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Columbo - The Complete Fourth Season
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|Genre||Drama, Television, DVD Movie, Blu-ray Movie, Mystery & Suspense|
|Format||Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled|
|Number Of Discs||3|
Legendary actor Peter Falk returns in his 4-time Emmy award-winning role as everyone's favorite trenchcoat-wearing Police Lieutenant in Columbo The Complete Fourth Season! From a spoiled kidnapping plot to murder at a historic military academy, join Columbo in this three-disc set as he asks all the right questions in some of the most deceptive and deadly cases. The captivating fourth season also features such brilliant guest stars as Dick Van Dyke, Larry Storch, George Hamilton, Robert Conrad and more. The landmark crime series that inspired a genre is back, and no murderer can hide for long with Columbo on the beat!
- Bonus Episode: Mrs. Columbo "A Riddle for Puppets"
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7 x 5.5 x 1 inches; 8.8 Ounces
- Item model number : MHV61029252DVD
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
- Run time : 8 hours and 55 minutes
- Release date : March 14, 2006
- Actors : Peter Falk
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : Unqualified, English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
- Studio : Universal Studios Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B000CRR3S8
- Number of discs : 3
- Best Sellers Rank: #92,211 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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I guess I will just get the peacock service and watch it without commercials. They really need to offer this service both ways.
"An Exercise in Fatality" sports he-man actor Robert Conrad as a Jack Lalanne-type that does away with partner who threatens to reveal his underhanded business practices. Though not a classic, it does have a smile-inducing undoing of the villain.
"Negative Reaction" gives funnyman Dick Van Dyke a chance to show his dastardly side as a famous photographer that eradicates his shrewish wife. Vitto Scotti, a featured player in many Columbo, shines as a drunk witness to part of Van Dyke's crime.
"Playback" benefits from the beginning banter between guest murderer Oskar Werner and guest victim Martha Scott. It also features the brilliant Gena Rowlands in the role of Werner's wife.
George Hamilton makes his first appearance as a Columbo "perp" in "A Deadly State of Mind." His second, "Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your Health" was better, but we all have to start somewhere. "Mind" is still a nice diversion.
The piece de resistance is, of course, "By Dawn's Early Light" with the always-marvelous Patrick McGoohan. McGoohan's Emmy was well-deserved and the actor would return a few more times as either a guest star or a featured director. He and Falk play off each other well and this episode makes wonderful use of that interplay.
By now, it's obvious what this reviewer thinks is the "weakest link" in the set: "Deadly Waters." This sea-bound mystery plods along, with Robert Vaughn making for possibly the series' most boring killer. The episodes' most "salvagable" characteristic is its ship-board setting, along with the inspired casting of Patrick McNee, Bernard Fox, and 40's star Jane Greer.
The "bonus" is another ho-hum installment of the "Mrs. Columbo," the rather uninspired 80's series with Kate Mulgrew. This time Columbo's wife deals with a schizoid ventriloquist.
Been there, done that!
These episodes are among Columbo's finest. Four episodes run around 1hour 30minutes while two clock in toward 70 mins.
An episode of Mrs Columbo starring Kate Mulgrew is included as well. The show's not as great as Columbo, but interesting to view as a spinoff involving the wife spoken of but never witnessed in Columbo.
"Columbo" was a different sort of mystery show in that the viewer knew early on in each episode which character committed the murder and then saw the case solved. The villains in the episodes usually believe they will not be found out, many even more so when they find that Columbo has been assigned to the investigation. They eventually find that even though Columbo has an unassuming manner, short stature, and slightly disheveled appearance, he is not to be underestimated--his incisive mind and uncanny intuition lead him to see holes in the perpetrators' stories and enable him to persevere in asking the right questions until the cases are solved.
The fourth season of "Columbo" featured well-known guest stars such as Dick Van Dyke, Patrick McGoohan, and George Hamilton. Younger viewers today would probably enjoy seeing the clothes and cars that were popular in the mid-Seventies as well as seeing older types of phones, tape recorders, and other objects from back then, but fans of all ages who enjoy police dramas would enjoy this classic series.
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As for the DVD quality, there seemed to be a distinct improvement in the film transfer to DVD compared to season 3 in which every scene looked rather lack lustre. The inclusion of subtitles also makes this season more attractive than the previous season. Disc 1 is rated 12 with 2 and 3 being PG so the overall certification given is a 12.
Other guest stars in this season include: Gena Rowlands, Dean Stockwell, Dick Van Dyke, Patrick McNee and Bernard Fox.
Favourite episode on these DVD is the one with the wonderful Robert Vaughan 'Troubled Waters' and a 'Deadly State of Mind' with George Hamilton. 'Negative Reaction' would be my third choice. Excellent.