Columbo: Mystery Movie Collection 1994-2003
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Four-time Primetime Emmy winner Peter Falk returns as Lieutenant Columbo of the Los Angeles Police Department in seven mystery-packed TV movies that aired between 1994-2003, including Falk’s last ever appearance as TV’s greatest detective! Follow the always rumpled, eternally bumbling and constantly underestimated investigative genius as he takes on some of the most cunning criminals in his career with trademark wit, charm, persistence and ever-present cigar. Featuring an all-star roster including Rue McClanahan (The Golden Girls), George Wendt (Cheers), William Shatner (Star Trek, Boston Legal), Tyne Daly (Cagney & Lacey, Judging Amy) and more, this 3-disc set will keep every devoted mystery fan entertained over and over again.
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The best: great guest stars, intriguing murders, and, of course, Peter Falk in his Emmy-winning role.
The worst, and that can be summed up in one word: bloated. As was the case in even the classic Columbo's, the better shows were the 90-minute ones, rather than the 2-hour movies.
The best of the seven installments in this compilation are "Butterfly in Shades of Grey," featuring William Shatner making a second murderous turn; "Strange Bedfellows," with "Cheers" George Wendt and Oscar-winner Rod Steiger; "Ashes to Ashes," guest-starring Emmy winners Patrick McGoohan and Rue McClanahan; and "Columbo Likes the Nightlife," the final installment, highly reflective of its contemporary setting.
While "Undercover" and "A Trace of Murder" have their moments, "Murder with Too Many Notes" is possibly the weakest Columbo ever produced. The episode really suffers from a mediocre script and an even more mediocre villain in the form of guest star Billy Connolly.
There are no extras in this set and it would have seemed fitting that Falk's widow, Shera Danese - featured in "A Trace of Murder" and three previous episodes - would have been asked to give some commentary on her husband and his long association as the detective.
Though he is no longer able to don the rumpled coat and finish smoking that cigar, we, his fans, can revel in the fact that every one of Falk's Columbo appearances can be viewed over and over again...and that, in itself, deserves a "just one more thing..."
Make sure to check all titles guys. I have found quite a few duplicates with the 5 seemingly separate dvds. Oh. One more thing... you might need a DVD player.