four:
- Bonus Episode: Mrs. Columbo "A Riddle for Puppets"
- Bonus Episode: Mrs. Columbo "Caviar With Everything"
- America's Top Sleuths
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This is The Complete Columbo -- all 69 episodes, for roughly a buck twenty-five per, including tax. It's an amazing (Amazon?) deal on *the* signature police procedural of the 1970s. And given that a third of the episodes run from 1989 - 2003, well beyond that decade.
What I mean by buying it twice, is that I collected the individual DVD releases largely as they came out: I got the 1970s series for my wedding (yes, really) and then as new ones were sold, I bought them. Then, when the complete slipcased versions that are in this set released on my son's 20th birthday, I knew I'd be getting it to replace my aging versions. Now I have.
This set has every episode, including the original "Prescription: Murder" and the pilot "Ransom for a Dead Man." Then there are 43 episodes from the 1970 "regular" NBC series, and 24 of the later TV movies from ABC. You can get details from the usual sources -- some ran as 90 minutes with commercials, some were two hours -- and etc. etc. The only technical point: when the "first" or "old" DVDs came out, they ended up in 10 cases --
1. Season One
2. Season Two
3. Season Three
4. Season Four
5. Season Five
6. Seasons Six and Seven
7. 1989 TV Movies
8. 1990 TV Movies
9. 1991-1993 TV Movies
10. 1994-2003 TV Movies
-- with of course several discs in each DVD case.
But with the new release of the complete series, there are eight cases, achieved by grouping 7+8 and 9+10 of the "first" / "old" DVD cases. But the discs themselves, within the cases, are set-up the same. So you'll have eight DVD cases (six white from the 1970s, two black for the 1980s - 2000s) in one slipcase box.
As far as content, you may already have some experience of that. Or perhaps not. Either way you're in for a treat. Columbo is awesome. And, as Victor Kiam might say, I liked it so much I bought the company: I'm writing The Columbo Case Files, and consequently have spent a lot of time watching these episodes again and again, thinking about the stories, then writing on them.
Oh, and just one more thing ... ; ) ... the DVD cases are all plastic now, with the slipcase a solid cardboard. Previously, under the old / first releases, the outer cases were thin cardboard that began to fray after a couple dozen viewings ...
I hope you enjoy the complete series.
Ps / Below are links to three of the ebooks I've written on Columbo. There are eight or so now and there will eventually be 15, including 10 on all the shows. If you'll permit the plug, there is also a Facebook page -- https://www.facebook.com/ColumboCaseFiles -- thank you.
The Columbo Case Files: Season One
The Columbo Case Files: Season Two
The Columbo Case Files Season Three
Peter Falk was perfect in the role of Los Angeles Police Department homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo.
I rated the "Columbo: The Complete Series" 34-disc DVD box set just four stars because I think that some of the episodes are presented in incomplete form.
Here are the exact running times for all of the "Columbo" episodes included in this "Columbo: The Complete Series" 34-disc DVD box set.
Prescription: Murder [with guest stars Gene Barry and William Windom], (February 20, 1968) - 1:38:52
Ransom for a Dead Man [with guest stars Harold Gould, Jean Byron, Jed Allan and Lee Grant], (March 1, 1971) - 1:34:58
Murder by the Book [with guest stars Jack Cassidy and Martin Milner], (September 15, 1971) - 1:15:46
Death Lends a Hand [with guest stars Pat Crowley, Ray Milland and Robert Culp], (October 6, 1971) - 1:15:45
Dead Weight [with guest stars Eddie Albert and Suzanne Pleshette], (October 27, 1971) - 1:15:42
Suitable for Framing [with guest stars Don Ameche, Joan Shawlee, Ross Martin and Vic Tayback], (November 17, 1971) - 1:15:45
Lady in Waiting [with Garry Walberg, Leslie Nielsen, Richard Anderson, Richard Bull and Susan Clark], (December 15, 1971) - 1:15:23
Short Fuse [with Anne Francis, Ida Lupino, James Gregory, Jason Wingreen, Roddy McDowall and William Windom], (1/19/1972) - 1:15:16
Blueprint for Murder [with guest stars Forrest Tucker, John Fiedler and Patrick O'Neal], (February 9, 1972) - 1:14:59
Etude in Black [with guest stars Blythe Danner, John Cassavetes and Pat Morita], (September 17, 1972) - 1:36:31
The Greenhouse Jungle [with guest stars Bradford Dillman, Ray Milland, Sandra Smith and William Smith], (October 15, 1972) - 1:13:59
The Most Crucial Game [with Dean Jagger, Dean Stockwell, James Gregory, Robert Culp, Susan Howard & Valerie Harper], (11/5/72) - 1:14:00
Dagger of the Mind [with guest stars Bernard Fox and Richard Basehart], (November 26, 1972) - 1:37:38
Requiem for a Falling Star [with Anne Baxter, Edith Head, Frank Converse, Kevin McCarthy and Mel Ferrer], (January 21, 1973) - 1:13:59
A Stitch in Crime [with guest stars Anne Francis, Jared Martin, Leonard Nimoy and Will Geer], (February 11, 1973) - 1:13:58
The Most Dangerous Match [with guest stars Laurence Harvey and Lloyd Bochner], (March 4, 1973) - 1:14:01
Double Shock [with guest stars Dabney Coleman, Jeanette Nolan, Julie Newmar and Martin Landau], (March 25, 1973) - 1:14:00
Lovely But Lethal [with guest stars Colby Chester, Martin Sheen, Vera Miles and Vincent Price], (September 23, 1973) - 1:14:02
Any Old Port in a Storm [with guest stars Dana Elcar, Donald Pleasence and Robert Walden], (October 7, 1973) - 1:35:27
Candidate for Crime [with guest stars Jackie Cooper, Joanne Linville and Katey Sagal], (November 4, 1973) - 1:38:42
Double Exposure (with guest stars George Wyner and Robert Culp], December 16, 1973) - 1:13:46
Publish or Perish [with guest stars Jack Cassidy, James Sikking and Mariette Hartley], (January 18, 1974) - 1:14:34
Mind Over Mayhem [with Deidre Hall, Jessica Walter, John Zaremba, Jose Ferrer and Lew Ayres], (February 18, 1974) - 1:13:42
Swan Song [with guest stars Ida Lupino, John Dehner, Johnny Cash, John Randolph and Sorrell Booke], (March 3, 1974) - 1:38:34
A Friend in Deed [with guest stars Albert Popwell, John Calvin, Richard Kiley and Rosemary Murphy], (May 5, 1974) - 1:38:19
An Exercise in Fatality [with guest stars Gretchen Corbett, Pat Harrington Jr. and Robert Conrad], (September 15, 1974) - 1:37:53
Negative Reaction [with guest stars Dick Van Dyke, Joyce Van Patten and Larry Storch], (October 15, 1974) - 1:34:57
By Dawn's Early Light [with Madeleine Sherwood, Mark Wheeler, Patrick McGoohan and Tom Simcox], (October 27, 1974) - 1:37:53
Troubled Waters [with guest stars Bernard Fox, Dean Stockwell, Patrick Macnee and Robert Vaughn], (February 9, 1975) - 1:37:46
Playback [with guest stars Gena Rowlands, Herbert Jefferson Jr., Martha Scott, Oskar Werner and Robert Brown], (March 2, 1975) - 1:13:49
A Deadly State of Mind [with George Hamilton, Lesley Ann Warren and Priscilla Barnes], (April 27, 1975) - 1:13:53
Forgotten Lady [with guest stars Janet Leigh, Johnny Carson, John Payne and Sam Jaffe], (September 14, 1975) - 1:37:23
A Case of Immunity [with guest stars Bart Braverman, Hector Elizondo, Jeff Goldblum and Sal Mineo], (October 12, 1975) - 1:13:52
Identity Crisis [with guest stars David White, Leslie Nielsen and Patrick McGoohan], (November 2, 1975) - 1:37:46
A Matter of Honor [with guest star Ricardo Montalban], (February 1, 1976) - 1:13:48
Now You See Him... [with guest stars Jack Cassidy, Robert Loggia and Thayer David], (February 29, 1976) - 1:29:03
Last Salute to the Commodore [with guest stars Diane Baker, John Dehner, Robert Vaughn and Rod McCary], (May 2, 1976) - 1:35:46
Fade in to Murder [with Bert Remsen, Judd Hirsch, Lola Albright, Walter Koenig and William Shatner], (October 10, 1976) - 1:13:22
Old Fashioned Murder [with Celeste Holm, Jeannie Berlin, Joyce Van Patten and Robert Walden], (November 28, 1976) - 1:15:34
The Bye-Bye Sky High I.Q. Murder Case [with Jamie Lee Curtis, Samantha Eggar, Sorrell Booke and Theodore Bikel], (5/22/1977) - 1:13:04
Try and Catch Me [with guest stars Charles Frank, Mariette Hartley and Ruth Gordon], (November 21, 1977) - 1:13:01
Murder Under Glass [with France Nuyen, Louis Jourdan, Michael V. Gazzo and Richard Dysart], (January 30, 1978) - 1:13:17
Make Me a Perfect Murder [with George C. Scott, Kip Gilman, Patrick O'Neal, Ron Rifkin and Trish Van Devere], (2/25/1978) - 1:37:34
How to Dial a Murder [with guest stars Ed Begley Jr., Frank Aletter, Joel Fabiani and Kim Cattrall], (April 15, 1978) - 1:12:20
The Conspirators [with guest stars Bernard Behrens, Clive Revill, Jeanette Nolan and L.Q. Jones], (May 13, 1978) - 1:36:52
Columbo Goes to the Guillotine [with guest star Anthony Zerbe], (February 6, 1989) - 1:32:27
Murder, Smoke and Shadows [with guest stars Fisher Stevens, Molly Hagan and Steven Hill], (February 27, 1989) - 1:34:24
Sex and the Married Detective [with guest stars Lindsay Crouse, Marge Redmond and Susan Gibney], (April 3, 1989) - 1:33:51
Grand Deceptions [with guest stars Janet Eilber and Robert Foxworth], (May 1, 1989) - 1:34:13
Murder: A Self Portrait [with guest stars Fionnula Flanagan and Patrick Bauchau], (November 25, 1989) - 1:32:07
Columbo Cries Wolf [with guest stars Alan Scarfe, David Huddleston, Deidre Hall and Ian Buchanan], (January 20, 1990) - 1:35:56
Agenda for Murder [with Anne Haney, Arthur Hill, Denis Arndt, Louis Zorich and Patrick McGoohan], (February 10, 1990) - 1:35:49
Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo [with Edward Winter, Helen Shaver, Ian McShane and Roscoe Lee Browne], (March 31, 1990) - 1:36:56
Uneasy Lies the Crown [with guest stars Dick Sargent, Nancy Walker, Paul Burke and Raymond Singer], (April 28, 1990) - 1:35:25
Murder in Malibu [with guest stars Andrew Stevens, Brenda Vaccaro and Laurie Walters], (May 14, 1990) - 1:33:56
Columbo Goes to College [with Katherine Cannon, Robert Culp, Stephen Caffrey and William Lucking], (December 9, 1990) - 1:33:22
Caution: Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your Health [with George Hamilton and Peter Haskell], (February 20, 1991) - 1:29:54
Columbo and the Murder of a Rock Star [with guest stars Dabney Coleman and Little Richard], (April 29, 1991) - 1:35:32
Death Hits the Jackpot [with Jamie Rose, Rip Torn, Robert Alan Browne and Warren Berlinger], (December 15, 1991) - 1:36:17
No Time to Die [with Daniel Davis, Joanna Going, Juliet Mills, Lance LeGault and Thomas Calabro], (March 15, 1992) - 1:31:24
A Bird in the Hand... [with guest stars Greg Evigan, Steve Forrest and Tyne Daly], (November 22, 1992) - 1:32:57
It's All in the Game [with guest stars Bill Macy, Dawn Wells, Doug Sheehan and Faye Dunaway], (October 31, 1993) - 1:34:52
Butterfly in Shades of Grey [with Glenn Taranto, Mark Lonow, Molly Hagan, Richard Kline and William Shatner], (1/10/1994) - 1:32:14
Undercover [with guest stars Burt Young, Ed Begley Jr., Harrison Page and Tyne Daly], (May 2, 1994) - 1:33:02
Strange Bedfellows [with Alex Henteloff, George Wendt, Jay Acovone, Jeff Yagher and Rod Steiger], (May 8, 1995) - 1:33:30
A Trace of Murder [with Barry Corbin, David Rasche, Dyana Ortelli, Franklin Cover and Maury Sterling], (May 15, 1997) - 1:32:14
Ashes to Ashes [with Catherine McGoohan, Patrick McGoohan, Rue McClanahan and Sally Kellerman], (October 8, 1998) - 1:30:10
Murder with Too Many Notes [with guest stars Billy Connolly and Chad Willett], (March 12, 2001) - 1:29:06
Columbo Likes the Nightlife [with Carmine Giovinazzo, Jennifer Sky, Julius Carry, Matthew Rhys & Steve Schirripa], (1/30/03) - 1:28:08
The packaging that Universal used for this 34-disc DVD box set is perfect.
There is a big cardboard case that holds eight different plastic DVD cases inside.
The two pilot episodes and Season 1 are stored together in a plastic DVD case that holds 5 discs.
Season 2 is stored in a plastic DVD case that holds 4 discs.
Season 3 is stored in a plastic DVD case that holds 4 discs.
Season 4 is stored in a plastic DVD case that holds 3 discs.
Season 5 is stored in a plastic DVD case that holds 3 discs.
Seasons 6 and 7 are stored together in a plastic DVD case that holds 3 discs.
Columbo: Mystery Movie Collection 1989-1990 is stored in a plastic DVD case that holds 6 discs.
Columbo: Mystery Movie Collection 1991-2003 is stored in a plastic DVD case that holds 6 discs.
None of the discs share the same side of any of the disc holding trays and none of the discs overlap any of the discs either.
All 34 discs are single-sided.
The picture quality is sensational and the audio quality is magnificent too.