Columbo - The Complete Third Season
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3.1 Lovely But Lethal
Not my favorite episode, but still features some great moments. And who can deny Vera Miles her beauty, charm, and sophistication? Did you know that Miles was Alfred Hitchcock's first choice to play Madeline in Vertigo?
3.2 Any Old Port In A Storm
This is held by many Columbo fans - including those who frequent the Ultimate Columbo Site - as the all time best Columbo episode ever. While its not my personal favorite, it is within my top 3 and I can easily see why this would get top ranking by some. It is a masterpiece. Falk is absolutely amazing, Donald Pleasence is just as good. And the story makes you want to go out and pick up a bottle of port!
3.3 Candidate For Crime
Ah, Nelson Hayward and his camel hair sports coat. Jackie Cooper makes an excellent Columbo killer, as well as a great politician! He schmoozes everyone, including his wife and girlfriend, like a pro. As usual, Columbo is great in this, and his pestering gets under the skin of Hayward like no one else, pushing Hayward to tell him that he likes Columbo a lot, but that he's a busy man and doesn't have time to fool around. Great moments are when Columbo goes to the shop to get fitted for a coat and later when, during the taping of a political commercial, Columbo absent-mindedly makes too much noise by clanging the victim's watch against an umbrella poll to prove how indestructible it is. Classic!
3.4 Double Exposure
Can you say, double your pleasure? This is definitely one of my top favorite 3 episodes. Robert Culp is back as Doctor Kepple, a highly organized and anal retentive research scientist specializing in cognitive science, and gives a stellar performance.Read more ›
First off - the packaging. The S1 Columbo episode used a higher gauge cardboard with higher gloss. The S3 set's outer package feels thin and flimsy. It is very obvious that they have cut back in quality. This extends to the plastic hardshell cases that the discs are in. They feel thinner and cheaper. The paper insert is also sort of plain and uninteresting. It really does seem like some super-cheap set that some guy pressed in his basement with generic plastic cases and printouts from Photoshop on an Inkjet.
Sadly, this lack of quality spills over into the actual DVDs. Firstly, these are double sided discs. I'm no fan of this kind of disc. It always seems that the quality of a double sided disc is iffy at best. For this production it definitely hurt because I have had 3 different DVD players balk on 2 different sets (I returned the first set because the disc just would not play).
And - worst of all - the actual mastering of the shows have some definite problems. In almost every episode there are points where the picture quality will go all 'fuzzy' and it looks like they are showing a grimy tape from the 1970s. Then 5 second later the picture snaps clean again. I have no idea what happened here, but it looks like they didn't bother cleaning up some scenes. It happens often enough that it gets distracting and the audio quality rises and falls as well sometimes.
I'm happy to have the shows, but I sure hope Universal cleans house a bit on Season 4. Season 3's quality is (at best) spotty and in some areas is downright poor. Caveat emptor.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very cheap packaging. More importantly, the case and a disc was broken. The other discs looked thrown in, not connected to the inner case. GARBAGE!!!!Published 1 month ago by marion puck-escobar
The early seasons of Columbo are considered the best by most fans and the third season is my particular favorite. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Chris Charles
This DVD had the episode that I remember from the first run columbo that is not on the station of regular TV. Vera Miles, the cosmetics giant. Read morePublished 3 months ago by V. Campbell
Season three is a must for any Columbo fan, by far the best season ever, like a idiot who try's to fool coulmbo I lent this season out to a friend and never seen it again, YES, its... Read morePublished 3 months ago by R. Gring
PETER FALK IN THE EARLY YEARS. I LOVE THIS ACTOR. A MUST FOR THOSE WHO COLLECT THE COLUMBO MOVIES.Published 3 months ago
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